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Sherwood still waterlogged • Residents at Sherwood Village say standing water that has plagued the mobile home park since spring is still causing problems. Management says attempts are being made to correct the situation. BY

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Promises: William Long (left) and his wife Richelle hold a letter and notices received from the park's management at Sherwood Village Thursday.

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Residents of a Michigan Avenue mobile home park are still plagued with standing water problems. More than a month after owners of Sherwood Village promised to correct poor drainage along M Street, water is

keeping lawns soaked and mold growing along nearby curbs. "They haven't done anything," resident William Long said. "We w a n t them to live up to their promise. We were told in May it would be fixed." Compounding matters, according to residents, is harassing behavior from m a n a g e m e n t since newspaper and television news reports came out in early July. They say they're getting numerous citations designed to drive 5 them out of Sherwood. "We're definitely being harassed," said Joe Baker. "It's not fair." Attempts by the Observer to contact Sherwood management for comment on this story were unsuccessful. ~~ Please see SHERWOOD, A4

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The 831 Plymouth-Canton students scheduled to attend the newly constructed Discovery Middle School in Canton Township won't get to view their new classrooms until the first day of schoolDistrict officials had hoped Discovery would be completed a week before classes begin Aug. 29 to let students tour the building and get acquainted with their new surroundings. However, the very tight construction schedule won't allow that to happen. "The eontraetoz couldn't guarantee we could get in the building at a specific date before school open?, ®o we decided to plan for the first day of classes," said Principal Roche LaVictor. "This isn't exactly the way we wanted to handle the situation, but we'll do the best we can." La Victor said the building will open Aug. 29 at 7:30 a.m., with students being directed to the gymnasium. Stu-

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Safety first Incidents heighten awareness of gas leaks HOME EXPLOSION Natural gas explosions in Redford and Canton last week leveled two homes and claimed two lives. The blasts have neighbors questioning the safety of their own gas appliances. "It's frightening. It could have happened to any of us," said a shaken woman in the Redford neighborhood. A cracked flexible line behind a gas stove is blamed for the Tuesday morning explosion that killed Regina Jacobi and Norbert "Jake" Jacobi of Redford. The escaped gas ignited when Mrs. Jacobi turned on a burner on the stove. The Canton explosion appears to have been caused by a broken natural gas line in the basement leading to the furnace. "It failed. It was completely broken," said Canton Fire Chief Mike Rorabacher. Homeowner Richard Carell, 60, was released Thursday from University of Michigan Hospi-

tal. Homeowner Lorraine Careli. 63. remained hospitalized in serious condition. "Natural gas is still a very safe fuel, but like anything, it needs to be handled properly," said Amy Messano, Media Relations with MichCon. Messano said that natural gas has no odor but that all utilities add a chemical called m e r c a p t a n t h a t gives the fuel a "pungent, rotten egg odor." "In a normal situation, you should never smell natural gas." said Messano, "If you smell natural gas leave the house. Open a door or windows. Do not use the light switches, the telephone or even a cell phone. Get to a safe place, then call." "Gas l e a k s are t r e a t e d as our number one priority," said George Valrance, chief investigator of MichCon's claims division. "If people smell gas there is something wrong and they should take action immediately. If you walk into a room and P l e a s e see GAS LEAKS, A2

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Police beef up patrols at local condominiums BY SCOTT DANIEL STAFF WRITER

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Canton's Police Department is beefing up patrols of condominium complexes in light of recent break-ins. Nearly two dozen homes at Bedford Villas and Carriage Park have been robbed since late July. Similar breakins have been reported in Westland, Livonia, Farmington and Farmington Hills over the past few months. "We're doing w h a t we can to be proactive," Canton Police Capt. Laura

Golles said. "We've stepped up motorcycle and bike patrols." Bedford Villas, which is on Haggerty Road south of Ford, was the latest to be hit. Six condominiums were broken into on Aug. 2. Jewelry and cash were among items stolen from the homes. "They're stealing things that can be easily transported," Golles said. Carriage Park Condominiums, which sit just east of Canton Center Road and south of Ford, were hit on July 27. P l e a s e s e e PATROLS, A4

Pedestrian killed while crossing Michigan Ave. BY SCOTT DANIEL STAFF WRITER

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A 53-year-old Canton man was killed early Wednesday morning on Michigan Avenue. Robert Gautherat was hit as he tried to cross the eastbound lanes of Michigan east of Lotz Road. The incident occurred shortly before 5 a.m. "There is no indication of fault on the part of the driver," Canton Police Capt. Laura Golles said. Gautherat was hit by a 50-year-old

Brighton man. He was driving between 40-50 mph in a 2000 Chevy Blazer. Ironically, both men worked at a nearby GM plant, Golles said. Gautherat was pronounced dead at the scene. He died of multiple injuries, according to the Wayne County Medical Examiner's office. His body had not been claimed by any family member as of press time Friday. Gautherat was the second person to die on Canton roads in four days. Kimberly A. Reith, 28, of Belleville, Please see FATAL, A4

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More t h a n $3,000 w o r t h of e q u i p m e n t w a s stolen f r o m a local c o n s t r u c t i o n c o m p a n y Tuesday^ according to C a n t o n Police reports. A generator, saw and ladders were among the items taken from a construction site in the 7000 block of C o m m e r c e . Reports said the items were stolen from a st^el box. A bolt c u t t e r may h a v e been used to open the box. Police have no suspects.

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for and attempted to leave t h e store, reports said. Loss prevention officers stopped him. A scuffle ensued, but loss prevention officers w e r e able to get h i m under control. Reports said Canton officers arrived moments later and a r r e s t e d t h e m a n for r e t a i l f r a u d . The audio system he attempted to steal was valued at $179.99.

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tioning greatly reduced the amount of ventilation in today's homes. Valrance said in actuality gas company's responsibility ends at the meter and it is the responsibility home owners to maintain natural gas lines in their home and on their property. However, the company is always willing to assist consumers with questions, concerns or gas leaks. MichCon urges consumers to "consider h a v i n g your f u r n a c e inspected annually. Ideally, before the h e a t i n g season begins." C o n s u m e r s should call your local contractor or gas company to schedule an inspection. A service charge is typically required for this type of inspection. Valrance had one other warning to the public. "If you are storing your l a w n mower or snow blower in your garage or basem e n t you a r e living w i t h danger." He said the devices could only be stored safely inside a structure if their fuel tanks were completely dry. MichCon recommends: B Follow m a n u f a c t u r e r s instructions on the care and use of gas appliances. • Use qualified contractors for gas a p p l i a n c e r e p a i r s and installations.

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Grand opening: The Home Depot store on Michigan Avenue will draw from a different geographic area than the one on Ford Road, according to manager Rob PurtelL

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The Canton retail climate is g r o w i n g so r a p i d l y t h a t t h e township will soon boast two of everything. Well, not really. B u t H o m e Depot has opened a second location, its "South Canton" store on Michigan Avenue west of Canton Center Road. The store, which opened to the public on T h u r s d a y , j o i n s t h e Ford Road store as Canton locat i o n s for t h e n a t i o n ' s l a r g e s t home improvement chain. "We're all one company, so I don't really look at it as a competitive thing," said Robert P u r t e l l , m a n a g e r of t h e n e w store. "This is still an expanding m a r k e t a n d t h e r e ' s room f o r both." The new store is designed to draw customers from neighborhoods adjacent to Canton and as far away as Ann Arbor. There are no plans to close t h e Ford Road store, Purtell said. It adds 150 jobs to Canton's economy, which includes about 90 employees from outside the company. Purtell said the store is still looking to fill another 15 or so positions.

The Michigan Avenue store, at 121,000 s q u a r e f e e t w i t h an adjacent 10,000 square-foot outdoor garden center, is slightly larger than its Ford Road counterpart. I t can a c c o m m o d a t e larger merchandise and there is some difference in the products and product line the store will carry, Purtell said. For example, the Michigan Avenue location has a full line of appliances, including the Maytag brand. Appliances have been added to compete with Lowe's, which is new to the Detroit area and second nationally to Home Depot in t h e so-called "big box" home improvement category. Lowe's has a store in Westland. P u r t e l l said t h e M i c h i g a n A v e n u e s t o r e will c a r r y an u n u s u a l l y l a r g e s e l e c t i o n of w a t e r h e a t e r s to m e e t t h e demand of new home construction in the area. Store hours are 6 a.m.-lO p.m. Monday-Thursday and Saturday; 6 a.m.-ll p.m. Friday; and 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Home Depot will continue its involvement in the Canton community, Purtell said. At a preview p a r t y on Wednesday, the s t o r e p r e s e n t e d d o n a t i o n s of $1,500 each to the Canton Pub-

lie Library and the Canton Community Foundation. The manager said such efforts fall u n d e r t h e A t l a n t a - b a s e d company's "Team Depot" program and have included cooperative efforts w i t h H a b i t a t for Humanity, playground construction, clean-up projects in Detroit and links with area non-profit organizations. The new store is the 39th in Michigan and one of more than 1,000 nationwide operated by the retailer. The publicly-owned company reported net sales of $38.4 billion in 1999.

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Sherwood A maintenance worker at the p a r k , UA1," s a i d t h e d r a i n a g e problem w a s "being corrected." He declined to elaborate on what steps had or would be taken. S t a n d i n g w a t e r problems a t the park, which sits just east of Haggerty Road, began in early spring. Long s a i d p l a c e m e n t of n e w homes at Glenn Ridge, a mobile home development a d j a c e n t to Sherwood, t r i g g e r e d t h e problem. When t h e homes were sodded and watered, runoff pooled in the yards and street at Sherwood. With the constantly wet conditions, mold began growing in the street, mosquitoes thrived and homes b e g a n sinking into t h e soft soil, residents said. "My k i t c h e n ceiling is cracking," said Richelle Long. "Most of our door f r a m e s a r e going to have to be replaced. It's ridiculous. They don't want to do anything to fix the problems." Sherwood Property M a n a g e r J i m Willis s e n t a l e t t e r to M

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Street residents dated July 6. "We h a v e i n v e s t i g a t e d your concerns r e g a r d i n g Sherwood Village," it stated. "We are currently working to help improve the water drainage situation." Richelle Long said it h a s n ' t happened. Glenn Ridge, which is owned by some of the same owners a s Sherwood, gets more of Willis' attention, she added. "We're totally getting blown off for the other park," Long said. Amy Baker said park management has a history of promising

to fix problems then not delivering. Large holes have remained in her yard and graffiti stayed on her home for a year, she said. "We p a y o u r r e n t e v e r y month," said Baker. "If it's late, we get charged a fee. What are they going to pay us for being late?" Meanwhile, William Long says m a n a g e m e n t is w r i t i n g violations for things that were previo u s l y o k a y . He s a i d h e h a s placed his garbage cans near the front of his home since moving into Sherwood a few years ago. Long said he was recently written up for it for the first time. "The more violation? we get," he added, "the easier it is to evict us. We're in a no-win situation." Long has also been cited for not cutting his grass. He says he refuses to cut when his lawn is soaking wet. "I'm not ruining my $200 lawn mower to cut a wet lawn," Long c o m m e n t e d . "If you w a n t my grass cut, you cut it."

Slow to dry: More than a week since the last rain, water still drains from a lawn in the Sherwood Village park.

a c c o r d i n g to L i v o n i a Police D e p a r t m e n t reports. Each was entered through a sliding doorwall t h a t had been pried open, police said. Five of the six condominiums were burglarized, while one had an alarm that apparently scared off t h e i n t r u d e r , r e p o r t s said.

The doorwall at a seventh condom i n i u m in t h e s a m e complex s h o w e d s i g n s of a b r e a k - i n attempt, police said. Livonia Police believe the suspect is working with a partner. While officers were investigating the Livonia break-ins, a detective in F a r m i n g t o n Hills

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More than $50,000 worth of jewelry, cash and other items were stolen from 13 units. Authorities are looking for a suspect described as a black male between the ages of 25 and 35, 6 feet tall, approximately 180 pounds and a medium complexion.

Police believe the most recent related set of break-ins occurred in Livonia and Farmington Hills on Monday. Six condominiums a t a complex on Laurel Park Drive, north of Laurel Park Place in Livonia, w e r e b r o k e n i n t o on M o n d a y s o m e t i m e b e f o r e 1:30 p.m.,

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The Board of Education of the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools invites £ll interested and qualified companies to submit a bid for a Bus Wash System for the PCCS Transportation Department. Specifications and bid forms will be available at the MANDATORY "walk-through", scheduled for 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 23rd, 2000 at the Plymouth-Canton fcommunity School Bus Garage, 1024 South Mill Street, Plymouth, Michigan. For further information, please phone Dan Phillips, Assistant birector of Finance & Purchasing at (734) 416-2746, Sealed bids are due on Jjr before 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 30th, 2000. The Board of Education reserves the right to accept and/or reject all bids, as they judge to be in the best interest of the school district.

The Board of Education of the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools invites all interested and qualified companies to submit a bid for a Bus Exhaust Ventilation System for the PCCS Transportation Department. Specifications and bid forms will be available at the MANDATORY "walkthrough", scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 23rd, 2000 at the Plymouth-Canton Community School Bus Garage, 1024 South Mill Street, Plymouth, Michigan. For further information, please phone Dan Phillips, Assistant Director of Finance & Purchasing at (734) 416-2746. Sealed bids are due on or before 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 30th, 2000. The Board of Education reserves the right to accept and/or reject all bids, as they judge to be in the best interest of the school district.

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Award-winner Nick Cabauatan, who will be entering his junior year at Plymouth Canton HS, earned the Nu-Station Award at the Five Star Basketball Camp in Pittsburgh. C a b a u a t a n , who will be e n t e r i n g h i s t h i r d year on C a n t o n ' s v a r s i t y basketball team, was also runner-up for the Top Guard in Camp Award. A total of 375 players from all over the country participated in the camp.

It's n o t e a s y m a k i n g i t i n b i g - t i m e f o o t b a l l . For g u y s like J o e Sgroi a n d Kirk Moundros, g e t t i n g a c h a n c e t o p l a y f o r t h e U n i v e r s i t y of M i c h i g a n i s t h e c h a n c e of a l i f e t i m e — o n e that is w o r t h grabbing. B Y PAUL BEAUDRY STAFF WRITER

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Walk-ons in college football are usually t h e equivalent of tackling dummies. They are cheap, expendable and their basic job is to help the other players to get better without getting them hurt. But every once in a while, things go t h e r i g h t way — t h e h a r d work and effort get noticed and rewarded. T h a t ' s what h a p p e n e d w i t h N o r t h Farmington grad Kirk Moundros, and could happen to Catholic Central's Joe

Fastpitch softball The C a n t o n C o m m u n i t y J u n i o r Baseball and Softball Association will have tryouts for girls fastpitch softball for its 2001 season from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday at McClumpha Park. Girls wishing to play 10-and-under and 12-and-under should come at 3:30 p.m.; those wishing to play 14-andunder and 16-and-under should come a t 4:30 p.m.; and those w i s h i n g to play 18-and-under should come a t 5:30 p.m. Also: Coaches are needed at all levels, in particular 10-and-under. For more information, call Harry Hill at (734) 453-3769.

Baseball tryouts •The Michigan Indians 14-year-old baseball team, a USSSA World Series participant, will have tryouts for its 2001 squad at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 26-27, at Plymouth's Massey Field, located a t Plymouth and Haggerty roads. T h e r e a r e no residency r e q u i r e ments. Players must have a birth d a t e on or a f t e r Aug. 1, 1986. For more information, call Bruce Price at (734) 453-9180. • T h e Ann Arbor Mustangs travel baseball teams will have tryouts for its spring 2001 squads on Sunday, Aug. 20. For 13-and-unders, call Bob Cleary at (734) 930-6966; for 14-andunders, call Mike N a d e a u a t (734) 429-8493. Downriver B r a v e s 14-andunder team will have tryouts for its 2 0 0 1 s e a s o n in S e p t e m b e r . T h e Braves finished the 2000 season with a 77-7 record and qualified for six different World Series, placing ninth in the AAU World Series. • Players can't turn 15 before Aug. 1, 2001. For more information, call Cris Hansen at (313) 292-4798. Anyone interested in Sports Scene or Sports them to sports editor Schoolcraft, Livonia, Ml, them to (734) 591-7279.

