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February 06, 2014
GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Preparations continue on a municipal history book.

A draft is expected in June, according to Councilwoman Kay Felt, liaison to the Grosse Pointe Shores Ambassador Committee.

Publication, by Arcadia Press, is targeted by Christmas.

“Arcadia Press approved the project a few days ago,” Felt said Tuesday, Jan. 21.

There’s talk of a December book signing by author, Arthur Woodford.

“The book will make a nice stocking-stuffer for Christmas,” said Mayor Ted Kedzierski.

Committee members, charged with promoting the Shores, suggested the book as a pictorial history of the community, which celebrated its centennial in 2011.

Woodford, of Harsens Island, is well represented in the Grosse Pointe Public Library card catalog.

His works include editing both volumes of “Tonnancour” for the Grosse Pointe Historical Society. He also edited “The Michigan Companion,” published in 2011 by Omnigraphs, and wrote an Arcadia book about former Tashmoo Park.

Arcadia books, including the recently released, “Legendary Locals of Grosse Pointe,” the third collaboration for Arcadia by hometowners Ann Marie Aliotta and Suzy Berschback, are generally 128 pages long, cost $21.99, have at least one photograph and an extensive caption per page.

Committee members also are planning a commemorative city tile featuring an image of city hall.

A manufacturer is being sought.

“We already have a price from Motawi Tile in Ann Arbor,” said Mark Wollenweber, city manager.

He’s waiting for a bid from Pewabic Pottery, on East Jefferson in Detroit.

Shores officials will compare rendering from both companies.

“We’ll see which works the best,” Wollenweber said.

Shores city hall, built in 1915, is an Albert Kahn design.

The building was expanded in 1984 to its present configuration by Grosse Pointe architect Robert Wakely.

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