BY RICK SCHULTE
It’s no secret many school districts — including the Woodhaven-Brownstown School District —have had to roll up their sleeves and come up with creative means for funding. That’s because traditional revenue sources have had less to offer in recent years.
The Woodhaven-Brownstown Education Foundation has grown to become as innovative as the projects it helps to fund. While many items are covered through annual funding, there are some items geared toward adding to the educational experience. (read more…)
ChristNet Services board members and volunteers had the opportunity to hold a meeting with state reps. Darrin Camilleri, District 23; Erika Geiss, District 12; and Frank Liberati, District 13 on Wednesday, July 19, to update them on services provided by ChristNet, the renovation progress of the new ChristNet Daytime Center and to discuss state and federal funding to homeless/at risk programs. (read more…)
This year’s Great Tailgate event is set for Wednesday, Oct. 4, three days prior to the Michigan/Michigan State football game.
The event is sure to be another fun-filled evening celebrating the rivalry between the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.
This is the second year that the fundraiser is being staged cooperatively by the Trenton and Taylor Rotary clubs. This year it will benefit The Penrickton Center for Blind Children and the Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center. (read more…)
The Trenton Police Honor Guard is planning a fundraiser from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at Kings Mobil Mart. Trenton Police Sgt. Don Ward said Honor Guard members will be providing full service at the pump along with hotdogs, popcorn, T-shirts and support stickers for sale.
“This is how we pay for our uniforms and other equipment we need,” Ward said. (read more…)
BY PAT ANDREWS
The face of post-high school education is changing and with it a return to tradesmen and women who will make a good living and a major difference in the workforce of the future. It is about time, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and a local company based in Taylor.
Hancock Enterprises, founded some 75 years ago by the late John Hancock Sr., a native of Grosse Ile, has offered its employees not just a job, but a career.
A private company in the all-important sheet metal work industry, it was family-owned. When the senior John Hancock died, his son, John Hancock Jr., best known to all as “Corky” was at the helm. Like his father, he promoted vocational education. The success of the company and wages comparable to those of college graduates is admired throughout the state of Michigan and the country.
The junior Hancock died last August at the age of 73, but part of his legacy is in keeping students in the modern-day world of well-paying, highly skilled jobs for those who seek classes and courses through apprenticeships, on-the-job-training and vocational programs at community colleges. Expensive, four-year degrees are not required, but solid transferrable skills and continued learning are the end product.
Mr. Hancock’s widow, Catherine Teifer, grew up in Downriver and, as a couple, they were well-known for their charitable work and the operation of the Oak Tree Horse Farm in South Rockwood. A former business owner in the floral service field, she knew firsthand what talented hands and knowledge could accomplish. She called upon friends and mourners paying respects to her husband to help begin a scholarship fund in his name, explicitly for the industrial trades. (read more…)