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Venus, left, is a 3-year-old Labrador-
Shepherd mix, and Zeus, a Doberman,
These dogs really are good citizens.
The Farmington Hills Commission
on Youth, Children and Family Services
recently honored Zeus and Venus for
their volunteerism at the Farmington
Community Library on 12 Mile Road.
Kids sign up to read to the well-
Research studies shown that when
a child reads to a dog, reading skills
improve. The dogs have had more than
100 children read to them since 2007,
according to their owners, Anita and
Keith Fishman of West Bloomfield.
Last year, Jewish Home and Aging
Services honored Zeus for monthly
visits to the Memory Impaired Unit of
the Brown Center in West Bloomfield.
Earlier this year, Venus also became
certified as a therapy dog and is now
joining Zeus on the visits.
Both dogs are certified with Therapy
Dogs International and American
Kennel Club/Canine Good Citizens.
They are advanced off-leash trained.
"Zeus and Keith go into local schools
to teach children the proper and safe
way to approach a dog," Anita said.
She added, "We are very proud of
the community work our dogs do and
are always looking for other programs
where the community can benefit from
these outstanding canine citizens."
Contact Anita at (248) 366-7849 or
Jewish Heritage Month
President Obama proclaimed May
Jewish American Heritage Month.
"The Jewish American tradi-
tion exemplifies the strength of the
American immigrant tradition;' he
said. "Jewish Americans have main-
tained a unique identity just as they
have enmeshed themselves in the fab-
ric of the United States!'
In his May 12 proclamation, Obama
said preserving tradition is a notable
characteristic of Jewish culture. "Many
Jewish religious and cultural practices
have developed and adapted over the
millennia, yet the fundamental exhor-
tation to ensure that long-cherished
ways of life are passed on to future
generations remains as strong as ever
before," he said.
Jewish Americans have immeasur-
ably enriched our nation. "Unyielding
in the face of hardship and tenacious
in following their dreams, Jewish
Americans have surmounted the chal-
lenges that every immigrant group
faces, and have made unparalleled con-
tributions," Obama said.
"The United States:' he added,
"would not be the country we know
without the achievements of Jewish
Obama concluded by saying Jewish
Americans have set a high bar for all
"They have demonstrated that
Americans can choose to maintain
cultural traditions while honoring
the principles and beliefs that bind
them together as Americans. Jewish
American history demonstrates how
America's diversity enriches and
strengthens us all!'
— notes by Robert Sklar, editor
• Clean or replace your air-conditioner filter at least once
a month. This reduces operating costs by helping the unit
to work more efficiently.
Reduce Cooling Costs
• In hot weather, keep humidity low by simple things such
as covering pots when you cook and opening the window
when you shower to let steam and moisture escape;
• Awnings help in the summer, especially on the south
and west windows;
• Plant deciduous trees at the south side of your home or
building for shade. They block sun and cool your home.
• Replace old air-conditioners with newer Energy Star
efficient models. www.energystar.gov/;
• Have air-conditioning checked before season starts;
Jewish Thought On Environment:
"And God said: 'Let the earth put forth grass, herb yield-
ing seed, and fruit-tree bearing fruit after its kind, where-
in is the seed thereof, upon the earth.' And it was so. "
— Genesis 1:11
Please contact Michigan Coalition on the Environment &
Jewish Life for global warming presentations:
(248) 642.5393, ext. 7, or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Source: Michigan Coalition on the Environment & Jewish Life
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