New Year's ResolutionHave more patience
Appreciate the small things
Practice putting others first
Put laughter in my life
Never put anyone down
Eagerly do my chores
Yearn for knowledge
Assume responsibility for mistakes
Remember to smile a lot
The best Christmas story you never heard. This
came through my email
Peggy JoHere's a Yule story that
occurred many weeks ago ~ AND NOW, afterthe holidays, I bring
you the best Christmas story you never heard.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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,
Thunderbirds Ski Club MON January
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
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
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
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
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
Single Mingle Top 40 DJ, Cash Bar, Hors d'oeuvres
(8:00-9:00)Dressy Casual (No jeans or Tennis Shoes)
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
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
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
** Phil Dorroll has private lessons available on
Saturday & Sunday (call 615-242-2674 to schedule). **
Sharon Nelson ~ 248-390-0515 email@example.com
Judy Mobley ~ 248-553-7973 firstname.lastname@example.org
See you at Ron's! ~ Judy :)
& 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
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
http://amberhouse-danceclub.com/ from 3:00 PM
Rodin Exhibit until Feb 3 at the DIA|
Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra, Rodin and
Among the world's love affairs theirs is the only one
carved in stone.
Martius Park in the Winter|
The Rink at Campus Martius Park (313) 963-9393 RINK HOURS:
(Please note Rink hours will change January 2)
Thursday 11am - 10pm
Friday 11am - Midnight
10am - Midnight
Sunday 12pm - 8pm
Adults 13 Years to 49 Years $7
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
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
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
Basic Computer Usage
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.
28600 Southfield Suite 103
Village, Mi 48076
February 7, 14, 21 2006
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
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
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
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
Go to the auction site.
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
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
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