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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Join Stephen Vogel, Professor of Architecture and Former Dean of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture, for an engaging lecture about the history of Detroit from its founding to present day, and speculations on a new vision for the City.
JUL 11
Prepare a dish from Ina Garten's classic "The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook" and bring it to share potluck style. The first ten Baldwin Library cardholders to register will receive a free copy of the cookbook, thanks to the Friends of the Baldwin Public Library.
JUL 12
Birmingham resident and published author Elizabeth Heiter will present a workshop for aspiring writers. Started a book and don’t know what to do next? Learn about the process of getting published from the author of Hunted and Vanished.

Baldwin Library Hosts Detroit in 1967 Series

Contact: Rebekah Craft, Baldwin Public Library
Phone: 248-554-4682
Email: rebekah.craft@baldwinli

Baldwin Library Hosts Detroit in 1967 Series
BIRMINGHAM, MI (June 22, 2017) – 2017 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the uprising known as the 1967 Detroit Riot. Throughout the summer, the Baldwin Library will present a series of programs to commemorate the anniversary of this important event in Detroit’s history. The series is designed to not only help community remembers remember the event, but also to see the path from '67 until now, and consider the City's future.
During the week of civil disturbance, 43 people died, 1,100 people were injured, and more than 7,000 people were arrested. It is one of the most critical moments in Detroit's—and Michigan's—history. “It is important to pause and reflect on the circumstances surrounding the events of that week, and what has happened in the City over the past fifty years,” said Maria Williams, Head of Adult Services.
Journalist Bill McGraw will begin the series with a lecture on the start of the 1967 Detroit Riot. “Detroit had one of the worst civil disorders in American history, and as the 50th anniversary approaches, there is so much to recall about the city at that time, and to talk about what has changed in half a century,” he says.
The Spark that Ignited the 1967 Detroit Riot, with Bill McGraw
Tuesday, June 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Hear the story of the blind pig that was raided by police in the early morning hours of July 23, 1967.
Making Detroit: History and Mystery, with Stephen Vogel
Monday, July 10 at 7:00 pm.
U of D Mercy Architecture Professor Stephen Vogel will discuss the history of Detroit from its founding to present day, and provide speculations on a new vision for the City.
Oral History Collection for the Detroit Historical Museum’s Detroit 67 Project
Friday, August 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Detroit Historical Museum is collecting oral histories of current and former Detroit residents who remember the July 1967 riot. Share your experience with a trained volunteer. Call 248-554-4650 to make an appointment.
American Revolutionary: the Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs
Sunday, August 13 at 2:00 p.m.
View the story of Detroiter Grace Lee Boggs, a labor and civil rights activist, for whom the 1967 Detroit riot was a watershed moment.
This series is presented as part of the 2017 Adult Summer Reading Program. Advance registration is requested and can be done on the Library’s website or by calling the Adult Services Department at 248-554-4650.
The Baldwin Public Library is located in downtown Birmingham at 300 W. Merrill Street. The Library’s hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The Library’s website has information on how to register for a Library Card and access all of the Library’s services.

Rebekah Craft
Associate Director
Baldwin Public Library
300 W. Merrill St.
Birmingham, MI  48009

If the following article seems familiar it is because it is. Every Year   The Office of the Attorney General of the State of Michigan publishes an an easy to read guide detailing you rights under the The Michigan Open Meetings Act or OMÃ… for short.
Why should you care ? Because not caring can  cost you money when f you finally find out what your local government is up to.

You the tax paying Citizen of the State of Michigan  have no obligations under OMA. You don't have to go to meetings or  read articles such as this. Or even vote. 

If someone or something is taking you for a ride however it is usually better to find out sooner rather than later however and that is why the State  Attorney General's office publishes a thirty page document describing what  your local government must to do  keep you informed.
While  OMA affirms your right to attend almost all meetings of a governing body. It mandates that through promulgated and published minutes made available in a timely manner  the governing body bring the meeting to  it's constituents.

