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The Canton Vote: • George W. Bush - 4,551 • John McCain - 3,935 • • Alan Key.es - 384

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bring the Internet world into your home without the need to purchase an entire personal computer system./D 6 ENTERTAINMENT Dance: Gregory Reuter, a graduate of the Creative and Performing Arts program at Churchill High School in Livonia, is one of six principals in the cast of "Fosse" opening Tuesday, Feb. 29, at the Fisher Theater. / E l Popular music: In a

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Arizona Sen. John McCain's stunn i n g upset of G e o r g e W. Buah in Michigan's presidential primary Tuesday didn't come with the help of Canton voters. Bush captured 47 percent of ball o t s c a s t in t h e t o w n s h i p w h i l e McCain garnered 41 percent. Radio commentator Alan Keyes finished a distant third at 4 percent. More election coverage. A 1 4 " " Statewide, voters favored McCain over Bush 50 to 43 percent. Keyes scored 5 percent of Michigan voters. McCain told NBC News his oppoSTAFF PHOTO BT P u n . HVRSCHJIANN n e n t ' s s t y l e of c a m p a i g n i n g may have effected the primary's outcome. Day: Sammi Miller, 6, waves a "I think in Michigan there might as Texas Gov. George W. Bush (left) have been a backlash against these

Election pompon speaks to supporters Tuesday at Summit on the Park in Canton.

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High school to memorialize '69 grad BY TONY BHUSCATO ' STAFF WRITER

[email protected] When t h e t h i r d P l y m o u t h - C a n t o n high school is ready in the summer of 2002, there will be a special area designated to honor students who have used true grit and determination to graduate and become productive members of

moment made for local music history, Vinnie Dombroski, Joey Mazzola, Robby Graham and Jimmy Paluzzi debuted as the newly formed Crud. / E l

a t t e n d i n g classes a t P l y m o u t h High School, which is now C e n t r a l Middle School. "She didn't go to public school until she was in the n i n t h grade, and she went through a lot to be able to remain in school," said Madonna. "There was no elevator a t t h e time, and because she was on crutches she had to either

society. T h r o u g h t h e e f f o r t s of P l y m o u t h Township resident Debbie M a d o n n a , t h e a r e a will be n a m e d in h o n o r of 1969 graduate Sandra Sagear. Sagear, who passed away from complications from post-polio syndrome seven years ago, U8ed her determination to battle polio and o t h e r a d v e r s i t i e s while j fi nn

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walk up the stair backwards to get to classes on the second floor, or sit down and scoot up each step. She did that every day for three years. "But she never complained." added Madonna. "She was just happy to be able to go to school and graduate. She got a job a s a secretary ... in which she

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Property owners can soon expect a "gift" from the township. A s s e s s m e n t s are n e a r l y complete and will show up in mailboxes next w e e k , a c c o r d i n g to C a n t o n C h i e f Appraiser .John McLenaghan. He expects a 1.9 percent hike in taxable value for property owners. T h a t change will bt* reflected starting with summer tax bills. T a x a b l e value goes up by the cost of l i v i n g or 5 p e r c e n t . " M c L e n a g h a n explained, "whichever is less." R e s i d e n t s can fight the higher a s s e s s m e n t at a C a n t o n Board of Review h e a r i n g The t h r e e - m e m b e r board will hear cases next month "They need to hpve data to indicate why their property isn't worth what the a s s e s s m e n t says," M c L e n a g h a n said "You can't just go in there and P l e a s e see

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A popular interactive health exhibit t h a t h a s d r a w n 4,000 children since opening in September. 1999, will open its doors to the public beginning today. Previously, St. Joseph Mercy's Health Exploration Station at the Canton Health Building was only open to school and S c o u t tours. The $2 million 3,500-square foot exhibit includes an oversized, walk-through model of the digestive tract and a variety of other interactive and classroom activities Goneral public hours for the exhibit will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. the f o u r t h T h u r s d a y of e a c h m o n t h . A p p o i n t ments will n t be necessary and the

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ST. JOSEPH MERCY tours will be self-guided Staff members will be on hand to answer ques tions. The decision to open the exhibit to the public was prompted by demand particularly from parents and chaperones asking if they could bring their families, said coordinator Cheryl Mclnerney. "We h a v e j u s t been f l a s h e d w i t h phone calls," she said Visitors have come from a s far a*»ay as Flint. Flat Rock. St. Clair Shores and Chelsea for the exhibit. V i s i t o r s c a n l i s t e n to t h e i r own

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heartbeats on an amplified sound sys tem in t h e fitness c e n t e r while they test their balance, fitness and endurance. They can also lake a nutrition quiz via c o m p u t e r , t a k e "Jeopardy!" style tests about health issues and learn about the digestive system by crawling through a larger than liftsize version of it "There's nothing like being immersed in what you're learning." Mclnerney said. A three-year capital campaign from corporate and individual sponsored netted $1.7 million for the center

"The c o m m u n i t y supported ihie n d e a v o r - it b e n e f i t s t h e m to setwhere the donations went." McEnernev said. Classes began in May. 1999 and the grand opening was in October It is one of only six such facilities nationwide and the only one in Michigan Instructor Gretchen Nachazel said the public hours will allow people to take in the exhibit iftev -h:fthnuuy34 and 17. WOO

