Seven years ago — almost to the day — I went home, only to find my childhood field of dreams, Fletcher Field, in ruins. The grass, once manicured and emerald green, was about 3-feet tall and brown. The playground equipment was mangled and missing pieces. The backstop for the baseball diamond was a trellis for … Continue Reading →
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The latest wildlife report coming from residents who live near Fletcher Field is astounding: Two deer and a fox have been seen at the park in recent weeks. In the skies above the park, we’ve seen several hawks and pheasants over the years, to go along with the few planes that still fly out of … Continue Reading →
In 2015, Shield of Faith — which took up residence in the church building at 13400 Van Dyke after Holy Name closed in 1989 — will celebrate its 25th anniversary. Is there interest in bringing the two congregations back together again, like we did in March 2008? I can tell you with certainty that what … Continue Reading →
We moved from a rental on Mt. Olivet Street to Dobel Street sometime around 1971, and as I’ve stated in the past, we left for Roseville in the spring of 1976. So I lived at 8271 Dobel for about five years — two fewer than we’ve worked in the neighborhood to keep Fletcher Field open, … Continue Reading →
Pat Coffey, who coached the Holy Name basketball team back in the 1960s, died on Friday. I’m told he coached the Ramblers to a CYO title game in 1967, when they finished as runners-up to Wyandotte Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Visitation is Friday from 2 until 9 p.m. at Verheyden Funeral Home (16300 Mack … Continue Reading →
Please pray for Rev. Wesley Johnson. He was rushed to St. John’s Hospital early Sunday morning, when doctors discovered a hole in his small intestines. He underwent emergency surgery — had 18 inches of his small intestines removed — and remains on a ventilator in ICU. His wife, Imogene, says he’s making slow progress, but … Continue Reading →
Mount Olivet Cemetery will play host to its annual tree-lightening ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 7, starting at 4:30 p.m. Here are the details: http://www.mtelliott.com/christmas-tree-lighting-benefiting-toys-for-tots/ This is a really nice event at an incredibly beautiful, peaceful place. Hope to see your there!
As the clock approached 2 p.m. Sunday, Fletcher Field was nearly empty and I feared the worst — nobody was coming to our seventh annual “Treats ‘n Trunks” event at the park. An hour later, we were out of candy and hot dogs, and the park was teeming with people and activity. I guess we’ll … Continue Reading →
Honestly, I don’t know why I haven’t written lately. I think I’ve just run out of things to say for now. The park continues to be clean, cut and operational. There are folks in the neighborhood and from Friends of Fletcher who worked the garden all summer long and claim to have grown the Great … Continue Reading →
Back in the spring of 1976, my father had to make the call: Would our east-side Detroit neighborhood rebound or continue to decline? It’s a conversation I remember he and my Grandpa Lemanski had numerous times over beers in the back kitchen on Dubay Street, a police scanner blaring out the latest bad news as … Continue Reading →