Bill Joyner's Friday Musings
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All Livonia. . .All the time. . .All ways positive. . .7.02.15
Only in Livonia July 31-August 1 at our historic Greenmead Village

The St. Andrew's Society of Detroit is celebrating the 166th anniversary of its annual Highland Games, the longest continuous running Scottish festival of its kind in North America, at Historic Greenmead Historical Park in Livonia. The Games are visited by people of all heritages throughout the U.S. and Canada. St. Andrew's Society of Detroit is a volunteer-based nonprofit organization that produces the Highland Games.
To celebrate its 166th anniversary, St. Andrew's Society of Detroit will kick off the games with the Ceilidh (pronounced Kay-Lee) will be on Friday, July 31, from 5 to 11 pm and the 166th Annual Highland Games on Saturday, August 1 from 9 to 8:30 pm.
This year's Games will feature a delightful combination of Scottish history, pageantry, athleticism and good old-fashioned Celtic fun. Some of the many scheduled activities include:
* Heavy athletics professional invitational
* Solo bagpipe and bagpipe band competitions
* Drum major and drumming competition
* Highland dance competition
* Tug O'War competition
* Wee Bairns Games for children ages 4-11
* Two entertainment tents - featuring Seven Nations, Stone Clover, Albannach and Ed Miller
* Genealogy and clan tents
July in the City.
Livonia City that is
July 4 - Oct. 10
10:00 - 2:00
Wilson Barn
Farmers Market
July 9 @ 6:00
Movie Night @ Ford Field
Lego Movie
July 9 @ 7:00
Music From the Heart
Dean Martin and Friends
July 12, 19, 26
@ 1-4
Greenmead Village
Sunday tours
July 12, 19, 26
@ 1-4
Greenmead Village
Sunday tours
July 13
Paul's Players
Children's Theatre Camp
July 16 @ 7:00
Music From the Heart
Dan Rafferty Band
Top 40/Motown songs!!
July 16 @ 7:00
Let's talk Sustainability
Livonia Civic Center Library
July 16 @ 7:00
Music From the Heart
Dan Rafferty Band
Top 40/Motown songs!!
July 23 @ 7:00
Music from the Heart
The Millionaires
Big Band Sound
July 25 @ 10 - 3
Greenmead Village
Second Annual Trunk Sale
July 30 @ 7:00
Music From the Heart
Steve King and the Dittilies
July 30, 31,
August 1 @ 7:30
Paul's Players
Fiddler on the Roof
July 31 - August 1,
Highland Games

Candidates for Livonia August Primary Election

Vote for one with the top two advancing to November.
Brian Meakin
292 likes on FB: Meakin for Mayor
Endorsed by: Jack Kirksey, James McCann, John Walsh
Jack Engebretson
John Pastor
Fundraiser: July 9, Spaghetti Dinner, Laurel Manor, 5:30
donations appreciated
Fundraiser: July 30,
Rotary Park, 5:30, Catered by Famous Dave's, $25 suggested
Dennis Wright
482 lkes on FB: Wright4Livonia
Endorsed by: Laura Toy, Terry Marecki, Laura Cox
Leo Weber
1 like on FB: Weber for Mayor
Vote for one with the top two advancing to November.

Lynda Scheel
Endorsed by: Dennis Wright,
Jack & Patt Kirksey, Jack and
Senie Engebretson, Laura Cox
John Walsh, Terry Marecki, Laura Toy, James McCann, Joe Laura

Dale Owings
Link: none found

Gerald Perez
City Clerk
Vote for one with the top two advancing to November.

