The late Heinz Prechter may not have grown up on Grosse Ile, but by the time I met him in 1985 he had already lived here for many years and, as I would find out working for him at Heritage Newspapers for the next 14 years, he was very proud and supportive of his adopted hometown.
He also developed a strong attachment to the Ile Camera — the community newspaper that he became the owner of as a part of his largest media acquisition. While others in the company eventually deemed the Camera a luxury that no longer made financial sense, Prechter fended off any discussions of scaling it back or closing the office it then occupied on Macomb.
This scenario was definitely in the back of my mind in 2015 when Pam Frucci and others in the community approached me and my co-publisher, Kathy Kane, about covering Grosse Ile and helping to fill the void created when the Camera ceased publishing in June of that year. There was the recollection of Prechter’s passion and support for it — counterbalanced by some of the reasoning I heard from those who saw its “marginal” revenues as a growing liability in a rapidly changing industry. (read more…)
Congratulations to all of the award recipients at last month’s City Awards Banquet, which saw eight people get various honors from the Civic Commission and four others get inducted into the Trenton Sports Hall of Fame.
We have extensive articles on the awards (1-A) and the inductions (17-B) in this issue, so I don’t really need to go into detail here.
But, while listening to the presentations to Police Officer of the Year Jeff Neese and Firefighter of the Year Jake Hermanson, I couldn’t help but think of all the times recently when I’ve heard people mention what great Police and Fire departments we have here in town, along with various stories of how one of our police officers went above and beyond to assist a resident, or how the actions of one of our firefighter-EMT’s saved someone’s life, or the life of their close friend or relative.
In most cases those personal accounts are parts of casual conversations and don’t often end up on paper, much less in the newspaper.
Then, the Monday morning after the award dinner, the following note was dropped off at our office: (read more…)
I’ve heard it said that, thanks to the Internet, we now have access to as much information in a week as our grandparents had access to in their entire lifetime. That might be a bit of an overly broad generalization, but I think it’s a fair way to demonstrate the abundance of information now right at our fingertips — quite literally. (read more…)
If you look at the top of this month’s front page you will notice that we are kicking off “Volume 8,” meaning the Trib is entering its eighth year of publication.
Around this time of year we always have some kind of little celebration with our wide variety of assorted and invaluable helpers — office staff, delivery people, writers, photographers, interns, etcetera — to thank them for all they do to help make each new issue of the Trenton Trib a reality on a monthly basis. (read more…)
BY JOE HOSHAW Jr.
More than a dozen middle school students from Trenton and Grosse Ile participated in the AAUW Wyandotte- Downriver branch’s STEM Savvy event earlier this spring at Wayne County Community College District campus in Taylor.
STEM Savvy is a daylong science, technology, engineering and math (“STEM”) conference designed to attract girls in sixth through ninth grades to these fields and to increase their awareness of the variety of science-oriented career choices that are available nearby. (read more…)
The typical picture is worth a thousand words. Some are far more valuable than that.
You may not recognize that value right away, but, if you’re fortunate, over time, you will.
Multigenerational family photos are a particular favorite of mine — the more generations, the better. Sometimes they are staged as an intentional act to preserve family history. My mother recently gave me a studio portrait taken in 1938 in which she — then an infant — was surrounded by her mother, her grandmother and great-grandmother. (read more…)
Welcome to the Trenton Trib and Island Beacon, your monthly respite from pugnacioius political candidates, pop-up ads, infomercials and random pictures of what other people had for dinner last night. (read more…)
BY JOE HOSHAW Jr.
When it comes to overall employee wellness, Wayne County companies are at the back of the pack in nearly all categories when compared to the rest of the counties throughout Michigan.
Ruth Sebaly, chairwoman and project manager for healthy communities at Oakwood Healthcare, said that not only affects the overall health of county residents, but also has a detrimental effect on productivity and profits for businesses.
Sebaly, one of the leaders of the Trenton Healthy Communities Coalition formed earlier this year jointly between Oakwood and the City of Trenton, is working with other coalition members to help businesses encourage and promote healthier workplace habits for the employees.
As part of her mission to spread the word, she spoke to the members of the Trenton Rotary Club — many of whom either own or run businesses — at one of the club’s meetings last month. The coalition also is planning a public session for local businesses at City Hall for 8-9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, where it will provide a broad spectrum of ideas and information on how to support and encourage employee wellness in the workplace (See related article on Page 15 for additional details).
“What is wellness? It’s an active process,” Sebaly said. “You have to set the tone for a healthy workplace. That starts with modeling and setting an example.” (read more…)
It seems as if it was less than a couple years ago that we were still imploring people “not” to send us phone camera photos because the resolution and lighting were generally so poor they wouldn’t reproduce well on newsprint — or on anything for that matter.
But thanks to the newer generations of iPhones and Samsung Galaxies, etc., that is usually no longer a problem for most standard photography.
Still, if you would have told me that an iPhone camera would produce a photo that could win our Fourth of July Photo Contest I would have been very skeptical. Our submission guidelines this year even go as far as to discourage phone camera use because of our frustration with the low quality of some of the photos we have received in the past. (read more…)
Legendary Downriver businessman Heinz Prechter earned the moniker “Duke of Downriver” for his many efforts on behalf of the region during an amazing 20-year stretch before his death in 2001.
But before the Duke, there already was a man known simply as “Mr.” Downriver. He earned the distinction because it sometimes seemed as if he knew all of the region’s newsmakers and they all knew him. He was a ubiquitous and charming advocate for all good things Downriver.
Ernest L. Nagy lived most of his adult life in a neatly kept and immaculately landscaped tri-level on Boxford, where he and his wife, Marilyn, raised three children, Ernie, Greg and Linda, all Trenton High graduates, and where the senior Ernie famously grew a lot of geraniums from seeds in the garage.
He was as simple as he was complex. Simple in the sense that, despite his success in business, there was no air of pretention or superiority. Complex in the sense that the way he shared his life wisdom could be both uplifting and confounding. It all made sense, yet sometimes made it sound too easy. It couldn’t be that easy, could it?
But there was no great mystery in his philosophy of “always giving it your best effort” and trying to succeed at things you’ve never tried before. He was a living example of that. (read more…)