estoration of Franklin Village's
historic Kreger Farm Buildings
will benefit from a photography
contest sponsored by Franklin photog-
rapher Les Gorback in association with
the Franklin Historical
The age divisions are:
adult, 19 and older; stu-
dent senior, ages 15-18;
student junior, 14 and
younger. Any subject
that creatively captures
the sights that make
Franklin unique or that
reflect everyday life within the village —
flowers, birds, wildlife, landscape, build-
ings, architecture, people, pets — could
represent the "Essence of Franklin."
All entries must be 8 by 10 inches in
size and secured on an 11- x14-
inch mount board. Mail them or
drop them off at Gorback Studio of
Photography by July 31. Also, send
via e-mail a digital image with
your name, address and phone
number to Rika47@aol.com.
The Kreger barn and farmhouse
An entry form and a fee of $20
Gorback Studio of Photography, 32731
per person for up to four photos
Franklin Road, Franklin, MI 48025 as
must accompany the submission. Make
well as online at www.kregerhouse.org .
checks payable to the Franklin Historical
Direct questions to Les Gorback: (248)
Society-Kreger House Fund.
Prizes will be awarded in each divi-
The Kreger Farmhouse, barn and shed
sion: first place, $50; second place, $25;
were moved from their location at 26565
third place, honorable mention. Winning
Scenic Drive in Franklin Village to the
entries will be published in the Franklin
Village Green on Dec. 18. The Greek revival
Village newsletters and displayed at
house and the outbuildings were built in
the Kreger House during the Franklin
the 1860s and are an excellent example of
Roundup on Labor Day, Sept. 7.
rural American architecture. ❑
Entry forms are available at the
Actor Danny Glover was a surprise guest at the pre-
glow reception associated with the Jewish Community
Relations Council's Activist of the Year program on
May 27 at the Jewish Community Center in Bloomfield
The Bloomfield Township-based JCRC honored Zina
Kramer as Activist of the Year. Glover was in Metro
Detroit to discuss Michigan filmmaking possibilities with
a contingent that included Kramer's husband, Michael, an
attorney. "They were trying to figure out what they might
be able to do film-wise in Michigan," Kramer said.
- Robert Sklar, editor
Writers' Road Trip
The senior adult writers group at the Jewish Community
Center in Oak Park has published (courtesy of the Jewish
Federation of Metropolitan Detroit) its 52nd annual Writers'
Journal and will celebrate with an outing June 19.
Wayne State University Professor Emeritus Norma
Goldman hosts the group annually at her Bloomfield Hills
home and uses the event to attract new writers. Guests are
invited to board the bus at 9:30 a.m. June 19 at the JCC's
Jimmy Prentis Morris Building. The bus returns by 1 p.m.
In between, the seniors will hear readings by Judy
Yarber of Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit
and the three children of Sally and Joe Tardella. They also
will enjoy luncheon.
The JCC's Senior Adult Writers' Corner meets at 10 a.m.
the third Friday of each month to share their creative work.
Goldman started attending with her father in 1943, when
the group was facilitated by Grace Zellman. After Zellman
died 40 years ago, Goldman says, "I inherited the group."
- Alan Hitsky, associate editor
Spring And Summer
• Buy produce locally during the warmer months when there
is a large variety. Buy local produce year-round when you
• Compost, compost, compost your organic kitchen waste.
Keep a covered container at your sink to hold the waste and
make a weekly or biweekly trip to the compost. Go to http://
www.epa.gov/compost/ to get a complete list of what you can
compost. The short list is fruit, vegetables, tea bags, coffee
grounds, leaves, grass clippings and yard waste. Compost is a
great fertilizer for your garden.
• Recent Michigan State University research on lawn water-
ing showed that, counter to all prior wisdom on the topic,
the best time to water lawns was at mid-day, for a very short
time (not to soak the roots). The air-conditioning effect of
evaporation from just a short watering at mid-day reduced
heat stress on the lawn, creating the best lawn of all the test
• Mulch your garden to retain moisture. It also reduces weed-
ing, enriches the soil, helps control erosion and looks nice.
Jewish Thought on the Environment
"And God said: 'Let the waters swarm with swarms of living
creatures, and let fowl fly above the earth in the open firma-
ment of heaven."
– Genesis 1:20
Please contact Michigan Coalition on the Environment &
Jewish Life for global warming presentations: (248) 642-
5393, ext. 7, or mi-coejl®jfmd.org .
Source: MI•COEJL, copyright 2009
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