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Sgroi. Both walked on at the University of Michigan. Both paid their dues during the course of the 1998 season. The payoff for both c a m e d u r i n g 1999, seeing a lot of special teams play, with Moundros also seeing time as fullback. And both hope to have their role with the Wolverines continue to grow. "I like to contribute as much as possible," said Sgroi, a Plymouth native who g r a d u a t e d from CC in 1998. "I j u s t want to be on the field. Whether it is the punt (team), extra points or anything else, whatever I can do to help the team, I'll do." Sgroi played in 10 games last season

— missing just the Notre Dame and Rice c o n t e s t s . H e ' s l i s t e d a s a linebacker, but at 5-11, 204 pounds, he's a little undersized to play that spot in the Big Ten. However, he's perfectly suited for his specialty — long snapper. "Maybe I am a little undersized for center," said Sgroi with a smile d u r i n g F r i d a y ' s media day at Michigan Stadium. "But my job is to get down field rather than protect t h e p u n t e r . I'm b e t t e r down Kirk Moundros Joe Sgroi field than the bigger guys." North Farmington grad Plymouth resident Sgroi stated t h a t case last year as he had one solo tackle, two assists and forced a f u m b l e a g a i n s t N o r t h - s p e c i a l t e a m s in 1999 a s well, b u t western. This year, he enters the sea- unlike Sgroi, saw some time at fullback a n d w a s a w a r d e d a s c h o l a r s h i p by son as No. 1 on the depth chart. "There's still a lot of competition for head coach Lloyd Carr just before last the spot," said Sgroi. "It's good so far, season. but as long as it helps the team, that's "My attitude is a lot like Joe's," said what matters." Moundros spent most of his time on P l e a s e s e e FOOTBALL, B5

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Hole-in-one Craig Fleming of Plymouth got a hole-in-one a t the Woodlands Golf Course in Van Buren Township, acing the 126-yard fifth hole on Aug. 3. The 55-year-old Fleming used an eight-iron to get his ace.

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Like any coach in any sport, w hen Madonna University volleyball coach Jerry Abraham says, "I'm very excited about this group here," you're immediate reaction is t h a t it must be t a k e n for what it is: a slight overdose of preseason optimism. Then you start examining what he's got coming back. Yeah, there are losses. But those additions —* and suddenly Tera Morrill Amanda Suder Kate LeBlanc you realize t h a t even when Abraham former Franklin star Salem defensive ace Stevenson middle hitter says, "I think we're a better team than last year. We're more seasoned, more confident* — well, he may indeed be snowballing you, but not with an overabundance of optimism. He may be downplaying the situation. Make no mistake. The Crusaders are loaded. As for the reliability of sources, with Abraham — the only volleyball coach in Madonna's history — 40-win seasons are almost expected. He called 1999 "one of my worst seasons." Well record-wise, maybe it was. After all, the Lady Crusaders were "only" 2914 overall. And they did have to share the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference crown with Cornerstone College, both posting 11-1 records. If you believe t h a t ' s a bad season, t h e n you'd also t h i n k George B u s h would make a good president. A n y w a y , a s A b r a h a m did a d d , "There were a lot of highlights, too." One t h a t can't be overstated was his coaching. What Madonna didn't have last season was a lot of depth (just 11 players), and when injuries struck — setter Jennie Wind, now a junior, and senior outside hitter Erin Cunningham b o t h m i s s e d m a t c h e s — h e h a d to scramble to find replacements. T h e n late in t h e season f r e s h m a n setter Jen Wing left the team, wreaking more havoc. Still, the C r u s a d e r s played on, and played well. Those kinds of problems shouldn't reoccur this season. The strong recruiting class A b r a h a m has delivered should see to that. But first the leaders: Three seniors who have a total of eight starting seasons between them. At the top of the list is 5-foot-ll middle h i t t e r A l l - A m e r i c a n B r a n d y * Malewskf, a Redford Thurston graduate. The two-time all-conference player led Madonna in kills (603, with a .496 kill p e r c e n t a g e ) a n d blocking (158 solos, 575 total) and was third in digs (566). Then there's 6-1 outside hitter Kelly A r t y m o v i c h , who w a s t h i r d on t h e t e a m in kills (287, .260 percentage), second in digs (598) a n d f o u r t h in blocks (211). Cunningham, who played STAFF PHOTO BY PAUL HUKSCHMANN less than ; half the season, totaled 155 kills (.303 percentage). All three will Top flitter: Brandy Malewski has• been a top-notch player at the share the team captaincy. net for Madonna throughout her career, earning NAIA All-Ameri"They're real leaders on t h e floor," ca honors last season. said Abraham. "They lead by example. They have a great work ethic. All three middle hitter Donna Birkenhier, who from Mott CC and Saginaw; 5-8 junior despise losing." was third in blocks (309) and fourth in s e t t e r N a t a l i e S a y r e , f r o m G r a n d An impressive group to build around,, kills (209, a .285 percentage); and 6- Rapids CC; and 5-7 sophomore outside but by no means is that all. Indeed, the foot sophomore middle hitter Hayley hitter Elizabeth Frecsko, from Laredo recruits Abraham has coming in mean Myers, who filled in well as a freshman (Texas) CC. "competition is fierce" for playing time. According to A b r a h a m , Sayre was and has shown marked improvement Also back f r o m l a s t s e a s o n is 6-0 this year. "one of the top players in her region." junior setter Jennie Wind, a BirmingShe will challenge Wind for playing Now for the recruits. h a m Groves g r a d u a t e w h o p a c e d If there was a concern last season, it time at setter. "She's still developing, Madonna with an 8.94 assists-to-kills was the team's overall passing ability. but she's quick," said Abraham. "She per game average. She also h a d 132 It won't be a problem this year, Abra- j u s t has to learn our players and get blocks. ham said. "It's improved 100 percent," comfortable with our plays." Other key returnees are 5-10 junior he s a i d . " F o u r of t h e p l a y e r s we Frost is left-handed and should help outside hitter Marylu Hemme, a Ply- brought in are all good passers." fill t h e vacancy created by Uballe's mouth native and Livonia Ladywood graduation. An all-conference and allThree junior college transfers figure graduate who led Madonna in service to help the Crusaders immediately: 5aces (77) and digs (620); 6-1 j u n i o r 10 junior outside hitter Jennifer Frost, P l e a s e see MADONNA, B5

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proudly display their catches. and softball aficionados, were overdue to experience the thrill of doing b a t t l e w i t h a f e i s t y , bodacious bass. We met a t the lake, and after waiting out a passing t h u n d e r storm motored out onto Anchor Bay in anticipation of some of the hottest smallmouth bass fishing in the world. Drifting over weedy clumps in seven to 10 feet of water, it didn't t a k e long for the action to

begin. J i m took "first-fish" honors (and a couple bucks from the r e s t of t h e crew, I m i g h t add) w h e n a plump 16-inch smallie inhaled the golden shiner he was offering as bait. During the next four hours the action bounced back and f o r t h between good and great. Using eight-pound t e s t monofilament our lines were rigged with a three-way swivel, a drop sinker

on a 12-inch leader, and a No. 8 hook on an 18-inch leader. With such a p r e s e n t a t i o n , it's was easy t o catch a smorgasbord of f i s h . S e v e r a l m o m b o rockbass c a m e to t h e b o a t a s well a s a half-dozen yellow perch. But the smallmouth are w h a t made the trip. "Holy cow, this thing is really pulling hard," exclaimed Marty, seconds before a feisty 18-incher exploded out of the water like a bronze missile. We m a n a g e d to land over 20 • fish including a huge, 211/2-inch smallie, which qualified Jeff for a Master Angler patch - Master Angler, 21-inch smallmouth. The trip came to a n end as the s u n b e g a n t o f a d e . As we motored back into the harbor the s m i l e s on t h e f a c e s of all t h e anglers told the story. "This is great," J i m said. "Ill definitely do it again." I think they're hooked!

Caught something: Quite an experienceJ necessary funds to purchase a whopping one- would I know I even had a catch? "The bend at the end of t h e pole," other day license. The person behind the register asked if we wanted one for the entire year, voices chimed in. "When you see that, give it but I figured if I hadn't done this in 40 years, a little tug." "Aye, aye," I said. the chances of doing it again anytime soon Five, 10, 20, 30 minutes, maybe an eterniwere pretty remote. Well, off we went to Anchor Bay to climb ty, passed by before any of us felt that "tug." But when we did, it was yours truly reelaboard commander, er cruise director, better make that Neptune Charters skipper Roger ing in a line. Wow! How exciting! My first fish! What Doyle's Little Dutch II. I've b e e n f o r t u n a t e to JIM The trip was delayed for about an hour - if could be on the other end? TOTH experience quite a bit in my "Smallmouth bass," someone quipped. only t h e Skipper a n d Gilligan would have 40-plus years, but one thgit "Hey, way to go. Good job," the rest of the done t h e s a m e - while i n t e n s e t h u n d e r had eluded m e u n t i l v e r y storms moved out of the area. Once we ven- crew chimed in. recently was an activity that Well, as quickly as I thought I was king, I tured out, the seven-mile cruise was refreshnearly everyone has tried at turned back to feeling like a pauper when ing. least once in their lifetime. With Roger closing in on the site where the that prize catch, at least for me, was thrown Fishing! "fish were really biting" earlier in the day on back into the water. Now the closest I ever got "Too small and, by the way, the eating isn't a previous c h a r t e r , h e p r o m p t l y cut t h e to fishing, before this unforgettable experiso good," were the words I remembered as engines and it was time for us to "fish on." ence, was ordering the fisherman's platter at "Grab a pole" were the initial instructions, the little guy was swimming away. my favorite seafood restaurant or purchasing All of a sudden, this wasn't too much fun. followed closely by "bait the hooks." some salmon or orange roughy at the neighBut our enjoyment and fortunes did t u r n "Bait the what? And with what?" were a borhood grocery store. around as we combined to snare some perch Well, I finally wound up on one end of the couple responses. Little minnows was the eventual answer. and larger smallmouth bass. Time raced by, pole a s myself, co-worker M a r t y Budner, After struggling with the little guy and send- 3T>rl I'm sure so did the fish, a s darkness was O&E outdoors writer Bill P a r k e r and h i s ing him off to catch me a - er, marlin - a lit- descending on the open w a t e r s . What was friends Jeff Essenberg and Don Wrathell tle wager was initiated on who would catch once w e e k s of a n t i c i p a t i o n w a s about to journeyed out on a four-hour excursion on become'a memory. the waters of Lake St. Clair. Now, it wasn't the first fish. A very good memory a n d one I hope to Now we're t a l k i n g , a little initiative to exactly the S.S. Minnow and there were no relive sometime soon. catch a fish. My biggest concern was when movie stars or millionaires aboard, but I did get the feeling that any one of us could, handle the role of Gilligan. The adventure began mid-afternoon with Marty and I needing a fishing license. Heading out to a friendly Meijer, the two of us dug deep into our wallets to come up with the

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RECREATION Wiffle Ball is a hit with backyard enthusiasts h a t started a s a n a m u s i n g recreational activity played in W W my back yard during my son's first birthday party, h a s become a serious athletic event. After playing j u s t a few innings, we all discovered w h a t a blast t h e game of Wiffle Ball truly is, even though most of us are in our mid-20s. The sound and feel of a plastic b a t smashing the ball is oh so CHAD sweet. LOCKWOOD Shortly a f t e r our first exhibition game, rules were established and a league was formed. We call it the H a r t l a n d Wiffle Ball League. Currently t h e r e a r e 10 members who each have their own "team." Each member of t h e league chose a Major League franchise to represent and were then encouraged to purchase a ball cap of their team. GUEST COLUMNIST

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Admire large adult insects before they die ost people are familiar w i t h large insects like m a n t i d s , grasshoppers, crickets and walking sticks, b u t we only become aware of their presence in late summer and fall. These insects are too small most of the s u m m e r to be recognized. Finally, about now, they are big enough for us to notice them. Mantids are very recognizable insects. Those large forelegs are modified for catching other insects. Their large size, u p to about 4 inches, allows t h e m to catch a wide variety of insects. This is when female m a n t i d s lay their egg masses on a n y kind of convenient object. Adults will only live until it gets cold. Their egg m a s s survive t h e winter. In spring, tiny m a n t i d s emerge with voracious appetites and s t a r t growing. By late summer, those t h a t survived the s u m m e r are big enough to spot in your garden. I've enjoyed some in our raspberry bushes, in fields and even on my screen door. Michigan sports two species of mantids, both introduced from Europe. Some individuals are green, while others are brown. Color doesn't designate species or sex. It's j u s t a variation. One s t u d y discovered t h a t green individuals were seen twice as often a s brown individuals. Not too distantly related to t h e mantids a r e the walking sticks. Probably as recognizable as the praying mantis, walking sticks look like their name. Their long, n a r r o w legs and body resemble twigs. N o r t h American walking sticks are small compared to tropical species t h a t reach lengths of 10-12 inches.. Only four species a r e found in the Great Lakes region. They r e a c h lengths of 4-5 inches. Unlike t h e praying mantis, walking sticks are strictly p l a n t eaters. In late s u m m e r they a r e often a t the tops of trees eating leaves. Young walking sticks emerge from eggs laid by adults, which were allowed to drop to t h e ground the previous summer. Some eggs m a y not h a t c h u n t i l the second summer a f t e r being laid. Depending on when t h e eggs h a t c h , w e a t h e r conditions a n d food availability, it may t a k e u p to two y e a r s for the adults to m a t u r e . Now is the time w h e n walking sticks are large enough for u s to notice. Periodically t h e s e m a s t e r s of camouflage get dislodged from their treetop hideout and come down where we can see. In spring, the spring field cricket can be seen as a n adult size black cricket, b u t in fall, t h e fall field cricket is the large black cricket chirping in the backyard. The fall field cricket h a s been developing from eggs t h a t h a t c h e d in spring. Tiny fall field crickets a r e too small to notice until they m a t u r e a n d s t a r t to sing. They have always been around, j u s t not showy enough to be detected. A similar development occurs in the short-horned grasshoppers. They, too, h a t c h from eggs in spring t h a t were buried last fall. Unless you get down into t h e field grasses and look carefully, or sweep the grasses w i t h a n insect net, these developing grasshoppers go unnoticed. In late s u m m e r however, w a l k the trail in a field and you will likely flush colorful winged grasshoppers in front of you several times. At first glance they resemble a butterfly, but closer examination reveals they are grasshoppers. The short life of these insects through t h e w a r m m o n t h s culmin a t e s in m a t i n g and i n s u r i n g t h e species will survive a n o t h e r year. Enjoy the large adults before they die. Tom Nowicki is a naturalist at Independence Oaks park in Oakland County.

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One against another Each scheduled game pits one t eam against another. The t e a m scheduled to play is led by a n "owner" who serves a s t h e captain and pitcher of t h a t game. To fill out the rosters, all other players become free agents for the day, a n d are picked alternately to m a k e the t e a m s complete. Each squad is composed of three to five players. Wiffle Ball is played j u s t like baseball except for a few minor differences. Throwing t h e ball at r u n n e r s in an a t t e m p t to get them out is legal. A target t h r e e feet behind home plate is the strike zone, which m a k e s it easy to judge balls and strikes. It is a 3-foot by 4-foot piece of plywood with a hole cut out 12 inches from t h e bottom. The hole is 22 inches wide and 30 inches tall. Any ball t h a t goes through the hole is a strike. The pitcher can pitch as f a s t or as slow as he chooses and can deliver it anyway he desires. Because of the eight slotted holes on one side of the ball, anyone can throw wicked sliders or sick curveballs. Other pitches used are t h e sinker and the feared riser.

• Are you involved with a sport or recreation activity that you'd like to write an article about? Then this is your lucky day because the Observer is looking for guest columnists to fill this space every Sunday. Pitch your idea to Special Projects Editor Ralph Echtinaw at (734) 953-2054, or e-mail at rechtinawtoe.homecomm.net

PHOTOS BY CHAD LOCKWOOD

Field of dreams: Chad Lockwood has turned his back yard into a Wiffle Ball "stadium" complete with green plywood outfield fences. Below is Lockwood's backstop. If a pitched ball goes through the hole in the plywood it's a strike.

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more realistic feel, a n eight-foot section in left field known as t h e "Green Monster" was built out of lattice skirting. Shortly after that, I replaced the orange snow fence t h a t originally stood as t h e outfield wall, with nine sheets of green-painted plywood to create a replica of Boston's F e n w a y P a r k . I also constructed a scoreboard, complete w i t h each team's logo.