REQUEST FOR VARIANCE FROM THE CONDOMINIUM ORDINANCE NO. 138 O F THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF CANTON, WAYNE COUNTY. MICHIGAN. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the Condominium Ordinance of the Charter Township of Canton, that the Planning Commission of the Charter Township of Canton will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, March 6, 2000 in the First Floor Meeting Room of the Canton Township Administration Building, 1150 S. Canton Center Road at 7:00 p.m. to consider the request by the petitioner to permit the following proposed variance to the Condominium Ordinance for the project known as QUADRANTS INDUSTRIAL CENTRE located on the south side of Michigan Avenue between Belleville and Beck Roads. The petitioner has requested a variance pursuant to Article 4, Design Standards; Section 4.1A4., Streets and Alleys; Cul-de-sacs; to increase the maximum cul-de-sac length from 1,000 feet to 1,597 feet. The variance would be a temporary resolution until the road is extended into Van Buren Township in the second phaae of the project.

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OBITUARIES LEMBI S. BAKER

Services for Lembi S. B a k e r , 89, of Plymouth were held Feb. 19 at t h e V e r m e u l e n F u n e r a l Home, Plymouth, with J e r r y Yarnell officiating. She was born Nov. 3, 1910, in Kearsarge, Mich., and died Feb. 10 in P l y m o u t h . S h e w a s a homemaker. She was preceded in d e a t h by her parents, Jon K a m a and Aina Gruhler. Survivors include her d a u g h t e r , Lois ( F r e d e r i c k ) H. G r u h l e r of P l y m o u t h ; g r a n d d a u g h t e r , Amy G r u h l e r of Plym o u t h ; two n e p h e w s ; f o u r nieces; and one g r e a t - g r a n d daughter, Alexa Rickert of Plymouth. Memorials may be made to the donor's favorite charity. CLARENCE 1. HOLMAN

Services for Clarence J . Holraan, 87, of Plymouth were held Feb. 18 at the Schrader-Howell Funeral Home, Plymouth, with t h e Rev. J . J . Mech officiating. Burial was in Rural Hill Cemetery, Northville. He was born Sept. 29, 1912, in Detroit and died Feb. 16 in Livonia. He was a m e m b e r of O u r Lady of Good Counsel C h u r c h , the Plymouth V e t e r a n s of Foreign Wars, t h e P l y m o u t h K n i g h t s of C o l u m b u s a n d t h e Plymouth Goodfellows. He was a p r i s o n e r of war d u r i n g World War II. He retired from the Burr o u g h s Corp., w h e r e h e ..was a f o r e m a n . He also r e t i r e d from the Plymouth Community Schools, where he was a custodian. He enjoyed fishing. He was preceded in d e a t h by h i s two b r o t h e r s , ' J o s e p h a n d WTalter, and one sister, Dorothy. Survivors include his wife, Catherine Holman of Plymouth; three brothers, John Holman of S o u t h Lyon. Robert H o l m a n of South Lyon and Charles Holman of Webberville; a n d one s i s t e r , Leona Schomberger of Plymouth. M e m o r i a l s m a y be m a d e t o Angela Hospice or the Karmanos Cancer Institute. WUJJE 8 . PINION

Services for Willie B. Pinion, 76, of Westland (formerly of Plym o u t h ) w e r e F e b . 19 a t t h e Schrader-Howell Funeral Home, Plymouth with the Rev. J a m e s T r u m p Sr. officiating. B u r i a l w a s in Knollwood C e m e t e r y , Canton Township. He was born Sept. 4, 1923 in Obion County, T e n n . H e died Feb. 17 in Livonia. He w a s a factory worker. He came to the W e s t l a n d c o m m u f t i t y in 1963 from Plymouth. He w a s a lifet i m e m e m b e r of t h e N a t i o n a l R i f l e A s s o c i a t i o n . H e loved h u n t i n g , baseball, a n d n a t u r e . Most of all he loved his family. He was preceded in d e a t h by h i s son, D a n n y P i n i o n . S u r vivors include his wife, Margaret of Westland; three children, J i m ( P a t s y ) P i n i o n of W e s t l a n d , Patricia (Robert) S u r r e t t McClure of Canton and Deborah (Dale) Justice of Romulus; two brothers, J a m e s Edward Pinion of Tenn. and Marvin Lee Pinion of Westland; one sister, Ida Viola of T e n n . ; six g r a n d c h i l d r e n , J a m e s David Pinion, Michelle Ann McCIure-Sullens. Kelly Justice, S t e p h e n J u s t i c e , C h r i s t o p h e r McGraw a n d J e n n i f e r McGraw; and several nieces and

Schroeder, Floyd Schroeder, Geri Pierce; one s i s t e r , Dorothy Perkins; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. irnai

