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               THE BELLEVILLE          38th Annual Ice Festival opens in Plymouth
               Vol. 135, No. 02           The 38th Annual Plymouth
                                       Ice Festival may not officially
            City of Belleville officials  open until the cutting of the ice
          are looking forward to the   ribbon by city officials tomorrow
          new state budget and hope    evening, but there will be a very
          efforts to secure state fund-  special preview for some guests
          ing for the Doane's Landing  this evening.
          seawall repair pay off.         The Miracle League of
                          See page 3.  Plymouth and the Plymouth
                                       District Library have joined
                                       with festival producer James
                  THE CANTON           Geitzen of JAG Entertainment to
             EAGLE                     provide an opportunity for spe-
                                       cial needs' families to enjoy a
               Vol. 73, No. 02         sneak peek of the festival this
            Canton Township will cel-  evening.
          ebrate the life and legacy of   “This is something new for us
          Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  and I am very excited about it,”
          with a civil rights inspired  Geitzen, who has produced the
          concert by award-winning     festival for six years, said. “It's a
          hip hop artist Shaun Boothe.   great way to allow more people
                          See page 2.  to enjoy the ice and the event
                                       and it is just a great idea,” he  evenings, the cross country ski  nity to experience one of the
                                       added.                        demonstrations and lessons    opportunity to experience one
                                          Geitzen is also looking for-  offered by Sun and Snow in  of Plymouth's best weekends
                THE INKSTER            ward to several other events at  Kellogg Park and, of course, the  during the winter season they
          LEDGER STAR                  the 2020 celebration of all things  ice playground, the petting farm  otherwise may not be able to
          LEDGER STAR
               Vol. 73, No. 02         winter this year but his favorite  and the tubing slide.    attend,” said Kelly Hermann,
                                       attraction has not changed       “The Veteran's Tent, too, with  executive director of The
            Winners of the annual      through the years.            the ice bar, is a big attraction for  Miracle League of Plymouth.
          Inkster    Legends     of       “It's the dueling chainsaws,”  the over 21 crowd,” Geitzen said,  “Our families will enjoy live ice
          Basketball Holiday Raffle    Geitzen said. “These guys have a  but there is really something for  carving, near the entrance to the
          were recently revealed as    chainsaw, a block of ice and 15  everybody at this event. We just  library, and sensory friendly
          prizes continue to be distrib-  minutes and they produce art,  want to celebrate the outdoors  entertainment inside the
          uted.                        every year. It is just a really  and all the things there are to do  library.”
                          See page 5.  exciting event,” he said.     outside in the winter.”         Additionally, there will be
                                          That doesn't distract from his  As always, Geitzen said, the  interactive sensory ice blocks,
                  THE NORTHVILLE       other favorites, which are, of  real unknown factor in the suc-  light snacks, children's crafts
             EAGLE                     course, the ice carvings them-  cess of the festival, which will  and a theatrical performance by
                                       selves and the products of the
                                                                     bring 100,000 people into the
                                                                                                   4th Wall Productions. The City of
               Vol. 20, No. 02         college teams competing for   city, is the weather.         Plymouth Fire Department is                  James Geitzen
                                       honors and prizes. Then there    “We want it to be cold, but  also scheduled to show off their
            Nearly 200 Northville res-
          idents attended the first    are the sponsored carvings like  one year when it was warmer,  gear. Volunteers will also be giv-  about the Plymouth Ice Festival,
                                                                                                   ing short tours of the main event
                                                                                                                                 contact Gietzen at (248) 817-8836
                                                                     people still came and they had a
                                       the 20-block sculpture spon-
          meeting of Citizens For      sored by Michigan First again  great time. There is just a lot to  setup in Kellogg Park, weather  or via email at james@myjagen-
          Northville, a new grassroots  this year.                   do,” Geitzen said.            permitting.         
          organization questioning        “That is always something to  As for the special opening   The 2020 Plymouth Ice         (A complete guide to Plymouth
          plans for Northville Downs   see,” Geitzen said, along with  tonight,  “It is designed to pro-  Festival runs from Jan. 10 to 12,  Ice Festival activities and events is
          property.                    the fire and ice towers which  vide an opportunity to give spe-  throughout   downtown    included in this edition of The
                          See page 2.
                                       burn Friday and Saturday      cial needs' families the opportu-  Plymouth. For information  Eagle.)
                  THE PLYMOUTH
             EAGLE                     The Salvation Army continues Red Kettle fund drive
               Vol. 20, No. 02                           Julie Brown                                                             day shopping, she added.
            The 2020 Ice Festival will                   Staff Writer                           ”                                  The       Wayne-Westland
          include the Veteran's Party                                          Salvation Army officers and volunteers            Salvation Army Corps, 2300 S.
