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July 23, 2014 - Parade not boos' time, place, reader says

Dear Editor,

I would like to share an anecdote from the Clarkston Fourth of July parade this year for it illustrates the importance of "Correct time and place." It is also my desire to thank the adults involved who acted in the best interest of the children.

As the Democratic Club marched by, someone in the crowd yelled very loudly, "Boo Obama Care" and continued to boo loudly. The group of young children around me looked up startled and upset. The members of the Club looked directly at the man and responded, "Happy Fourth of July to you, sir." The relief of the adults in the crowd was palpable.

I would like to thank the members of the club with public recognition. To the bystander who could not put his personal agenda aside for the sake of the children, please let this be a learning experience for you to develop some depth of character.

Denise Anderson

Rochester Hills

Children's appeal for library millage

Dear Editor,

"You're kidding me Grandma, it can't be true."

That's the reaction from my grandson Dane when he was looking forward to the used book sale in September and I said the library might be closed forever.

He spent over an hour at the last book sale intent on finding "good stuff." "Penguins," he thought, would be the book of choice.

Penguins? Not this time, but we walked out with a 300+ page book about wildlife, specifically birds and animals and, also, a terrific small book on fossils.

A neighbor boy and Dane now hunt at least twice a week for fossils on our property. They have them sorted and "labeled" and even displayed them. The wildlife book, too, has become a resource book many times over this summer. Dane frequents the library and just last week brought home several books written by his favorite new author.

He has promised Hunter, his friend, he can go with us to the next used book sale. They are excited already! Please, everyone, don't disappoint them. They might even find a book on penguins this trip.

I ask you to support our library by voting Aug. 5 for our library millage.

Patricia Evans

Independence Township

Support for Schroeder for state rep.

Dear Editor,

Of all the candidates wanting to be our representative in Lansing, I know one well, Andrea Schroeder.

Through decades of deep involvement within our community, Schroeder has become well experienced, informed and respected in matters of business, education and public services.

I personally admire Andrea Schroeder's sense of humor, 'can do' attitude, and uncommon ability to identify the roots of complex problems and clearly propose solutions, complete with their associated pros & cons. Schroeder does not blindly accept simple answers until she proves them accurate. She has long been the 'go to' person for parents trying to negotiate the educational system both within Clarkston and Lansing. Schroeder has demonstrated a drive to find and implement solutions to problems rather than simply complain about them.

I have learned many things through my work with Andrea Schroeder: (1) How to politely question information without attacking those delivering it, (2) how good humor helps to build relationships and how good relationships make good things happen, and (3) how rewarding it is to use the unique talent God has given, to find and implement solutions for any problem our community may face.

On August 5, I will proudly vote for the representative I want to have in Lansing: Andrea Schroeder.

Cheryl McNeil

Independence Township

Thanks for help with Fourth of July

Dear Editor,

Our fourth annual Independence Fest Veterans Celebration in Clintonwood Park on July 4 was bigger and better than ever.

We had more military exhibits in the Carriage House covering all of the wars from WWII until recent.

Back by popular demand was T.J. Craven who entertained a large crowd with his patriotic music and opened our Veterans Ceremony with the National Anthem. In the afternoon the North Oakland Dixieland Band performed on the main stage.

The weather was perfect for us to honor all of our veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers and staff for their hard work.

Special thanks to our Planning and Organizing Committee Members- MC-Bart Clark, Jim Bolin-WWII Veteran, Gordy Cloutier, Phil Custodio, Richard Lash and Mary Melega. From our first celebration Don Cremer and American Legion Chief Pontiac Post #377 graciously provided their Honor Guard.

This year they were involved in the special dedication for our new flag pole in memory of John Cesarz, Korean War Veteran and an employee of the senior center for over 17 years.

Special thanks to John's wife Mary, children John III, Matt and Cindy and everyone who made donations in John's name to make his wish for a flag pole in front of the senior center a reality.

Our Master of Ceremony Bart Clark, Captain US Navy Retired did a wonderful job recognizing all of our veterans at this year's event. Special thanks to Phil Custodio, Desert Storm Veteran for leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Independence Township Supervisor Patrick Kittle read the special proclamation in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War signed by the Township Board. This year Mrs. Michigan, Rebecca Scholten thanked every WWII Veterans for their service in the audience individually.

Thanks to all of our bakers who treated our veterans with homemade desserts for the special lunch that was provided in the Center by Pete's Coney II.

We really appreciate all of the individuals who displayed their military items in the Carriage House especially Richard Lash, Vietnam Veterans of America Oakland County Chapter #133 and his members. Without all of our staff and volunteers that day we would not have been able to have such a successful event: Sandy Bailey, Jim Bolin, Diane Brozovich, Bart Clark, Phil Custodio, Rosie Landry, Larry Larson, Richard Lash, Carolyn Morrison, Lois Seddon and Sue Shubert.

Thanks to all our special sponsors this year: Platinum Level Sponsor Pete's Coney II who graciously catered lunch for all of our veterans and their families. Gold Level Sponsors-Coats Funeral Home and Lockwood of Waterford and Silver Sponsor-Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home.

Without all of the support of everyone listed above we would not have been able to recognize our veterans in the way they deserve. I am grateful to everyone for their support.

Barbara Rollin, Senior Division Supervisor

Independence Township Parks,

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