"Loyalty makes a person attractive and it is better to be poor than dishonest."
What would you do ?
I wonder what choice I would have made.
At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves learning disabled children, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended.
After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question. "When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does is done with perfection. Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do. Where is the natural order of things in my son?"
The audience was stilled by the query.
The father continued. "I believe, that when a child like Shay comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes, in the way other people treat that child."
Then he told the following story: Shay and his father had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball.
Shay asked, "Do you think they'll let me play?"
Shay's father knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but the father also understood that if his son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging. Shay's father approached one of the boys on the field and asked if Shay could play.
The boy looked around for guidance and, getting none, he took matters into his own hands and said, "We're losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning.. I guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning."
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs but was still behind by three. In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the outfield. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as his father waved to him from the stands.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay's team scored again. Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat.
At this juncture, let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game?
Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible 'cause Shay didn't even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.
However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least be able to make contact.
The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed. The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay.
As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher.
The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game.
Instead, the pitcher took the ball and turned and threw the ball on a high arc to right field, far beyond the reach of the first baseman.
Everyone started yelling, "Shay, run to first! Run to first!"
Never in his life had Shay ever made it to first base. He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.
Everyone yelled, "Run to second, run to second!" By the time Shay rounded first base, the right fielder had the ball.
He could have thrown the ball to the second- baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher's intentions and intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman's head.
Shay ran toward second base as the runners ahead of him deliriously circled the bases toward home.
Shay reached second base, the opposing shortstop ran to him, turned him in the direction of third base, and shouted, "Run to third!"
As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams were screaming, "Shay, run home!"
Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the "grand slam" and won the game for his team.
"That day," said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, "the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world."
This poignant story is an example of what happens when the Miracle League plays their games and it is why Charley "The Singing Hotdog Man at Comerica Park " has adopted it as his favorite charity and has sponsored a fundraiser and plans to do another in the future.
|Sailing Singles TUES October 25|
|Dinner of the Month at Chuck Muer's|
Meet at 6:00 p.m.Full bar, moderate prices: Lemon Chicken $14, Salmon $17, Potato White Fish $18, Crab Cakes $21, Filet/NY Strip Steak $26-27, Charlie's Chowder, Clam Chowder, Lobster Bisque Hot Homemade Bread, Martha's Vineyard Salad
Directions: 25485 Telegraph/Southfield/ 248-358-1310 (North of 10 Mile, on west side of Telegraph). From the East side take 696, exit Telegraph, go south.
Contact: Bonnie Miller at 313-538- 7222/C-313-590-1283
|Somerset and Rochester PWP at Rivercrest Thurs Oct 27|
Weekly Dance with their very own Tj the DJ plays TOP 40 and Your requests. This will be the annual Halloween Party. Costumes are encouraged. Somerset Singles Ski and Golf Club will be participating Rivercrest Avon Rd. between Rochester & Livernois from 08:00 PM to Member price $4.00 Guest Price $7.00
|Toledo Ski Club Halloween Party, Friday Oct 28|
Luke's Barn at the Maumee Rec Center 7:00 P.M. - Midnight Admission: $15 per person at the door (no costume fine!) Guests are welcome. CAULDRONS OF DELICIOUS DINNER & MYSTERY TRAYS OF FABULOUS DESSERTS AND HIDDEN CASH BAR, LIVE DJ WITH SCARRY MUSIC (TO DIE FOR!!!)
Send reservations to:
7045 Hickory Ridge Rd
. Sylvania, Ohio 43560
(Make checks payable to the Toledo Ski Club)
|Nightmare on Clairpointe Sat Oct 29|
|Witches are scurrying across the street|
Ghost and Goblins march for a treat
Erie sounds fill the night air
All are invited to a Halloween scare.
Join us if you dare for
Bayview Yacht Club’s
ADULT HALLOWEEN AFFAIR
$10.00 per Person Cover Charge
Live Entertainment by “Cheers”
|Upcoming Ski Weeks|
DEC. 3-9 - Aspen / Snowmass, Colorado - $1229 Jim Dandy Ski Club - Eastern Region Early Out event. Contact Weldon Robinson 313.837.5489 for information.
DEC. 3-10 Vail, Colorado - $1229 Grosse Pointe Ski Club - INCLUDES 7 nights double occupancy at the ski in/out Lions Square Lodge, roundtrip air from DTW via Northwest, all ground transfers, lift tickets, parties. Come have fun as our group skis together, based on ability.Contact John Byrne 586.293.6779 for information.
DEC. 14-18 Keystone, Colorado - $697 ($747 after 10/10/05) Thunderbird Ski Club - INCLUDES Round Trip Direct Air on Northwest Airlines, bus tips and transfers; four nights at the Inn @ Keystone, double occupancy, with roof top Hot Tub,. Restaurant and Bar onsite, after ski après parties and more! Lifts within walking distance, shuttles service also available. Includes 3 day interchangeable lift to Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe with a one day option to ski Vail (Transportation not included for Vail trip). Please be advised a possibility of Airline Fuel Surcharges does exist. Contact Denise Schwab 313.406.3250 for information.
