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Peggy Jo Studio Newsletter
Coming Events January 9, 2006

in this issue

First Aid Afloat Wed January 18

Thunderbirds Ski Club MON January 09

American Polish Century Club Tues Jan 3

MPSC Cards Wed Jan 11

DRYA Grosse Pointe Yacht Club Wed Jan 11

Windsor Ski Club THU January 12

PWP- Rochester THU January 12

Sailing Singles FRI January 13

Metropolitan Single Professionals Fri January 13

DANCE JAM at Ron's Place ~

Somerset Ski & Golf Club SUN January 15

Michigan Swing Dance Association SUN January 15

Claudel and Rodin Exhibit until Feb 3 at the DIA

Campus Martius Park in the Winter


First Aid Afloat Wed January 18

from the DRYA:
Back by popular demand, Dr. Rob Amsler will educate us on how to treat those minor, and not so minor, sailing injuries. Learn what first aid items should be in your kit and how to properly administer them.

Editors Note: Dr Amslers talk on first aid is not like the standard first aid classes you have attended in the past. He talks about some in depth subjects and has even published a pamphlet with items from his past talks which will probably be available that night.

The Seminar will be sponsored by the Detroit Boat Club and the Edison Boat Club at the Edison Boat Club located at 100 Lycaste in Detroit. The EBC bar will be selling sandwiches and hamburgers.

The Seminars are developed with the novice and recreational sailor in mind. These weekly seminars are designed to introduce the sport of sailing to non- sailors and to broaden the knowledge of newer sailors. They are free and open to the public. One need not belong to a club or the DRYA to attend. All Seminars start at 7:00 PM

Editors note: Even though the seminars are aimed at novices, many experienced sailors show up just to talk about sailing on a winter night.

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New Year's Resolution

Have more patience
Appreciate the small things
Practice putting others first
Put laughter in my life
Yell less

Never put anyone down
Eagerly do my chores
Willingly give

Yearn for knowledge
Elevate others
Assume responsibility for mistakes
Remember to smile a lot

The best Christmas story you never heard.

This came through my email

Peggy Jo

Here's a Yule story that occurred many weeks ago ~ AND NOW, afterthe holidays, I bring you the best Christmas story you never heard.

It started last Christmas, when Bennett and Vivian Levin were overwhelmed by sadness while listening to radio reports of injured American troops. "We have to let them know we care," Vivian told Bennett. So they organized a trip to bring soldiers from Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital to the annual Army-Navy football game in Philly, on Dec. 3.

The cool part is, they created their own train line to do it. Yes, there are people in this country who actually own real trains. Bennett Levin - native Philly guy, self-made millionaire and irascible former L&I commish - is one of them.

He has three luxury rail cars. Think mahogany paneling, plush seating and white-linen dining areas. He also has two locomotives, which he stores at his Juniata Park train yard. One car, the elegant Pennsylvania, carried John F. Kennedy to the Army-Navy game in 1961 and '62. Later, it carried his brother Bobby's body to D.C. for burial. "That's a lot of history for one car," says Bennett.

He and Vivian wanted to revive a tradition that endured from 1936 to 1975, during which trains carried Army-Navy spectators from around the country directly to the stadium where the annual game is played. The Levins could think of no better passengers to reinstate the ceremonial ride than the wounded men and women recovering at Walter Reed in D.C. and Bethesda, in Maryland. "We wanted to give them a first-class experience," says Bennett. "Gourmet meals on board, private transportation from the train to the stadium, perfect seats - real hero treatment."

Through the Army War College Foundation, of which he is a trustee, Bennett met with Walter Reed's commanding general, who loved the idea. But Bennett had some ground rules first, all designed to keep the focus on the troops alone:

No press on the trip, lest the soldiers' day of pampering devolve into a media circus.

No politicians either, because, says Bennett, "I didn't want some idiot making this trip into a campaign photo op."

And no Pentagon suits on board, otherwise the soldiers would be too busy saluting superiors to relax.

The general agreed to the conditions, and Bennett realized he had a problem on his hands. "I had to actually make this thing happen," he laughs.

Over the next months, he recruited owners of 15 other sumptuous rail cars from around the country - these people tend to know each other - into lending their vehicles for the day. The name of their temporary train? The Liberty Limited.

Amtrak volunteered to transport the cars to D.C. - where they'd be coupled together for the round-trip ride to Philly - then back to their owners later.

Conrail offered to service the Liberty while it was in Philly. And SEPTA drivers would bus the disabled soldiers 200 yards from the train to Lincoln Financial Field, for the game.

A benefactor from the War College ponied up 100 seats to the game - on the 50-yard line - and lunch in a hospitality suite.

And corporate donors filled, for free and without asking for publicity, goodie bags for attendees:

From Woolrich, stadium blankets. From Wal-Mart, digital cameras. From Nikon, field glasses. From GEAR, down jackets.

There was booty not just for the soldiers, but for their guests, too, since each was allowed to bring a friend or family member.

The Marines, though, declined the offer. "They voted not to take guests with them, so they could take more Marines," says Levin, choking up at the memory.

