Bobb Vergiels "At the mike, Monroe man lives his dream"
Congrats to Bobb Vergiels! You may not recognize his name, but many of you have heard his voice………….Next month he’ll have worked his 3,500th game. He’s spread them out mostly between the Toledo Walleye, Storm, and Mud Hens; Wayne State football and basketball, and University of Michigan basketball and baseball.
Several of our friends have asked us who we use to plan our escorted trips and cruises. We have been very pleased with a travel agent, Douglas Youngblood who works for a company called Vacations To Go. We highly recommend him.
Listed below is his contact information. Feel free to contact him and let him know that we recommended him.
Sun, Jan 6 San Juan, Puerto Rico 9:00pm
Mon, Jan 7 At Sea
Tue, Jan 8 Curacao 8:00am 8:00pm Wed, Jan 9 Aruba 8:00am 8:00pm
Thu, Jan 10 Bonaire 8:00am 2:00pm
Fri, Jan 11 Grenada 11:00am 6:00pm
Sat, Jan 12 Barbados 8:00am 5:00pm
Sun, Jan 13 St. Lucia 8:00am 5:00pm
Mon, Jan 14 Antigua 8:00am 5:00pm
Tue, Jan 15 St. Maarten 8:00am 5:00pm
Wed, Jan 16 St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands 8:00am 5:00pm
Thu, Jan 17 San Juan, Puerto Rico 5:30am
From The Outback to the Glaciers: March 12 - April 6, 2017 (Australia, New Zealand & Fiji)
February 14: Fly to Tampa and drive to Lakeland
February 15: Visit Tiger Spring Training (am). Drive to 140 Fairway Drive, Lake Placid, FL (Roger and Shirley Barnes)
February 16: Drive to Jupiter Florida. Stay in Jupiter (16-17-18)
February 17: Visit Cards or Marlins Spring Training Site (Jupiter) in a. .m. Afternoon .Drive to Port St. Lucie. Visit Mets Spring Training and attend Michigan baseball game (pm).
February 18: Drive to West Palm Beach to visit Astros and Nationals Spring Training Site.
February 19: Drive to Bradenton to stay with Rod and Mary Oberlin
February 20: Visit Baltimore Spring Training in Sarasota (am).
February 21: Visit Pirates Spring Training Camp (Bradenton) (am). Drive to St. Petersburg/Clearwater Will stay at Spring Hill Suites 3485 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater on 20-21-22.
February 21: Visit Phillies Spring Training (am)
February 22:Visit Blue Jays Spring Training (Dudien) (am)
February 23: Drive to Tampa. Visit Yankees Spring Training (am) then fly home in the evening
Click here if you do not have a Facebook account, and would like to view the photos that Gene and Linda Stock took on the trip. (Please note that the first 88 photos were taken in Paris which was not part of the Trafalgar Tour. We left early and spent a few days in Paris before taking the high-speed train to Frankfurt to join the Trafalgar Tour "Bohemian Highlights".)
Please Note: There has been a change concerning the date of the Memorial Service for Russ Waugh.
The service will be Saturday, January 2, 2016 from 3:00 -7:00 pm at the Allore Funeral Chapel 203 East Elm Street, Monroe, MI.
Click here for directions to the funeral chapel.
DUNDEE — Kit Daniels, who starred as a diver at Dundee High School and went on the coach the Viking swimming teams for many years, has died of cancer at age 46. Daniels died at home Saturday after a six-month battle with cancer. The lifelong Dundee resident gave up a career as a stockbroker to become a math teacher at Dundee in the late 1990s. He coached Dundee swimming teams for 25 years, including 14 seasons as girls head coach. In 2002 he led them to their first unbeaten season in school history. He gave up the girls team to become a football assistant in 2013. He also served as varsity softball head coach.
Daniels continued to coach Dundee’s boys swim team and was Southeastern Michigan Independent Swimming League Coach of the Year in 2015 after leading the Vikings to a runner-up finish in the SMISL meet.
He had been diagnosed with kidney cancer in January and had a kidney removed in early February, but the cancer reportedly spread to his liver.
Tom Williams, who coached Dundee swimmers for 39 years until retiring, filled in for Daniels on an interim basis this season during his illness. Williams said Daniels was a great diver for Dundee who finished second the state meet. He went on to set numerous diving records at the Coast Guard Academy. “ Nobody saw this ( illness) coming,” Williams said. “Kit was very active and played a lot of softball and golf. He had a nice swimming career. He was smart, he learned well and he was excited about swimming at all times.”