What  per OMA must be in the minutes ? – at a minimum, the minutes must show the date, time, place, members present, members absent, any decisions made at a meeting open to the public, and the purpose or purposes for which a closed session is held. The minutes must include all roll call votes taken at the meeting.The OMA does not prohibit a public body from preparing a more detailed set of minutes of its public meetings if it chooses to do so.

When must the minutes be available proposed minutes  or draft minutes must be made available for public inspection within eight days after the applicable meeting. Approved minutes must be made available for public inspection within five days after the public body's approval.

When must the minutes be approved – at the board's next meeting. Corrected minutes must show both the original entry and the correction (for example, using a ("strikethrough" word processing feature).

Proposed minutes are draft minutes. They contain the nitty gritty of what City Commissioners attended the meeting, what was discussed and the results of any vote taken at the meeting in roll call fashion. Per OMA draft minutes  must be made available for public inspection eight days after applicable meeting.

 In other words if our City Commission meets on Tuesday the draft of proposed minutes as recorded by the City Clerk are must be available for public inspection  by the following Tuesday.  
This can be accomplished by simply posting them on a tack board in the lobby of City  Hall.
At the following  commission meeting  City Commission can approve the minutes as submitted (normal course of events) or suggest revisions (Rare occurrence) Usually the minutes are approved as is, in the consent agenda  of the next meetings.  
Per OMA residents have five days to inspect the the approved minutes.
 The point of  making draft minutes available for inspection by residents is that keeps them current with their government  which is the goal of the Open Meetings Act.
The City of Bloomfield Hills 
Welcome to Documents-On-Demand
To better serve the residents of Bloomfield Hills, we have created a searching tool that will allow you to view AGENDAS and MINUTES of City Commission, the Planning Commission, and the Zoning Board of Appeals. Not only will you be able to look at the current meeting information but you will be able to search past meetings for specific meeting detail. Meeting Minutes will be posted once they are approved by the Council Board  
 The above appears on the  Bloomfield Hills Web site City Web site. It is not in keeping with OMA because It  restricts  draft minutes  to City Officials who already the  know what was discussed the month prior and with diminished   input from from residents may be the same thing discussed this month allowing for the promotion of private agendas at the expense of public ones.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

48th Annual ST. Hugo School Rummage Sale Begins Tonight 6pm.

For some the fun has already already begun last weekend  the  St. Hugo Parish Library hosted it's second annual  Book Donations sale for books for the children of St. Hugo's Parish. Adults  however benefited as well with a selection of seldom seen, some out of print classic books.  This writer was looking for a  good but cheap  Russian  Primer. Looking as in I will never find it  but I will try anyway.  The Actual St. Hugo's Rummage put textbook in "Items  we can't take category."
The price of  however  of  advanced high school  and college text books new or used  is through the roof.

The at the  St. Hugo' Library sale I almost tripped over  The Essentials of Russian  The Third Edition circa 1958.When I got home I noticed something buried in the binding.  I was rewarded by an invitation a  Beach Party on Sunday June 14th 1958. As best I can figure by turning the invite round and round if you cross the   the Delaware River north of Philadelphia and  keep going left when ever the opportunity presents itself you will  eventually arrive at the At the Atlantic Ocean.
The only hard part would be matching the invitation  to the party you were supposed to go to. It did say bring food.

You never know what will turn up at a first class Rummage Sale.  I  do know that for a fact. The money raised at the  Library's book sale for  St. Hugo's School and its Children is anticipated to approach the the four figure mark. Books that weren't sold at the Library sale were transported to the St. Hugo Rummage Sale in a half dozen Pick up truck runs loaded by  Library volunteers and Parish staff that ran past the the dinner hour.

If you like books, the rare, the unusual, and the hard to find they will be at the St. Hugo Rummage Sale.
And that is just the beginning. There are over twenty departments including a snack bar for the bargain weary.

