Bill Joyner's Friday Musings
Friday Musings

9.26.14 Published Tuesday & Friday (or Monday/Thursday)
Friday musings from the typewriter:
The drone being launched.
It was amazing. Jesse, in from California and on the way to Zurich
Taken from a drone.
and Munich with son Paul of Hermosa Beach fame, brought his drone with him. Attached was a camera allowing him to be blocks away from a site, send it up and capture pictures from 3-400 feet in the air. Carries it on the plane, walks through customs, been to six foreign countries. No questions asked. He specializes in high-end real estate photography and it is a better price point for companies to hire him instead of a helicopter.
First we visited the Michigan Central Station in Detroit and then over to Comerica where the drone hovered over the field taking pictures. This was a camera attached. . .but can you imagine. . .it was awesome to look through the goggles the pilot/photographer wears and see a view that you would never see otherwise.
Detroit public art. So much. Just off the Jeffries and Grand Blvd. are two city blocks with art on sides of buildings and art displays made from abandoned furniture, bricks, or you name it. Saw the perfect concrete birthday cake on a dining room table so just had to take a picture. This is a must see the next time you are in Detroit.
Word on the street. While talk about downtown Livonia received much fanfare last year no report from the company out of Chicago has been released. But at least one developer and one city councilman have been talking up Five and Farmington on the southwest corner for a possible new center with new buildings approximating a downtown feel. A part of it must hinge on some rumblings that there is encouragement from at least one councilman to move the school board to the existing city hall. So far it is only talk but with word on the street coming back to Musings is that the talk is moving toward plans and serious discussions with owners in the area about the possibilities. With city elections next year the question is whether this possibility will come out before or after the new council and mayor are elected. Pipe dream, vision or reality. Ask me over tea and I will give you my opinion.
Son Paul and dad Bill took some old coins in for appraisal during this recent sojourn to Detroit. While looking he found an old fifty cent piece in a necklace from his Sigma Chi days at Western Michigan. Opted to keep and wear. Me? I would have sold it. That's what 30 years difference in age will do.
Glad to have you in town. Enjoyed the Tiger game, dinner at Traffic Jam, tour of Indian Village, a drive by of the Manoogian Mansion (Mayor Duggan was not home). It was just nice to have Paul in town. The best birthday in years.
Rotary Club of Livonia extends a hand of friendship with Habitat for Humanity

Another great Rotary Project. As posted on their facebook page "It was an honor to help out with this Habitat for Humanity house project on the East side of Detroit. Today we primed and painted the entire interior of this 1200 square foot home." The Rotary Club of Livonia was inducted into the 1835 Livonia City Hall of Fame, Class of 2012.
Rotary Livonia AM Club Makes a difference in the fight against polio
Help the Livonia AM Rotary fight polio by supporting two local businesses any day during the entire month of October.

Great Lakes Pizza, 28408 Five Mile, will donate 50 cents per pizza to help make a difference. Order your pizza during October at 888-635-6160.
Order the Rotary Special at Valentino's Pizza, 31200 Five Mile Road, and $2.00 will be donated to make a difference. Order your
pizza during October at 734-261-1010.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match $2.00 to every $1.00 donated through Rotary, up to $35 million dollars every year.
In the tradition of those who built and shaped a strong Livonia in hopes that future generations Rotary would benefit from the cultural, historical, public and private sectors two dynamic clubs have reached out to maintain that spirit of giving back.

These clubs by building partnerships with our non-profit and private sectors have enhanced our community and made it a better place to call home.
Downtown Livonia can be found within our volunteer sectors.
Proud to call Livonia our hometown. Proud of our two Livonia Rotary Clubs.
More Livonia Celebrations
Hope to see many of you tonight at the Glenn Anderson Senior Appreciation Dinner, 5:00, at Burton Manor and tomorrow night at St. Mel's Catholic Church for their "In the Mood" Big Band Dinner Dance, 5:30.

What a weekend in Livonia with lots of
Livonia Good Old Fashion Celebrations.

And throw in the Farmer's Market at the Wilson Barn and the typewriter has a trifecta worthy of betting and winning.
Rita Moreno will appear live at the Redford Theatre Friday, Sept 26, 8PM, and also appearing Saturday Sept 27th, 8PM, and Sun Sept 28th 1PM, for West Side Story!!!

