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July 24, 2013 - Help during crisis

Dear Editor,

The family of the late Eleanor Croom would like to express an enormous thank you to the following for all their time, patience, compassion and guidance.

Independence Township Fire Station #3, especially Shaun Fitzpatrick, Ron Bray, Bobby Pursley, Derek Stamper, Don Herbert, and Captain Tom McDonald.

Montgomery and Sons Fire and Windstorm Restoration Services, especially Tony.

And to the unknown passerby who made the 911 call after noticing smoke coming from a house on Clintonville Road on the early morning of May 7.

We are so very grateful for all you have done and continue to do for our family during this terrible tragedy.

Sincerely,

Larry and Linda Dean and family

Scott and Renee Dean and family

Mike and Lori Hall and family

Independence Township

Veterans support

Dear Editor,

This year our third annual Veterans Celebration in Clintonwood Park during the July 4 festivities was bigger and better than ever. We had military exhibits in the Carriage House along with entertainment by T.J. Craven and the Fifth Michigan Regiment Band (Civil War Reenactment Band) on stage in the shaded orchard. It was a wonderful day for our veterans and for us to remember that the 4th of July is really about the sacrifice they made for our country. Thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers and our sponsors who made this event possible: Planning and Organizing Committee members Bart Clark, John Cesarz, Gordy Cloutier, Phil Custodio and Jim Bolin. American Legion Chief Pontiac Post #377 for providing their Honor Guard and 21 Gun Salute.

Our Master of Ceremony Bart Clark, Captain US Navy Retired did a wonderful job recognizing all of our veterans at the event. Special thanks to T.J. Craven for singing the National Anthem and Phil Custodio, Desert Storm Veteran for leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. The following individuals made homemade baked goods for dessert: Sandy Bailey, Marie Blaszczyk, Dee Campbell, Betty Colver, Ruth Emerick, Theresa Gordon, Carroll Harris, Shirley Hockey, Larry Larson, Sally Long, Donna Schneider, Sue Shubert, Joanne Townsend and Gerry Townsend. Thanks also to the individuals who displayed their military items in the Carriage House. Without all of our staff and volunteers that day we would not been able to have such a successful event: Michelle Drake, Pat Edwards, Carolyn Morrison, Joe and Jean Pachuta, Mary Lou Schell, Lois Seddon and Sue Shubert. We also appreciate all of the help from our volunteers and staff before the event.

Thanks to all our special sponsors this year: Platinum Level Sponsor Petes Coney II graciously catered lunch for all of our veterans and their families. Gold Level Sponsor-Friends of the Independence Township Senior Adult Activity Center, Silver Sponsor-Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home and Bronze Level Sponsors-All Saints Cemetery, Coats Funeral Home, Independence Village of Waterstone and Patrick Kittle.

Without all of the support of everyone listed above we would not have been able to hold our tribute to our veterans. I am grateful to everyone for their support.

Barbara Rollin, senior coordinator

Independence Township

Senior Adult Activity Center

Orchestra welcome

Dear Editor,

Thank you to the Clarkston Community for encouraging the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to perform here in 2012. Thank you to the Orchestra and Clarkston Schools for the outstanding performance last Thursday, and thank you to the wonderful Amy Seaman for making it all happen so well at Clarkston High School.

Cory Johnston

Clarkston

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