Brian Duggan
Steven Johnson
Link: none found

Susan Nash
Endorsed by Jack Kirksey,
Jim McCann, Laura Toy,
Diane Webb, Terry Marecki,
John Walsh
Eileen McDonnell
67 likes on FB:
Endorsed by Bob Bennett
City Council
Vote for up to four with the top eight advancing to November.
Jim Jolly
223 likes on FB:
Jeremy Curtis
Brett Gierak
Endorsed by: Laura Toy,
Maureen Brosnan, Glenn Anderson, Terry Gilligan, Joan Gebhardt,
Diane Webb, Joe Laura,
Cathy Kevra, Dan Centers
Michigan Building & Construction Trades Council,
International Brotherhood Electrical Workers Local 58,
Bricklayers Allied Craftworkers Local 2, Pipefitters Local 636,
Sheet Metal Workers Local 80
Brandon Kritzman
Endorsed by: Jack Kirksey, Jim McCann, Laura Cox, John Walsh, Jack & Patt Kirksey, Jack Engebretson, Laura Cox , Terry Godfroid-Marecki, Diane Webb, Laura Toy, Lynda Scheel, Jim McCann, Gretchen Alaniz, John Elkins, Joe Taylor, Lee Morrow.
Seth McRobb
Scott Bahr
Endorsed by: Dennis Wright,
John Walsh, Colleen Burton,
Lynda Scheel, Lee Morrow,
Terry Marecki, Jack Kirksey,
Jim McCann, Jack Engebretson,
Mark Johnson, Joe Taylor,
Laura Cox, Patrick Colbeck,
Paul Condon, Laura Toy

Stacey Dogonski
250 likes on FB:
Endorsed by: Diane Webb,
Liz Jarvis, Terry Gilligan,
Dan Centers

Kathleen McIntyre
Endorsed by: Jack Kirksey, Jack Engebretson, Terry Marecki, John Walsh, Lynda Scheel, Laura Toy, Colleen Burton, Mark Johnson, Lee Morrow, Carol Smiley,
Joe Taylor, Matthew Henzi,
Carol Strom, Jim McCann,
Robert Stevenson
Tim Klisz
Endorsed by: Alan Helmkamp, Dale Jurcisin, Leo Neville

Ken Crider
209 likes on FB:
Fundraiser: July 8, 5:30,
Senate Coney Island
Endorsed by: Pat Colbeck
Steve King
Cathy White
FB: No link found
Craig Pastor
FB: no link found
Tom Berry
FB: No link found

Christopher Martin
FB: no link found

Lucas McGrail
FB: no link found

There is still time to get your absentee ballot. Simply click here to download your application, or stop by Livonia City Hall during office hours.
Livonia sets up for a walk up movie night

Get your family and friends together for a night in the park you won't forget starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 9 at Ford Field!
Bring your blanket or lawn chair and get ready for live music, kids activities, giveaways and watch "The Lego Movie" under the stars!

Date: Thursday, July 9
Event Starts: 6:00 pm
Music Starts: 6:30 pm
George Brothers Band
Movie Starts: 8:30 pm
Movie Title: Lego Movie


Date: Thursday, August 13
Event Starts: 6:00 pm
Music Starts: 6:30 pm TBA
Movie Starts: 8:30 pm
Movie Title: Big Hero 6
The concept of the Park It Family Fun Tour started 7 years ago in Macomb County by two entertainment and marketing promoters. It all started at the Freedom Hill Amphitheatre and has now expanded throughout Michigan and into Ohio as well.
But most importantly it has expanded to Livonia in partnership with our Livonia Parks and Recreation Department.
Livonia's Art in the Park
The typewriter loves to hear from readers. Better than bills.