DEC 26-Jan 1 Park City, Utah - $1195 Thunderbird Ski Club - INCLUDES 6 nights lodging at Park Avenue Condos, located within walking distance to Park City lifts, and grocery store. Walk or shuttle to town. 2br/2.5 bath condos. Round trip air from Detroit Metro to Salt Lake City. Round trip Ground transportation from SLC airport to condos and return to SLC airport. Welcoming party, hot tub parties, apres parties and New Year’s Eve Social. Contact Diedra Vollmer 734.416.9369 for information.
Jan 7-14 Panorama, Canada - $925 Skiwi Ski Club/MDSC - INCLUDES 7 nights, double occupancy at the ski in/out Pine Hotel, roundtrip air from Detroit to Calgary via Northwest, all ground transfers during the week, 6 day lift for Panorama, 1 day lift of Kicking Horse, Skican Host for the week, Welcome Reception. Contact Betty Emery 586.726.0727 H, or 586.295.3022 C for information. For Skwi Ski Club:Contact Carol Wacht 586.412.5620 or Tim Finney 248.391.9692 for information
Jan 12-16 Heavenly, Lake Tahoe, California - Western Regional Carnival - $TBA Jim Dandy Ski Club Contact Norris Bouler 313.706.9312 for information.
Jan 21-28 Vail, Colorado - $1310 Thunderbird Ski Club - INCLUDES 7 nights lodging at Landmark Towers and Townhomes, located in the heart of Lionshead Village at Vail & within walking distance to Eagle-Bahn Gondola. Landmark Towers offer 2br/2ba condos, while Landmark Townhomes offer 2br/loft/2ba condos – both are 4 per condo. 5-day interchangeable lift ticket valid at Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Breckenridge & A- Basin. Round trip air from Detroit Metro to Denver. Round trip ground transportation from airport to condos and return to airport. Welcoming party, hot tub parties, and apres parties. Contact Kellyanne Keeley 313.563.1997 for information.
|Cider Mills in Southeastern Michigan|
ALMONT-Stony River at King's Mill, 622 S. Main, 810-798-8214
Blake's Farm, 5590 Van Dyke Rd, 810-798-3251
ARMADA-Blake's Big Apple, 71485 North Avenue, 586-784-8710
Blake's Orchard & Cider Mill, 17985 Center Road, 586-784-5343
Coon Creek Orchard & Cider Mill, 78777 Coon Creek Road, 586-784-5062
COMMERCE- Long Family Orchard, East Commerce Road, 810-360-3774
FENTON-Spicer Orchard & Cider Mill, 5015 Hartland Road, 810-736-7100
Parshallville Cider Mill, 810-632-7753
FRANKLIN-Franklin Cider Mill, 7450 Franklin Road, 248-626-2968
HOLLY-Diehl's Orchard & Cider Mill, 1478 Ranch Road, 248-634-8981
Oak Haven Farm,7515 Grange Hall Rd, 248-634- 5437
NORTHVILLE-Parmenter's Cider Mill, 714 Baseline Road, 248-349-3181
NORTHVILLE-Obstbaum Orchards, 9252 Currie Rd. 810-349-5569
ORTONVILLE-Ashton Orchard & Cider Mill, 3825 Seymour Lake Road, 248-827- 8671
PLYMOUTH-Plymouth Orchards & Cider Mill, 10685 Warren Road, 734-455-2290
RICHMOND-Pankiewicz Farms Cider Mill, 586-727-9051
ROCHESTER-Goodison Cider Mill, 4295 Orion Road, 248-652-8450
Paint Creek Cider Mill & Restaurant, 4480 Orion Road, 248-651-8381
Rochester Cider Mill, 5125 Rochester Road, 248- 651-4224
Yates Cider Mill, 1990 E Avon Rd, 248-651- 8300
ROMEO-Hy's Cider Mill, 6350 37 Mile Road, 810-788-3611
Westview Orchards, 65075 Van Dyke, 586-752- 3123
Miller's Big Red, 4900 W. 32 Mile Road, 586-752- 7888
Stony Creek Orchard & Cider Mill, 2881 W. 32 Mile Road, 586-752-2458
Verellen Orchards, 63260 Van Dyke Road, 586-752- 2989
SHELBY-Hoffman Cider Mill, 6855 W. Johnson Road, 616-881-8183
Woodland Farm Market, 5193 W. Shelby Road, 616-881-5380
SHELBY TWP-Auburn Orchards Cider Mill, 46462 Dequindre Rd, 586-731-6699
SOUTH LYON-Greeneck Mills, 10470 Rushton Road, 248-437-5900
Erwin Orchards,61475 Silver Lake Rd, 248-437- 0150
WASHINGTON-Johnny Appleseed Cider Mill, 6001 26 Mile Road, 586-677- 9988
YPSILANTI-Apple Blossom Hall, 5565 Merritt Rd, 734-482-7744
Wiard's Orchards, Inc., 5565 Merritt Road, 734-482- 7744