Bennett's an emotional guy, so he was worried about how he'd react to meeting the 88 troops and guests at D.C.'s Union Station, where the trip originated. Some GIs were missing limbs. Others were wheelchair-bound or accompanied by medical personnel for the day. "They made it easy to be with them," he says. "They were all smiles on the ride to Philly. Not an ounce of self-pity from any of them. They're so full of life and determination."

At the stadium, the troops reveled in the game, recalls Bennett. Not even Army's lopsided loss to Navy could deflate the group's rollicking mood.

Afterward, it was back to the train and yet another gourmet meal - heroes get hungry, says Levin - before returning to Walter Reed and Bethesda. "The day was spectacular," says Levin. "It was all about these kids. It was awesome to be part of it."

The most poignant moment for the Levins was when 11 Marines hugged them goodbye, then sang them the Marine Hymn on the platform at Union Station.

"One of the guys was blind, but he said, 'I can't see you, but man, you must be really beautiful!' " says Bennett. "I got a lump so big in my throat, I couldn't even answer him."

It's been seven weeks, but the Levins and their guests are still feeling the day's love. "My Christmas came early," says Levin, who is Jewish and who loves the Christmas season. "I can't describe the feeling in the air." Maybe it was hope.

As one guest wrote in a thank-you note to Bennett and Vivian, "The fond memories generated last Saturday will sustain us all - whatever the future may bring."

God bless the Levins.

And bless the troops, every one.

  • Thunderbirds Ski Club MON January 09
  • The Thunderbird Ski / Snowboard Instructors offer Ski and Snowboard lessons weather permitting. Discounted lift tickets for the evening and equipment rental is available on site. Mt. Brighton Ski Area , from 06:00 PM

  • American Polish Century Club Tues Jan 3
  • American-Polish Century Club, just north of Fourteen Mile on the east side of Maple Lane, across from Maple Lane Golf Course. Maple Lane Road becomes an extension of Hoover at Fourteen Mile Road. Polish- American Century Club, just north of Fourteen Mile

    Live Band Ballroom Dancing (This is not the Polish American Cultural Center which is nearby) .

    7:00 PM $8

  • MPSC Cards Wed Jan 11
  • Newly Remodeled Banquet Area For Directions Only Call (586) 751-4444 Our Area is Non-Smoking We rotate tables every half hour. Cash Bar *A reasonably priced dinner is also available off the menu. Everyone is welcome! Crash Landing 26620 Dequindre Warren, MI Just North of I-696 in Warren from 06:30 PM to 09:30 PM Member price Guest Price Reserve by 2005-12-28

  • DRYA Grosse Pointe Yacht Club Wed Jan 11
  • Joy of SailingDr. Steve Linoff and a few of his fellow sailors will discuss their love of sailing. Grosse Pointe Yacht Club 788 Lakeshore Grosse Poine Shores, MI 313-884-2500 Call for dinner reservations prior to meeting from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM Member price Free Guest Price Free Reserve by 2006-01-11

    Marie Weiner has volunteered to coordinate dinner reservations for this night. She has a table for four for 5:45 PM on Wed Jan 11 at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. If you call her she will add you to her table and if needed she will reserve more tables of four for additional people. Her number is 248-642- 6897. You can also make your own reservations by calling 313-884-2500 and tell them you are coming to the free seminar. They do not accept cash just debit and credit cards.

  • Windsor Ski Club THU January 12
  • Windsor Ski Club Meeting Royal Canadian Legion 5645 Wyandotte East Windsor, on from 7:00 PM

  • PWP- Rochester THU January 12
  • Weekly Dance Our very own Tj the DJ plays TOP 40 and Your requests. Rivercrest , Avon Rd. between Rochester & Livernois Member price $4 Guest Price $7

    Monthly Meeting starts at 7:00 PM

  • Sailing Singles FRI January 13
  • General Meeting. Meet for dinner at the Elks Club any time after 5:00 PM. Meeting 8:00 pm doors open at 7:30. Dancing to a DJ after the meeting.

    Troy-Clawson Elks Club 1451 East Big Beaver Troy, MI North side of Big Beaver between Rochester Road and John R from 08:00 PM to Member price $5 Guest Price $8

  • Metropolitan Single Professionals Fri January 13
  • Single Mingle Top 40 DJ, Cash Bar, Hors d'oeuvres (8:00-9:00)Dressy Casual (No jeans or Tennis Shoes) Non-Smoking

    Sheraton Hotel Novi 21111 Haggerty Rd. North of 8 Mile Rd For directions only 248-349-4000 from 8:00 pm to 1:00 am Member price $5.00 Guest Price