Charlie Mahoney: I echo your appreciation for Bob and Janet Bennett -- thanks for reminding all of us that they are the City of Livonia - following in their footsteps will keep our City moving forward - great role models for all.
Steve King: Well said in regards to Bob and Janet. Livonia's greatest first family.
Cathy Lute Klockner: Bob Bennett is one of the few politicians whom I respect. A man of his word and a true gentleman.
Eileen Matzelt McDonnell: He is a man of honor, always service before self. He is an example of how all of our leaders should lead. Thank you Bob for everything.
Stacey Dogonski: One could only dip a toe in the shadow of his amazing leadership. He is a champion for all things Livonia we enjoy today. His legacy will shine on for future generations and that is the true spirit of Livonia. Honored to know and learn from Bob.
Sue Crawford Poster: Bill, Your article/letter about Bob Bennett and his legacy has moved me to tears. Bob and Janet have been a beacon of light to many people and organizations in the City of Livonia. I am privileged that I got to know them and to be involved in a small way with one of their pet projects. How Bob has found the energy to do all he has done is mind boggling. He and Janet are truly Livonia Royalty. Thank you for your tribute, for voicing what many of us have been thinking
Lindsay Bennett Spence: I will show all of your nice comments to my Dad. He will be very touched - then embarrassed, then wonder what all the fuss is about! I am so grateful and proud that so many of you appreciate my parents so much. They are pretty amazing people. Thank you for your kind words.
Make it a Greenmead Summer
Only in Livonia
90 days of original hometown activities in our
Greenmead historic downtown.
Start off by putting this on your list of what makes our hometown so unique.
Livonia Historical Commission's Victorian Dinner at the Simmons/Hill House, Greenmead Historical Park on Wednesday July 15, 6-9 pm. Enjoy a relaxing multi-course catered dinner served with all the elegance of the Victorian Age while enjoying the musical talents of Harpist Kay Brown.

Please feel free to come dressed in Victorian attire.

Please call 248-477-7375 for your reservation as there are advance ticket sales only. Tickets are $45.oo per person and seating is limited. Questions? Drop the folks at Greenmead a note at:
One Day Trunk Sale on Saturday, July 25 10:00-3:00. This is a second year event located in the paved parking lot of the Special Events field at Greenmead. This outdoor event is a must for the treasure hunter in all of us. And yes there will be refreshments on site. For more information, please call Greenmead 248-477-7375
Sunday, August 16 the Great Lakes Classic AMC Club is holding their 29th Annual All AMC Family show at Greenmead Historical Park. This year they are honoring the 40th Anniversary of the Pacer.
There will be a car show, historic displays, swap meet and model car contest. For more information contact:
Fall (technically it is still summer but hey, Greenmead Folks want to call it the Fall) Flea Market is all set for Sunday, Sept 13 from 10:00-4:00. The Spring Flea Market was a huge success so mark your calendar to enjoy the summer/fall transition at Greenmead. You just can't beat it. Adult admission is only $2.00.

Livonia Cemetery Walk on Sunday, Sept 20 3:00 - 6:00. The Livonia Center Cemetery will be featured this year. First tour starts at 3PM, last tour starts at 6PM. This is a ticketed event. Advance tickets available at Greenmead. A limited number of tickets will be available on the day of the cemetery walk.
Greenmead -- our downtown historic district. Only in Livonia.
The typewriter's favorite Livonia pizza
Citizen Engagement on Sustainability

Newly appointed member of the Zoning Board of Appeals Jim Baringhaus is inviting you to attend the Livonia Greenleaf Commission on Sustainability Community Conversation on Recycling to be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 16 at the Livonia Civic Center Library.

Share your ideas for enhancing the refuse collection and recycling process in the City of Livonia. This event will be a participant driven forum designed to gather feedback from city residents on this important community topic.

For more information, contact Jim Baringhaus/Greenleaf Commission (734) 838-7957 or
Voted People's Choice #1 at Taste of Livonia
Feedback on one candidate's platform

Sorry candidates but the typewriter had so much fun looking at the unique offerings we have in Livonia to include with this issue that all the flyers in the mail from: Eileen McDonnell, Susan Nash, Dennis Wright, Lynda Scheel, Tim Klisz, Scott Bahr, Brett Gierak, Brian Duggan and Cathy White are still sitting here waiting for consideration.

9 campaign flyers in one day. Must be a record. At least for the typewriter it is.

Jim Jolly can be excused for not hitting the mail box with his literature as on June 30 Katie and Jim became the proud parents of James David (JD) Jolly. Beats campaign literature every day of the day.

I look forward to Monday for a talk with you about the statements, promises and visions of the candidates taken from the literature.

In the meantime welcome JD Jolly.
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