|Miracle League Announcer|
Vic Doucette, the announcer for the Miracle League of Michigan,(in the photo above with Peggy Jo) got involved with the program almost at the beginning about two years ago. He attended one of the first games played and made the mistake of taking his checkbook with him and making a donation.
In talking to league President Steve Peck, Vic explained that he did not just want to be a donor but a participant. His mobility is limited due to cerebral palsy so he could not be a buddy on the field, but his background as a broadcaster led Steve to suggest that he be the public address announcer. He started with a chair behind home plate, an iPod and two PA speakers. The booth that he now works from was just recently built.
Victor models his announcing style after John Mason of the Pistons and he wants to do for the Miracle League of Michigan what Mason has done for the Pistons. He not only announces but gives a play-by- play description and acts as a cheerleader and good will ambassador.
Growing up, Vic wore leg braces. He wanted to play with the other kids but he was always the last one selected to play. He did play in Little League and they did find a place for him but he felt that they were only tolerating him. He said that if there had been a Miracle League 40 years ago he would have definitely played. He lauds the fact that each kid is given a chance to bat as well as score a run. With the volunteer buddies kids of varying ability are able to participate.
If you have a mutimedia viewer installed click here to see a video produced by Fox2 News.
You can find The Miracle League web site here. be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page to see how involved Charley is in the program.
On Sunday July 10 the kids played an all Star game of their own and here are some pictures.
Their games are played on Wednesdays At 7:00 pm. On Saturday at 11:00 am and 4:00 pm and on Sunday at 4:00 pm. Their schedule is here
|Happy Hour at Bahama Breeze Tue July 19|
Kirk Singles will be meeting at the Bahama Breeze in Troy at 5:30 until 8:00 pm for socializing. Some of the members will stay for a bite to eat.
The Bahama Breeze ids located on Big Beaver West of Rochester Road and three blocks east of Livernois
|Summer Protection-Play it Safe in the Outdors|
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, skin cancer is the most common kind of cancer in the United States. Exposure to the sun appears to be the most important environmental factor in the development of skin. Health officials suggest some easy options for sun protection:
· Avoid direct exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Seek shade under an umbrella or tree especially during midday when UV rays are strongest. UV rays can reach anyone on cloudy and hazy days as well as bright and sunny days.
· Cover up with clothing to protect exposed skin. Loose-fitting long-sleeved shirts and long pants made from tightly woven fabric offer the best protection.
· Grab a pair of shades. Sunglasses protect the eyes from UV rays and protect the tender skin around the eyes from sun exposure.
· Get a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears, and neck.
· Rub on sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. Sunscreens come in a variety of forms such as lotions, gels, and sprays, so there are plenty of different options. Unprotected skin can also be a likely target for those tiny, flying insects known as mosquitoes. Much attention has been given in recent years to the potentially deadly West Nile virus. The virus can infect people, horses, birds and some other animals. There is no evidence West Nile can be spread from person to person or animal to person except via mosquito bite. Symptoms of this type of encephalitis include fever, headache, body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph glands. Fortunately, it's fairly easy to protect yourself and health officials suggest the following precautions:
· Mosquitoes need standing water to breed and hatch in; it doesn't take much, whether it's a birdbath, flowerpot or small retention area. When it rains, police your outdoor areas and empty anything that may have collected water.
· Mosquitoes mostly come out at dawn and dusk, so residents may want to stay indoors during those times when possible. The insects can also be kept away with repellent containing DEET. Wearing long sleeved shirts and pants also helps keep them at bay.
Be safe and careful this summer. Follow these suggestions to protect yourself from over exposure to the sun and from mosquitoes so you can enjoy the great outdoors.
Giorgio's of Oak Park at 25920 N Greenfield phone 248-968-4060 is the best place for pasta. They also have a place in West Bloomfield
|Jack's Waterfront Restaurant Wed July 20|
Sailing Singles will be hosting their Dinner of the month at Jack's Waterfront Restauran starting at 6:00 pm.