Funeral Home, Plymouth. CAROLE JEAN COLS

Services for Carole J e a n Cole, 61, of Allen P ark were Feb. 24 at St. John N e u m a n n Catholic Church with the Rev. Jack Quinlan officiating. B u r i a l was in Holy S e p u l c h r e Cemetery, Southfield. She was born J u n e 25, 1938 in D e t r o i t . S h e d i e d Feb. 19 in Detroit. She was a home child care provider. She has lived in A l l e n P a r k for 3 5 y e a r s . She loved children and family. She was preceded in death by one sister, Janice Carriere. Survivors include h e r son, Donald (Marsha) Oliver of West Haven, Conn.; two d a u g h t e r s , Michele Oliver of Commerce, Mich., and Kimberly (Robert) P e t e r s o n of P l y m o u t h ; m o t h e r , Joyce Oatman of Dearborn; two brothers, Donald ( P a t ) O a t m a a of Dearborn Heights and Raymond Oatm a n of D e a r b o r n H e i g h t s ; one sister, Pat Vargo of Riverview; friend, Donald Carriere of Livon i a ; a n d seven g r a n d c h i l d r e n , Alisha Oliver, T i f f a n y Oliver, Desmond Oliver, Alexandra Oliver, Robert P e t e r s o n III, Nicholas P e t e r s o n a n d P a r k e r Zitnik.

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Services for Lembi S. Baker, 89, of Plymouth were held Feb. 19 a t t h e V e r m e u l e n F u n e r a l Home, P l y m o u t h , w i t h J e r r y Yarnell officiating. She was born Nov. 3, 1910, in Kearsarge, Mich., and died Feb. 10 in P l y m o u t h . S h e w a s a homemaker. She was preceded in death by h e r p a r e n t s , J o n a n d Aina K a m a . Survivors include her d a u g h t e r , Lois ( F r e d e r i c k ) H. G r u h l e r pf P l y m o u t h ; g r a n d daughter, Amy G r u h l e r of Plymouth; two nephews; four nieces; a n d one g r e a t - g r a n d daughter, Alexa Rickert of Plymouth. Memorials may be made to the donor's favorite charity. DONALD FRANK QOTTSCHALK

S e r v i c e s for D o n a l d F r a n k G o t t s c h a l k , 6 9 , of P l y m o u t h were Feb. 24 at S t . J o h n Neumann Catholic Church with b u r i a l in L a p h a m C e m e t e r y , Salem, Mich. He was born March 1, 1930 in Plymouth. He died Feb. 21 in Plymouth. He w a s a building contractor. He started his business in 1-958 doing contracting work in the Plymouth community. Prior to his military service and upon h i s r e t u r n from his enlistment, he worked at Daisy Air Rifle Co.. He was a life-long Plymouth r e s i d e n t . H e was a member of the Nomads, a travel group. He served, in the United States Marine Corps, during the Korean Conflict.

Memorials may be made to the Karmanos Cancer Institute. ELIZABETH M. "BESSIE" FOERSTER

S e r v i c e s f o r E l i z a b e t h M. "Bessie" Foerster, 81, of Salem T o w n s h i p w e r e F e b . 2 at t h e Schrader-Howell Funeral Home, Plymouth with Pastor Drex Morton officiating. B u r i a l was in Riverside Cemetery, Plymouth. She was born Nov. 13, 1918 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. She died Feb. 19 in Howell, Mich. She was a h o m e m a k e r . She c a m e to t h e S a l e m T o w n s h i p community 57 y e a r s ago. She loved to read and do puzzles and she loved her cat. She was preceded in death by h e r h u s b a n d , N o r m a n Foerster Sr.; a n d h e r p a r e n t s , William and H a n n a h Porter. Survivors include her four children, Patricia (Harry) Detweiler of Calif., M a r y L. R u d d of A n n A r b o r , S a n d r a (Clinton) Hoard of Greg o r y , Mich., a n d N o r m a n J r . (Lois) of H a m b u r g , Mich.; two brothers, Ray Porter of Manchester, Mich., and Tom Porter of G r e g o r y , Mich.; t h r e e s i s t e r s , Marion (Irvine) Rummler of Dext e r , Mich., G e r t r u d e Eisele of Manchester and Connie (Edwin)

He was preceded in d e a t h by his parents, George and Florence Gottschalk. Survivors include his wife, N o r m a G o t t s c h a l k of Plymouth; four daughters, Debbie ( F r a n k ) B e n c e of C a n t o n , J a n e t ( T h o m a s ) F i n f r o c k of Saline, Carol Gottschalk of Plymouth and Karen (Timothy) Wright of Ann Arbor; one son, Michael ( S u s a n ) G o t t s c h a l k of C a n t o n ; two b r o t h e r s , Robert (Geraldine) Gottschalk of Honor, Mich., a n d George ( M a r g a r e t ) Gottschalk of Honor, Mich.; and six grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the St. John NeumanO Catholic Church Building Fund. Local a r r a n g e m e n t s w e r e m a d e by t h e S c h r a d e r - H o w e l l

say my assessment is too high" The way assessments are done in Michigan changed in 1994. Prior to t h e n , a s s e s s m e n t s were based on m a r k e t value of t h e p r o p e r t y . If a h o m e was assessed at $200,000, for example, taxes would be collected on 50 percent of that value. Proposal A tied assessments to taxable values. It's a significant difference, McLenaghan said. S i n c e 1994, a v e r a g e home assessments have gone up 4.5 to 7 p e r c e n t each y e a r . T a x a b l e v a l u e r a t e s , m e a n w h i l e , have gone up by no more than '2.9 percent a year during the same period, said McLenaghan. Property assessments are still important, however. When a home changes hands. the assessed value becomes the new b e n c h m a r k f o r t a x a b l e value, said McLenaghan. As a result, new owners often wind up paying higher taxes, he added. Proposal A changes have also s l a s h e d t h e n u m b e r of c a s e s Canton's Board of Review hears.

