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          ENTERPRISE Wayne shuts down city senior services
               THE BELLEVILLE

               Vol. 134, No. 23           Those looking for senior                                                                 Rhaesa's comments were in
            Members of the Rotary      services in Wayne will soon                              ”                                sharp contrast to citizens who
          Club of Belleville awarded   have to look in Westland.                    Everything we offer they have                spoke during a public hearing
          six $5,000 scholarships to      Members of the Wayne City               over there and more. Seniors can               prior to the official meeting.
          local students this month    Council voted 4-3 last week to                                                            John Van Stipdonck, a member
          during the 74th Annual       remove funding for senior serv-           get better services for less money.             of the Wayne Commission on
          Scholarship Program.         ices from the budget after some                                                           Aging, suggested that the omis-
                          See page 4.  prolonged and impassioned dis-                                                            sion of funding for the senior
                                       cussion. The move, according to  the HYPE recreation center.  He suggested Wayne resi-    services was “an error” and
                                       Mayor John Rhaesa, came at      “This is a difficult decision  dents pay the $12 and join the  requested the council members
                  THE CANTON           the recommendation of City    but it is what is best for the com-  Westland Friendship Center  correct the oversight. He said
             EAGLE                     Manager Lisa Nocerini. Rhaesa  munity. I asked the city manager  and Dyer Center where, he said,  that “essential services”

               Vol. 72, No. 23         said he was somewhat sur-     for the names and numbers of  many more programs and serv-  remained in the budget and that
                                                                     the people served by our pro-
                                       prised at the suggestion when
                                                                                                                                 services for senior were certain-
                                                                                                   ices are offered.
            Canton Public Library      he saw it in the budget but dis-  gram and there are only five or  “Everything we offer they  ly “essential.”
          has named Jessica Parij  at  covered that very few seniors in  six in the various programs,”  have over there and more.  “These are the people who
          the   new    Information     the city actually use the services  Rhaesa said. “There is a low  Seniors can get better services
          Services Department Head     now offered through an office in  participation level.”     for less money,” he said.              See Seniors, page 5
          following a months-long
                          See page 6.    Repeat performance

                THE INKSTER              Historic Penn Theatre continues
          LEDGER STAR
          LEDGER STAR
               Vol. 72, No. 23           to thrive in downtown Plymouth
            The 22nd Annual Inkster                      Julie Brown  near to selling out more
          Legends Basketball Camp is                      Staff Writer  recently  is  “Bohemian
          set for  Aug 2 and Aug. 3 this                              Rhapsody,” the story of rock
          year, offering free coaching      The Friends of the Penn,  musical group Queen. All but
          and training in basic skills of  operating the Penn Theatre in  29 seats sold for that, and
          the sport.                     downtown Plymouth, believe   “Bohemian Rhapsody” will
                                         in sharing knowledge. They're  return Thursday, Aug. 1
                         See page 6.     working with a theater group    She notes other U.S. movie
                                         in Madison, New Jersey, men-  theaters are closing.
                                         toring them on operating a      “It's sad because the build-
                  THE NORTHVILLE         nonprofit movie theater.     ings get demolished,” said
             EAGLE                          The citizens of Madison are  Elliott. “You lose that part of
               Vol. 19, No. 23           still hoping to be able to save  history. We wouldn't want it to
                                         the Madison Theatre.  This
                                                                      go away. It almost did.”
            The Northville Fire          project is an uphill battle,    She's referencing past
          Department has two newly-      noted Ellen Elliott, Friends of  changes in ownership at the
          promoted lieutenants after     the Penn executive director.  Penn, noting the one screen
          the pair successfully com-        “They've got multiple     makes recouping investment a
          pleted a competitive testing   screens which really gives   challenge.                                                                 Ellen Elliott
          and interview process.         them a leg up,” Elliott said    Friends members did       factories, including Willow  Bake, also tipping his hat to
                                         recently. A late May hearing in  research, and “We saw that the  Run by Ypsilanti.     Patty Malcolm, Mark's wife.
                         See page 7.     that community yielded no    nonprofit model was the only   “But it (the Penn) still was a  “Everybody likes movies,”
                                         decision on the building being  one that would work,” she  place where they could get  said Bake.
                  THE PLYMOUTH           demolished “so the struggle  said, adding nonprofits are  away from the news of war and  Elliott notes the loss of the
             EAGLE                       continues,” said Elliott.    allowed to make some profit.  sadness” during World War II.  Plymouth Mayflower Hotel
                                            Elliott said movie selection
                                                                                                     The Plymouth theater pros-
                                                                      It's now showing second-run,
                                                                                                                                and Masonic Temple, which
               Vol. 19, No. 23           is one of her biggest challenges  indie and classic movies.  pered in the 1980s and 1990s  concerns her. The Penniman-
                                         at the theater.                 The Penn opened Dec. 4,   before falling into disrepair.  Allen movie theater on
            The C-SPAN bus visited          “I have 52 opportunities in  1941, just before the Japanese  Realtor Bob Bake and his wife,  Penniman in Plymouth
          schools in both Plymouth       the year,” she said. “We know  attack on Pearl Harbor in  Margi, are glad to see its ren-  burned down in 1968.
          and Canton last week to        our audience well enough. I'm  Hawaii. “Weekend in Havana”  aissance in the nonprofit    “It almost paralleled what
          honor two students who won     aware of the fact not every-  was its first movie, classified as  mode.                happened to the Penn,” she
          honors in the annual video     body likes the same type of  a romance musical.             “In my mind, the Penn      said of possible city ownership
          documentary competition.       film. I think we do the best job  World War II meant the  Theatre is the second most   of a rebuilt theater there. “It
                          See page 3.
                                         we can to bring in that variety.  Penn Theatre across from  important contribution to the  was kind of a short-lived little
                                         It's a challenge.”           Kellogg Park served its region  central business district in the  opportunity.”
                   THE ROMULUS              Disney's animated “Frozen”  well. “They sold war bonds.  last 15 years,” noted Bake.  The Penn was in disrepair
             ROMAN                       is the only movie in Penn his-  Representatives from the  “The Penn Theatre is really  in 2004-05 and closed, reopen-
                                                                                                   important,” he said, listing the
                                                                      banks would come and sell
                                                                                                                                ing in September 2006. “The
                                         tory that sold out all shows.
               Vol. 134, No. 23          The Plymouth Ice Festival was  war bonds,” Elliott said. “The  repurposing of the old post  community was concerned,”
            Upcoming summer read-        under way and weather        citizens of the city were heavi-  office on Penniman into a  said Elliott, with Jennifer
          ing program events have        “turned south. They didn't   ly involved.”                Westborn Market for food as  Philpot-Munson starting the
          been scheduled at the          know it (the festival) was going  People during World War II  his top pick.            Friends which first met in
          Romulus Public Library         on. The weather helped us in  had food rationing, including  “Those two things would   February 2005.
          through August and most will   that way,” she said of bringing  sugar, which impacted movie  not be possible without private  “We would do our regular
          take place at 6 p.m. on        movie-goers inside.          theater candy. The women     intervention from Don Soenen
          Tuesdays.                         The other title that came  worked long hours in defense  and Mark Malcolm,” said              See Penn, page 3
                          See page 4.

                  THE WAYNE            Annual Canton Liberty Festival set next weekend
             EAGLE                        Canton Liberty Fest will cele-  Canton Administration Building,  Friday and from 10 a.m. until 11  any full day if purchased at

               Vol. 72, No. 23         brate its 28th anniversary with  located at 1150 S. Canton Center  p.m. on Saturday. Major sponsors
                                       three family-friendly fun-filled
                                                                                                                                 before noon, Thursday, June 13.
                                                                                                   for this annual community event,
            Wayne Police Ofc. Chad     days from Thursday, June 13      The event will be open this  include:  Atchinson  Ford;  Mega Bands that allow unlimited
          Colwell was congratulated by  through Saturday, June 15 in  year from 1 until 10 p.m. on  Beaumont; Community Financial  rides for all three days are on sale
          members of the city council  Heritage Park, adjacent to the  Thursday, from 1 until 11 p.m. on  Credit Union; DTE Energy  for $60 and can only be pur-
          and  Police Chief Ryan                                                                   Foundation; The Goddard School  chased online before noon June
          Strong after being named as                                                              of Early Childhood Development;  13. Online sales require a $.99 per
          Police Officer of the Year.                                                              IKEA; Sysco; Todd Wenzel      transaction fee. Wristbands will
                          See page 5.                                                              Automotive and The Village    be on sale at the festival grounds
                                                                                                   Dentist.                      for $28 on Thursday, $30 on
                  THE WESTLAND                                                                       Area residents can enjoy a  Friday, and $30 on Saturday. All
             EAGLE                                                                                 lineup of carnival rides, games,  sales are final. For more informa-

               Vol. 72, No. 23                                                                     and special attractions including  tion, call (734) 394-5460.
                                                                                                   the Family Zone at a savings by
                                                                                                                                   Special sensory hours are
            Speakers       Barbara                                                                 purchasing a single-day wrist-  planned from 1-3 p.m. Thursday,
          Marcum and Tatiana Hall                                                                  band in advance. Wristbands   June 13, when carnival rides and
          spoke to an attentive audi-                                                              allow access for one day only onto  Midway games, lights, and music
          ence during the a celebra-                                                               all the exciting carnival rides  will be turned off for festival-
          tion of National Library                                                                 without a ticket. Discounted sin-  goers who are sensitive to large
          Week in Westland recently.                                                               gle-day wristbands are now avail-
                          See page 5.                                                              able for $24 and can be used for       See Festival, page 2

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