Friday, October 21, 2011

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Police Officer

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Walker Police Officer Trevor Slot, who was killed in the line of duty on October 13. Officer Slot, 41, of Grand Rapids, was killed while trying to deploy stop sticks on I-96 to end a car chase following a bank robbery.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldier

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of U.S. Army Capt. Drew Russell of Scotts, Michigan. Capt. Russell, 25, died Oct. 8 of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with a rocket-propelled grenade in the Kandahar province in Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colo. He joined the Army in 2008 and his first overseas deployment was to Afghanistan on June 13.

Capt. Russell's personal decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Parachutist Badge and the Overseas Service Bar. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart Medal, the NATO Medal and the Combat Action Badge.

Monday, October 17, 2011

In Memory of Carolyn Horton

Mount Clemens Public Library has lost a great friend in the death earlier this week of Carolyn Horton, one of our long time genealogy volunteers. Carolyn was an active member of the Macomb County Genealogy Group and donated thousands of hours of indexing time to the development of the local history databases that are so valuable to our researchers. Computer work was one of her special skills and we have her efforts to thank for much of the retrospective data entry that was done in our obituary index.

In addition to the indexing and data entry work that she did, Carolyn was a cheerful volunteer assistant in the genealogy room, and helped many library patrons further their family research. In recent months she lived with her daughter in Arizona while battling illness, but despite her struggles she did not forget her genealogy friends in Mount Clemens and kept in touch through calls and e-mails. We, likewise, will never forget Carolyn. She will be greatly missed.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Marine

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor ofU.S. Marine Staff Sergeant Nicholas A. Sprovtsoff of Davison, Michigan. Staff Sergeant Sprovtsoff, 28, died while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan on Sept. 28.  He was assigned to the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command at Camp Pendleton, California, and was a 10-year veteran of the Marines. He served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Staff Sergeant Sprovtsoff's personal decorations include the Bronze Star with combat V, the Army Commendation Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal with combat V, two Army Achievement Medals, two Combat Action Ribbons and two Good Conduct Medals. He was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Go Get 'Em, Tigers!

For all of you baseball fans who are following the Detroit Tigers' march to the World Series, here are a few gems from the library's collection to help you relive old memories while watching the Tigers make new ones:

  • Sock It To 'Em, Tigers: The Incredible Story of the 1968 Detroit Tigers (796.357 SOC)
  • Roar Restored: Detroit Tigers '06 (796.357 ROA)
  • This Date in Detroit Tigers History / John C. Hawkins (796.357 HAW)
  • When Cobb Met Wagner: The Seven-Game World Series of 1909 / David Finoli and Bill Ranier (796.357 FIN)
  • Tales From the Tigers Dugout / Jack Ebling (796.357 EBL)
  • The Roar of '84 (796.357 DET)
  • The Tigers of '68: Baseball's Last Real Champions / George Cantor (796.357 CAN)
  • Out of Nowhere: The Detroit Tigers' Magical 2006 Season / George Cantor (796.357 CAN)
  • Bless You Boys" Diary of the Detroit Tigers' 1984 Season / Sparky Anderson (796.357 AND)
Go Get 'Em, Tigers!