          Tent behind E.G. Nick's         Those volunteer bell ringers            work at disaster sites worldwide               Venoy Road, Westland, was also
          restaurant a fundraiser for  outside businesses throughout                                                             busy this Christmas season,
          the local Vietnam Veteran's  the area during the holidays col-    and across the country throughout the year.          Corps Administrator Andrew
          organization.                lecting for the Salvation Army                                                            Barylski said.
                          See page 4.  may have disappeared, but the                                                               “Giving can still take place to
                                       work of the organization contin-  $186,000 Red Kettle fundraising  The Plymouth Corps is open  help meet the Red Kettle goal
                   THE ROMULUS         ues year round.               goal while the Wayne-Westland  8:30 a.m. to noon and 1-4:30 p.m.  through Jan. 31,” Barylski said.
             ROMAN                        Salvation Army officers and  Salvation Army Corps has col-  Monday  through   Friday.  For his corps, mailing or drop-
               Vol. 135, No. 02        volunteers work at disaster sites  lected $110,000 of the $129,000  Donations sustain the year-  ping off a check at the Venoy
                                       worldwide and across the coun-  goal set for this season.   round Salvation Army programs  location, on the west side of
            Dr. Flinnoia Hall III will  try throughout the year to help  Sandy Kollinger, Plymouth  and services.                Venoy south of Palmer Road is
          become the permanent         feed, clothe and shelter people  Corps volunteer coordinator,  The Plymouth Corps serves  preferable. Hours at that corps
          superintendent of the        along with the efforts of the  encourages donations through  Belleville, Canton, Plymouth,  are 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m.
          Romulus Community School     group in teaching budgeting,  Jan. 31.                      and Northville residents.     Monday through Friday.
          District beginning July 1.   combating human trafficking,     “The best way is to bring the  Kollinger notes her corps   He agreed, too, that fewer
                          See page 3.  offering youth character build-  donation to our office,” at 9451 S.  also helped some 200 families  shoppers carry cash these days
                                       ing programs, and helping those  Main St., Plymouth, she said.  with food and toys through the  which impacted donations.
                                       with addictions become clean  Cash, checks, and major credit  Toy Shop this Christmas.      “That is a reality,” he said.
                  THE WAYNE            and sober.                    cards can be used at the        Using Apple and Google Pay    One of the popular services
             EAGLE                        The Plymouth Corps of the  Plymouth Corps, which is on the  at the Red Kettles has been initi-  at the Wayne-Westland facility is
               Vol. 73, No. 02         Salvation Army, as of Jan. 3,  west side of Main south of Ann  ated “to compensate for people        See Drive, page 6
                                       reached $171,000 of the local
                                                                                                   carrying less cash” while holi-
                                                                     Arbor Road.
            An icon in the local
          Wayne and Westland com-      Trial set for man accused in threats against cops, judges
          munities, Larry “Chum”
          Stockwell, owner of Chum's      A Van Buren Township man                                                               ordered him held on a $100,000
          Donuts, an institution for   could face 20 years in prison if                         ”                                or 10 percent bond and required
          high school students, died   convicted of threatening the               Lang did not post bond and has                 him to wear an electronic tether
          Jan. 2.                      lives of police officers and local        remained in the Wayne County Jail               if released from police custody
                          See page 5.  judges.                                                                                   and that he undergo mandatory
                                          James Bernard Lang, 55, is            awaiting his next court appearance.              alcohol testing. The case was
                                       charged with filing a false report                                                        sent to 35th District Court in
                  THE WESTLAND         or threat of terrorism and one                                                            Plymouth for his preliminary
             EAGLE                     count as a habitual offender,  Court in Romulus. According to  time, according to officials. Lang  hearing which took place Nov. 8

               Vol. 73, No. 02         fourth offense, which carries a  Van Buren Township Director of  was subsequently arrested with-  before Judge James Plakas who
                                                                                                                                 found sufficient evidence to
                                                                     Public Safety Gregory Laurain,
                                       five to 15-year sentence upon
                                                                                                   out incident at his Haggerty sub-
            Known     as    “Coach     conviction.                   a man who identified himself as  division home on Oct. 12.  send him for trial.
          Stockwell” to many football,    Prosecutors claim that Lang  Lang called the dispatch center  To avoid any appearance of a  Lang did not post bond and
          basketball, baseball and soft-  called the Van Buren Township  several times about 3 a.m. Oct.  conflict of interest, the case was  has remained in the Wayne
          ball players in the area,    Dispatch Center and made ver-  20. The calls, on a recorded line,  transferred to 29th District  County Jail awaiting his next
          Larry “Chum” Stockwell       bal threats on the lives of town-  were answered and witnessed  Court in Wayne where Lang was  court appearance which will be
          died Jan. 2                  ship police officers and the two  by both dispatchers and supervi-  arraigned on the charges by  a jury trial scheduled to begin
                          See page 5.  sitting judges at the 34th District  sory personnel on duty at the  Judge Laura Mack. Mack  Feb. 5.

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