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Dog (and Boating) Days 
of Summer!
I  can’t seem to find time to play golf, but I can do the next best thing: watch professionals and pretty-darn-good Grosse Pointe golfers play in the Turning Point Invitational at the Country Club of Detroit. This year’s invitational is planned for Aug. 14. Last year Jack Nicklaus was the big-name host. Details on who else is coming have not been released yet, but Clark Durant, co-founder and former CEO of the Cornerstone Schools, the beneficiary of the tournament and gala the eve before the outing, assures me they will be out. (Follow Cornerstone Schools online at and on Facebook.)

Sure, it will be good to see the professional golfers who show up — besides Jack, last year’s lineup included the likes of Jerry Pate, Gary Koch, Bruce Fleisher, Larry Nelson, Andy Bean, Joe Inman and Esteban Toledo — but I’ll be there to watch Ryan Lenahan, a Grosse Pointe North alumnus and golf professional on the Challenge Tour. Last year, Ryan’s foursome won the tournament with Ryan’s low score of 61 — 11 under par! I’m looking for him to repeat this year!

Another thing I don’t have time to do is go boating. So, again, I can enjoy it vicariously by, well, doing stories on boating. For this issue, I had the opportunity to talk to Michael Babiarz, who sits on the SOC board with me, about his other volunteer organization, the Grosse Pointe Power Squadron. When Michael asked me if I would do a story on the Power Squadron in our July-August “boating” issue, he did not have to ask twice. I already knew about the organization from writing about it years ago for the Grosse Pointe News. In fact, in my office I have a framed certificate from the Grosse Pointe Power Squadron when it made me an “Honorary Member” in May 1998. Funny how if you are around long enough, things come full circle!

This also being our “Dog Days of Summer” issue, I got a chance to meet a wonderful dog, Cocoa. He is a “therapy dog” owned by Charlie Krasner, a Realtor at William Adlhoch & Associates who, incidentally, used to work with me at the Grosse Pointe News (that full circle thing again!). Charlie spends his off hours taking Cocoa to senior communities, the library’s Reader Dogs Program and anywhere else where a dog can bring a smile to people’s faces. Cocoa has even been known to calm Wayne State students during finals! Charlie gives some interesting advice on training dogs, but I’ll let him tell you!

Thanks to Sean Southers of Shorepointe Village and Nursing in St. Clair Shores, we got to learn about The Old Club on Harsens Island. Sean and Marina are members, and they are trying to get the word out to more Grosse Pointe couples and families that The Old Club is anything but “old” in what it does. In fact, it’s a blast, and it is only a short boat ride from Grosse Pointe. It even has a nine-hole golf course that I hope to play one day this summer — if I have time!

We hope you enjoy this issue of Pointe Magazine. These are just a few of the many stories we have in store for you. 

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