  • DANCE JAM at Ron's Place ~
  • ~WC Swing and Night Club Slow DANCE JAM with Phil Dorroll ~Ron Bator's house in Westland, Directions below ~Sat, Jan 14, 6-8:30pm, $15 ~Pizza, Salad, Beverages provided 6-6:30 ~BYOB and dance shoes ~RSVP to Judy appreciated ~Open Dancing afterwards, Free, Bring dish to share
    Details for the DANCE JAM:
    We'll meet at Ron Bator's house near Westland Mall, Warren Rd & Wayne Rd. Ron has built an incredible dance room in the lower level of his new house. The floor is wood, so bring dance shoes. We'll collect $15 per person for the Dance Jam, please. Phil Dorroll will be our dance coach. He will help us with our moves and patterns and will answer any questions that we have. Phil will give us some suggestions on connection, posture, and transition. There will be special instruction and styling tips for both the ladies and the men. Phil will work with us from 6:30 until 8:30. We'll begin the evening at 6:00 with pizza, salad, and beverages. Feel free to bring anything else and BYOB. Everyone is welcome to stay until Midnight or later and just dance! But if you need to take off, that's okay, too. Our Dance Jams are different every time, depending on who is in the group and on what we want to work. That's what makes it so unique! We always have fun, the music is great, and there will be LOTS of room to dance. Come join us!

    Please let us know if you want to attend the Dance Jam on Saturday, Jan 14, at Ron's place. I'll send you a confirmation and directions just before. Thank you for your RSVP!

    ** Phil Dorroll has private lessons available on Saturday & Sunday (call 615-242-2674 to schedule). **

    Sharon Nelson ~ 248-390-0515

    Judy Mobley ~ 248-553-7973

    See you at Ron's! ~ Judy :)

  • Somerset Ski & Golf Club SUN January 15
  • 9 Pin No-Tap Bowling (Knock 9 pins down on first ball – counts same as a strike) bowling, cash prizes, pizza (with sm. Donation) and fun

    5 Star Lanes 16 Mile between Ryan and Dequindre , Contact Rosalie Walsh 586-783-3299. from 03:00 PM to 06:00 PM Member price $12 Guest Price $15

  • Michigan Swing Dance Association SUN January 15
  • The MSDA dances are attended by couples and singles alike. For the most part, our members are single and we are always happy to see new members join.

    The Amber House is located at 7012 E. Nine Mile Road between Mound and Van Dyke in Warren, Mi. Phone number: 586-754-3434. Visit from 3:00 PM

  • Claudel and Rodin Exhibit until Feb 3 at the DIA
  • Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra, Rodin and Claudel

    Among the world's love affairs theirs is the only one carved in stone.

  • Campus Martius Park in the Winter
  • The Rink at Campus Martius Park (313) 963-9393 RINK HOURS: (Please note Rink hours will change January 2)
    Monday - Thursday 11am - 10pm
    Friday 11am - Midnight
    Saturday 10am - Midnight
    Sunday 12pm - 8pm

    Adults 13 Years to 49 Years $7
    Children 12 Years and younger $6
    Seniors 50 Years and Older $6
    Skate Rental $3
    Shoe Check available for people with their own skates $2
    Skate Sharpening $5

  • GrayBay Shopping
  • The first 100 registered users will never have to pay any fees so register before it is too late. We now have 43 registered users and 60 auctions. Due to our affliation with BidFind we are getting a lot of viewers.

    This is a great training site to learn about online auctions. Register and try selling something. Clean out the garage or basement. If you have any problems contact the webmaster via email.

    Basic Computer Usage

    28600 Southfield Suite 103
    Lathrup Village, Mi 48076
    February 7, 14, 21 2006

    If you are an experienced computer user, pass this on to someone who is struggling. This course is directed to the beginner. The less one knows the better! It will be conducted in a question and answer mode after some basic terminology and concepts are explained. Students will work online with computers connected to the internet. Students will be invited to bring their laptops if they are equipped with wireless access otherwise they will use a computer on site.

    We will teach you how to use your computer to do what you want to do. We will expose you to the power of the internet but we will not overwhelm you with information you do not need to know to perform your tasks.

    The course will start by explaining some of the terms used in the information technology field and will answer individual student’s questions about these terms

    The various browsers and their similarities will be demonstrated. We will even teach you what a browser is! The different email programs will be discussed with the students using their own programs

    Students will learn how to send and receive email, add attachments, add photos and organize their mail and their contacts

    They will also learn how to browse the web, select favorites or bookmarks.

    Ebay and other auction sites will be explored and the questions that the students ask will drive the content of the course.

    The class will be conducted in the computer laboratory of Global Information Technology located at 28600 Southfield Road, in Lathrup Village just south of 12 mile road on the east side of Southfield.

    The class will meet on Tuesday February 7, from 2:00 PM til 4:00 PM, Tuesday February 14 from 2:00 PM til 4:00 PM and on Tuesday February 21 from 2:00 PM till 4:00 PM Enroll Here

    Go to the auction site.

  • Florida Home on a Canal for rent
  • Many people have looked at the house which is listed on GrayBay, unfortunately it was marked as closed. She has re-listed the rental and if you are interested go to the auction site and let her know.

    Newly refurbished home, granite counters and new appliances in kitchen. 2 Bedroom, 2 bath with a dock on a 25 foot deep canal in New Port Richey, Florida.. 45 minutes North of Tampa, and 1 hour 45 minutes to DisneyWorld. Rent is $1500 a month December, January February. See it here