QERAUHNE JASEWICZ

Services for Geraldine Jasewicz, 69, of Westland were Feb. 23 at the L.J. Griffin Funeral Home, C a n t o n with Deacon Joe Daratony from Resurrection C h u r c h in C a n t o n o f f i c i a t i n g . Burial was in Cadillac Memorial West She was born Sept. 25, 1930 in Coffee C o u n t y , G e o r g i a . S h e died Feb. 20 at Henry Ford Hospital. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husb a n d , W a s y l B.; t h r e e s o n s , William B., George S., and Allen D. ( M i c h e l l e ) of C a n t o n ; t w o d a u g h t e r s , J a n i c e M- ( T e r r y ) Scoville a n d Ann M. ( J o n n v ) Grigorian; three brothers, Lowel Corbitt, Ozzie Corbitt and West' on C o r b i t t ; t w o s i s t e r s , I d a Walker and Varah Appleyard; and nine grandchildren. BRIAN PATRICK DEMPSEY

Services for Brian Patrick Dempsey, 28, of'Westland were Feb. 23 at St. Damian Catholic Church. Westland with the Rev. Lawrence Zurawski officiating. Burial was in St. Hedwig Cemetery. Dearborn Heights. He was born Dec. 15, 1971 in D e t r o i t . H e died F e b . 18 in Detroit. He attended St. Duns t a n E l e m e n t a r y School a n d G a r d e n City High School. He was a crew leader. He was employed at Palmer Moving and Storage for five years. He was an enthusiastic member of several different hockey teams and an a v i d Red W i n g s a n d D e t r o i t Lions f a n . O n e of his b i g g e s t j o y s of h i s l i f e w a s b e i n g a father. Survivors include his wife, Dana D e m p s e y of C a n t o n ; one son, J o s e p h D e m p s e y ; f o u r brothers, Rob (Erin) Dempsey, David D e m p s e y , Dan ( T i n a ) Dempsey and Michael (Darlene) Dempsey; a sister. Carole Ann Dempsey; p a r e n t s Robert a n d Carole Dempsey; g r a n d p a r e n t s , Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Croyle; one n e p h e w , M a t t h e w ; one n i e c e , K a i t l y n ; godson J e r e m y F i c k ; and one great-aunt, Anna Schuffauer. M e m o r i a l s m a y be m a d e to Joseph R. Dempsey Trust Fund-

said McLenaghan. "We don't see nearly as m a n y people," he said. The Board used to hear 300 to 400 cases each year. That n u m b e r dipped to 126 a y e a r ago, said McLenaghan. Hearings typically last about five minutes, he added. Property o w n e r s m u s t be p r e p a r e d t o make their cases - quickly. "You have to give the Board of Review something to look at and m a k e its decision f r o m , " s a i d McLenaghan. Board of Review hearing dates are: • March 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hearings are by a p p o i n t ment. • March 13 from 1-5 p.m. and 6 - 9 p . m . H e a r i n g s a r e by appointment. • M a r c h 14 f r o m 9 a . m . t o n o o n a n d f r o m 1-5 p . m . No appointment is necessary. Call the township a s s e s s o r ' s office at (734) 395-6826 to m a k e a n appointment.

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Y o u t h c o u n c i l seeks i n p u t The Michigan Community Service C o m m i s s i o n r e c e n t l y a n n o u n c e d t h e a v a i l a b i l i t y of a p p l i c a t i o n s for t h e Michigan Youth Progressive Action Council. The MYPAC promotes youth volunteer service throughout the State of Michigan and provided youth voice to the MSCS. T h e MYPAC is composed of civic-minded young people ages 12-21. M e m b e r s c o m e f r o m diverse backgrounds, but share the common goal of advocating for youth empowerment for community problem solving. The MCSC is currently accepting applications for new MYPAC members. Applications will be reviewed a n d m e m b e r s will be

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selected through a competitive peer review process. To obtain a copy of the application visit the NCSC web site at www.state.mi.us/carrer/mcsc or call (517) 373-4200. Applications are due Friday, March 31. T h e MYPAC is a s t a n d i n g c o m m i t t e e of the MCSC. T h e MCSC is a governor-appointed commission whose mission is to e n a b l e all c i t i z e n s , i n c l u d i n g youth, to engage in public problem solving through service and volunteerism. The MCSC promotes and supports involvement in volunteer efforts t h r o u g h o u t the state.