Today Wednesday from  6pm to 9pm is the Preview Sale and yes there is a $2 a admission fee and at 25%  mark up for FIRST NIGHTERS.

THURSDAY HOURS are 9am to 6pm and offer Hourly specials.
Friday Hours 9am till noon. Prices are half off and there will be a bag salea bag sale.

This week and every week all roads lead to St. Hugo's.
Take Woodward North or South to Opdyke. ST. Hugo's is right after the Golf Course.
Or From Telegraph to  Hickory Grove  which will dead end at the St. Hugo School parking lot.
Or Take Kensington Road which also dead ends just north of St. Hugo's on Opdyke. Bring a friend.

Monday, June 19, 2017

communities not hosting Fireworks This year and the reason why

2017 Michigan Fireworks Cancellations

Rather than keep doing blog posts or announcements every time I hear about a cancellation, I decided it would probably be better to just put them all on a single page. So I will post the locations here that have previously been on my list, but as far as I can tell, will not be holding fireworks displays this year. If I have something wrong, or if you know of one that I don’t have, I and all the other users would sure appreciate it if you would contact me.
 here’s what I have so far – communities NOT holding fireworks this year:

Antrim County, Michigan

  • Mancelona Bass Festival - Mancelona, Michigan (more info)

Cheboygan County, Michigan

  • Wolverine Lumberjack Festival - Wolverine, Michigan (more info)

Eaton County, Michigan

  • Potterville Gizzard Fest - Potterville

Michigan Fireworks by date June to December

Michigan Fireworks Displays 

By Location and Date.


These are all the dates for which Michigan Fireworks has  current Michigan fireworks display listings for the next thirteen months or so. If you click on a date, you’ll get summaries of all the displays for that date.
Jun 17, 2017 (12) fireworks displays
Jun 22, 2017 (1) fireworks display
Jun 23, 2017 (6) fireworks displays
Jun 24, 2017 (18) fireworks displays
Jun 25, 2017 (4) fireworks displays
Jun 26, 2017 (1) fireworks display
Jun 27, 2017 (1) fireworks display
Jun 28, 2017 (2) fireworks displays
Jun 29, 2017 (6) fireworks displays
Jun 30, 2017 (10) fireworks displays
Jul 1, 2017 (45) fireworks displays
Jul 2, 2017 (14) fireworks displays
Jul 3, 2017 (34) fireworks displays
Jul 4, 2017 (99) fireworks displays
Jul 5, 2017 (1) fireworks display
Jul 7, 2017 (6) fireworks displays
Jul 8, 2017 (6) fireworks displays
Jul 15, 2017 (2) fireworks displays
Jul 22, 2017 (1) fireworks display
Jul 23, 2017 (1) fireworks display
Jul 29, 2017 (2) fireworks displays
Aug 5, 2017 (2) fireworks displays
Aug 12, 2017 (2) fireworks displays
Aug 19, 2017 (1) fireworks display
Aug 26, 2017 (2) fireworks displays
Sep 2, 2017 (2) fireworks displays
Sep 16, 2017 (2) fireworks displays
Sep 24, 2017 (1) fireworks display
Dec 1, 2017 (1) fireworks display
Dec 2, 2017 (1) fireworks display
Dec 3, 2017 (1) fireworks display
Dec 8, 2017 (1) fireworks display
Dec 9, 2017 (1) fireworks display
Dec 10, 2017 (1) fireworks display
Dec 15, 2017 (1) fireworks display
Dec 16, 2017 (1) fireworks display
Dec 17, 2017 (1) fireworks display
Dec 19, 2017 (1) fireworks display
Dec 20, 2017 (1) fireworks display
Dec 21, 2017 (1) fireworks display
Dec 22, 2017 (1) fireworks display
Dec 23, 2017 (1) fireworks display
Dec 24, 2017 (1) fireworks display
Dec 25, 2017 (1) fireworks display
Dec 26, 2017 (1) fireworks display
Dec 27, 2017 (1) fireworks display
Dec 29, 2017 (1) fireworks display