Falling in love Everyone in our league h a s fallen in love with the game of Wiffle Ball. The guys love the competition and try to see who can rack u p the highest stats, which are compiled and calculated on a n Excel spreadsheet. The girls like it because it gives t h e m a chance to get together and s h a r e some laughs. I never would have guessed t h a t a former childhood pastime would be so much f u n . Chad Lockwood is a resident of Hartland but works at E & E Manufacturing Co. in Plymouth. He can be emailed at lockwood@ michigan connect.com

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iamonds are forever. Everything else h a s to be replaced a t some time. That is certainly the case for our good old bowling lanes. Wood w e a r s out with time and use. Then every two years or so, AL HARRISON the wooden lanes require resurfacing, a n arduous process t h a t involves much sanding, and more loss of surface. Some of t h e wood lanes we are still bowling on have been in service for 40 or more years. There comes a time w hen they are no longer serviceable, and h e r e comes Brunswick or AMF with their new high-tech permanent lanes. As J i m Hamlin, t h e proprietor of Count r y Lanes in Farmington ntited, his resurfacing m a n told h i m maybe five more years. Hamlin would t h e n be faced with t h e choice of wood lane replacements or synthetics, such as Brunswick's Anvilanes. "My resurfacing m a n is retiring," says Hamlin. "There are very few left who can do the job well." The logical choice is synthetic lanes, for they require little if any maintenance. The downside of synthetic lanes is the greater cost. Once in, however, t h e yearly maintenance is almost nil. Ken Lauterbach, the Brunswick sales representative, said there are 30 houses in this a r e a t h a t have already installed t h e new AnviTEN PIN ALLEY

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Pass the shovel handle We use several different bats in bur league. Most models are derived from the original skinny, yellow Wiffle Ball bat. To juice up our bats we have added water, foam insulation, and duct tape. Also, longer bats h a v e been constructed by cutting the handles off the original bats and inserting old shovel h a n d l e s or broomsticks. We t h e n tape the whole bat back up, which gives the b a t t e r a better chance of blasting a home run. After a few weeks of playing, I decided the field in my back yard needed f u r t h e r development. To give my field a

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• Some of the bowling centers in and around Observerland with Anvilanes are: Wayne Bowl, Mayflower Lanes (Redford), Cherry Hill Lanes (Dearborn Heights), 300 Bowl (Waterford), Plum Hollow Lanes (Southfield), Westland Bowl, Hartfield lanes (Berkley), Cherry Hill North (Clarkston) and the 74 lanes at Thunderbowl in Allen Park. lanes, with a n o t h e r four having h a d t h e earlier version set in place. T h e r e are several more scheduled for t h i s year. And, of course, AMF also h a s its version in some spots including Town and Country Lanes in Westland. Some of the bowling centers in and around Observerland with Anvilanes are: Wayne Bowl, Mayflower L a n e s (Redford), Cherry Hill Lanes (Dearborn Heights), 300 Bowl (Waterford), P l u m Hollow Lanes (Southfield), Westland Bowl, Hartfield lanes (Berkley), Cherry Hill North (Clarkston) and the 74 lanes a t Thunderbowl in Allen P a r k . As a n added feature, Anvilanes can be installed with a "glow" feature, to be used in conjunction w i t h Cosmic Bowling, so t h e lanes will glow in a variety of incandescent colors d u r i n g these special events. According to Lauterbach, "The lane markings in these lanes m a k e targeting easier, and overall, the ball reaction is a lot more consistent t h a n with ordinary wood. The approaches are also much smoother and less likely to cause a n y sticking a t the line." The legendary J o h n n y Petraglia says, "Downlane m a r k i n g s provide

better tracking points for bowlers of all skill levels. High-performance players can measure break and a d j u s t to changing oil conditions. I n t e r m e d i a t e bowlers can find a better road m a p to the strike zone and a better p a t h to spare conversions. And beginners can aim at bowling zones created by the distinct board lines (a great t r a i n i n g tool)." The bowling industry adopted the aiming system of arrows and dots in 1937. Now in this new century, it is s t a r t i n g to provide a better system for aiming and tracking t h e shots. If you are in a house with wooden lanes, t h e lanes are probably still in good condition and they m a y still go several years before replacement is necessary. When t h a t time comes, you can be fairly certain t h a t the new surfaces will be the synthetic lanes, regardless of which m a n u f a c t u r e r supplies a n d installs them. If you a r e a proprietor, t h e bottom line is all-important to consider, and w h e n all is said and done, over the long term, you should look into synthetic lanes. With the minimal cost of upkeep, you will be come out ahead of the g a m e - and so will your bowlers.

SLITHERING SNAKES Indian Springs Metropark near White Lake will hold 'Slithering Snakes,' a visit with native Michigan snakes and exotic species from other countries a t the park's Nature Center Saturday, Aug. 19 at 1 p.m. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call (800) 477-3192. BASS TOURNAMENT The 2000 Top Bass Tournament will be held at various sites throughout the summer months. The schedule is as follows: Lake St. Helen, Aug. 19; and Wixom Lake, Aug. 26-27. Guaranteed payoffs will be awarded with amounts determined by the number of entries. For more information, call (734) 729-1762 or (734) 422-5813. METRO-WEST STEELHEADERS Metro-West Steelheaders meets a t 7:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month in the cafeteria at Garden City High School. Call Dominic Liparoto at (248) 476-5027. MICHIGAN FLY FISHING The Michigan Fly Fishing Club meets a t 7:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Livonia Clarenceville Middle School, located on Middlebelt Road between Seven and Eight Mile roads. Call (810) 4781494. FOUR SEASONS The Four Seasons Fishing Club meets 7:30-9:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Civic Park Senior Center, 15218 Farmington Road, in Livonia. Call Jim Kudej at (734) 5910843. HURON VALLEY STEELHEADERS The Huron Valley Steelheaders meets the third Thursday of each month at t h e Knights of Columbus Hall, 27600 Hall Road, Flat Rock. Call Carroll White at (734) 285-0843. BASS ASSOCIATION The Downriver Bass Association, a non-tournament bass club, meets at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Gander Mountain in Taylor. Call (734) 676-2863.

SHOOTING RANGES LIVONIA RANGE The Livonia Archery Range is open to the public. The range features seven field lanes and one broadhead lane and is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The range is also open Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment only through the end of November. Cost is $4 for adults and $2 for children. Livonia residents shoot free of charge. The range is located on Glendale Avenue, east of Farmington Road. Call (734) 4662410.

PARKS METROPARK REQUIREMENTS Most Metropark programs are free while some require a nominal fee. Advanced registration and a motor vehicle permit are required for all programs. Call the respective parks at the following numbers: Stony Creek, (800) 477-7756; Indian Springs, (800) 477-3192; Kensington, (800) 477-3178; Hudson Mills, (800) 477-3191. METROPARK PERMITS The 2000 Huron-Clinton Metroparks annual vehicle entry permits and boat launching permits are on sale a t all Metropark offices. Vehicle entry permits are $15 ($8 for senior citizens). The annual boat launching permits are $18 ($9 for senior citizens). Call (800) 47-PARKS. STATE PARK REQUIREMENTS Maybury State Park, Proud Lake Recreation Area, Bald Mountain Recreation Area, Highland Recreation Area, and Island Lake Recreation Area offer nature interpretive programs throughout the year. A state p a r k motor vehicle permit is required for entry into all state parks and state recreation areas. For registration and additional information on the programs at Maybury call (810) 3498390. For programs at Proud Lake and Highland call (810) 685-2187. WAYNE COUNTY PARK REQUIREMENTS Wayne County Parks offers nature interpretive programs throughout the year. Advanced registration is requested. Call (7349 261-1990 to register. To submit items for consideration in the Observer & Eccentric's Outdoor Calendar send information to; Outdoors, 805 E. Maple, Birmingham, MI 48009; fax information to (248) 644-1314.

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The r i g h t - h a n d e r , a pickup from the Lake Michigan Area Rams, gave up j u s t two hits, walked three and fanned three. Maryland State led 5-2 after two innings and 6-4 a f t e r five before Livonia rallied with four in the seventh and one in the eighth.

For the tournament, Wechter, the left fielder, led the way with a .545 batting average (6-for-ll with six walks). Hynes hit .500 (7-for-14), while Watchowski had two homers and five RBI.

Andrezjak came through with a two-run homer on a 2-0 pitch in the seventh, his first hit of the tourney. Reliever Doug Sherry was the losing pitcher, allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits.

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George said. "Our guys kept scrapping and scrapping. They played hard." Right fielder Spencer Hynes (Oaldand University) had three of Livonia's 10 h i t s . Don Watchowski and Roger Wechter each contributed two hits.

four earned runs on six hits. Ted Fletcher came on to pitch the next 3d innings, allowing just one run oh four hits before giving way to McCloskey.

On Friday, George, the former Madonna University men's baseball coach, said "eight to 10 players" are, eligible to come back next summer. "I'd say right now it's 60-40 I'm coming back," George said.

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region player at Mott, "she gives us a n o t h e r offensive option," Abraham said. And Frecsko is a "good all-around player" with strong a t h l e t i c a b i l i t i e s who could develop into a major contributor. Among the freshmen recruits, two that should be instant contributors are Amanda Suder, a 5-6 outside hitter from Plymouth Salem, and 5-10 middle hitter Kate LeBlanc, f r o m Livonia Stevenson. Suder was easily the best player on a Salem squad that advanced to the Division I quarterfinals.

A t h i r d all-Observer player recruited by Abraham, 5-11 outside h i t t e r Tera Morrill, from Livonia Franklin, injured her knee last spring and is going through rehabilitation. That has progressed faster than anticipated, however, and she could conceivably play this season. . The one freshmen recruit coming from outside Observerland is 5-6 outside hitter Denise Gallagher, from Honolulu. Abraham said she's "very experienced" and, like her freshmen counterparts, she could be a vital factor before season's end.

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junior — saw most of his time on the kickoff team, missing just t h r e e games (Michigan State, Illinois and Indiana) because of a neck injury.

Moundros. "I want to get better and I want to contribute — at least push the other two guys in front of me and make them work harder.

However, he did play fullback in two games — Rice and Northwestern — and even caught a pass for nine yards against the Wildcats. And heading into the

"When they know someone is working behind t h e m , they'll work harder. It doesn't matter if its the scout team or a starter." Moundros — a 6-2, 227-pound

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Friends While Wagner, his wife Penny, and Madonna University Chorale members Karen Buddenborg and Evelyn Wojtkowiak, talked with me about their recent trip to Ireland, and the thrill of singing in cathedrals, I listened longingly. Brought together by their love of music, they've become friends and are looking forward to beginning rehearsals 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5. They made me realize just how much I miss playing my clarinet and singing with a choir. I'm not a diva, nor am I ready for the concert stage, but I do love music and miss being part of a community band or choir. Buddenborg has been a member of the Livonia Civic and Schoolcraft choirs. She joined the Madonna University Chorale two years ago because she wanted to sing sacred and classical works.

Learning "I'm learning the music of great, famous composers," she said. "David Wagner has a keen sense of music. He stops during rehearsal and explains the music." The opportunity to learn new things, meet people who share your interests and exercise your talents, are all reasons people like Buddenborg and Wojtkowiak participate in local performing arts groups. They're professionals who honor their commitment to attend weekly rehearsals and participate in concerts and other special events. They're busy people who don't make excuses for not having time to participate in a group, they just do it. "The great thing about music-making is that no one sits on the bench," said Wagner. "You get to play all the time." You'll have to audition to get into the Madonna University Chorale, but Wagner assures "it's no big deal." For more information, call (734).432-5708.

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Brother Vincent Reyes photographed this child at a church in Honduras. What: SnapOne presents Its first Fine Arts Festival featuring oniy fine art, no crafts. When; 10 a.m, to 6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Aug. 18-20 Where: Novi Expo Center, f-96 west to south MoviRoad.^ Tickets: $6 aduits, children under age 12 free. $ 1 of each ticket goes to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen; For more information, call (810) 227-5183 or (734) 347-1963

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jatricia Nouhan hopes visitors to 'her first-ever fine arts festival will feel like they're stepping into a gallery where artists, not intimidation, greet them. Nouhan, a Brighton photographer and former Redford resident, came up witn the idea for the SnapOne Fine Arts Festival after participating in area art fairs. "When I talked to several artists they did not want crafts and country next to fine arts," said Nouhan. "This is higher end art work. The 50 exhibitors fit that fine art category." Among those exhibiting in the fine arts festival in Novi this weekend are Art Leaders Gallery in West Bloomfield, Canton wildlife photographer Ted Nelson, Observer & Eccentric photography columnist Monte Nagler of Farmington Hills, Livonia artist Patrick Freer, and Brother Vincent Reyes, a photographer and pastoral director of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit. Nouhan will offer her wildlife and nature photographs shot on jaunts to Kensington Metropark and Alaska. There will also be a mixture of fine crafts including glass, sculptured handbags, jewelry, metal art and hand dyed silk scarves. Freer creates abstract paintings by dripping acrylics and enamels from a stick. "Sim Chic" is a kind of a psychedelic flashback to the late 60s and early 70s with its scorching yellow and red sun hovering above the blue waves of the ocean. "I love making things pleasing to the eye and try to be innovative by using different techniques like drip painting," said Freer who listens to classical and jazz music while painting.

with a music degree. A full-time musician, Freer plays Thursday-Saturday evenings at Farwell and Friends Restaurant & Lounge in Westland. Nouhan invited Freer to show his work at the SnapOne Fine Arts Festival after seeing it at the Livonia Arts Festival at Greenmead Historical Village in June. In 1999 the Livonia Arts Commission sponsored a one-man show of his work at Livonia City Hall. Freer will bring about 40 paintings and collages, matted and framed, to the show.

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Join the band Playing in a community band is another way to exercise your creative side. The Farmington Community Band's first rehearsal for its 35th season is 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, at Farmington High School. Membership is open to any adult, and by audition to qualified high school students. The current membership represents a wide variety of occupations from many different communities. For more information call (734) 261-2202 or (248) 489-3412. Visit t h e i r Web site at www. mystery, com/fcb You can also make a point of checking the Observer Newspapers' Eight Days a Week calendar in the Entert a i n m e n t section on T h u r s d a y to learn when local community bands, chorale and t h e a t e r groups are rehearsing. They're always looking for new members. If you're not very musical, and the thought of being on stage makes your knees knock but you love music and theater, call anyway. Local groups always need help behind the scenes. As for me, I'm going to stop making excuses and start making time to make music. How about you? Keely Wygonik is assistant managing editor of the Observer Newspapers Features Group. She can be reached at (734) 953-2105 or e-mail kwygonik ©oe.home comm.net

Symphony hits high note with new season music and a march, the Entrance of the Gladiators, which is usually played at circuses," said Karoub. "People usually bring their lawn chairs and there's usually a large crowd. We have a great time." The free concert is a prelude to the orchestra's new season, which opens Saturday, Nov. 4 with an all-American concert. Besides featuring the concertos and symphonies of Scandinavian and French composers, the orchestra will add a second chamber concert to its new season due to a sellout of a similar program held last year.

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It's hard to believe, but there are only two concerts left in the Livonia Arts Commission's Music Under the Stars series. In just a few weeks, the Livonia Symphony, and other local symphonies, will begin holding fund-raisers and opening their new seasons. On Thursday, you can hear the Livonia Symphony Orchestra perform for free at their annual Music Under the Stars program. After hearing them, you might decide to purchase season tickets. Conductor Volodymyr Schesiuk and Carl Karoub will share the podium to lead what Schesiuk refers to as "park music." The program is similar to the music he conducted in Ukrainian parks and concert halls before immigrating to the U.S. in 1991.

All American program "It's pop American and light classical music from Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Lady and Bizet's Carmen Suite to Fiddler on the Roof" said Schesiuk. "The Gypsy Baron Overture by Strauss is little known here but popular with European audiences. We close with Stars and Stripes Forever. Last year so many people were there. It's a very nice feeling when so many people come."

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A highlight of the 2000-2001 season is sure to be the return of the young Livonia pianist Joshua Cullen to the intimate auditorium at the Livonia Civic Center Library. "We've got a great season planned," said Livonia Symphony President Robert Bennett. "The diversity of the music is very broadranging but very appealing. We're going to break precedence and put on The Nutcracker two years in a row. And we've invited pianist Joshua Cullen back again at another stage in his career. He first performed with the orchestra when he was eight years old. He's now 16 and a student at the University of Michigan School of Music."

Note • Livonia Symphony • Orchestra performs f t Music Under the 1 Stars 7:30 p.m. 1 . Thursday, Aug. 17, Civic Center Park, 33000 Civic Center Drive, east of Farmington Road, Livonia; no charge for admission, (734) 466-2540. m Sunday, Songs Symphony fund-raiser 6t30-9;30 p.m. •; Sunday, Oct 8, Wonderland Mali, Plymouth Road at Middlebelt, Livonia., Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door, (734) 4213,111 or (734) 4274113. • LSO cohcert season opens with an all-American program 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, Churchpt High School Auditorium, 8900 Newburgh, Livonia. , Tickets $15, (734) 421-1111.

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Showcase N o u h a n is o f f e r i n g v i s i t o r s s o m e t h i n g more t h a n a wider a n g i n g s e l e c t i o n of f i n e a r t though, she's giving t h e m t h e opportunity to do something for the less fortunate. Not content to do s o m e t h i n g for h e r s e l f a n d other artists simply by holding the festival, Nouhan's giving $1 from every admission ticket sold to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen. "Everybody needs to give back to t h e c o m m u n i t y by h e l p i n g needy organizations t h a t help people," said Nouhan. "My philosophy is t h a t if I've h e l p e d other people I want them to turn around and help someone else if they want to thank me." Brother Vincent Reyes couldn't be happier about Nouhan's giving spirit. It's a sacredness in people and places t h a t he looks for w h e n c o m p o s i n g photographs. As pastoral director of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Brother Reyes spends most of his day "with people who struggle to survive." He came from a poor family in Indiana but never realized it until he took a sociology class in college. As long as he "had a roof over h i s h e a d , his father, mother and siblings," he was rich. He brings this philosophy to both his position at the soup kitchen and his photography. "What constitutes the sacred?" asked Brother Reyes, a photographer for nearly 40 years. "I've b e e n e v e r y w h e r e f r o m Stonehenge to photographing a child in a c h u r c h in H o n d u r a s a n d M o t h e r T h e r e s a . T h e y ' r e all sacred. It's a way of looking at the world. It's not fashionable to see the world as sacred but I'm a Franciscan and follow the teachings of the founder, St. Francis of Assisi, who fell in love with t h e Creator. I see t h i n g s t h a t touch me. Sometimes I w a l k through the woods and see beautiful things and other times all I see are ticks. That's why I like f o c u s i n g on t h e i n t e r a c t i o n between people." Brother Reyes' path as a Capuchin Friar has brought him into contact with people in all areas of life. During his years as

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By the end of the book, Johns o n h a s m a n a g e d tq b u r s t a n u m b e r of r o m a n t i c bubbles. Marriages, she seems to say, are not m a d e in heaven but in the daily accommodations one person makes to the other, the give and t a k e t h a t enable two individuals - even from different cultures - to build a life together. H u m o r o u s b u t sobering, Le Mariage is refreshingly unsentimental and honest, written with delightful verve. Esther Littmannis a resident of Bloomfield Township and a tutor in English. You can leave her a message on a touch-tone phone at (734) 953-2047. Her fax number is (248) 644-1314.