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Elementary thirdgraders Aaron Ashton, 8 {from left) Bennett Ogg, 8, Aki Hampmoto, 9 and Emily Meade, 8, participate in the "Jump Rope for Heart" event Thursday in the school's gymnasium while a kindergarten physical education class watches. Program coordinator Chuck Adams, also the school's P.E. teacher, looks on at left. Children from first through fifth grades participated in the marathon event last week, raising approximately $7,000 for the American Heart Asswiation. A similar event at Hoben Elementary in Canton raised about $2,000. In the photo at right. Aki Hamamoto, 9 (left) and Emily Meade, 8. both third graders, skip rope in tandem at Bird.

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Services for Sadie C. McCrary, 88, of Westland (formerly, of Plym o u t h Township) were Feb. 19 at the Vermeulen Funeral Home, Plymouth Township with the Rev. David Martin officiating. She was born Sept. 3, 1911 in Imboden, Ark. She died Feb. 17 in Westland. She w a s a homemaker She was preceded in death by 10 brothers and sisters. Survivors include her d a u g h t e r , S a n d r a Mathis of G e o r g e t o w n , T e x a s ; a n d six g r a n d c h i l d r e n , B r e n d a McKeehan, Deborah H o s c h of P l y m o u t h * D a v i d Anderson, James Mathis, Kathryn Bracamontez and Joseph Mathis. Memorials may be made to t h e charity of your choice. '

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Plymouth company erects Midfield Terminal frame BY R I C H A R D PEARL STAFF WRITER

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A Plymouth Township firm has a weighty role in the new construction at Detroit Metro Airport - 30 million pounds' worth, to be exact. That's how much structural steel - more than 15,000 tons National Riggers & Erectors Inc. needs to assemble the framework of the milelong Midfield Terminal. "Mori than a mile, actually, over 5,600 feet long," corrects Bob Dunn, company president and chief executive officer, in discussing the terminal project, which includes a retail mall, underground tram and 74-gate passenger concourses, all scheduled to open December 2001." It's the biggest project National has ever handled by itself some 200,000 man-hours, says Dunn - and the company has no intention of missing the August 2000 deadline. Although the $14-million contract has "a very expensive noncompletion penalty" for tardiness, t h e r e ' s more to it t h a n t h a t : National has a national reputation to uphold.

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job in southern Indiana for an Ohio firm, AK Steel. "We had the electrical and siding subcontracts, also t h e roofing subs," says Dunn. "We were the general (contractor) for about half the job." By contrast, he says, the Metro Midfield is "about the largest project we have ever self-performed." Andrea Cole, National's contract m a n a g e r , says the firm "hopes to have some' involvement" in Ford Field, f u t u r e downtown home of the Detroit Lions football team. A City of Plymouth resident, Cole counts 18 years in the steelrigging business. She was with General Riggers in 1988 when Dunn, then its executive vice p r e s i d e n t , p u r c h a s e d it and .renamed it National. The company moved from downtown Detroit to Metro West I n d u s t r i a l P a r k in Plymouth Township in "92, the same year it was purchased by its biggest supplier. H a v e n s Steel Co. of Kansas City. . Cole s a y s most of the 14 a d m i n i s t r a t i v e s t a f f e r s at National's h e a d q u a r t e r s live either in the Plymouths, Canton

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"We knew we were taking on t h e most p o w e r f u l political machine in America, the Engler machine," John McCain said in a congratulatory phone call to his supporters who were gathered at the Novi Hilton Tuesday evening to watch the results of the presidential primary balloting come in. "But we won." The phone call, from Arizona to state Sen. John Schwarz, RBattle Creek, but broadcast over loudspeakers for all to hear, was to c e l e b r a t e M c C a i n ' s seven point victory over T e x a s Gov. George W. Bush in the presidential primary here. Gov. John Engler had been a vigorous campaigner for Bush, as had most of the state Republican party faithful. But that backfired, according to McCain and his advocates. "I don't want Engler telling me how to vote," Plymouth resident Sandy Kosky said. And it was a theme sounded again and again Tuesday evening at the Hilton. . "This is message over money. And message won," Mark Kelley

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John McCain, barely out of the starting gate, came from behind to draw nearly even with frontrunner George W. Bush Tuesday on t h e only score t h a t r e a l l y counts - delegates committed to support him at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia this summer. Despite all the hoopla about wins and losses in the previous primaries, Texas Gov. Bush had actually jumped out to a quick early lead on the delegate tote board. Counting delegates is an inexact science because of "quirky" state rules about when delegates are considered "committed," but Michigan GOP spokesman Sage Eastman e s t i m a t e d t h a t as of Monday - through the primaries in Iowa, New H a m p s h i r e , Delaware and South Carolina Bush had run up a total of about 110. McCain had won only 15. In Tuesday's balloting, McCain pulled in 52 of the 58 delegates available here in Michigan. Six went to Bush when he led the voting in Michigan's 2nd and 3rd congressional districts, including Grand Rapids, Muskegon and the west side of the state. Thirty delegates were at stake in Arizona. With a solid doubledigit point spread in the senator's home; s t a t e , McCain was expected to walk away with all of them, according to Eastman. That would put McCain at 97 compared to Bush's 116. Also ran Alan Keyes has yet to win a delegate. Steve Forbes had won two before he dropped out. To assure the nomination, a candidate will have to win 1,034 delegates, half plus one of the 2,066 who will g a t h e r aj, t h e n a t i o n a l GOP c o n v e n t i o n in Philadelphia at the end of July to make the decision. Next up in the contest are the Virginia, Washington and North Dakota primaries Tuesday, Feb. 29. Then comes Super Tuesday, March 7, a 12-state primary date that includes the states of California and New York with their massive numbers of delegates. This could all be over by March 8.

