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inspirations


50th wedding anniversary


On Aug. 20, Mary Jean


Gibbs and Samuel Gibbs Jr. celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the American Serbian Memorial Hall. The re- newal of their vows was officiated by their pastor. This joyous celebration was shared with their son, Allen, and a host of friends and relatives from Buffalo, New York, Chi- cago, Philadelphia, San Diego and Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Mary and Sam are


members of the New Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, where Rev. Dr. Edward R. Knox, who officiated at the anniversary, is pastor; and Mary is very active at the church. They also have memberships with the DIA, the Charles H. Wright Museum of Afri- can American History and CTC (Old Timers Group).


Mary Jean Gibbs and Samuel Gibbs Jr. Mary volunteers at Or-


chestra Hall and is also a member of the Michigan Spirit basketball team; (they were national cham- pions in 2009). They have traveled to Africa, Alaska, Europe, Hawaii and the


THE MICHIGAN CHRONICLE Randy Kleinstiver is


a hard-working middle class gentleman and owner of the new Sun- shine Thrift, Inc. On June 17, we learned that our store would be closing due to circumstances beyond our control. Tears were shed, hands were shaken and goodbyes were in order. However, Randy had a different take on the matter. There’s no time for goodbyes but hello! Sunshine Thrift was reborn.


Sunshine Thrift Store


has operated on Gratiot Ave. since 1993 and has seen good and bad times. With Randy owning the new Sunshine Thrift it’s time for Sunshine to truly shine.


Caribbean, as well as all over the USA. Other activ- ities include square danc- ing and ballroom danc- ing.


They are very grateful and thankful to God.


Randy arrived as a su- pervisor, got demoted to


With 11.7 million


October 5-11, 2011


truck driver and promoted back to supervisor, but on June 17 he learned that he would become a part of the 13% unemployed. Through our heavenly Father, along with his will and zeal, Randy became the president of Sunshine Thrift, Inc. employing an elite team of employees led by manager Linda Lee, with 23 years of experi- ence. We are all a ray of sunshine.


Sunshine Thrift is lo-


cated at 37665 S. Gratiot Ave. just north of Metro- politan Parkway in Clin- ton Township, Michigan.


We invite you to come


in and shake Randy’s hand, shop a spell and congratulate Randy! Our community has support- ed us over the years and we have the best custom-


and


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ers in town! Our store is 20,000 square feet and we stock over 25,000 differ- ent items a week.


Donations of clothing,


shoes, furniture and bric -a-brac are gladly accept- ed.


For your convenience,


VISA, MasterCard, Discov- er and EBT Cash Cards are accepted.


We have beautiful new


fitting rooms and a well lit parking lot.


If you are not satisfied


with your purchase, a 7 day return policy is of- fered with a receipt.


Store


Monday-Friday, a.m. to


hours: 9


8 p.m.;


Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Improving quality of life The wellness


improved


American cancer sur- vivors, surgeons, along with the Centers for Dis- ease Control, emphasize the importance of manag- ing their patients’ symp- toms and improving their lives after cancer. Beau- mont Health System re- searchers have developed a program to successfully address those issues for women cancer survivors.


75th birthday celebration


Nellie Hawkins Williams recently celebrated her 75th birthday. Pictured (from left) are Lawrence Patrick, Rev. E.L. Branch, Lanell Branch, Linda Swanson, execu- tive vice president, Swanson Funeral Homes Inc.; Dr. Nellie Hawkins Williams, honoree; Pastor James C. Jones, Tom Adams, Vernita Howze and Deacon Jeff Ridgeway.


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Seated (from left) are Dr. Verdie Robinson-Curry, Anna Amato, Dr. Nellie Hawkins Williams, honoree; Jo Ann Matthews and Mildred Thornton. Standing (from left) are: L. Linda Swanson, executive vice president, Swanson Funeral Homes Inc.; Dorothy Smith, Hazel Whitney, Sytria Mayes, Dr. Martha Jones, Jesica Taylor, Helen Kelly, Queen Kyles, Lillion Tabb, Glora Patterson and Cynthia Smith.


SMILE CONNECTIONS Dr. Velton Denise Rob-


inson is a 1985 graduate of Meharry Medical Col- lege, School of Dentistry- Nashville, Tennessee. She has served over 25 years, providing dental services to the community, 23 of those years in Highland Park. Her practice is now called SMILE CONNEC- TIONS and is located in Madison Heights, where her patients continue to trust her with their dental care.


“It’s a rewarding feel-


ing when patients who have been with me over the years continue to come back for their dental services. Some of my pa- tients whom I treated as kids are now bringing their children in for treat- ment.


“It’s important to me


and my staff that every- one who comes to my office experiences a com- fortable, friendly environ- ment, knowing that they will get the best dental care that I can possibly give.”


While providing den-


tistry for the entire family, she is especially devoted to children and the elder- ly.


“First experiences in


a dental office are very important,” she said. “A child having pleasant ex- periences will be more eager to learn proper


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participants’ quality of life.


dental care, and will be less likely to have a fear associated with dental visits.


Consequently,


regular dental check-ups become a habit.”


Obtaining qual-


ity dental care is an in- creasing problem for the elderly. Some have low income, inadequate dental insurance or no coverage. Missing teeth are not replaced, result- ing in improper chewing and digestion, which in- creases health problems.


The probability of ill-


nesses and diseases is high in the elderly. Some symptoms can be detected orally, such as diabetes, vitamin deficiencies and cancer. Regular, thor- ough dental examinations are just as important as medical examinations.


Dr. Robinson under-


stands the special needs of children, elderly pa-


tients, and patients with inadequate dental cov- erage, and is devoted to finding a way to get them the quality service they deserve.


For the months of


September and October SMILE CONNECTIONS is having a back-to-school special to help families with no dental


insur-


ance afford to get their children the basic dental procedures necessary for school enrollment.


SMILE CONNEC-


TIONS is also in the pro- cess of providing dentures and partials at an econo- my price so that patients who have no insurance coverage can more easily afford these services.


For more information:


SMILE CONNECTIONS, Dr. Velton Robinson, 28303 Dequindre, #230 Madison Heights, MI 48071 or (248) 398-6600.


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