News & Notes - 5/4/23 Troy Times

Troy Times | Published May 3, 2023

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Cooking class aims to aid food pantry clients
TROY — The United Community Family Services-Chaldean American Ladies of Charity is offering a six-week series of cooking classes to help support food pantry clients by teaching them how to better prepare healthy meals at home.

Known as “Cooking with CLAC,” the classes are made possible by the Michigan Fitness Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program education program.

“This new six-week course provides our clients with nutrition education and new methods to make dishes they are familiar with in a new healthy way,” said UCFS-CALC President and CEO Kristin Olmedo. “Through Cooking with CALC, our clients will receive evidence-based instruction about how to create well-balanced meals for their families and develop a healthier cooking style while engaging their families and children in the kitchen.”

The next Cooking with CALC session will take place at the UCFS/CALC offices, located at 2033 Austin Drive in Troy. It will run 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays May 9 through June 13. Those interested or who wish to register may call (248) 528-0130.


Troy Community Chorus to host spring concert
TROY — The Troy Community Chorus will present its spring concert, “Lovely Days,” at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 12, at Athens High School, located at 4333 John R Road in Troy.

Under the direction of Jonathan Lowrie, accompanied by Min Sook Chung, the concert will be themed around nature, featuring classic pop songs such as “Lovely Day,” by Bill Withers; “Good Day Sunshine,” by the Beatles; and “Mr. Blue Sky,” by the Electric Light Orchestra; as well as choral classics such as John Rutter’s “All Things Bright and Beautiful” and “For the Beauty of the Earth.”

Advance tickets cost $10 for patrons ages 13-62, $8 for seniors and children ages 6-12, and they are free for children under age 5. Tickets are also available at the door for $15 each.

To order tickets, contact Gina Sweet at (248) 762-6862 or Will call tickets will be available for pick up at 7:30 p.m. on the night of the concert.

The Troy Community Chorus was founded in 1978 and is a non-audition choir consisting of more than 70 members ages 24-85 hailing from across the metropolitan Detroit area. For more information, visit


Troy students graduate with honors from MSU
TROY — Six students from Troy are being honored by Michigan State University for graduating with a 4.0 or higher grade point average this year.

Devin J. Brust graduated with a degree in accounting from the Eli Broad College of Business and is a member of the Honors College. Brust attended Athens High School.

Skylar A. Mack graduated with a degree in animal science from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, as well as a degree in genomics and molecular genetics from the College of Natural Science. She is a member of the Honors College. Mack, who is a resident of Troy, attended Hollis Brookline High School in New Hampshire.

Maya B. Shah graduated with a degree in biology from the Lyman Briggs College and is a member of the Honors College. Shah attended International Academy Okma.

Jacob J. Volek graduated with a degree in data science from the College of Natural Science. Volek attended Troy High School.

Grant P. Wills graduated with a degree in finance from the Eli Broad College of Business and is a member of the Honors College. Wills attended Athens High School.

Madelyn E. Young graduated with a degree in nursing from MSU’s College of Nursing. Young attended Troy High School.


Comedy show fundraiser to support struggling VFW Post
TROY — Troy’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4037 is welcoming the community to join them for its Save the VFW Comedy Show Fundraiser.

Local comedians will perform at the event at 8 p.m. Friday, May 19.

Todd Wodzinski was recently elected to be the commander of VFW Dewolfe-Dreon Post 4037 and said their campaign is needed to keep the post functioning and that its mission is of vital importance to the community.

“The post has been neglected for a long time and has fallen into disrepair,” Wodzinski said. “It needs significant repairs, and I’m leading a campaign to rebuild the post infrastructure and to grow our membership. A VFW post provides vital services to a community by serving as a central meeting place for veterans to share camaraderie and to gain information on vital VA resources. It also provides assistance to veterans in need in the local community.”

VFW Post 4037 is located at 2375 E. Maple Road in Troy. Tickets cost $20 and are available at

“As a veteran and Troy resident, I can’t let this post fail,” Wodzinski said. “I don’t think the community wants us to fail, and they need to know that we need their help. All of the members of Post 4037 served in combat. All of us sacrificed part of our youth, and in some cases our health, for our community and our country. … Remember, not all heroes wear capes.”