Jack's is located in the Emerald City Marina. The gate is on Jefferson between nine and ten mile. There will be separate checks and everyone will order off the menu.
|Maple Country Club Thu July 21|
The American Singles Golf Association will be conducting their monthly Meeting/Mingler .
Cocktails/Mingling 6p-7p Meeting 7pm (Mingling afterwards)Click here for details .
Maples Country Club 31260 Wakefield Dr Novi, Mi 48377
|Moravian Hills Thu July 21|
Day of golf contact Bev Essary 586-573-7151 or bessary@sbcglobal,net for reservations. call 3 days before by 8pm. Arrive 30 min prior to start time. call to cancel.
Moravian Hills is on Groesbeck between 16 and Cass, Golf begins at 11:00 am Member price Sen $30 Non $38 Guest Price Sen $30 Non $38
|Civic Center Park Thu July 21|
Skiwi Ski club will hold their General Meeting at the Civic Center Park in Madison Heights, they start at 6pm.
|Comerica Park Fri July 22|
Somerset Singles Ski And Golf Club will attend the game at Comerica Park.
Detroit Tigers vs Minnesota Twins Baseball Game. Car Pool available. Meet at Marinelli's at 5:30 For information Call Greg at 810-225-3647. Flyer here
|Sterling Chateau Sat July 23|
Bethany East will host their Monthly Dance at Sterling Chateau 38500 Ryan Road just south of 17 Mile in Sterling Heights from 08:00 PM to Midnite Member price $10.00 Guest Price $10.00
|Oakridge Sun July 24|
Somerset Singles Ski and Golf Club will conduct a day of golf contact Bev Essary 586-573-7151 or bessary@sbcglobal,net for reservations. call 3 days before by 8pm. Arrive 30 min prior to start time. call to cancel. Oakridge 586-749-5151 I-94 to 26 Mile Rd turn left course on right. from 11:00 AM Member price RES $37 Non $47 Guest Price RES $37 Non $47
Charity For Children with Autism to Host Wine Tasting Fundraiser on East Side Thur July 28Sophia's Friends, a center for children with autism and other disabilities, is hosting a wine tasting fundraiser, Thursday, July 28 in the banquet hall at the Assumption Cultural Center (21800 Marter Rd.) in St. Clair Shores from 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
Cost for the event is $35 and includes cold hors d'oeuvres, a pasta bar, an open bar and a wide of array wines from all over the world. Proceeds go toward the development of a scholarship fund for children with autism and developmental challenges.
"Parents of children with autism do not normally receive insurance reimbursement or support for their child's condition, which makes therapy a great expense," said Sophia's Friends Co-Owner and Director Christy Pratt. "This scholarship fund will allow children to receive the much needed services that their parents cannot afford."
Sophia's Friends is named after the six-year-old daughter of Liz Stong, the other owner and director. The Clinton Township-based charity caters to children with autism and other developmental challenges and provides them the chance to grow in this world. This family-owned-and-operated rehabilitation facility also offers parents the opportunity to attend classes with others involved in the same situation while watching their child grow in an encouraging environment.
Through personalized care and individual attention, the rehabilitation center focuses on making a difference in the life of both the child and parents. Classes and therapy offered at the center include: physical, occupational, speech, music and massage therapy, social work services, play-based interventions and chiropractic care.
To register for the wine tasting fundraiser, please call 586-228-5345 or e-mail email@example.com. Registration ends July 18. For more information on Sophia's Friends or to inquire about making a donation, please click here .
BACKYARD PARTY ON ANCHOR BAY Date: Saturday July 30, 2005
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 'til ???
Place: Pam Green's House
46882 Jans Drive - Chesterfield RSVP: (586) 598-1661 Please bring your own beverages and a dish to pass.
Off Jefferson, 1 blk N. of 21 Mile Rd.
Get all the details here
|Prints of Original Paintings from Peggy Jo Studio|