Check out all the details and more at
Downtown Farmers Market
See you at our
Livonia Farmers Market
Every Saturday through October 11
8:00 -- 2:00

Brought to you by our
Friends of the Wilson Barn who were inducted into the
1835 Livonia City Hall of Fame, Class of 2013
And so much more at our
downtown Wilson Barn

SEPT. 27 - OCT. 30, 2014
Whether you celebrate Michigan's Fall Harvest or Halloween's spookiness, there's something at the Wilson's Barn Pumpkin Fest for everyone! Feel the crispness in the air and see the orange pumpkins dotting the Barn's rolling grounds.
Sept. 27 - Oct. 30 are the dates to remember for this year's Fest! Week days from 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. there will be pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks, and pony rides, and hay rides, weather permitting. For more particular info on these activities above, call 734-558-5506. Note: fees for some activities do apply.
There's more on the weekends, too! Besides all the Pumpkin Fest activities above, from 11 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., you'll be able to shop and browse the super displays of crafts inside and around the outside of the Barn.
Also, each weekend (Sat. & Sun.) from 11 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., the Wilson Barn invites you to enjoy fresh apple cider (hot & cold), coffee, hot chocolate, hit dogs, and donuts sold inside the Barn. Net funds from these refreshments benefit the Barn's many activities. Hayrides and pony rides are available on the weekends, too, weather permitting.
Let the tradition continue
Friday, October 10th
9:00 - 1:30 at Laurel Manor
John Walsh State Rep. John Walsh (R-Livonia) is hosting the annual Western Wayne County Senior Celebration Day, started 20 years ago by Lyn Bankes, Livonia Hall of Fame inductee and former County Commissioner and State Representative, along with Angela Hospice and Senior Citizen Achievement Needs, a local nonprofit organization serving senior citizens.
Tickets are $5.00 for this event and may be purchased at the Livonia Senior Center.
For additional information, contact Walsh's Lansing office by calling 517-373-3920,or by emailing: or online.
Move over spell-check the dictionaries are on their way to all third graders thanks to the Livonia Kiwanis-Early Risers

This week, the
Livonia Kiwanis - Early Risers are starting to distribute dictionaries to all third graders in Livonia Public Schools!!! Here are a few pictures of Kiwanis members hard at work organizing and labeling the dictionaries.

The Livonia Chapter meets weekly to ensure the strength of the group is in tack and that they are always forward thinking and moving in the direction of improving life, living, community and opportunties for children.

They meet every Tuesday at the Livonia Chamber of Commerce.

Call Ken Wagner, Membership Chair at (734) 402.0104. He would be pleased to invite you as their guest to the next meeting.

FACT: July 2010 Livonia Kiwanis awarded twelve $500 scholarships to students in Livonia moving forward in their education.
The typewriter just can't get enough of the
I-96 grand opening.

Richard Gaskill kept sending me pictures and I kept asking for more. I have a carry-over feeling that just makes me smile. It seems like we strive during an election year to find fault with everything. But not on this day.
Policies. People. Personality. Politics. Election year. Hate. Lie. Attack. Really?
Here was a day when people smiled and had a good time. Together. Young and old. Black and white. Fat and thin. Democrats walked along side Republicans and never asked their party affiliation.
Pro-choice. Right to life. Didn't matter.
Pro NRA. Anti NRA. Didn't matter.
Catholic. Presbyterian. Muslim. We all smiled together.
I got there early and watched the tailgaters. The children. The parents. We were all in it for the fun. For the future. To celebrate.
Livonia. We need more celebrations. I am going to keep this picture from Richard Gaskill on my desk. The WOW FACTOR bowls me over everytime I look at the crowd.
Pictures of individuals are great. Pictures of individuals making up a happy, celebrating crowd helps give meaning and purpose to human personality and shows that the synergy of a people working together can achieve a real hometown, down home feeling.
The Kids Against Hunger
Meal Packing Event is BACK!

The Livonia Community Service Organization FORUM (LCSO FORUM) will host a second Meal Packing Event with the Kids Against Hunger Coalition on Saturday, October 18th at 9:30AM.
The event will take place in the hall of Livonia's St. Edith's Parish at 15089 Newburgh Road.

LCSO FORUM President Ron Gaffney commented that "Last year we were able to purchase, package and distribute more than 10,000 meals to the hungry in and around Livonia. Our volunteers packed these meals in only 45 minutes." This year's goal is to raise enough money to purchase and have enough volunteers to package 20,000 meals. "
Approximately 140 volunteers are needed! To register for
the event, click

Donations are needed to purchase all of the food and s
upplies to package 20,000 meals. Each $25 donation purchases about 100 meals and a $100 donation purchases about 400 meals. Donations can be made online at, by mail or at the door.
For further information contact LCSO Forum President Ron Gaffney by email at

The current members of the LCSO FORUM are the Livonia Kiwanis Club, Livonia Junior Chamber, Livonia Rotary Club, Livonia AM Rotary Club, Livonia Lions Club, Madonna University Lions Club, Livonia Optimists, Livonia Goodfellows and the Daniel A. Lord Knights of Columbus.

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