Wendy (Karain) Humphrey, a 1984 graduate of Dundee High School has written and published a book "The Only Thing I Ever Wanted"
On October 23, 1998, the stars aligned to electrify W L Humphrey's life and instantly infuse it with the possibility of the ultimate elusive. On a whirlwind weekend trip to a major Southern city to visit her brother, a chance encounter begins a flirtation with no expectations. At 32 years old, a veteran of the dating world and victim of every matchmaking/dating disaster, she was about to break her own rule by plunging head first into a relationship with an unknown. After years of waiting to meet "the one," her relationship with Jonson evolved into a turbulent trial and error plagued by addiction, infidelity and in-laws. Little did she know a devastating loss at age 12, Jonson's predilections, his Mother and other factors would conspire to rob her of the only thing she ever wanted.
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The family of Bob Johnson has announced that they will be having a memorial service for Bob Johnson on Saturday November 17, 2012 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at the Dundee Vets Hall (upstairs) 418 Dunham Street, Dundee MI. Click here to see a map of where the Dundee Vets Hall is located.
Dundee Alternative High School English teacher Daria Plumb released her new book, “Commando Classics,” featuring techniques to get students interested in English and classic literature.
COMMANDING A CLASSROOM Dundee teacher writes book about reaching students
BY DANIELLE PORTTEUS
DUNDEE — Daria Plumb knows high school students might not like Shakespeare. In many cases, students cringe at hearing his name. The same crop of kids might not enjoy poetry, Arthurian legends or Beowulf. A teacher at Dundee Alternative High School, Ms. Plumb has incorporated her unique classroom techniques in her first book, “Commando Classics: A Field Manual for Helping Teens Understand ( and Maybe Even Enjoy) Classic Literature.” The book was released June and was published by Voices of Youth Advocates or VOYA Press.
“For me, teaching is constantly a learning experience,” the 18- year teaching veteran said. “It’s a process. If I find it boring, I’m sure my students do, too.” Her motto is it never hurts to try something different. “I’m a fly-by-the-seat-of-pants kind of person,” she explained. “I’ll try anything to see if it works.”
Ms. Plumb incorporates outside materials including modern movies, updated versions of classic literature, songs and even clips from YouTube in her teachings. To reach her students, the 39-year-old Dundee resident said her “commando” approach is simple. “I want to sneak in, hit them with the concept and get out before they know it,” she said. Each of her lessons offers a hook to keep students on their toes. One of the students’ favorites is Hamlet Death Bingo. For the activity, a character list is written on the board. Students then fill out a bingo sheet. While students watch the movie, they mark off the names of the characters as they die. Whoever has five in a row has a bingo.
“The students have to familiarize themselves with the characters,” she said. “It’s fun and it keeps them paying attention.”
For the epic poem “Beowulf,” Ms. Plumb does not have her students read it in its entirety. Instead, she uses 100-line version that condenses the story into a more understandable format. “I use a ton of supplemental pieces for my teaching,” she said. “I found a version of the poem that is shorter and easier to read.” One reason for the shorter version, Ms. Plumb said is when her students come to her, they don’t necessarily understand that when they read, images should form in the mind.
“I do a lot of reading out loud because my kids just don’t know how to see pictures in their heads,” she said. “They have never experienced it.” For a lesson on the “Lord of the Flies,” students were divided into teams and had tasks to complete.
Because of the Internet, Ms. Plumb has been able to expand her materials search beyond the Dundee library. YouTube has become a place where she can create playlists that refer to English literature. Teachers can find her playlist online to use in their classrooms, she said. “I listen to the radio, I spend two hours on YouTube after school,” the teacher said. “I know what teens like. I don’t act like a teenager, but I make an effort to understand them.”
Students are encouraged to bring in material as well. “I might not always use it, but I tell them they can bring me anything and I will review it to see if could apply to our lessons,” Ms. Plumb said.
When it came to finding a publisher for the book, Ms. Plumb said she didn’t shop around her idea. Instead, Rose Mary Honnold, who edited the book, was working with a different publisher in 2008 when she first told Ms. Plumb that she should write a book for teachers and librarians. At the time, however, Ms. Honnold’s publishing company did not think the book applied to both audiences and decided not to pursue it. A few years later, Ms. Honnold moved to VOYA and contacted Ms. Plumb to find out if she had written her book. She sent her a few chapters and once it was accepted, she finished the manual.
Though it is her first book, she has published articles in English Leadership Quarterly and presented talks at state and national teachers’ conferences. Her methods, she said, can be used in every classroom. “I think some of the ideas would benefit even advanced classes,” she said.
So much of society reflects classic literature and can be found today in movies, on television and in books, songs and video games. “A lot of these works are great stories and that’s why we keep taking about them,” she said. “Many of these stories deal with what makes us human.”
Her book is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and VOYA Press.
August 27, 2012
The Dundee High School Class of 1982 would like to invite all of their former teachers to their 30 th Class Reunion to be held on Saturday September 29, 2012. Please click here to read the invitation. There is no charge for teachers to attend but they would like to know how many teachers plan to attend. Please RSVP by September 17, 2012 with Whitney Boyd McMahan. (see the invitation for RSVP info).