Michigan is a "partial winner takes all* state when it comes to the way the Republican party divides up delegates as a result of the primary voting, Eastman e x p l a i n e d . The s t a t e h a s 18 "electoral votes" - 16 representatives in the House and two senators. Based on that, the Republican National Committee allocated 58 delegates to Michigan, essentially a proportional s h a r e of the total number of delegates to be at the convention. T h e n t h e s t a t e p a r t y gave three delegates to each of Michigan's congressional d i s t r i c t s , which are awarded "winner take ' all" to the h i g h e s t vote-getter within each district. Ten more are "at large" delegates, awarded "winner take all" to t h e h i g h e s t v o t e - g e t t e r statewide. That's a different system than the Democrats will use at their March 11 c a u c u s . D e m s will

award delegates proportionally within each congressional district based on percentages of the vote.

zona Senator's "message, character and integrity" t h a t carried the d a y . "And t h a t was a f t e r Michigan voters were subjected to $6 million-plus worth of negative advertising." When t h e counting was finished at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, McCain h a d t a l l i e d 646,620 votes statewide, 49 percent of the vote. Bush gathered 547,773 votes, 41.5 percent. Alan Keyes brought in 58,769 votes, 4.5 percent. But C N N had d e c l a r e d McCain the victor in Michigan just 45 minutes after polls closed T u e s d a y . McCain was not in

Michigan Tuesday evening, but in Arizona which was also holding primaries. His phone call to the Novi reception came within moments, declaring victory over the Bush/Engler machine.

lines very well. New Hampshire and South Carolina are very different than Michigan. What you have here is closer to a microcosm of America."

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The celebration drew supportera from around the area, including a number of families who said they'd, been converted to the McCain camp by their children. Among them was Adam Jones of Northville, who was appointed N a t i o n a l T e e n C h a i r for t h e McCain campaign. He convinced d a d , Jim J o n e s , and mom, C h e r y l J o n e s , to vote for McCain, too. "He has backbone. He supports campaign f i n a n c e reform and tobacco legislation, even though t h e s e are not p o p u l a r in t h e GOP," Adam Jones said. "I wrote to him (McCain) in September telling him I supported him. He wrote back saying, 'OK, if you support me, here's a j o b , " he s a i d , e x p l a i n i n g how he h a d received the Teen Chair title. Cheryl Jones said she believes McCain is inspiring young voters " t h e way J o h n F. K e n n e d y inspired them to get politically active and model t h e m s e l v e s after him." Livonia's S t a c e y Golick, a freshman at Schoolcraft College, also converted her family members by browsing the I n t e r n e t and bringing home m a t e r i a l s over the last eight months about the candidates for them to read. She had mom Debbie Golick and sister Kristen Golick, a Churchill High sophomore, in tow a t the victory party. "He's honest and honorable,"

Schwarz, McCain's campaign coordinator for Michigan, had said the state was critical to win. A loss h e r e , along with t h e defeat in South Carolina, would h a v e likely doomed McCain's candidacy. Winning here gives McCain a real boost, especially since key primaries are coming up Feb. 29 and March 7. "But it's a long way to November." "When he has his mind made up, no poll or spin doctor can change his mind. That is leadership," Schwarz said. "My conscience would allow me to do no less that support John McCain." State Rep. John Pappageorge, R-Troy, was one of the few other p a r t y l e a d e r s who s u p p o r t e d McCain. He sounded a slightly different note. " P e o p l e forget t h a t we h a d t h r e e good Republicans in this race and the question was which of those three did we prefer," he said. "We're not opposed to the others. And this was not about beating John Engler." Pappageorge said he was excited about the McCain campaign b e c a u s e it is a t t r a c t i n g many new people to the Republican party who have not previously been involved in politics. He said the party will be stronger for it when the race is over. And the results here give him hope for a McCain win. "I don't think momentum crosses state

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For an imaginary character, Harry Potter sure can create a stir. Derived from t h e imagination of J.K. Rowling, Potter is the star of a series of novels — scheduled to end at n u m b e r seven — t h a t began when Rowling was a divorced parent caring for h e r i n f a n t d a u g h t e r and struggling to get by in Edinburgh, Scotland. T h e w r i t e r , w h o h a s received awards and accolades for the series, claims she's been writing since age 6. Now it seems some of her fans are following in her footsteps. Ten-year-old Keith Brown has read all the Harry Potter books to date and is anxiously awaiting the newest in the series, due out in July. The stories have captivated his imagination and inspired him to read more and even write his own book. "I'm writing a book called "Fantasy,' which is about a fiction writer who finishes a book and wishes to be the lead character." said Keith, a student a t Milled Elementary School in Plymouth. In his story, the writer's wish comes true. He credits Rowling with inspiring him to include an element of magic in his book. "(Magic) is kind of mysterious," he said. "You don't know w h a t ' s going to h a p p e n . It's really unpredictable." Keith got his first peek into the fantasy world.of H a r r y P o t t e r a f t e r a friend told him about the books. Now he's a bona fide fan.