BOOK H A P P E N I N G S Book Happenings features events at suburban bookstores, libraries and literary gatherings. Send news leads to Keely Wygonik, Observer & Eccentric Newspapers, 36251 Schoolcraft, Livonia, MI 48150, or fax them to (734) 591-7279 or e-mail to kwygonik@ oe. homecomm.net. DISCUSSIONS What s o m e consider William Faulkner's b e s t novel, The Sound and the Fury, will be the subject of the next b o o k discussion at the Canton Public Library, 1 2 0 0 S. Canton Center Road. Published in 1 9 2 9 , the book about a declining group of Mississippi aristocrats, was a radical experiment in form and technique in its time. The discussion is set for 7 p.m. Aug. 2 1 and is sponsored by t h e Friends of t h e Canton Public Library. Advanced copies of the book are available. Call (734) 397-0999. • World m y s t i c i s m experts Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy will discuss their new book, The Jesus Mysteries, at Borders Books & Music in Farmington Hills 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2 3 . In the book t h e authors present evidence that t h e Jesus of the New T e s t a m e n t is a mythical figure and the Gospels are actually Jewish adaptations of ancient Pagan myths of the dying and resurrecting g o d m a n Osiris-Dionysus. The event is free and registration

is not necessary. The store is located on Orchard Lake Road north of Thirteen Mile. Call ( 2 4 8 )

737-0110. USED BOOK SALE The Friends of the Canton Public Library will hold a used book sale

Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 26-27. Hardcover books will seli for $ 1 , softcover for 5 0 cents. The library is located o n the west side of Canton Center Road between Cherry Hill and Palmer, j u s t s o u t h of Canton Township Hall. Call

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9 Bring your writings or your favorite poems to the Plymouth District Library from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. the second Sunday of the month. The format is tailored to the group's likes, and time is divided among the participants. Upcoming date is Aug. 13. Call Don Hewlett at (313) 272-3548 for information. The library is located at 223 S. Main, Plymouth. STORY TIMES • The next Kindermusik story, time is set for 9 : 3 0 a.m. Monday, Aug. 1 4 , at Plymouth Coffee Bean, 8 8 4 Penniman in Plymouth. Parents and their children are invited to enjoy free 2 0 - 3 0 minute interactive programs of story telling, music and movement during "Story Time with M i s s Karen," Instructor Karen Onkka Schanerberger is a licensed

Kindermusik educator at Evola music in Canton. Call ( 7 3 4 ) 4540 1 7 8 for information. KIDS STUFF Mark your calendars to t a k e a ride on t h e Magic School Bus 10 a.m. t o nnon Aug. 2 6 , at Waldenbooks, 3 0 2 0 0 Plymouth Road in Livonia. Miss Fizzle will be t h e r e for a story and a craft. Call t h e store for details, (734) 261-7811.} • Come kid around with Rosco t h e c l o w n a t the final Borders Explorer Camp of t h e year. The incredibly funny, zany and wacky Rosco will leave children laughing and w a n t i n g more. Join t h e fun at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1 5 , at the Dearborn Borders Books & Music, Ford Road west of Greenfield. Call ( 3 1 3 ) 2 7 1 - 4 4 4 1 for information. • Join s i n g e r / s o n g w r i t e r Lisa Hunter, a local favorite, for a fun program about koalas, the unique a n i m a l s f r o m Australia. Saturday, Sept. 2, a t 1 1 a.m., Borders Books & Music, d o w n t o w n Ann Arbor, 6 1 2 E. Liberty. Call (734) 668-7652. SPEAKER AVAILABLE Mary J. Stevens, autobiographer of I t ' s All in Your Head, a book relating her experiences as an identical t w i n , nun, teacher, wife and mother, as well as her " d e a t h " a n d recovery experience. To schedule speaking engagements or t o purchase her book, email Stevens at s t e v m j ^ a o l . c o m

Attend a writers' conference Get the "write s t u f f at one of these upcoming events: • The Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit presents the Writer's Corner, 10 a . m . F r i d a y , S e p t . 15 a t t h e Jimmy Prentis Morris Building, 15110 W. 10 Mile Road, O a k Park. Designed for people interested in creative writing, the session is led by Wayne State University Professor Norma Goldman. T h e r e is no charge. Call (248) 967-4030. • Budding writers attending a Michigan college or university are invited to apply for a scholarship to attend the 39th Annual Writers' Conference at Oakland University in Rochester. The conference, scheduled for S a t u r d a y , O c t . 21, o f f e r s a n opportunity to learn from professional w r i t e r s , agents and editors in a supportive and encouraging environment.

• Budding writers attending a Michigan college or university are invited to apply for a scholarship to attend the 39th Annual Writers' Conference at Oakland University in Rochester.

This year's conference features keynoter P a t r i c i a Polacco, t h e author/illustrator of Mrs. Katz and Tush, winner of t h e 1993 J a n e Addams Children's Picture Book A w a r d , a n d Just Plain Fancy, School Library J o u r n a l Best Book of the Year. In addition, participants will have a choice of 36 presentations covering novels, nonfiction, historical fiction, romance, t r a v e l writing, freelancing, short story, poem, and drama. Cost to attend the conference is $85; the optional luncheon is $15. Scholarships are made possi-

b l e by t h e M a r y K a y Davis A w a r d F u n d e s t a b l i s h e d in m e m o r y of Mary Kay Davis, a member of Detroit Women Writers, co-sponsors of t h e Writers' Conference. S t u d e n t s who w a n t to apply for a scholarship covering cost of the Saturday conference fee and luncheon may request a brochure and application by calling the College of Arts and Sciences at (248) 370-3125 or visiting t h e Web site a t w w w . o a t land, edu/contin-ed/ writersconf/. Deadline for receipt of applicat i o n m a t e r i a l s is W e d n e s d a y , Sept. 20.

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Westland artist Saundra Weed and J u d y D u n n e t t will show fiber art and painting through Aug. 30 in the fine arts gallery at t h e Livonia Civic C e n t e r Library, 32777 Five Mile, east of Farmington. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, until 5 p.m. •Friday-Saturday.

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There's j list a few days left to view the exhibit by members of Artifacts Art Club at the Plymouth Community Arts Council, 774 N. Sheldon at Junction. More than 50 paintings, pastels, photographs, color pencil, and mixed media works continue on display through Friday, Aug. 18. For more information and summer viewing hours, call the arts council at (734) 416-4ART. Livonia artist Sherry Eid is one of 20 exhibitors in the show. Her color pencil work "Chinese Gardener" captures the vibrant yellows and greens of a field. A well-known color pencil artist, Eid will teach a continuing education class in the medium 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays b e g i n n i n g Sept. 20 at Schoolcraft College in Livonia. The cost for the 8-week course is $106, $84.80 for seniors. To register or for more information, call (734) 462-4448 or visit the Web site at www.schoolcraft.cc.mi.us. Observer photographers Paul Hurschmann and Brian Mitchell will also teach classes at Schoolcraft College beginning Sept. 18. Hurschmann will focus on portrait/people photography 7-9:40 p.m. Mondays for 12 w e e k s . Mitchell will teach basic photography and how to capture the moment 7-9:40 p.m. Mondays for 12 weeks. MEMBERS FIRST SERIES J o s h

White, Jr. kicks off the Plymouth C o m m u n i t y Arts Council's "Members First" series with a concert of blues and folk music 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8 at t h e Joanne Winkieman Hulce Center for Arts, 774 N. Sheldon at Junction, Plymouth. The Friday night series gives m e m b e r s t h e o p p o r t u n i t y to g a t h e r and s u p p o r t t h e a r t s council while delighting in the t a l e n t s of a variety of performances. The third season feat u r e s everything from jazz to Tchaikovsky and Shakespeare. White, J r . is a well-known singer/guitarist who at age 5 sang with his father, the lege n d a r y Josh White, Sr., on a 1945 Armed Forces Radio show. On Oct. 13 the audience will be entertained by the actors and musicians of Shakespearience as

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The Garden City Fine A r t s Association is offering watercolor classes with Kay Rowe beginning Sept. 12 at t h e A r t Gallery/Studio, 29948 F o r d Road, Garden City. Hours are 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays. For information on registration, call (734) 261-0379. JCC ART FAIR TODAY

Folk andblues: Josh White Jr. kicks off the Plymouth Community Arts Council's "Members First* series with a concert on Friday, Sept. 8. they relay advice to the 21st century from Mr. William Shakespeare. On Nov. 17, Simon Mayer and Hilary James come straight from England with their multi-talented array of instrumental and vocal music. Mayer is Britain's leading mandolin virtuoso and J a m e s is one of the finest voices in England. Tickets for the series are $60 each. Singles t i c k e t s will be available after Aug. 15 for $25. Call (734) 416-4278. YOUTH CHOIR AUDITIONS

The Livonia Youth Choir is holding auditions for girls and boys in grades 5-8 (ages 10-13) who reside in Livonia, Westland and Redford 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10 at F a i t h L u t h e r a n Church in Livonia. Boys must h a v e unchanged voices. For more information, call (734) 425-1749. ACTING C A L L

The Farmington Players will hold auditions for James Goldman's "Lion in Winter" 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29 at Barnes & Noble on Orchard Lake Road, north of 14 Mile, West Bloomfield. The play calls for 2 female characters, ages 23 and 61, and 5 male characters ranging in age from 16 to 50. For more information, call (248) 355-0471. For tickets, call the Box Office at

The Jewish Community Center will hold its Summer Culture Shuk (pronounced "shook") at noon on Sunday, Aug. 13. The c u l t u r a l c e l e b r a t i o n includes t h e New O r l e a n s Klezmer All-stars, p u p p e t e e r Maureen Schiffman, a range of arts and crafts, rides for children Time-consuming medium: Sherry Eid created this color pencil portrait of a Chinese and Jewish food booths. Public is gardener for an Artifacts Art Club exhibit at the Plymouth Community Arts Couninvited. There is no charge. The JCC is 1 at 6600 W. Maple cil. Road in West Bloomfield. For information, call 661-1000. TRIBUTE

Cranbrook Art Museum will present a musical tribute to the people of the Yangtze River Valley, featuring traditional and contemporary music from China and the Yangtze River region. The t r i b u t e also includes a recitation of Chinese poetry, and flutist Ginka Gerova-Ortega performing music by Wong Shu. The program will be held 7:30 p.m. Friday in the deSalle Auditorium. Cranbrook Art Museum is located at 39221 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills. For information, call (877) 462-7262. EXHIBIT POSTPONED

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History announced the opening for the exhibition, "For Honor a n d Valor: African Americans in the United States Military, 17751953," has been postponed from Aug. 13 to Oct. 12. The exhibit will run to Jan. 21. The museum is located at 315 E. Warren in Detroit, (313) 494-5800.

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BRIEFS Blood drive The American Red Cross will sponsor a community blood drive at St. Mary Mercy Hospital 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, in the hospital auditorium. The American Red Cross encourages area residents to join hospital employees and volunteers to donate blood. The message from the American Red Cross is urgent: Blood supplies are critically low. Please donate blood before the upcoming Labor Day holiday. St. Mary Mercy Hospital is located at 36475 Five Mile Road at Levan. Please use the Five Mile entrance. To schedule a time to donate, call St. Mary Mercy Hospital at (734) 6552907. Walk-ins are accepted, but appointments are preferred.

Cancer support Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute announces the fall session of its faith-based spiritual support group for Jewish cancer patients, survivors and family members. The group is sponsored in collaboration with Rabbi Herbert Yoskowitz of Adat Shalom Synagogue of Farmington Hills. The Jewish Cancer Support Group will meet every 7-8:30 p.m. every Tuesday for 10 weeks beginning Sept. 12 at Adat Shalom, 29901 Middlebelt Road, Farmington Hills. It will explore personal spirit-building, identifying what tools are available within Judaism to provide comfort, hope and coping mechanisms. Participation is free. For more information or to register for the group, call 1-800-KARMANOS (1-800-527-6266). The registration deadline is Sept. 8.

Heartfelt answers You've just been diagnosed with premature ventricular contractions. Your best friend's child was born with a bicuspid aortic valve. Your son's teacher assigned a report on tobacco advertising and children. Where do you turn for free answers, explanations and literature? Call the American Heart Association at 1-80Q-AHA-USA1 with questions about cardiovascular disease, stroke, nutrition, physical activity, tobacco, heart healthy recipes, drug therapy, surgery and much more. Answers also can be found on their Web site, www.americanheart.org. The American Heart Association personally answers calls 6 a.m. to midnight EST Monday-Saturday. Spanish-speaking customer service representatives are available during daytime hours. The association also is an excellent resource for medical professionals. Additional numbers: 1-888-MYHEART is a special toll-free number for women; 1-888-4-STROKE is a tollfree number for stroke inquiries; 1877-AHA-4-CPR is a toll-free number for inquiries about CPR and AED courses.

Alternative medicine The Oakwood Healthcare CenterNorth Westland, 36555 Warren Road, will offer an Ayurvedic Medicine Workshop-Focus on Women's Health 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. The cost is $50 per person. Led by Dr. Veronica Butler and based on Ayurveda, the ancient medicine of India, the workshop will encompass wellness issues, PMS and menopause. Participants must pre-register by calling 1-800-543-WELL.

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our stomach and esophagus refuse to cooperate, and your last meal - a hamburger, a taco, a cup of coffee, perhaps a glass of wine - is sending a hot ball of acid back up your food pipe. If this happens every day, you may be one of 16 million Americans who suffer from gastroesophageal acid reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backs up into the esophagus. In most patients, this is due to a transient relaxation of the "gate" or sphincter that keeps the lower end of the esophagus closed when a person is not swallowing food or liquids. The four major symptoms of GERD are: • Heartburn (uncomfortable, rising, burning sensation behind the breastbone). • R e g u r g i t a t i o n of g a s t r i c acid or s o u r contents into the mouth. • Difficult and/or painful swallowing. • Chest pain. Left unchecked, severe reflux can lead to many complications, including ulcers, asthma, vocal cord inflammation and Barrette esophagus, a precursor to esophageal cancer. STAFF PHOTO BY BBYAN MITCHELL The causes of GERD Consulting: are both genetic and Dr. Nabil Sultani, a environmental. It tends gastroenterologist at to run in families, and obesity may be a St. Mary Mercy Hos- while f a c t o r (excess w e i g h t pital, welcomes the pushes the stomach new treatment up), the connection has options but says only not been scientifically time will prove their proven. "I t h i n k i t ' s m o r e long-term effectivecommon in c o u n t r i e s ness. with sedentary lifestyles, w i t h people

who eat j u n k food and smoke cigarettes," said Dr. Tamir Ben-Menachem, a gastroenterologist with the Henry Ford Health System. Unfortunately, GERD is a life-altering disease. People who experience daily heartburn restrict their diets and often have trouble sleeping since lying prone tends to worsen symptoms. Some have difficulty when exercising. "When we take into consideration the quality-oflife scale and compare reflux to other diseases, like hypertension, patients feel reflux is more detrimental to their quality of life. That's j u s t the perception," said Dr. Nabil Sultani, a gastroenterologist at St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia.

Treatments Most people try over-the-counter a n t a c i d s or dietary changes before they see a doctor. "Every individual has their own level of comfort. I've seen patients with severe symptoms for years and they just decided to seek help," said Sultani, Prescription medications - Zantac and Tagamet and the stronger and more effective Prilosec, Prevacid, Aciphex and Protonix - coupled with lifestyle changes remain the doctor's first line of defense. If these fail to eliminate or alleviate symptoms, there's surgery for the most severe cases in which part of the stomach is wrapped around the lower end of the esophagus to prevent acid from getting back up into the esophagus. "The old-fashioned surgery was the gold standard for years," said Sultani. Today, most surgery is done laproscopically; in addition, there are new, less invasive options. Endoscopic gastroplication, a non-invasive procedure recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is being performed at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, one of j u s t 25 sites around the country and the only one in Michigan offering the procedure. The Bard Endo Luminal Gastroplication device much like a mini sewing machine - is attached to

the end of a endoscope. The thin flexible endoscopic tube is inserted through the mouth into the esophagus, a n d t h e tiny sewing device places stitches below the lower esophageal sphincter. The suturing material is then tied together to tighten the valve, preventing stomach contents from flowing back into the esophagus. No incisions are involved in the outpatient procedure, which is usually done without general anesthesia. Most patients return to normal activities the next day. "About 50 percent of individuals w i t h GERD should be eligible for the new procedure," said BenM e n a c h e m . "This is a cost-effective t r e a t m e n t option that helps eliminate the burning and discomfort experienced by patients. Also, it helps reduce reflux sufferers' reliance on medication and can help eliminate the need for invasive surgical procedures." A recent study, conducted at eight sites in the U n i t e d S t a t e s , including H e n r y Ford Hospital, showed that symptoms were reduced by an average of 73 percent for patients receiving the Bard Endoscopic Suturing treatment and that 67 percent of p a t i e n t s required fewer t h a n four doses of acid r e d u c t i o n medicine p e r m o n t h . The n u m b e r of patients on daily Proton Pump Inhibitors or multiple medications was reduced by 75 percent.

New U-M procedure Doctors at U-M Hospital in Ann Arbor are using the recently FDA-approved S t r e t t a procedure to t r e a t chronic h e a r t b u r n . The procedure uses an intense pulse of radio waves to tighten the muscle control at the point where the esophagus meets the stomach, preventing acid from traveling upward. "As many as 7 percent of Americans have daily symptoms of heartburn, or reflux, and frequently they don't respond well to over-the-counter medications and lifestyle changes," said Dr. Timothy Nostrant, a professor of gastroenterology and leader of U-M's Stretta research and clinical program. "This procedure could work for the 60 percent of those patients who have the most severe forms of the dis-

Coping tips Dr. Nabil Sultani, a gastroenterologist at St. Mary Mercy Hospital, sympathizes with bis paiients who ofu-n sav, "Doctor, you mean I came here to give up what makes life worth living?" H.e suggests, rather than pushes, treatments. ,f You can't change everything in their life because the compliance level goes down/' The American College of Gastroenterology recommends the following simple practices to decrease the amount of gastric contents that reaches the lower esophagus: • Elevate the head of the bed. The simplest method is to use a 4 by 4 to which two j a r caps have been nailed the appropriate distance apart to receive the legs or casters a t the upper end of the bod. Failure to use the j a r caps inevitable results in the patient being jolted from sleep as the upper end of the bed rolls off the 4 by 4. Alternatively? you may use a foam wedge under the mattress to elevate the head about 610 inches. Pillows are worthless for elevating the head. • Avoid lying down for two hours after eating. Do not eat for at least two hours before bedtime; avoid eating a large meal at least four hours before bedtime. • Avoid tight clothing. Loose weight if obesity contributes to the problem. • Avoid fatty foods, chocolate, citrus juice, tomato juice, pepper, peppermint and carbonated beverages (th& tizz causes the stomach to expand). • Avoid alcohol and cigarettes. Attempts to render the refluxed material less noxious consist of: • Antacids tend to neutralize gastric acid and increase sphincter tone, Alginic acid can add a mechanical barrier to refluxed material. • If results are not forthcoming, consult your doctor regarding diagnosis, medications and additional treatment options.

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ease, which is a substantial number of people." The Stretta procedure uses equipment made by Curon Medical, which sponsored the clinical trial led to the recent FDA approval. While a patient is under mild anesthesia, a catheter is threaded down the throat and into the esophagus, stopping just at the muscular valve t h a t separates the esophagus from the stomach. Inside the catheter is a narrow instrument with electrodes t h a t emits powerful but carefully aimed radio waves, which heat the muscles of the esophagus and causes them to contract. The patient may feel a sense of fullness in the chest or a little heat during the procedure. "It doesn't strengthen the muscles, but instead produces a little bit of scarring between the esophagus and the stomach, which makes the valve a little less easy to open up and makes it less likely t h a t the acid will come up," said Nostrant. Nostrant and his colleagues have performed the 45-minute S t r e t t a procedure in about 15 patients and find that it gives partial or complete relief to nearly all. However, patients with hiatal hernias or patients who only experience heartburn occasionally are not candidates for the treatment.

Success Paula Bjertness, 42, of Livonia had no symptoms of GERD other t h a n a sore throat. She had been to an ear, nose a n d throat specialist who performed "all kinds of swallowing tests but couldn't find anything wrong." She was prescribed Prilosec. "It helped, but it didn't take the. pain away," she said. She began limiting her diet mostly to Popsicles. While visiting a friend in Atlanta, Bjertness discussed h e r symptoms with the woman's son, a n internist. He told her she probably had acid reflux. When she r e t u r n e d home, she made a n appointment with a gastroenterologist who referred her to Ben-Menachem. A few weeks ago, Bjertness underwent endoscopic, gastroplication a t Henry Ford Hospital. Surgery was at 9 a.m., and she was home by 11 a.m. "It was wonderful," she said. For a b o u t a w e e k , B j e r t n e s s ' e s o p h a g u s w a s swollen and food seemed to get stuck. Ben-Menachem a s s u r e d h e r everything was normal. The swelling subsided, and Bjertness celebrated. "I immediately had a piece of chocolate, chocolate cake. It was great. I haven't had to take any medicine," she said. "I would definitely recommend the surgery. It was simple. It was worth it." To learn more about the Bard Endoscopic Suturing System procedure, call 1-800 Henry Ford or visit Henry Ford.com.

Michigan helps world's disabled during wheelchair drive Tin® year's Wheels for the World wheelchair drive will be Aug. 15 to. Sept. 15 a t Shurgard locations from Detroit to Grand Rapids and as far north as Saginaw. Wheels for the World is a n international organization that helps distribute used wheelchairs j - for disabled people around the i globe. Last year it collected more than 650 useable dhair& during the 1999 Detroit area wheelchair drive, contributing to a large portion of t h e £>440 chairs distributed worldwide. As the second annual Wheels for t h e World (i > iv< :? pproaches, residents throughout the

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BUSINESS NEWSMAKERS Entrepreneur award K a r e n W i l s o n of Monroe, president of Romulus-based Cent r a l Distributors of Beer, Inc. recently received a Michigan's Year 2000 E r n s t & Young Entrepreneur-of-the-Year award. After taking over the business 1991 when her brother retired, Wilson restructured the organization and increased sales and market share. She is eligible to p a r t i c i p a t e in E r n s t & Young's National Entrepreneurof-the-Year award competition, which will c u l m i n a t e at an a w a r d s ceremony in Palm Springs, Ca. Nov. 11, 2000. Central Distributors of Beer distributes in Livonia and other Wayne County communities.

Bank senior VP Comerica Bank recently promoted Ralph Heid of Plymouth to senior vice president, Intern a t i o n a l Finance, Detroit office. Heid holds a bachelor of a r t s degree from t h e University of Michig a n and an Held MBA from Easte r n Michigan University. He joined Comerica in 1972.

AAA agent honored David Roeser of Livonia has joined AAA Michigan as a sales agent in the Livonia branch, 37383 Six Mile Road in Newburgh Plaza. Roeser, a 1974 graduate of Michigan S t a t e University, comes to AAA Roeser Michigan with 12 years experience in the propertycasualty field. He can be reached at (734) 462-7000.

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Elston's American Speedy Printing center of Dearborn Heights and the Big R e d Q on Plymouth Road in Redford have merged their businesses, resulting in one of the largest on-demand commercial printing companies in the area, serving more than 700 businesses and organizations. The Big Red Q, owned by Susan and Walter Krapff of Farmington Hills, has been in business for 24 years. "This new team will allow Sue and me to transition our business as we move toward retirement over the next year, while at the same time assuring our loyal customers and friends the highest level of quality products and customer service," said Walter Krapff. The merged company will operate as Elston's American Speedy Printing Center. For more information, call (313) 5618000 or (313) 937-1170 or visit the company's Web site at www.spdyelston.com.

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Napster clones Napster opened the door. Now other entertainment media are being swapped and downloaded on the Net. Movies and videotapes are being traded by a site called Scour (www. scour. csom).vThe movie industry is suing them. And a site called Swapoo (www. swapoo. com) is now up and running letting users swap video games. Gamemakers call it piracy and are vowing suits. The Net Wars continue.

On the net First it was reality television. Now it's reality Internet. A new Web site, Inter tooob. com (www. intertoob. com), is now offering a 24-hour-a-day lineup of more than 50 shows about the weirdness in life. The first show is called Extreme Beings and features people with outlandish hobbies such as fire juggling. The shows will be interactive and viewers will periodically receive questionnaires inviting them to direct the action - changing endings and story lines. Mike Wendland covers the Internet for NBC-TV Newschannel stations across the country. He is the author of a series of Internet books. You can reach him through his Web site at www. pcmike. com and hear him Monday-Friday at 6:26 p.m. on NewsRadio 950, WWJ, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 4-6 p.m. on TalkRadio 1270, WXYT.

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The Council of Better Business Bureaus reports t h a t stay-athome mothers are among those most likely to fall for work-athome scams. Scam artist know t h a t these mothers want to be available to their children and earn extra income, so they lure them with deceptive home-based employment and business opportunity ads. According to Sharon Owens, home business consultant, mother and f o u n d e r of The Entrepreneur's Resource Center, "There are m a n y l e g i t i m a t e home-based careers. Working at home can work for you if you do your research and aren't looking for a quick buck. If you're considering a home-based business opportunity, it's important to select one t h a t i n t e r e s t s you

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Sub is an oasis near M-59, U.S.-23 Dean Piekarski, sales m a n a g e r for Triangle Development, explains w h a t makes Heritage Meadows in Hartland Township so special. "In a nutshell, it's location, schools, the community, itself, surrounded by trees, sidewalks and streetlights for children," Piekarski said. "It's an oasis, very quiet," added Inga Cruz, sales r e p r e s e n t a t i v e at the detached site condominium community. "You can stand in the middle of the sub and not know that you're close to M-59 or the freeway." "You get g r e a t value h e r e for t h e h o u s e we b u i l d - a lot of s q u a r e footage," added Pierre Nona, Triangle vice president. "Hartland schools are a big reason people are moving here - MEAP scores and new f a c i l i t i e s t h e y ' r e b u i l d i n g here," Piekarski added. Heritage Meadows is on Clark j u s t north of M-59 less than a mile east of U.S. 23. "We're 20 minutes from Novi, 25 minutes from Farmington Hills, 25 minutes from Ann Arbor," Nona said. "It's a growth area. That's what brought us here - location and convenience to freeways." And the housing value for price compares very favorably to nearby Oakland County, the Triangle folks maintain. E i g h t floor plans are available a t Heritage Meadows. They r a n g e in price from $184,900 for a ranch of nearly 1,500 square feet with three bedrooms and two baths to $234,900 for a story-and-a-half of 2,400 square feet with four bedrooms and 31/2 baths. All homes include at base price twocar garage, basement, wood foyer, carpeting t h r o u g h o u t , dishwasher, 150amp electrical service and ceiling fan in the great room or family room. Upgrades include fireplace ($2,500), air c o n d i t i o n i n g ($2,500), skylights ($850 apiece), glamour bath in the master suite with jet tub, separate shower, c e r a m i c t i l e and a 50-gallon w a t e r heater ($3,700) and a fancier kitchen with island and extra cabinets ($1,000). A second-floor laundry is available as part of a couple of two-story plans at Heritage Meadows for a n additional $500. Three-car garages can be had for an additional $6,000 on all plans. Vinyl siding is the primary exterior material. "We offer a home for beginners, people who a r e empty-nesters, families that are growing" Cruz said. "We have

Diamond model: This story-and-a- •half of2,000 square feet at Heritage Meadows includes a firstfloor master, two bedrooms and a full bath upstairs. A loft or fourth bedroom option also are available. something for everybody." "We've been in business a long time, since 1984," Nona said. "We're a company that takes a lot of pride in cust o m e r service a n d b u i l d i n g q u a l i t y houses." And visitors? "They're i m p r e s s e d with t h e floor plans, spaciousness, no wasted space," Cruz said. "The size of the windows, the amount of windows we put in the homes. We go to the extra expense to screw down f l o o r s a n d d r y w a l l , as well." Two models have been constructed. The Diamond, a story-and-a-half of 2,003 square feet, features a two-story foyer, great room with voluihe ceiling, a den/ office, kitchen/ nook, l^alf b a t h , laundry, and m a s t e r with c a t h e d r a l ceiling, walk-in closet, two sipk-vanity and glamour bath package on the first floor. Two bedrooms and a full b a t h are upstairs. Base price is $208,900. The model as is with upgrades costs $247,000, which doesn't include landscaping or deck. The other model, the expanded Emerald, is a two story of 2,150 square feet. It contains a living room and dining i oom on one side of the home, a long,

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BLOOMFIELD TWP - Open Sun. 1-5pm. Bloomfield Hills Schools. Ranch, by owner, large shady lot, 3 bedroom, 2+3 baths, air, targe modern family room, basement, 2450 sq.ft. $369,000. N. of Long Lake, W. of Adams, 1231 (248) 642-3734. Northover

C A N T O N O P E N S U N 12-4 6736 D E V O N S H I R E DR. MINT CONDITION OPEN FLOOR PLAN 3 bedroom brick ranch, 2.5 baths, attached garage, family room w/firepiace, dining room, updated kitchen, large basement, 1 st floor laundry, sunroom w/Caiifornia spa hot tub, & deck Canton w/privacy fence. OPEN SUNDAY 12-3 $209,600 3270 Napier, Vfc miie S. off Ford. CALL P A U L A. KLEBBA Over 2500 sq.ft., 5 bedroom, V/i 313-601-1139 bath home on 2V4 acres. 4 car Keller Williams Realty detached garage. 3254,900. 248-735-5515. Chris Carlbom, 734-558-0777, Remerica Country Place. CANTON - 3 bedroom RANCH, CANTON - Open Sun. 1-5pm. 3V£ car heated detached garage, 44408 Hanford. 4 bedroom, 2V£ double fireplace, beautiful wood bath, 2 car garage, fireplace, floors and huge kitchen alt on d e c k , f i n i s h e d b a s e m e n t , one acre. Appliances stay. $235,000. (734) 453-3253 Priced t o sell by o w n e r . $193,900. Open Sun. 1-5. 3034 Hannan. Call: (734) 729-5343. CANTON: Open Sun 12-5. Nice 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath coloFARMINGTON HILLS - Open nial. Large family room, updated Sun. 1 -5pm, 29610 Hemlock, N. kitchen, Targe fenced yard. New of 10 Mile/W. of Middlebelt. 2 carpet. 423 Robyn Dr; E of bedroom, 1 bath, family room, L i l l e y , N off C h e r r y Hili. 20x40 deck, 3A acre lot. $162,900. 734-844-3312 $142,000. (248) 866-4989

SUSAN TEDESCO, CRS, ABR RE/MAX SHOWCASE HOMES (248)647-3200 BEVERLY HILLS OPEN SUN. 1-4. 30320 Leemoor, S/13 Mile, E/Lahser. 3 bedrooms, 2 fuii baths, large private y a r d . ALMOST A f i ACRE! $285,000.

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CANTON colonial. Open Sun. 2-6.43485 Stuart Court, S. of Ford' W. of Morton Taylor (enter off Ford, S. on Oakview). $174,900. Call Pat 1-800-646-6311

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LIVONiA SCHOOLS - 1.5 bath, 3 bedroom brick ranch, 1.5 car garage, new roof/windows. Open House Sun, 2-4, 8247 Gary $139,900. 248-349-7202.

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ALTA LOMA SUB. - Downtown Farmington. 4 bedroom updated colonial with Fla room. Quick occupancy. Call Shlrely Smith, Real Estate One, 248-477-1111. Open Sun. 1-4pm. 34117 Schulte. Beverly Hills OPEN SUNDAY 1 - 4 19324 WARWICK N. of Beverly Rd., E. of Evergreen PRICED REDUCED Beautiful brick ranch, 20x20 family room. Two bedrooms with private baths, library or 3rd bedroom off foyer. Finished rec room, 2 car attached garage. C e n t r a l air. B i r m i n g h a m Schools....$349,900.

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No credit, bad credit, 0 down, low down, perfect credit, the list goes on and it can be confusing. And you can rest assured that it will never (and shouldn't) cost you anything to get pre-qualified. Don't spend more than you should on your next mortgage or home. For m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n a b o u t h o m e s a n d s e r v i c e s from T h e Castelli Team, Gntuifc, Pat Castelli at 734-260-3271 Dave Castelli at 313-708-0701 CASTELLI & LUCAS Lynn Kososki at 3 1 3 - 2 7 5 - 8 0 0 8 Or as always 24 hrs www.thecastelliteam.com

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And because they have two offices with Dave Castelli in the Garden City office and Pat Castelli and Marie Wojtala in the Canton office - The Castelli Team can serve you better, and offer you a wider market and broader options. Ail team members are here to assist with any questions you may have, and with a whole team to serve you, you will never be left in the dark with questions or unanswered phone calls.

This is particularly necessary when a client has had a few problems with their credit in the past. "A lot of people don't realize that their credit is not as damaged as they they think and if it is, she can tell them how to address those issues, so they can come back 6 months later and qualify for a mortgage." Castelli said.

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This commitment to service comes certainly at a price, Castelli explains. The team has hired a web designer, couriers, assistants and marketing personnel, but Castelli says these measures have been to stay abreast of the fast growing real estate market in our area, and offering very flexible commission structures that start at only 1% for coordination, as every one of our customers is in a different situation, with different needs.

Additionally, The Castelli Team can help you find the right mortgage representative to help you buy your next home. Castelli refers many of his clients to Lynn Kososki, loan officer for Mortgage Banking Services. Finding the right mortgage for your personnel situation can save or cost you thousands, Kososki knows the ins and outs of nearly any type of mortgage his customer needs, Castelli said.

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LIVONIA OPEN SUN. 1 - 4 32488 Norfolk S. of 8 Mile, E. of Farmington Super 3 bedroom colonial on a 1 A a c r e lot. F a m i l y r o o m w/fireplace, skylights, remodeled kitchen and more. Only $235,900. Call Anna Burford Direct: 248-735-5514 Keller Williams Realty,

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Every h o m e o w n e r w a n t s to sell h i s or h e r home for the highest possible price. The steps involved in a successful sale require a t h o r o u g h analysis of c u r r e n t m a r k e t facts. These include i n f o r m a t i o n on recent sales, other homes presently on the market, a n d those properties t h a t were on t h e market with no offers a n d h a v e been withdrawn. Finally, a n a s k i n g price is chosen. Hopefully, t h e asking price will encourage buyers to come see t h e property when compared with t h e a s k i n g price of competing properties. It should also allow for a n offer somewhat less than the asking price so t h a t a n e v e n t u a l selling price may be arrived at t h a t gives t h e seller t h e h i g h e s t price possible and yet provides t h e p u r c h a s e r w i t h t h e satisfaction t h a t t h e selling price is fair and reasonable.

LIVONIA - 20422 BEATRICE 3 Blocks W. Middlebelt, S. 8 Mile Open Sunday 1-5, Aug. 13 Seller willing to pay up to 3 % toward closing costs. 2 Bedroom ranch wupdated kitchen, c/a/, gorgeous lot, great neighborhood. Home warranty. More info? Page Suzanne @ 248-279-0466 SNYDER, KINNEY, BENNETT & KEATING 248-644-7000

The above described process does not succeed, however, if the asking price is unrealistically too high. This particularly becomes a problem if t h e seller d e m a n d s t h a t t h e Realtor® list t h e p r o p e r t y a t a high a s k i n g price t h a t cannot be supported by c u r r e n t m a r k e t facts. This often occurs when a seller says to t h e Realtor®, "I u n d e r s t a n d the information about today's prices, b u t I w a n t to t r y a higher price for a while j u s t to see if we can get it."

NORTHVILLE - Open Sun. 1-4. 4 bedroom, 2V4 bath, 3,338 sqft Colonial, situated o n premium professionally landscaped lot backing to wooded c o m m o n area. Less than 4 yrs. old. Dramatic floor plan with huge island kitchen, 2 way fireplace, library, formal living & dining rooms with butlers pantry & elegant master suite. Many more upgrades. 17034 Abby Circle. S. o f f 6 Mile, W . of Haggerty. $ 4 7 4 , 9 0 0 . (734) 420-4907.

W h e n a Realtor® is given t h e s e instructions, h e or she knows t h a t fewer showings will occur while the property is f o r s a l e b e c a u s e it will not a t t r a c t m a n y lookers w hen compared w i t h s i m i l a r properties a t a lesser price. Many homeowners w h o ask to price t h e property high also blame their Realtor® if t h e r e a r e little or no showings.

Novi O P E N SUNDAY 1-4 4 7 5 7 9 A B E R D E E N DR. N of 9 Mile, W of Beck Cheltenham Estates New construction - Never occupied! 4 9 0 0 sq. ft., 5 b e d r o o m s & 4 full baths. Premium wooded lot. Solarium, gracious marble entry and more. $714,900.

Insisting on a h i g h a s k i n g price and blaming t h e Realtor® for few showings can give t h e Realtor® mixed signals and f r u s t r a t e t h e efforts of the Realtor® a n d t h e homeowner to affect a successful sale. ADVICE: If you w a n t your property sold in a reasonable t i m e period, price it to compete w i t h similar properties also for sale. If you w a n t to price it higher t h a n the m a r k e t will bear, don't expect your Realtor® to be able to generate many showings by i n t e r e s t e d buyers.

(248) 349-6200 www.iadelaney.com. NOVI RANCH - Just under one acre with woods and stream. 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 fireplaces, 31' x 24' garage, Northville Schools. $382,000. 43700 Nine Mile Road. W. of Novi Road. O P E N SUNDAY 1 - 4 P M BARBARA CARR POPE Re/Max on the trail (734)459-1234 (248)400-5656

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Farmington Hills O P E N SUN. 1-5 .. 37415 C H E S T E R F I E L D CT. Farmington Ridge Sub. N. of 13 Mile o f f Halstead Newly remodeled 4 / 5 bedroom, 21A bath contemporary o n desirable large (3 / 4 acre) cul-de-sac lot, fully finished basement. T o o much to mention. A must see! $349,900. (248) 661-0065.

Farmington Hiils OPEN SUNDAY 1-4 38191 FRENCH POND {N/12 Mile, W/Halsted) GOLF COURSE VIEW 1994 built 3 bedroom, 2'A baths with library, first floor laundry, 2 car attached side entry garage. $339,000.

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FARMINGTON OPEN SUN. 1-4 2 8 0 6 0 Potomac Circle (E. of Drake Rd./N. of Freedom Drive) Contemporary Colonial - s h o w s like a model - 3 bedrooms/2.5 baths. Hosted by Mike Z. C O R N W E L L & BUSH REAL ESTATE LLC 248-477-5114 L A K E O R I O N - O p e n Sun. 1-4. 147 Overlake Dr., Indian Lake to Lakewood to Overlake. Striking cape cod, 4 bedrooms, 21A baths, 2500 sq. ft. basement, 2 car garage, motivated sellers. Call Julie at • 248-883-1100 Era Home & Land-248-375-2400 L I V O N I A - Beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bath ranch w/many updates. Great room w/fireplace. Won't Last long! $169,000. O P E N SUN. 1-4pm. 15899 Deering, E. of Middlebelt, N off 5 Mile. Or call (734) 422-0210 for appt. LIVONIA - Old Rosedale Gardens. Open Sun. 1-4. 9809 Ingram. Charming 2 bedroom w/possible 3rd bedroom in unfinished 2nd floor, 2 car garage, private backy a r d , C/A, m a n y u p d a t e s . $159,900. (734) 266-3186

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O P E N SUN., 12 to 4 4990 Knollcrest Ct., Commerce Brand new - S e l l e r t r a n s f e r r e d . (Immediate occupancy). Spectacular custom cul-de-sac home backing to wooded preserve. 3500 sq. ft., 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 3 car g a r a a e . expanded master suite w/ sitting area & huge walk-in closet. Family room w / v a u l t e d ceiling & fireplace, gourmet kitchen w granite + m a n y upgrades. Priced to sell at $399,900. (248) 363-5008

Livonia O P E N H O U S E SUN. 1-4 S. of 5 Mile, E. of Levan at 14466 Parklane. Lot backs up to nature preserve. Sharp 3 bedroom Colonial, 2.5 baths, central air, family room, dining room, 2 car attached garage. $254,300. Call Julie Dudek, Century 21 Row (734) 464-7111 Livonia OPEN SUNDAY 1-4 39063 Meetinghouse Lane S/6 Miie, E/Haggerty Three bedroom, 2'A bath brick ranch in desirable Quakertown Sub. 1st. floor laundry. Finished lower level with wet bar. Master suite with his & her closets. $239,900.

(248) 349-6200 www.jadelaney.com. LIVONIA - O p e n Sun. 12-3, 16479 Belcreek Lane. 4 bedrooms, beautiful country setting, above ground pool, Jacuzzi. 40*-. ®

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PLYMOUTH: O P E N S U N 1 - 4 Beautiful 3 bedroom brick ranch, updated throughout. New kitchen, hardwood floors, full basement-part finished w/4th bedroom, Prime lot, private yard. 40512 Orangelawn; E of Haggerty, N of A n n Arbor Rd. $189,900 (734) 459-5958

Plymouth O P E N SUN. 1-4 LIVONIA - O P E N SUN. 2-5 9078 Cobblestone Circle 36111 Vargo (W. of Beck Road (N. of 6, W. of Wayne) S. of A n n Arbor Road) N W Livonia. Prime location. 3 RIDGEWOOD WEST Bedroom brick ranch, over V6 COLONIAL acre lot. $249,900, Immediate occupancy for this spacious & spotless 4 bedroom, KATHY S M I T H 2>A bath home. Neutral colors cell phone: 313-618-2512 and new carpet. Huge master Re/Max Great Lakes suite with his & hers closets & LIVONIA'S BEST BUY! vanities. Tremendous kitchen O P E N SUN. 1-4 with island & pantry. Premium Pretty 4 bedroom, 2 bath brick lot & deck. More than 3,100 ranch w/over $40,000 in updatesl sq.ft. plus a n unfinished baseFamily room w/fireplace. Remod- ment with daylight windows. Plyschools. eled kitchen. Basement. Garage. m o u t h - C a n t o n $176,900. S. of Plymouth E. of $389,900. Farmington. 9815 Brookfield, Call: K I M B E L Z SUSAN & RACHEL RION 734) 670-1711 Re/Max Great Lakes (734) 5 2 2 - 2 4 2 9

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O P E N SUN. 12-4 Livonia schools quad by owner, new windows, kitchen, C/A, furnace, paint, carpeting, gas firelace, 2V& car g a r a g e , 4 edrooms, 2 baths. Walk to Mines Park. $177,900. 28125 MacKenzie, N. of Ann Arbor Trail, E. of Middlebelt. 734-525-8644

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Westland Livonia Schools O P E N SUNDAY 1:30-3:30 8320 Shari 1 block west of Merriman, south of Joy Immaculate 3 bedroom brick Ranch, tastefully decorated with beautiful hardwood floors. Updated windows, hot water heater, electrical, newer furnace with central air, 2 full baths, family room with fireplace, full finished basement, 1 car garage, move-in condition, immediate occupancy, priced to 53,900. Call Enzo, Maysell $153,9 fair Realty (734)522-8000. White Lake Twp. O P E N SUNDAY 1 4 1244 PARK DR. Off Round Lake Rd. All brick ranch with lake privileges. Fully updated, finished basement. Private yard, new decking, 2+ attached garage. Must see to appreciate! SUZY LEWIS (810)227-5005

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Redford ROMULUS OPEN SUNDAY 1 - 4 @ 9760 Lisa 10000 F A R L E Y Open Sun 2-4 S. of Plymouth, E. of Beech Daly Best Buy! 3 bedroom ranch wtih 3 bedroom bungalow, 2 baths, fin- full basement & 2.5 car garage. ished basement & Z A car garage. Offers new furnace & central air, $134,900 newer windows & updated bath. RENEE ELLIOTT Asking $97,000. RE/MAX on the trail YPSILANTI (734)455-1234, (734)453-8911 @ 1229 Warner Open Sun 2-4 Fresh, clean & ready for you! A f f o r d a b l e ranch with n e w carpet & paint. Full finished basement & fenced yard. Asking $114,900.

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REDFORD/South, Open Sun 1 - 4 3 bedroom brick ranch. 24508 Orangelawn. S. of Plymouth, E. of Beech Daly, go S. on Fenton O P E N S U N 2-5. Beautifully renoto Orangelawn. $125,900. vated 1920's west side home. Open floor plan, great for enterROYAL OAK S. - 1231 sq.ft., 2 taining, Chef's kitchen, new bath story bungalow, all hardwood w/skyiight, very private yard floors, w/newer, roof, bath & gas w/perennial garden & large deck. furnace; 1207 Longfellow, 3 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, central air, blocks S. off Lincoln (10.5 mile fireplace, hardwood floors, many rd.) M mile. E. of Main. W . o f updates, 2.5 car garage w/iarge Campbell. Sun 12-5. $154,900. 2nd floor space. Move-in condi(248) 649-5616 tion! By owner. 2205 Dexter. $295,000. (734) 663-3241. ROYAL O A K 1023 N. Pleasant. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, updated kitchen/baths/ windows. 1700 sq.ft. O p e n Sun. 12-4. (248)398-3094

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B I R M I N G H A M - Beautiful, 4 bedroom, new construction, 3V6 bath, $590,000. 1566 Pierce, o p e n Sun 1-4. 248-644-1478

South Lyon O P E N S U N 2-4 Newer 4 bedroom colonial. Anxious owner offering land contract at 6 % I N T E R E S T with 2 0 % DOWN. New carpet and paint coming this week. $219,900. Joseph Williams RE/MAX 100, Inc. (248)348-3000 ext. 288 313 920-7887 2 4 hrs.

BIRMINGHAM - Open Sun. 12-5. 3 bedroom Colonial, 2 bath, finished bedroom down, natural hardwood floors & new flooring main level, deck, c/a, security system. $297,000. 515 Smith. (248) 224-7612.

T R O Y • Open Sun, 1-4. 4 bedroom, VA bath Colonial, 1700 sq.ft, many updates includes all white kitchen, 5 3 5 0 English, N of Long Lake/W of Dequindre, $222,500. (248) 879-3469

BLOOMFIELD HILLS Schools Open Sun. 11-5, 615 Fox River Dr. Excellently maintained quadcolonial home over 2500sqft. 5 bedrooms, 3 full baths. Finished basement. Many updates thruout. Access to pool, tennis & clubhouse $285,000. 248-332-1603

BLOOMFIELD TWP. Open Sun. Aug. 13 - 12-6. Walk t o St. T R O Y - Open Sun 1 -5. Raintree Regis, Marion, Rice or Seahotm. Sub. $249,900. Below market. 4 Attractive 2600 sq. ft. 4 bedbedroom, 2.5 bath, profession- room, 2V£ bath coloniai. New ally done,large lot.248-524-0087 siding, roof, gutters, landscaping & Pella windows. Updated Westland kitchen, $469,000.248-647-5972 BEAUTIFUL C O L O N I A L 3 bedroom, VA bath. 2571 sq.ft., B U N G A L O W - 3 bedroom, VA Sunroom, w o r k s h o p above bath, living room/fireplace, garage. S. of Ford Rd. , W . of family room, c/a, garage, newer Wildwood. Open Sunday 12-3. roof. Great location. 2424 Wind248-816-9761. 830 N. Byfield. $175,000 emere. CHANTELLE M O N E T T E CLOSE TO DOWNTOWNRemerica Country Place Charming cottage type house. 2 (734)860-1458 bedrooms, basement, garage, W E S T L A N D - O P E N SUN. 1 - 3 screened porch. Lot a n d a half. (248) 647-2762. 31141 Gladys. Great s q u a r e $245,000, footage in this beautifully lands c a p e d Ranch home! Nice c o m e r lot, 2 car garage, large living room, and much m o r e l Seller says " B r i n g m e a n offer!"

SOUTHFIELD BY O W N E R - D E B O R A H D e L a R O S A ^ f f Ranch, 2 car garage, $84,900. Re/Max Crossroads lirtt 28490 Fairfax. Open Sat-Sun. (734)453-8700 1-5pm. (248) 424-7451. deborah @ deborahsells.com

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J U S T LISTED FABULOUS FRANKLIN COLONIAL on picturesque 1 + acre lot! Open floor plant New baths, new roof, hot water heater, carpet & much more. Charming Sun room, Birmingham schools. $495,000 ECH-25WIN (248) 646-1400

PUBLIC NOTICE CRANBROOK TO SELL PRIME PROPERTY IN BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP Cranbrook Educational Community will sell 2.52 acres of land located in the Township of Bloomfield in Oakland County, Michigan. T h e property is located o n the South side of Manor Road with access off Harrow Circle, a p p r o x i m a t e l y o n e mile Northeast of downtown Birmingham. The land, located at 1277 Harrow Circle, is zoned R-3, single family residential with a minimum lot size of 22,000 sq. ft. The site includes a VA story residence, built in 1950, containing 1,677 sq. ft. of living area and an attached two-car garage. The Rouge River forms the property's Western boundary. Cranbrook has developed a Request tor Proposal (RFP) calling for a minimum bid of $1 million for the property. Interested buyers are asked to submit a sealed proposal indicating their cash bid along with any terms for the purchase of the property by September 8 , 2 0 0 0 . Once ail bids are received, Cranbrook will disclose bids a n d entertain counter-offers for a period of two w e e k s after disclosure. A copy of the RFP can be obtained by contacting George Hedgespeth, Vice President of Finance and Administration at (248) 645-3111.

LAKE, GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB NEW HOMES COUNTRY CLUB & LAKE LIVING!!! B O A T S INCLUDED! Serene view located directly on the golf course. Gorgeous 2,700 sq.ft. European style ranch explodes with richness a n d volume. Finished lower level boasts guest quarters and wet bar. Includes membership to prestigious resort style country club a n d motor boats to use at your leisure. $371,245. C O U N T R Y CLUB & LAKE LIVING!!! B O A T S INCLUDED! Quiet cul-de-sac location. This 2 bedroom 2 bath European style ranch features an open flowing floor plan with efficient use of space. Enjoy the warmth next to your cozy two-sided fireplace in the d e n or great room. The lower level is ready to be finished t o double your living space. Includes membership to prestigious country club a n d motor boats to use at your leisure. $282,890

DELCOR HOMES at VILLAS OF OAKPOINTE (810) 220-4800. T W O S T O R Y contemporary on w o o d e d cul-de-sac. 997 O a k Ridge Circle. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, air, finished basement w/fuii bath, vaulted ceilings, updated neutral decor, all appliances, close to schools. $184,900. Free audio tour & showing information: (800) 207-4970 code 5001. 3 bedroom brick ranch with 2 car attached garage. 1 acre parklike setting, 1.5 baths, huge kitchen, c/a, finished basement. Brick paver patio w/hot tub, No agents please. $192,000. (810) 220-0847

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EXCLUSIVE W O O D E D HILLTOP 31A acres. Spectacular w i n d i n g drive to a hidden paradise. 3000,'; sq.ft. home, 5 car garage. Live a great life. $465,000' FRANK RILEY (734)416-1212 Coldwell Banker Preferred -

OPEN SUN. 1-3 4 2 3 7 6 Metaline, S. of Ford Rd &i E. of Lilley. Sharp 3 bedroom* , 2.5 bath colonial, oak kitchen w/island, great room w/fireplace, ' finished basement w/oak &. glass block bar, lovely yard w/tiered deck & hot tub, brick' avers, garage & much morel on't miss this one! - $254,900 .

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OPEN SUN. 1-4 * 4 5 1 0 4 Horseshoe Circle - S. of Ford, E. side of Canton Center in Carriage Park Condos. 2 bedroom 2 bath 2 story unit, great room w/cathedral ceiling & fireplace, dinette leads t o piivat patio, basement, attached garage & more! A must see! - $170,000 W O W ! Gorgeous 4 bedroom 2.5 bath Sunflower Village colonial offers remodeled family room w/fireplace, formal dining, large kitchen w/French doors to patio & lovely yard, basement, & so much more - $2

CASTELLI & LUCAS (734) 4 5 3 - 4 3 0 0 4 5 5 0 0 FO R D RD. - C A N T O N R A N C H , 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2= car garage. $204,900° MARIE L A G R O W •«

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J U S T LISTED C A N T O N - O p e n S u n . 1 -4, COME SEE 44898 Glengarry, 4 bedroom, A N D ENJOY! 2500 sq.ft., office in basement. 2 Heather Lake Privileges! Large car garage. $297,900 HELP-U-SELL (734) 454-9535 4 bedroom, 3 bath Colonial on a, beautiful treed lot. Open family; 5 OAK POINTE 2nd fairway on C O L O N I A L - 4 bedrooms, 2.5 room has fireplace, dining room Honors Course. 3,500 sq. ft. 4 baths. Backs to park. Fireplace w/Butler's pantry. Generous; bedroom, 1st floor master suite, in master. Plymouth-Canton closet space in b e d r o o m s custom a p p o i n t m e n t s schools. O p e n Sun. 12-4pm. Ready for the family reunion!; $384,900 ECH-15BRIthroughout, $425,000. 2163 Roundtable Dr, West. (248) 646-1400 (810) 227-1736 (S. of Palmer, W. of Lilley). $197,000 734-397-8862. M U S T SEE! Builders home in ; T H R E E B E D R O O M ranch, parage, large treed lot; new roof, O P E N S U N 1-5. 4 4 1 5 9 Fair upscale Sheringham Place Sub. ! insulation, electrical service, Oaks, E. of Sheldon, S. of Ford. 3 0 0 0 s q f t „ 3 bedroom, 4 baths,, : ; carpet. 6315 Stephen $130,000. 4 bedroom, 2^A baths, 2,250 sq. finished basement. Lots of (810) 227-7568 ft., new roof & trim. Updated & extras. $362,000.248-922-0311 extras: 734"9Q 1-0098 (248) 6 1 0 - 9 8 9 3 248 348-6430

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NOVI • Special property! 2550 sq. ft. can be finished to 3350 sq. ft. 3.5 prime Novi acres. Can be split. Call Wilma Leonard or visit www.reoagent.com/wleonard $369,900 (T48190) 734-591-9200

FARMINGTON HILLS - 38251 Remington Park, N. of Eleven, W. of Halstead. 3 BR condol 214 baths, over 1400 sq, ft., recessed lights t/o, prof.fin.bsmnt, plenty of storage, hrdwd. fl. in foyer & kit, 2 car att, gar, Call Chri8Dicksonorvisitwww.reoagent.com/cdickson $235,000 (R38251) 734-591-9200

LIVONIA - Brick ranch • open floor plan, large kitchen, 1st floor laundry, large lot, dead end street. Call Florence Argenta or visit www.reoagent.com/fargenta $195,900 (M19727) 734-591-9200

REDFORD - 20497 Wakenden, S. of Eight, W. of Beech. Spacious ranch with family rm or 4th bedroom. Updated kit, bath, windows, furnace, C/A. Extra deep 2% car ige with double lot. Call Sylvia Florence-Albert or www.reoagent.com/sylvia $124,900 (W20497) 734-591-9200

WESTLAND - 30891 Birchwood, S. of Cherry I of Merriman. This updated ranch is perfect if you just starting out. Major updates are done, it's clean and neutral. Fin. bsmt w/possible 4th bedroom. Call JimDonohoeorvisitwww.reoagent.com/jdonohoe $124,000 (B30891) 734-591-9200

FARMINGTON HILLS • 21685 River Ridge Trail, S. of Nine, E. of Drake. Beautiful det, condo w/neutral decor, Ig. GR w/cathedral ceiling and separate dining area. Very nice white kit. cabinets. Lg. deck, 1st fr. laundry, deep in sub. Call Betty Constant orvisit www.reoagent.com/bconstant $240,000 (R21685) 734-591-9200

CANTON • 1451 Bayberry Park Cir., N. of Palmer, W. of Haggerty. Immaculate & lovely describes this home. Neutral decor, many updates, white kit. cab,: doors leadhg to Ig. deck, French doors on din rm, irofldscpd. Call Betty Constant or visit Www.reoagent.A bath, updated roof, windows, bath, newer carpet, family room large deck w/hot tub, like brand carpeting, finished basement, w/fireplace, garage door opener, new! $154,900. (810)225-1268 masterbath, hardwood in kitchen finished basement, peaceful and & foyer. $215,000. 734-397-3450 private backyard. 3 bedroom," 1.5 baths, shows well! Asking;. NATURE RETREAT CANTON - GOLF COURSE! $189,900. Call Bob Merry at; Own your o w n "Wildlife ; Like new. Large breakfast area REMAX C R O S S R O A D S , Preserve", 3 bedroom brick & center island in kitchen. Fire734-453-8700, ranch on 19.49 acres, 2 / 2 place. Formal living & dining. baths, great room w/wood Full basement. (SA413). T a k e a stove, finished walk-out virtual Tour on-line at basement, 2+ car attached www.prudential.michigan.com garage. Hartland Schools & $379,900 e 248-851-4400 more! $329,900 Prudential Chamberlain-Stiehl

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VA bath townhouse in booming area of Canton. Decorated and updated to perfection. All appliances remain. Immed. occupancy. Call Margaret LaMonica or visit www.reoagent.com/mlamonica $122,900 (S41175) 734-591-9200

REDFORD • 15912 Kinloch, N. of Five, W, of Beech. Super ciean bungalow, featuring newer carpet, windows, plumbing, totally remodeled kit., hardwood firs., Ig. deck, walk to Bulman Elementary and Hitbert Jr. High. Call Kelly Penfield orvisit www.reoagent.com/kpenfield $122,900 (K15912) 734-591-9200

kitchen ( been done.. Beautifully updated M e n & bath. Home has been prof, decorated. Oversized 2 car garage. Call Bait Brunette orvisit www.reoagent.com/bbrunette $98,900 (L7241) 734-591-9200

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CHARMER This lovely home offers 3 bedroom & 2 full baths. Formal living & dining room, plus office and den. Over 1900 sq.ft. of living space. 2 Car attached garage with huge workshop. FinOPEN SUN. 1-5, By Owner ished basement with fireplace Windridge Sub, 33960 Fairfax, 7 and morel Mile/Farmington. 3 bedroom, 2'A Call: ANN SHAHIN: bath, totally updated colonial. 810-406-0164: pager Professionally finished base248-347-3050, Ext 413 office ment, 2 car attached garage. COLDWELL BANKER $284,900. 248-476-8140. WALK TO TOWN Schweitzer Real Estate from this totally refurbished 41860 Six Mile Road OPEN SUNDAY 1-4 Northville home. 4 bedrooms, 2 Northville, Ml 48167 20350 Deering St. baths, fireplace, deck, sun 1300 s q . f t . b r i c k / a l u m i n u m porch, new furnace and C/A. Ranch. 2 car garage. Many OPEN SUNDAY 2 - 5PM C6911 Charming brick ranch on a updates including roof & win- $209,900 dows. Big 22x13 Rec/family 60x298' country lot, coved ceilings, room addition. $119,900 hardwood floors, natural fireplace, professionally finished basement, attached garage, private deck & DARRELL CARTEL yard. Home Warranty. $114,400. (734)459-6175 20005 Lennane. Call Bill Langley RE/MAX Classic HOMETOWN ONE (248)474-3303 ext. 143 (734) 420-3400 ERA COUNTRY RIDGE

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3 BEDROOM, 1 bath Ranch newly remodeled kitchen & bath, carpet throughout. Must sell. Immediate occupancy. Asking $145,000. Call for appointment (248) 852-8199 BY OWNER - Open Sun. 12-5. 1497 Ashton. 4 Bedroom, 2 bath, quad level on 'A acre lot. Over 1800 sqft, recently updated $253,900. 248-608-6697, ROCHESTER - by owner. 3 bedroom, 1 bath, big fenced yard, 3 blocks from downtown. $141,000 (248) 613-7824. ROCHESTER - Great Oaks E. Sub. Colonial, 4 bedrooms w/oak floors, 2.5 baths, family room & den. $252,900. 814 Aspen Dr:, 248-652-6933 ROCHESTER HILLS - Open Sun. 1-5. 3 bedroom, 3 bath brick home on cul de sac, open floor plan, large great room & kitchen, full basement, attached garage, $256,900. 1526 Pembroke, owner - 248-601-3395

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Royal Oak/Oak ParkHuntington Woods CLAWSON - 3 bedroom, 1 bath brick ranch, 1.5 car garage, $149,900. 248-224-8443 FERNDALE - Charming 3 bedroom with extra lot. $129,900 by appointment only. 150 E. Chesterfield, between Woodward & Hilton (248)546-6614

NEW CONSTRUCTION Two custom 4 bedroom homes. Available late Summer. Many added features. Exclusive Sub. Colonial and Split f r o m $340,000, Call: 248-879-1541

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GREAT INVESTMENT Union Lake/White PROPERTY! Lake Duplex, 2 bedroom, side by ALL CUSTOM 4 large bedroom, side. Both currently rented. OPEN SUNDAY 1-4 2V4 bath, 3,100 sq.ft. Colonial Some new updated done. Vinyl nestled in Winans Woods next sided. Basement. Close to Updated lake front contemporary on Sugden Lake. 3 bedto Commons area. Open floor Downtown. $149,900. rooms, 3 baths, 2.5 car attached plan, large library, hardwood ASK FOR KATHY PETERS floors, custom mirrors/base trim (248^10-9893, (248)348-6430 garage & much more. W. of Oxbow, N. off Cooley Lake to & casing. Gourmet kitchen Bathgate to 10944 Hillway. w/granite counter tops, 3 car $279,900 ML#20038210. g a r a g e with e x t r a - w i d e / t a l l Paul Mruk, 248-348-3000, x230 doors, brick paver 17'x17' covRE/MAX 100 ered porch, Breathtakingly land- HUNTINGTON WOODS - brand scaped! VA yr. old. $464,900. new 4 bedroom brick. 2500 (810)231-8100 sq.ft. 3 'A baths, basement, 2 car attached garage. Island kitchen. W. Bloomfield248- 788-4111 PINCKNEY - 4 bedroom, 2 bath, $425,000.

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2'A car garage, new roof, large Orchard IMeego lot, great family sub. $164,900. OAK PARK - near zoo. 3 bedGREEN LAKE FRONT LOT 734-878-4924 room, 1200 sq.ft., 2 bath, 4th bedroom, finished basement, 90+ water frontage. Rare overT E N ACRES. 3 bedroom ranch, new kitchen, large property, sized lot, many new homes in t h e are. W e s t B l o o m f i e l d 2'A bath, fireplace, 1,450 sq. ft., $150,000/best. beautifully landscaped w/pond & 248-980-3031 - 248-398-7787 schools. Only $389,900. Hurry and Call! ASK FOR MIKE wildlife, 3 0 x 3 0 pole barn. OPEN SUNDAY 2 - 4PM WARREN, RE/MAX PART$265,000. (734) 878-5228 2 bedroom, 1 bath, 1,000 sq.ft. NERS. (248)435-1100 ranch. Office/nursery. Freshly Take an INSIDE TOUR at ainted, some newer' windows, w w w . remax-metrodetroit .com/ Plymouth ardwood floors, updated kitchen, michaelwarren. E-mail address: cabinets, cozy fireplace in large warrenmt @ aol .com living room. $139,999. 601 Famum. Call George Miculici ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL (248)474-3304 ext. 186 New on market Plymouthl 4 bedERA COUNTRY RIDGE room, 2'A bath brick colonial, built 1995. 2 story, family room w/skylights, brick fireplace, ROYAL OAK DOWNTOWN - 5 island kitchen, elegant master rs old, 2 story, 3 bedroom, 2'A w/vaulted ceiling & walk-In ath, oak floors, firepiace, basecloset. Professionally land- ment, 2 car attached garage, scaped on treed lot w/brick appliances, agents welcome, paver patio. $329,900. OPEN $257,000. 248-736-1930 SUN, 1-4PM, 45620 Trillium Ct. E, N of Joy/W of Canton Center Rd or by app't: 734-454-1406. Southfield-Latfarup

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Beautiful 3 b e d r o o m brick ranch. New kitchen, new windows. Neutral decor. Updates throughout. Walking distance to Elementary school. 11548 Morgan Ave. (S. of Ann Arbor T r a i l , E. of H a g g e r t y ) . $164,900. 734-455-4573

NEW LISTING West Bloomfield. Brick ranch Frankel built with new finished basement. 3 bedroom, 3.5 baths, extra guest room. Very open & neutral! Excellent location In complex with pool & club house! Birmingham Schools! Also for lease @ $2,250/mo. Immediate Possession. Motivated Seller! $309,900. CALL BERNADETTE (248)875-6020, (248)644-4700 ext. 244

OPEN 1 - 4:30 5 3 2 9 M A R L W O O D C T . in Autumn Ridge Sub. N. of Walnut, W. side of Orchard lake. Affordable elegance on this'4 /5 bedroom, contemporary 2900 sq.ft., open flowing floor plan. Move in condition ONLY $435,900.

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GREAT HOME Brick one story,. 1102 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths. Newly finished breakfast nook. Full basement,; central air, whole house fan. Newer windows, driveway, etc. Fenced 50x110 yard. Area of nice homes. Priced at $133,000

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•REDUCED T O $265,000. 3 bedroom ranch. 1,5 bath, fin- 21614 W. 10 Mile. 3 bedroom ished basement, large lot, deck, brick ranch. Open Sun. 1-5. $179,000, (734) 420-0619 (248) 353-0377. (734) 751-0967 SOUTHFIELD BY OWNER: Ridgewood. 4 bed, 29945 Marimoor Dr. 2.5 bath colonial, air, sprinklers, Gorgeous sprawling 3 bedroom, security, trees, court location, custom Ranch. Almost N a c r e s . sunroom, deck. 734-459-3591 Immaculate! $199,900. Call Mayfair Realty (734)522-8000 F o u r b e d r o o m , 2V4 b a t h Capecod, 1980 sq.ft., hardwood floors throughout, new kitchen & SouthLyon baths. 14996 Robinwood. $255,000. 734-420-4211 BUILDER'S O W N 3 bedroom, IT'S NOT just the 4 bedrooms, 2 7>A bath Colonial on tranquil 2'A full baths, 2 half baths, marble acres, 3 car attached garage, foyer, circular drive, extra-large fireplace, a/c, finished basefamily room, updated kitchen, ment. Deck, brick paver patio, finished basement, side entry landscaping, $329,000. Owner garage, meticulous landscaping Agent. (248) 486-0934. . . . but its the tradition of Beacon Estates itself; Come see BY OWNER 2.3 acres, w/pond, today. Promise, I'll be there at 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2'A car 2:00. Many thanks - Fred Hill, garage, walkout basement. Coldwell Banker Preferred, $197,000. Call for an appt. 734-416-1257 (248)437-2213

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commercially available locks or putting a broomstick or dowel in the inside track to jam the door. To prevent the door from being lifted off the track, drill a hole through the sliding door frame and the fixed frame. Then insert a pin in the hole. Lock double-hung windows with key locks or "pin" windows by drilling a small hole in a 45-degree angle between the inner and outer frames, then insert a nail that can be removed. Secure basement windows with grills or grates. Instead of hiding keys around the outside of your home, give an extra key to a neighbor you trust. When you move into a new house or apartment, rekey the locks. Always check the doors to your home. A lock on a flimsy door is about as effective as locking your car

door but leaving the window down. Outside doors should be metal or solid wood. If your doors don't fit tightly in their frames, install weather stripping around them. Install a peephole or wide-angle viewer in entry doors to see who is outside without opening the door. Door chains break easily and don't keep out intruders. Take some exterior precautions. Install and use outside lights and keep them on at night. Burglars hate bright lights. Prune shrubbery so it doesn't hide doors or windows. Cut tree limbs a thief could use to climb to an upper level window. Clearly display your house number so police and other emergency workers can find your home quickly. When you travel, create the illu-

sion that you're home by using timers that will automatically turn on lights and appliances, like radios, in different areas of your house throughout the evening. Lights burning 24 hours a day signal an empty house. Leave shades, blinds and curtains in normal positions and don't let your mail pile up. Call the post office to stop delivery or have a neighbor pick it up. Make a list of your valuables. Take photos of the items and list their serial numbers and descriptions. Check with local law enforcement agencies about engraving your valuables to protect them against theft. Sometimes they will offer home security surveys to residents.

