Saturday, July 21, 2012
About 35 people gathered at Oakwood Cemetery Saturday morning to raise the flag on the new flagpole.
About 35 people gathered at Oakwood Cemetery Saturday morning to raise the flag up the new flagpole at Oakwood Cemetery. The ceremony was attended by veterans from Saline and around Washtenaw County, Mayor Gretchen Driskell and city council members Dean Girbach, Linda TerHaar, David Rhoads and Brian Marl, State Rep. Mark Ouimet, and many others. The “What So Proudly We Hail” project was managed by veterans George Perrault, Pete Belaire and Bob Kwiecinski. Jim Robison, of Robison-Bahnmiller Funeral Home, wrote a check for $2,500 to pay for the new flag pole. Days after Robison’s donation, Fred Hamilton, President of K&F Electric, committed to upgrading the lighting. In this video, the flag is raised as people sing the anthem.
Perrault, a U.S. Navy veteran, invites residents to watch the flag raising at Oakwood Cemetery's new flag pole Saturday morning.
Today's Good Morning Saline greeting is from George Perrault. He invites residents for the first flag raising at the new flagpole at Oakwood Cemetery at 11 a.m. Saturday. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Perrault is one of three local veterans to lead the "What So Proudly We Hail" project, which is responsible for the new flagpole in the city owned cemetery. For more on the project, see this story.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Local veterans spearheaded a fundraising campaign to install a new flagpole with better lighting in the city-owned cemetery.
The public is invited to a ceremonial flag raising at Oakwood Cemetery Saturday morning. At 11 a.m., a new flag will be raised on a new flagpole at the city-owned cemetery. The “What So Proudly We Hail” project was managed by veterans George Perrault, Pete Belaire and Bob Kwiecinski. The project was funded by private donations, though city employees helped with planning and installation of the flagpole. At a city council meeting in May, Belaire explained the importance of the project. “We’re standing here as veterans. We served to protect that flag. But that’s not why we’re doing this project. We’re doing it because every time we march down to that cemetery, we look for that flag. It should be a beacon that draws your eyes to that cemetery…
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Saline firefighter and USMC Reservist Master Sgt. Kurt Schneider was Grand Marshal of the Saline Memorial Day Parade and speaker at the Oakwood Cemetery ceremony.
The Grand Marshal of the Saline Memorial Day Parade reflected on service to country and community and reminded people to be thankful they live in America during a speech at Oakwood Cemetery Monday. Kurt Schneider, a Saline Area Fire Department firefighter and Master Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, said it was an honor to be recognized in the community and to speak for those who can’t. The Saline native, who attended Saline Area Schools from kindergarten until graduation in 1992, said his service in the U.S. Marine Corps took him all over the world. “So far, I like it here best,” said Schneider, to cheers of the crowd who gathered at the cemetery following the parade. Schneider’s service in the military instilled in him a sense …
Monday, May 28, 2012
Just days after the fundraising began, Saline's funeral home stepped up and contributed.
Fundraising for the "What So Proudly We Hail" project is off to a great start. At Monday's Memorial Day ceremonies, Mayor Gretchen Driskell announced Robison-Bahnmiller Funeral Home has committed to purchase a new flagpole for Oakwood Cemetery. The announcement means that local veterans are well on their way toward their goal of beautifying the flagpole area at the city-owned cemetery. The "What So Proudly We Hail" project is being done through the Washtenaw County Vietnam Veterans of America Chamber 310. George Perrault, Pete Belaire and Bob Kwiecinski appeared before Saline City Council last week to announce their plans to place a new flagpole and improved lighting in Oakwood Cemetery. “We’re standing here as veterans. We served to …
Saline joins the rest of the nation in honoring its fallen soldiers today.
Saline will honor American soldiers who died in war on Memorial Day. The annual Memorial Day, organized by the Saline American Legion, takes place at 10 a.m. Monday The parade begins at Saline City Hall and proceeds down Michigan Avenue to Monroe Street and then into Oakwood Cemetery, where a service takes place at the flag pole. The speaker this year is U.S. Marine Corps veteran and Saline Firefighter Kurt Schneider. The flyover for the Saline Memorial Day Parade will be at 10:01 a.m., barring poor weather or other possible circumstances. The two A10 Thunderbolt "Warthog" aircraft are from the 107th Fighter Squadron, Selfridge Air National Basem Michigan. The squadron recently returned from a tour in Afghanistan. Following the service, …
Local veterans are raising money to improve the flagpole area that the community will gather around at Oakwood Cemetery today.
On Memorial Day hundreds of people will gather around the flagpole at Oakwood Cemetery to honor fallen American soldiers. A group of local veterans are working to make sure the flagpole and flag are visible all year long. George Perrault, Pete Belaire and Bob Kwiecinski appeared before Saline City Council last week to announce their plans to place a new flagpole and improved lighting in Oakwood Cemetery. Perrault, a Vietnam veteran who served in the U.S. Navy, has been talking to city officials about the state of the cemetery since last fall. He was pleased to see that the bushes around the flagpole and memorial had been trimmed, which will enable people to see the speakers on Memorial Day. He told council that there is interest in …
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Even with attrition, a wage freeze, and delayed purchases, the city could see the fund balance fall to $600,000 at the end of the fiscal year 2013.
Saline City Council meets at 7:30 p.m. following a budget session starting one hour earlier Monday night. Council will use the session to finalize fiscal plans for 2012-13 before considering a recommendation to direct city staff to keep the millage at 15.53 mills for next year. City council has not yet reached a consensus on the matter. Council member Jim Roth, who is opposed to a plan to borrow money to fill a budget gap, has urged council members to raise the millage rate rather than “kick the problem down the road.” Roth hasn’t had much support for the idea. So far, council appears to be leaning toward a plan that puts off purchases, requires a wage freeze and concessions from city employees, and refinancing debt. The plan also calls …
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
The Oakwood Cemetery project came in 33 percent higher than estimated.
Saline City Council voted 5-1 to auhtorize Mayor Gretchen Driskell and Clerk Dianne Hill to execute the contract and raise the city line item budget for the Oakwood Cemetery Expansion project. City Superintendent Gary Roubal told council that the city received just one bid on the project and that it came in higher than expected. Council voted to award the contract to Douglas N. Higgins, Inc., for $243,000. The project budget of $150,000 was raised to $250,000. In a memo to council, Roubal said the company performed well on a project to add 70 double crypts to the cemetery. The company has also done many street and utility projects, including the 2010 Willis Road Project. Councillor Dean Girbach questioned why the city received just one bid…