"I think J.K. Rowling is a pretty good writer." He especially enjoys the way she creates words like "muggle" and sports like "Quidditch" in her fictitious world. Now t h a t his mother is reading the books, he said, they have a lot to talk about. "I've always liked to r e a d , b u t I t h i n k ( t h e s e books) make me want to read."

Inappropriate subject? While readers young and old have lauded the author, some parents still showed concern over the use of sorcery in the books. Annemarie Posh, a Livonia resident, will not let her children read Rowling's novels. Posh said it took one look at the cover to know it wasn't a p p r o p r i a t e reading for her children. "We're always careful about what she watches on TV." she said of her daughter. "I saw t h a t sorcery stuff. You just don't know what the agendas of different authors (may be)." Carol Bacile of Livonia works as a f i r s t - g r a d e t e a c h e r . S h e said t h a t while she believes Rowling is a good w r i t e r , she d i d n ' t l i k e t h e " s l a n t toward witchcraft ." U 1 don't think witchcraft is harmless," added Bacile, who's read the first book in the series. "I j u s t don't think witchcraft is something t h a t needs to be introduced to children "

A kind of censorship Linda Garrett, a young adult librarian, finds the discussion against the books troublesome. S h e considers it her duty to provide library patrons access to literary works, as well as

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All wrapped up. A group of students from Pattee Rupert's fifthgrade class at Field Elementary in Canton read their Harry Potter books recently. acting in the best interest of the students who pass through her library. A strong supporter of the books for their ability to promote qualities like kindness. loyalty and bravery, she was d i s a p p o i n t e d in a decision mi Je recently by her peers. G a r r e t t explained in a letter: "At the annual MAME (Michigan Association of Media Educators) conference last fall 'Harry Potter' was the topic of discussion at a dinner I attended with Plymouth-Canton media specialists. I'm sorry to report a number of the media specialists stated they would not purchase the Harry Potter series for t h e i r l i b r a r i e s b e c a u s e t h e y couldn't b a r e to face the furor t h a t was bound to erupt."

Just fantasy? K a t h y Ellison isn't as concerned with the "sorcery" side of these books that have captured the imagination of her son and daughter. "They are sorcerers, but it's more like magic," she s a i d . "Kids aren't going to try and make a spell." Fiona Laymon. a Redford Township

p a r e n t , agreed. She e x p r e s s e d t h e i d e a t h a t if H a r r y P o t t e r p o s e s a threat because of its subject matter, any classic fantasy story — like "Alice in Wonderland" — could also be questioned. Laymon said the real issue is p a r e n t - c h i l d c o m m u n i c a t i o n . "Too many people are too involved in other aspects of their lives, but you need to t a k e the time to listen to your child and discuss what they are reading." she wrote in an e-mail message. As a substitute elementary school t e a c h e r in C a n t o n a n d m o t h e r of twins, Ellison knows firsthand the impact of J K Rowling's novels on her 9-year-old son. Max c o u l d n ' t have picked up a Harry Potter book soon enough, as far as she's concerned. "He was starting to get more into GameBoy and Nintendo t h a n reading." said Ellison, who read one of the books before allowing her kids to open the cover. "Everything we tried to do. he wasn't really interested, untH this book." Ellison attributed the popularity of Please see MAGIC, B2

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Don't try to check out a H a m - Potter book from the library at Field Elementary School in Canton. Chances are. the waiting list is growing even longer. J.K. Rowling's series starring the young sorcerer is the hottest book on the shelves, said Connie Kelber. school librarian. "All the books are constantly out. Students had to sign up. This is the newest big thing." Harry Potter was also the big seller a t the school's book fair; it actually sold out. Kelber, who's read all three novels so far, said t h a t part of the appeal of* t h e book s t e m s from the way Harry is portrayed like a normal child — someone who m a k e s mistakes. Kids feel for Harry. And Harry encourages s t u d e n t s — who may be reluctant readers — to get lost in this fantasy world. Kelber said: "When I asked a student 'What is it about the book that you like?' his eyes lit up and he said 'It's really thrilling.' That's how you describe a roller coaster, not a book. We're very happy."

Adam Robinson, a fourth-grader, said it took time for him to get interested. "When I first read it I didn't exactly like it." Now he's almost halfway through the third book. "This is the first book I've ever read through and wanted to keep going." He's not alone. "I think Harry Potter has surpassed 'Goosebumps,'" said Pattee Rupert, fourth grade teacher. "She makes pict u r e s with words. Those are the authors we like." Rupert noted that t e a c h e r s use the books in different ways, some read t h e m to the class, others let the students read them by t h e m s e l v e s . R u p e r t a n s w e r s questions her students have when reading the books. She too is reading them chapter by chapter. "They're the best books I've ever read," said fifth:grader Brad Way. "They're pretty exciting and actionpacked." Classmate Asiri Liyanaarachchi agreed. He's read all three books. "I want to read the whole series," said Asiri. But the class wants more than that P l e a s e s e e READING, B2

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Fans speak out about Potter J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series of novels spurred discussion around the community. Here are additional responses from friends and neighbors who know of the young lad and his fantastic adventures: I t ' s a family affair Cheryl Zuzo of Canton wrote: "(My daughter and I) read the hooks together and discuss every thing that occurs - good and bad. W e are a Christian family and do not advocate sorcery or witchcraft ... I must admit there were nights when my daughter was afraid to go to sleep because the chapter we may have read that evening was a bit frighten mg. She did come to the conclusion

that good will always win over evil." Play t i m e = Potter time Ann Wilhes. Canton resident and mother of 'two (shelteredI girls.' wrote: ' The children are so excited about a book they are read mg in their free time that they are discussing the char acters at lunch.

for good or evil." Ready t o read Teresa Allen of Livonia wrote: "It is not pro-evil, it is definitely pro-hero. Anything that can encourage children to read, that adults can share with their kids, that excites them as this does, can't be bad... I definitely find these book s to be an asset to any library, children's or | adults'." Crusader for Potter David Heater of Canton wrote: 'If we start throwing around ideas that these books are somehow bad for kids we go down a very dangerous road. It harkens back to the days when cer tain schools banned 'Huckleberry Finn' and Slaughterhouse Five.' I have faith that our teachers and school officials in our area ate enlightened enough to dismiss anv such talk."

A vsake-up call Lintia Korovesis of Livonia wrote: 'I can f say enough good things STMT PHOTOwr P U T HI RANOU-v. about it m an effort F o c u s e d Lisa to ouell those people Wiezorek, 10, reads her that would see it banned Wake up Horn, Potter book. people, your children incorporating the are playing at much novels in their play worse on the Nintendo in your living at recess and generally just want room.' more." Her daughter. Meggie Wilkes, e mailed t his statement 'I am m the fourth grade at Cass School and I love Harry Potter! My friends and I really LOVE Harry Pot ter The only problem is that one of my fnends is not allowed t o read Harry Potter, so she really can't play Harry Potti\ One of my friends and I tr.ed to write the eighth Harry Potter book, but faded I love Ham, Potter because they are exciting and because they are fun to read'' Wttchy. not evil, ways Sheihe J. Schultz. Livonia resident and mother, wrote *Immediately I » a s immersed in a wonderfully imaginative tale of a boy who was unloved in the home he w a s living m. to find out how revered' he was in another commu nity ... This iso t unlike the Star Wars' series — using "The Force

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Canton's Pitt, Pocock qualify For all b u t two af its wrestlers, the season is over for Plymouth Canton. But it's been a successful one. T h e Canton squad had an o u t s t a n d i n g s e a s o n , " said Chiefs' coach J o h n Demsick. "with seven wrestlers scoring more than 30 1 match 1 wins, 11 with more t h a n 20, and winning records in 13 of 14 weight "As a t e a m , t h e y finished with a dual-meet record of 196 - 1 . By all s t a n d a r d s , they have had a good I

division aa well. At 103, Kyle Pitt finished third to also qualify for regiona k , which will be Saturday at Temperance Bedford. "We've h a d a g r e a t y e a r , " said Demsick. "Our wrestlers have really become a team and believe i n one another. They a r e s t i l l y o u n g and t h o u g h they are learning to believe in themselves, t h e y still dUta't believe in themselves enough to be regional qualifiers.

For most of the Chiefs, however, the end of it came a bit too quickly. A s t a t e team district title w a s t h o u g h t to be within reach, b u t Canton lost to Plymouth Salem 42-29.

"Some t h i n g s come w i t h e x p e r i e n c e . We should definitely h a d six more (qualif i e r s ) , w i t h a possibility of another four on top of that, but nothing comes easy at districts and we have a tougher district than most *

Last weekend, the team competed as individuals at the state district individual tournament hosted by Walled Lake Western. The field was a tough one, and only two of the Chiefs advanced to the regions Is

Salem w e n t a g a i n s t Dearborn Fordson in the semifinal round of t h e s t a t e regional team t o u r n a m e n t last night. The other semi featured Bedford Catholic Central and Nori.

John Pocock placed second in the 140-pound division, edging Salem rival Josh Henderson 3-1 en route. Henderson placed third to qualify in that

The s t a t e quarterfinals are slated for March 3, with t h e state semifinals and finals On March 4 a t Battle Creek's Kellogg Arena

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Where: 23360 Farmington Road, in the Downtown Shopping Center, across from CVS/Pharmacy in Farmington, (248) 477-1880 Open: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday-Friday; 4-10 p.m., Saturday; closed Sunday v Menu: Italian cuisine (a mix of northern and southern dishes), appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, pasta, seafood, and. chicken. beef and veal entrees. Desserts, vegetarian meals and daily specials. Wine, beer and liquor served. No
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