Photo provided by Kevin Lindsey

News & Notes - 6/8/23 Troy Times

By: Brendan Losinski | Troy Times | Published June 10, 2023


Local house named Michigan Heritage Home
A local home in Troy was recently designated as a Michigan Heritage Home by the Historical Society of Michigan.

The Douglass House was built in 1860 and was recently restored by its owners, Kevin and Susan Lindsey, who have lived in the home since 1989. A plaque was installed on the house to commemorate the honor.

“We are very pleased to get this, and have installed the plaque they sent us. It is my understanding that ours is the first such designation in Troy,” said Kevin Lindsey. “The house was already part of Troy’s historic district that designates homes as historic, but this is a new program that is statewide. We’ve stripped all the woodwork back to its original wood. We painted, removed paneling, and redid the kitchen and bathroom all following the standards for historic restoration. We even got a photo from 1913 so we could change the porches back to how they used to be and worked with our neighbors to move a barn back to where it was originally located.”


Athens track team wins grant
The Troy Athens High School track and field team was recently awarded a chocolate milk grant for $2,000 from the United Dairy Industry of Michigan, after the team gave back to the community throughout their recent season.

Grant recipients were encouraged to raise funds for a food bank to purchase milk, one of the most requested items, and the team recently donated $130 to the Troy People Concerned Food Pantry at St. Anastasia Roman Catholic Church in Troy. The pantry relies strictly on donations from the parish and the local community to assist city residents.

Athens track and field coaches Tom Cook, Mark Hayes and Shawn DuFresne said they are grateful for the grant.

“We are always emphasizing proper nutrition with our student athletes,” DuFresne said. “We’re thankful we can promote good health to our kids.”

“This donation from the Athens track and field team allows us to send home milk to families experiencing hardship,” added Kim Houseman, the Christian service outreach director at St. Anastasia. “Without these donations, our families would go without milk on a regular basis.”


Troy Schools hosts first in-person fitness run since COVID
For the first time since COVID forced the event to be virtual, the fifth grade Troy Fitness Run was hosted in person.

Organized by physical education teachers in the Troy School District, the run reminds families in the district to be mindful of their health and encourages them to get outside and be active. The event took place at Boulan Middle School, and fifth graders from across the district were bused in to take part.

The fastest student crossed the line at 11 minutes, 5 seconds, and the last student crossed at 23 minutes, 45 seconds. Wass Elementary had the fastest kids in both the boys and girls categories, and the most participants per school overall.

“It was so wonderful to be able to have our event in person — the students have been working hard and were so excited to best their own times!” remarked physical education teacher Sarah Redden.


Roadwork coming to Kirts Boulevard
During its meeting May 26, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners adopted a series of resolutions that secure funding to complete more than $24 million in new local road projects.

Among these projects will be the replacement of concrete slabs along Kirts Boulevard in Troy. The estimated cost of the project is $460,000, with $210,739 coming from Oakland County.

“Residents want and deserve better roads,” said Board Chair David Woodward, who represents part of Troy. “We will continue to partner with our local communities to fix our local roads. Together, we’re helping make safer roads, increase economic development and improve our communities across Oakland County.”

Oakland County’s annual Local Road Improvement Program provides funding to Oakland County cities and villages for repairs and improvements on roadways under their jurisdiction. The program makes county investments in local roads, which is then matched with funding from Oakland County communities.