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Friday, November 10, 2017

chase those post election blahs away with new reads and Blue ray disks from the Baldwin Library

Precious Ramotswe learns valuable lessons about first impressions and forgiveness in this latest installment of the beloved and best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are approached by their part-time colleague, Mr. Polopetsi, with a troubling story: a woman, accused of being rude to a valued customer, has been wrongly dismissed from her job at an office furniture store. Never one to let an act of injustice go unanswered, Mma Ramotswe begins to investigate, but soon discovers unexpected information that causes her to reluctantly change her views about the case.

Reacher takes a stroll through a small Wisconsin town and sees a class ring in a pawn shop window: West Point 2005.A tough year to graduate: Iraq, then Afghanistan. The ring is tiny, for a woman, and it has her initials engraved on the inside. Reacher wonders what unlucky circumstance made her give up something she earned over four hard years. He decides to find out. And find the woman. And return her ring. Why not? So begins a harrowing journey that takes Reacher through the upper Midwest, from a lowlife bar on the sad side of small town to a dirt-blown crossroads in the middle of nowhere, encountering bikers, cops, crooks, muscle, and a missing persons PI who wears a suit and a tie in the Wyoming wilderness. The deeper Reacher digs, and the more he learns, the more dangerous the terrain becomes.

As they hunt for a bunch of paintings worth a walloping half a billion dollars, Juan Cabrillo and the crew aboard the Oregon chance upon a much bigger problem. A Filipino rebel leader is not only using them to finance the insurgency but has discovered a drug developed yet never used by the Japanese during World War II that makes mega warriors of ordinary soldiers. Not so far-fetched given the revelations of Norman Ohler's recent Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich.

At a moment of crisis over our national identity, venerated journalist Dan Rather has emerged as a voice of reason and integrity, reflecting on--and writing passionately about--what it means to be an American. Now, with this collection of original essays, he reminds us of the principles upon which the United States was founded. Looking at the freedoms that define us, from the vote to the press; the values that have transformed us, from empathy to inclusion to service; the institutions that sustain us, such as public education; and the traits that helped form our young country, such as the audacity to take on daunting challenges in science and medicine, Rather brings to bear his decades of experience on the frontlines of the world's biggest stories. As a living witness to historical change, he offers up an intimate view of history, tracing where we have been in order to help us chart a way forward and heal our bitter divisions.

Chronicling the adventures of an eccentric, resilient and tight-knit family. A remarkable story of unconditional love. A young woman who, influenced by the joyfully wild nature of her deeply dysfunctional father, found the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.

Josh Rouan
Electronic Resources Librarian
Baldwin Public Library
300 W. Merrill St.
Birmingham, MI  48009

The latest from City Clerk Amy Burton on Kapel Hosler Vote counts and vote verifications

Amy Burton <>

Nov 7 at 10:45 PM

Dear Readers

Wed The County Board of Canvassers is responsible for tallying and certifying the write-in vote totals as part of their audit of the election process.  The Board of Canvassers could take up to a week after Election Day to be complete.  I have reviehe write-in votes and prepared the following summary: 

The name or a variation of the name William Hoslewas listed as a write-in candidate approximately 122 times between the absentee and in person ballots.

the name or a variation of the name Mark Kapel was listed as a write-in candidate approximately 52 times between the absentee and in person ballots.  

I can’t make a determination on the validity of the votes cast for either write-in candidate.  The Board of Canvassers must take into consideration several factors including the spelling of the write-in candidate’s name and the marking of the box next to the write-in name on the ballot.   

All other inquires made to my office for election results will be directed to the Oakland County Elections website for updated results. 

Thank-you all for your patience.  I will continue to keep the candidates informed as the County reviews the election results. 

Congratulations to all for a great election!


Amy L. Burton
City Clerk
City of Bloomfield Hills
45 E. Long Lake Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
(248) 530-1403 Direct

From: Amy Burton
Sent: Tuesday, November 07, 2017 9:40 PM
To:;;;; William Hosler <>;
Subject: RE: Election Results 



William E. Hosler (write-in)
0.00%0Mark Kapel (write-in)
0.00%0Rejected write-ins
0.00%0Unassigned write-ins
9.97%185   remain 

THE  INCUMBANT  RACE WITH with all four candidates  winning four of the City's  Commission seats was the Proverbial dead Heat merry go round.
The Magic number in the single commissioner  race is 185 votes which is enough to swing the election one was or another in a variety of ways.
The polls opened on Tuesday at 8am and closed for voting  at 8pm.
 The candidates were invited to view the  early counting.  One chose to the other did not.
 Imagine  the a shopper at the food store being a given a  long paper tape. Long enough the reach head to knees of a short person. 
The well trained and experienced eye can spot canned peas at full price instead of the discounted price on the shelf which requires price check  that holds up the line the check out line. You get the  That is essentially where we are now picture on the tapes are the signatures of the voters who wrote in. Capel for Kapel or Hoffman for Hosler would be easy to attribute. others might be hard  to attribute and in either case  an unfilled box by name would get tossed.  With the exception  of unfilled  box the example listed are just guesses on my part.

Vote Smart Facts Matter. at Baldwin Library

Baldwin Library Hosts Project Vote Smart: “The Facts Matter”
BIRMINGHAM, MI (November 9, 2017) – Richard Kimball, American politician and founder of the nonprofit voter education organization Project Vote Smart, will deliver his nonpartisan voter education presentation, “The Facts Matter,” at Baldwin Public Library on Saturday, November 18 at 2:00 p.m.
Mr. Kimball is a graduate of the University of Arizona and previously worked for Congressman Morris K. Udall, Senator Walter Mondale, and Senator Daniel Moynihan. He represented central Phoenix in the Arizona state Senate, was elected Arizona Corporation Commissioner and Chairman, and was the 1986 Democratic nominee for United States Senate who was defeated by Senator John McCain. He founded Vote Smart in 1992 and remains dedicated to the cause of voter education.

“When we learned that Mr. Kimball would be in the Detroit Metro-area we jumped at the opportunity to host his talk,” says Maria Williams, Head of Adult Services. “Public libraries have always played a pivotal role in ensuring that residents have access to information that will enhance their lives, and that certainly includes information related to issues and candidates on which people vote. As we approach the 2018 election we want to make sure we do all we can to enable area voters to make informed choices.”

Vote Smart was designed to help voters defend their right to the facts about those who seek political office. The Facts Matter presentation has four parts and covers the concerns of the Founding Fathers about giving voting rights to citizens; how political ads affect voters; the danger of lies and misinformation; and a practical approach for voters to defend their right to the facts. The event is presented in partnership with Oakland University's Center for Civic Engagement and the League of Women Voters Oakland Area.