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CEDAR CREEK ESTATES GREEN OAKS TWP. - 248' of STUNNING W. Bloomfield ConNew Homes-Howeli waterfront on 2 acres. 2600 sq.ft. temporary colonial in desirable 1 Acre Home Sites ranch, fireplace, in-law quarters. Neighborhood. 2000sqft. Great New to market, 1458 sq. ft. 3 4 bedroom, 2V£ baths Possible commercial/possible curb appeal. Awarding winning bedroom brick ranch with baseFrom LOW $200's s p l i t s . Call Faye R a s s e y : W. Bloomfield schools. 4 bed- ment and 2 car attached garage. (517)552-1064 248-426-6266 ERA Alliance. room, 2 bath, new kitchen, 1st 1.5 first floor baths, spacious floor master bedroom & laundry kitchen overlooks family room Mitch Harris Building Co., Inc. (810) 229-7838 b o m . Many updates including w/fireplace, Florida room with HOUGHTON LAKE w i n d o w s , hardwood floors, hot tub and a ton morel! 4 new lakefront condos. Carpet. Too many to list. Year round or Summer home $169,900 $276,900. Call 248-592-0020 (2 sold). Custom & quality NEAT AND CLEAN - smart first built, over 2000 sq.ft. each, time buyer check this one out! 3 W A T E R F O R D -Cass Lake maintenance free. $384,900 C L A W S O N CHARMER Viewsl Sparkling new 4 bed- bedroom home with basement each. room, 2 bath home. 3 car and lots of updates, windows, 3 Bedroom bungalow w/many www.members.home.net/silver garage & deeded boat slip. storm and steel doors, furnace, updates. Move right in - only shadow Call for information asking $149,900. Ask for Joyce Open Sun. 1-4. Forest Bay Sub, air, plumbing and more. package: 810-566-0880. - $89,900 Cornwell 248-477-0157. W . of Cass Lake Rd., S. off Just Cass Elizabeth. $367,000. Call C O R N W E L L & BUSH Call Jim, Mike & NEW LAKE £)iane Braykovich at RE/MAX Chuck Anderson REAL ESTATE LLC 100, Inc. (248)348-3000 248-477-5114 FRONT HOME At beautiful Lake Shore Pointe. MADISON HGTS - 3 bedrooms, Immediate occupancy. Neutral W. BLOOMFIELD - Franklin VA baths. Hardwood floors, new interior throughout. 1 st floor Corners ranch 1830 sqft, 3 bedLAST chance by owner A/C, windows Updated kitchen & master, kitchen, great room room, 2 bath, renovated kitchen colonial, Livonia bath. $154,900. 248-399-0661 w/fireplace and laundry. Finw/Maple cabinets, Oak floors, schools, 2 2 0 0 sq, ft. 4 bay window, living & family bedroom, 2V4 oar garage, ished walkout basement w/2 foom. fireplaces, finished base- many extras, Oak West Estates, bedrooms, 1 full bath and family 5265,000 • 734-254-0642 central vac, alarm, many room. Private boat slip at com734-552-1818 Beautiful lot & neighmunity marina. Millennium sale Birmingham Schools. price $254,958. www.HouseSalelnfo.com LIVONIA SCHOOLS - 3 bed- Northfield Twp. pictures & much more info. room, VA bath brick ranch. NEW LAKE OPEN SUNDAY 1 - 4 " 3,000. (248) 851-2739 Absolutely beautiful. Must seel 5790 TIPPERARY FRONT H O M E Shown by appt. (734) 427-8093. N. Territorial, W. of Earhart Rd At beautiful Lake Shore Pointe. W. BLOOMFIELD - 14 Mile & Earhart South to Tipperary. Neutral interior throughout. 1st START THE Drake. 4 bedrooms, fully finTIRED O F HAVING NEIGHfloor master, kitchen, great room SCHOOL YEAR HERE! ished basement with half-bath. BORS T O O CLOSE? w/fireplace and laundry. FinCustom built-ins everywhere. Beautiful Tonquish with over ished walkout basement w/2 Walk-in wet bar, fireplace, cen- 1700 sq. ft., 4 bedrooms, 2 Just 20 minutes West of Ply- bedrooms, 1 full bath and family tral vacuum, alarm, wood win- baths, family room and garage. mouth with Ann Arbor mailing room. Private boat slip at comdows, sprinkling system. Wood Updated kitchen, bath, furnace, address. 3 bedroom, 1,650 sq.ft. munity marina. Millennium sale floors. Offered with most furni- gutters, trim, roof and vinyl win- ranch on one beautiful acre with price $277,268. ture. Many more features. See dows. Home warranty. Onty inground pool. 1st floor laundry, finished basement. www.HomeNetworkOnline.com $164,900. Call Chris today for information, listing #MI2824. CHRIS PETERSON $229,900 NEW H O M E Shown by appt. $379,000. RENEE ELLIOTT (734) 513-4563 or (734) 728-8000 At beautiful LakeShore Pointe. RE/MAX on the trail 248-661-5798 Brand new 3 bedro6m, 2 b a t h . C E N T U R Y 21 D Y N A M I C (734)455-1234. (734)453-8911 Raised basement ceiling with WESTLAND - 1 6 2 3 Karle. Must daylight windows. Gas fireplace Westland/Wayne see, 2 bedroom, hardwood i n family room. Neutral decor floors, VA bath, family room, throughout. Lake privileges on garage, big yard, clean, ready to all sports Thompson Lake. Millennium sale price $229,900. .ABSOLUTELY beautiful move in.$97,500.734-663-8715 12 & 3 bedroom homes, WESTLAND -Open Sun. 1-4, 'basement, garage. LOOKING FOR THE 32824 Winona. Updated tri, >•$2,995 BUYS $100,000 Home approx 2000 sq.ft., basement, PERFECT LOCATION i-$3,395 BUYS $120,000 Home back of Tonquish Sub. $159,900 To build a home. We have it! $0-$3,895 BUYS $140,000 Home HELP-U-SELL (734) 454-9535 Heavily wooded ravine location $0-$4,495 BUYS $180,000 Home on cui-de-sac. Community parks Call ROBERT CLOUD Today! and beach with lake access. " , F a i r w a y of A m e r i c a Choose from one of our Award 1-888-928-1313 AUCTION - Real Estate, Leland, Winning Floor plans. Starting in • RE/MAX Hometeam Michigan 8/26/00 at noon. Tradi- the $190's. This one won't last John Toye A W A R D W I N N I N G M O D E L tional brick home on bluffs of long so hurry in. Broker/Owner under $230,000 in great sub. Lake Michigan. 4.7 acres w/200' yvww.hometeamhomes.com See it and 3 additional models Lake Michigan frontage. OverM O D E L FOR SALE from $184,900 today! Near looks North & South Manitou In beautiful LakeShore Pointe. 3 Belleville Meijers. 734-697-2700. Islands. 3 bedroom, 2.2 bath, bedroom, 2V6 bath, finished 2700 sq.ft with private drive. A basement. Enjoy the privileges BELLEVILLE: 9 yr old, 3 bed- Leelanau County trophy prop- of al! sports Thompson Lake GORGEOUS 3 bedroom colo- room/2 bath ranch on 2 country erty. Call for info: Century Aucand also 2 community parks and nial. Completely updated with a acres. Close to expressways. tion Service, (231) 228-6667 beaches. $269,900. family room, fireplace, base- $184,900. (734) 697-0806 or on ment, garage for only weekends: 517 366-6619 BRIGHTON, 4 bedroom, 4M For more info call Brenda f -$129,900 bath, 4,300 sq.ft. French country COUNTRY POND ESTATES lakefront, 2 fireplaces, master 90' wide lots & walkouts! 5 Dra- suite, built-in appliances, formal matic models to tour from dining, great room. Finished $189,900.1 miie S.E. of Down- w a l k - o u t w/bar/kitchen. :CASTELLI 734-525-7900 S. LYON/NOV I - 34ft., park town. (734) 699-8400. $450,000. New on market! 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20 ACRES of Beautiful Texas ROCHESTER HILLS - Almost L a n d . 2 5 m i l e s e a s t of new very impressive condo. End 1 BOOMING El Paso. Roads, sur- unit. 2 bed, 2 A bath, large walkveyed, references. $8,995/$0 in closets, fireplace, 2nd floor Down/$90/mo. Money Back laundry, many upgrades, deck, Guaranteed. N o Qualifying. pool. $211,500. 248-608 9533 1 - 6 0 0 - 8 4 3 - 7 5 3 7 www.sunsetrances.com (SCA ROYAL OAK - Beautiful CovNetwork) entry Condominium. Excellent shape. 2 bedroom, VA bath, $152,500. o p e n Sun 1-5. 248-288-3209.

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BINGHAM WOODS Ranch condo - Detached condo like setting. Finished basement w/full bath. New carpet. Furnace/air 4yrs Old $430,000.248-647-0454 BIRMINGHAM - BRAND NEW 2 bedroom, 2 bath. Must see. Berber carpet, custom two-tone paint, washer/dryer, glass top range, built-in micro, marble style counter tops, maple cabinets, across from Pembroke Parte, $143,000. 734-502-0794 BLOOMFIELD HILLS - 2 bedroom, newly renovated lakefront c o n d o on S q u a r e Lake. $149,000. (248) 334-2724.

TROY - 3+1 remodelled ranch condo, fireplace, private deck, pool, basement, 1125 sq.ft. Open Sat-Sun 1-4. $126,900. 2745 Roundtree Dr (John R/Big Beaver) 248-528-9267. Walled Lake Lakefront §Open Sun. 1-5. 44800 Bayview #32, Windward Bay. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, $139,900. 248-875-7018. WATERFORD - 2 bedroom ranch condo, fireplace, 2 baths, patio, carport, treed lot, $108,000. (248) 625-1822 W. BLOOMFIELD - Open Sun. 1-5. Moon L a k e Condo. 2953 Moon Lake Dr. S. off Long Lake, btwn..Orchard L k / M i d d l e b e l t . 248-737-2361. $205,000. WEST BLOOMFIELD Fabulous detached contemporary ranch condo with new plush carpet, silhouette blinds, cathedral ceiling, gorgeous deck, & premium lot. $325,000. Call Ladten Bruss, Ralph Manuel Associates. 248-851-6900, x252.

BRIGHTON OAK POINTE - Fabulous 3 bedroom, 3V4 bath condo on golf course. Luxuriously appointed with many extras including hardwood floors in foyer, powder room, kitchen and nook. Gas WESTLAND - By owner. 6283 fireplace in living room. Crown Hunters Pointe. Over 1300 moldings. Finished basement sq.ft., attached garage, large with full bath. Luxury master deck. 2 bedrooms, 2 M baths, finsuite with walk in closet, master ished basement w/full bath & bath has jetted tub and separate den/office. All appliances. Origglassed in shower. Enjoy golf, inal owner. $144,000. Please, 734-728-3102. swimming, tennis and swimming no realtors. at the private Oak Pointe WESTLAND Country C!ub. $259,000. Call BRUCE GOULD at RE/MAX on Well maintained ranch condo feathe trail for details. tures large kitchen w/appliances, deck off living room, Anderson (734)459-1234 windows, 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths. Pets welcome.

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SPARKLERS Are you good looking, outgoing, well exercised, have a degree, a non-smoker, and wish to meet a gorgeous, have an MA degree, 5 7 " , 130 lb, mid 40's lady who loves to bike, read, giggle, and antique? Call me. BOX 36088 TOUCH OF CLASS Enjoy your summer with this classy, attractive, divorced white female, 5'5", 130 lbs., with black hair. Let's share fun and romance under the stars. If you're a sincere white male, 45 plus, just give me a call. Serious reply oniy. BOX 36046

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VERY ATTRACTIVE RN 37 yr old, divorced white mother of one, seeks attractive physician, to share similar interests in medical profession, possibly a long term relationship. I ' m 5'5", blonde hair, green eyes, slim, great figure, smile, personality. Have both 4 year nursing and business degrees. BOX 36060

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ROMANTIC AT HEART 47 yr old, black Christian professional female, 145 lbs, 5'6', physically fit. Enjoys outdoor activities, dining in and out, movies, romantic evenings, singing and travelling. Seeking a secure gentlemen, 40 to 55, non-smoker, sense ot humor. Enjoys the finer things in life for friendship and possibly more. BOX 36062 PRETTY ENTREPRENEUR 54 yr old, curvy, giving, loving and lots of fun. Loves movies, plays, concerts, opera, ballet, boating, swimming, traveling and life itself. Looking for a sincere, successful, Caucasian gentleman, 48 to 75. who is positive and loves life as much as I do. Float your boat, make your day, answer my ad today. BOX 36016

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NEW ADS men CEDAR POINT FUN Single white male, 34, brown/blue, attractive, fit, seeks attractive, fit, single white female, 25 to 35, for a date at my company picnic at Cedar Point. BOX 36110 GIVE ME A BUZZ! 45 yr old, divorced white male, 5'6", 150 Ibs, physically fit, who enjoys long walks, motorcycling, the beach, parks, and much more. Seeking single white female, with similar interests. BOX 22188 18-30 MOM WANTED Single white male, 35, 5'9", 160 Ibs, jeans and t shirt guy. Troy homeowner. Seeks a non-smoking white mom, 18 to 30, for doing family things: Caesarland, birthdays, Christmas, Little League, School Plays, Mother's Day, beaches, rollerblading. I'M be there and make it fun to be a parent. BOX 36114 DESIRES OF T H E HEART 39 yr old, divorced white male, 168 ibs, college educated, who enjoys the outdoors, travel, boating, and much more. Seeking single white female, with simitar interests, who enjoys life. BOX 22307 LOOKING FOR YOU Singie white male, mid 60's, 5'8", 195 lbs, kind hearted, easy going. Enjoys walking, biking, gardening, and spending time in the great outdoors. Seeking white lady, 55 to 70, non-smoker with similar interests for friendship and possible life long relationship. BOX 36116 CAN'T WAIT 50 yr old, single male, 5'8", 180 lbs, kind, easygoing, who enjoys the simple things in lite, seeking single female, with many interests, for friendship, g o o d times, possibly more. BOX 22312 ADVENTUROUS SPIRIT Divorced white male, 48, 5'11", large build, non-smoker, light drinker, enjoys walks in the park, shopping, cooking, biking, movies, and quiet romantic times. Seeks white female, 49 to 57. honest, caring, with similar interests, or willing to teach something new and is looking for a relationship. Non-smoker a plus. BOX 33404 WARNING: MAY CAUSE.. Happiness. Answer this ad, you won't be sorry! Attractive, financially secure, professional, single white male, 40, 6', 170 lb, no dependant. Seeks attractive, single white female, 25 to 45, weight proportionate to height, who's happy with who she is. BOX 35976 ARE YOU OUT THERE? 29 yr old, single shy maie, seeking female 20 to 30, who likes hiking, biking, movies, camping, bowling. Looking for long term relationship with one who would really appreciate the time a n d affection given to her. BOX 33396 ALL T H E LOVIN you want....! Thoughtful, well mannered, fortunate, white male, 44, seeks a special lady, that suits my taste, and is intriguing enough to keep me faithful. BOX 36072 LIFE'S BETTER SHARED Divorced white male, 52, 6'3', medium build with herpes financially secure, non-smoker, non-drinker, like to ride my Harley, classic cars, walks, and more. Looking for single white female, slender to medium build, non-smoker, social or non-drinker, someone to do things with. BOX 33411 HANDSOME A N D UNIQUE Tail, 5'11 n , dark hair and dark eyes, 54 yr old singie maie. In search of a singie lady, spontaneous, 4 0 to 55, who likes dining, dancing, boating, theaters, casinos and travel, for friendship and possible long term relationship. BOX 33401 ROMANTIC TEDDY BEAR Needs stitching and tender loving care, 6'1", blue eyes, early 40's, looks 37, likes romantic weekends, travelling, big hugs, long kisses, home/country with fireplace. Seeks single white female, 30 to 41, physically fit, attractive, energetic, positive attitude, prefer non-smoker, children okay, for long term relationship. BOX 36080

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