March 8, 2012
Congrats to Dundee teacher Jeff Bock and Dundee High School! Click on the link below to watch the video of Jeff playing the banjo and singing a song prior to the Dundee students taking the ACT on Tuesday. Listed below is a copy of the newspaper article that appeared on the front page of yesterday’s Monroe Evening News:
"Fired up for answers - Dundee juniors rally to face ACT"
March 7, 2012 Monroe Evening News by Doug Donnelly
DUNDEE — Thousands of high school juniors across Michigan took the ACT test Tuesday, but Dundee teacher Jeff Bock was pretty sure about one thing.“I bet nowhere in the state are 70 percent of the students today taking the test with ‘Digging for Potatoes’ on their T-shirts,” Mr. Bock told Dundee students in a pre-test assembly.
Mr. Bock was probably correct. Most Monroe County students had the day off Tuesday but for high school juniors, it was test time. At Dundee, students have been prepping for the test for some time, including class time with Mr. Bock, who teaches an ACT prep course. He came up with the slogan for the day, “Digging for Potatoes.”
“ Taking the ACT test is like digging for potatoes,” he said. “ The answers are there, just like the potatoes are. Sometimes you just have to keep digging for them. If you’re hot or uncomfortable, what do you have to do? Keep digging.” Students began the morning with a free breakfast, then Mr. Bock gathered them around, and sang and played his banjo a song he wrote as an ACT pep talk. The students were in testing from about 8:30 a.m. to after 1 p.m.
The T-shirts worn by the bulk of the Dundee juniors were designed by student Megan Gizzi. Mr. Bock had the idea and she came up with the design – four potatoes with the words math, science, reading and writing on them. “Mr. Bock asked me to do it,” Megan said. “I’ve designed shirts for Earth club and the junior class. It’s kind of a hobby for me. He told me what he wanted and I designed it.” In Monroe County, about 1,800 juniors took the test.
Dundee High School ACT prep class teacher Jeff Bock sings and plays his banjo Tuesday to get students fired up to take the ACT test. Juniors at the school wore T-shirts designed by classmate Megan Gizzi (below) as part of the efforts to prepare for the exam. Click on the photo below to watch the video of Jeff playing the banjo and singing a song prior to the Dundee students taking the ACT on Tuesday.
The Brookwood Villas subdivision is located in Bedford Township Michigan. The subdivision is comprised of 58 lots. The entrance is off of Dean Road (just east of Jackman Road near Bedford High School). The street name at the entrance is called River Ridge Drive. Another subdivision to the east of Brookwood Villas is called Oak Creek. Click here to view a map of the Brookwood Villas Subdivision.
If you have comments, suggestions or questions please contact Mike or Vicki Miller
1. An opportunity for Brookwood Villas residents to communicate with one another concerning things that pertain to our neighborhood.
2. To ask questions concerning the neighborhood, Bedford Township or Monroe County.
3. Members may post items that they have for sale or would like to give away.
4. Members may post items that they are looking to purchase.
5. Members can share news concerning new neighbors, celebrations (such as new grandchildren, winning the lotto, or any other good news that members would like to hear about.
6. Members may share information about any neighbors who need any assistance with any task. Please also notify others of any illness, accidents or deaths that the family wishes you to share.
7. Members may share information concerning any services or purchases that other members may be interested.
HOA Scheduled Meetings
The Home Owners Association meets on the following dates at 7:00 pm. Meetings are held at the Bedford Branch of the Monroe County Library System on Jackman Road in the main Community Meeting room near the front entrance. Here are the scheduled meeting dates for 2019:
January 9, Wednesday
February 13, Wednesday
March 12, Tuesday
April 10, Wednesday
May 14, Tuesday
June 11, Tuesday
July 9, Tuesday
August 13, Tuesday
September 10, Tuesday
October 8, Tuesday
November 12, Tuesday
December 10, Tuesday
Directory of Contact persons:
1. Questions concerning Villa items that need to be repaired:
Dave Schmitt (MS Builders) 419-270-5359 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office: 5135 South Main Street, Sylvania,Ohio 43560
The week of January 1st Rick Murray, Ray Johnston and I tried to contact all property owners who we did not have a phone number or e-mail address. We also contacted those owners who have not been attending our regular meetings. The purpose of these contacts was to make sure that everyone knows about our regular scheduled meetings and are informed that we will be taking over the HOA (Home Owners Association) soon and will be holding an election of officers. We gave each person we contacted a flyer called "Brookwood Villas HOA Information" (just click on those words to view a copy). If you have any information that needs to be changed on your current contact info, please e-mail it to Mike Miller so that he can up-date our records. Also, if you talk to any new homeowners on the following lots, please pass on this information to them: