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PAGE 6                                                         ASSOCIATED NEWSPAPERS OF MICHIGAN                                             June 6, 2019

                                          CANTON - INKSTER

        Inkster Legends Basketball Camp offered

           The 22nd Annual Inkster       Lunch is offered after the                              ”                                 Legends, we would welcome
        Legends Basketball Camp is set  early session and a dinner is pro-             An awards presentation                      everyone to get involved in the
        for Friday, Aug 2 and Saturday  vided following the second ses-                                                            positive future of our children
        Aug. 3 this year.              sion before the students are dis-                 and the all-star game                     and community.”
           The free basketball clinics  missed.                                        take place on Saturday.                       Smiley said that applications
        offer coaching and training in   An awards presentation and                                                                for the camps this year must be
        basic skills of the sport including  the all-star game take place on                                                       submitted by July 15 and that par-
        shooting, passing, rebounding  Saturday.                        “Subsequent objectives also  taught us all to be fair, and the  ents and guardians are responsi-
        and defense, noted Director Fred  The classes take place at the  include giving back to the com-  person who started it all, Booker  ble for transportation for the stu-
        Smiley.                        Booker Dozier Recreational     munity, as we all remember the  T. Dozier, whose name in on the  dents.
           The camps are designed for  Complex, 2025 Middlebelt Road  commitment and long hours our  recreation complex,” Smiley     Morning pick up at the recre-
        boys and girls ages 9 through 16  in Inkster, 1.3 mile north of  mentors gave to us as children,  added.                   ation center is at 12:30 p.m. and
        and are divided into classes by  Michigan Avenue.             mentors like Charles Adams, Ted  Smiley said the camps encour-  afternoon pick up is 5 p.m.
        age. Players 9 through 12 camps  “Our main objective is to teach  Logan and Charles Penn who  age all the former campers to  More information is available
        will take place beginning at 7:30  basic skills and fundamentals of  started the first Boys Club of  come back and participate in  from Smiley at (734) 890-2478 or
        a.m. both days while camps for  basketball, along with dedication  Inkster. We must also include  helping the younger players, “and  by accessing the website at
        students ages 13 through 16 will  and discipline that will support  Khamalaw White, atheletic direc-  with over 250 children in atten- where appli-
        begin at 12:30 p.m.            all aspects of life,” Smiley said.   tor at Inkster High School who  dance for the camps at Inkster  cations can be found.
        Canton trustees discuss township hiring practices

                          Julie Brown  employee drug use. New hires     Conley noted Canton's merit  decision of that individual.”  policy. We follow the federal
                          Staff Writer  and those with certain responsi-  positions usually have more  Trustee Steven Sneideman    guidelines,” Conley responded.
                                       bilities go through drug testing.  qualifications and require-  noted the Indeed online job site  In other business, Canton
           Canton Township Trustee       Three union contracts with   ments, such as the Municipal  ranks highly now with Canton,  trustees OK'd the Leisure
        John Anthony wants to know if  Canton Township expire Dec.    Services director role. She out-  adding, “What a different role  Services Master Plan for 2017
        people with misdemeanor con-   31 of this year, so members of  lined differences between    than it was probably five years  through the end of 2021 which
        victions can be hired to work  the Canton Township Board of   internal and external job appli-  ago.”                      makes the township grant-eligi-
        for the township.              Trustees went into closed ses-  cants, noting each has pros and  When asked abut flex time,  ble “when the project is identi-
           “It will depend on the posi-  sion May 28 for discussion of  cons.                       Conley noted it's usually in   fied,” explained Williams.
        tion,” replied Kerreen Conley,  the agreements.                 Trustee Sommer Foster       Canton Leisure Services. “We     A mini online survey by the
        township Human Resources         “It's just an overview,” said  asked if the Human Resources  don't have a ton of employees,”  township drew some 100
        manager. Canton police are     Township Supervisor Pat        department inquires as to gen-  and union contracts also impact  responses,  said   Greg
        responsible for background     Williams, who noted no con-    der, race, disability or sexual  flex time use, Conley said.  Hohenberger, Leisure Services
        checks, Conley added.          tracts were ratified that      orientation. Conley said that's  Trustee    Anne    Marie    director. “It's just minor tweaks
           “If there was a reasonable  evening. “This is just prelimi-  not allowed by law, and when a  Graham-Hudak asked about   to make things grant-eligible
        suspicion we would follow      nary desires. There's a lot of  new hire reveals such informa-  employee use of marijuana.  should we choose to go in that
        through,” Conley noted of      material she (Conley) covered.”  tion “in the organization it's the  “We have a zero tolerance  direction,” he said.
        Canton Library welcomes new information department head

           Canton Public Library has a  desire for bigger challenges, as  working closely with the  ence managing staff in larger
        new Information Services       the Information Services       Collections Specialist and    public libraries were two areas
        Department Head following a    Department Head oversees       Youth and Adult managers to   where she really stood out,”
        months-long search.            and mentors 36 librarians, and  oversee the development of   Davis said.
           Jessica Parij, who had been  the appeal of the Canton com-  new and existing collections.   Parij's start at the library is
        working as the manager of      munity. She said she wouldn't    Aside from her work experi-  an important change, as previ-
        adult services at the Rochester  make the commute from her    ence, Parij's belief in a relevant  ous Information Services
        Hills Public Library, took on  home in Warren for any other   library go hand-in-hand with  Department Head Rebecca
        her new role in Canton on May  place.                         the library strategic plan.   Havenstein-Coughlin, retired
        6 after applying in January.     “I enjoy that Canton is such a  “Twenty-four/seven access to  in October after nearly 40 years
        Prior to that, she was worked as  diverse community, and the res-  the library in some way is inte-  in the role.  Parij said she is tak-
        a librarian III at the Baltimore  idents seem to not only highly  gral to ensuring that public  ing it on with confidence and
        County Public Library in       value education, but think of  libraries stay relevant to our  excitement along with a healthy
        Maryland, leading a branch col-  the library as a place to get  communities,” she said.     dose of nervousness, noting                      Jessica Parij
        lection development for all    their entertainment too,” Parij  Director Eva Davis said she  that the biggest challenge is
        ages and coordinating summer   said of residents' heavy library  believes Parij will excel at the  also what she is most excited  The Canton Public Library is
        reading and teen volunteer pro-  use.                         CPL.                          about.                         located at 1200 S. Canton
        grams.                           She will take on the chal-     “Jessica's experience serving  “It is not so much learning  Center Road. Visit www.canton-
           She said she was drawn to   lenge of directing collection  patrons of all ages, from youth  the job but learning how things or call (734) 397-0999 for
        the Canton library by her own  development for the library,   through adult, and her experi-  are done here,” she said.    library information.


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