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By chelseajaie 04 Jan, 2018
FEF Board Member James Kruzan (center) is presenting a donation to the Fenton Education Foundation Chairman Mike Senyko (right) and Fenton Athletic Director Mike Bakker (left) in the amount of $3,200. The amount coincides with the 32 offensive touchdowns that the Fenton Varsity Football team had at their home games during the 2017 season.  Thank you James for your continued support to the Fenton Education Foundation!
By chelseajaie 30 Nov, 2017

The Fenton Education Foundation will host its 11th annual Black Tie Awards Dinner on Sept. 10 at The Laundry in Fenton.

 This year’s honorees include long-time successful businessman and community activist, Richard Canever, president owner of Vic Canever Chevrolet in Fenton. Canever will be receiving The State Bank Community Contribution to Education Award.

 Through Canever’s leadership, generosity as a business owner and community activist, hundreds of students have benefited through the Southern Lakes Parks & Recreation’s driver training program.

 Vic Canever Chevrolet has donated the cars used for this program for more than 10 years, thus allowing the program to continue. Canever has also been supportive of numerous athletic programs through his corporative sponsorship of numerous teams and events.

 According to Patricia Lockwood, chair of the Fenton Education Foundation, “Richard was the unanimous choice of the Foundation board. Through his leadership and community commitment, students of all ages have had opportunities to learn and excel in their career paths. We look forward to honoring Richard at The Black Tie event on Sept. 10 at The Laundry.”

 The second award recipient, George Kralosky, will be receiving the Nancy and Edward Petruska Life Time Achievement in Education Award.

 Kralosky was an English teacher at Fenton High School for 19 years. He was a popular teacher with his students and dedicated significant time as an IBO Diploma Program teacher.  In addition to his work inside the classroom, Kralosky was also a driver education instructor, a co-sponsor for the National Honor Society, and coordinator of the Project Close-Up program.

 The Lifetime Achievement in Education Award was established by way of a gift from the Petruska family to the Fenton Education Foundation. The award recognizes the contribution that educators make to the community. Edward and Nancy Petruska devoted a combined 52 years of educational services to the Fenton Area Public Schools.

 Mark Suchowski, principal at Fenton High School, said, “George joined the English Department at Fenton High School in August of 1994 and for the next 19 years made a huge impact on the lives of his students and colleagues. He was masterful at inspiring those he taught to develop their own voice, think critically, and express themselves clearly. George also collaborated with his fellow teachers throughout the building and inspired them to examine and improve their teaching.”

 In 2004, the Fenton Area Public Schools created the Fenton Education Foundation to assist in developing and enriching the overall educational experience of Fenton youth.

 For more information about the foundation, visit fentoneducationfoundation.org .

By chelseajaie 30 Nov, 2017

The 82 attendees of the ninth annual Black Tie Event, which supports the Fenton Area Public Schools Education Foundation (FAPSEF), were once again generous with their financial assistance and supportive of those being recognized for their contribution to Fenton Area Public Schools.

 The event was held at The Laundry on Sept. 12.

 Over the years, this event, after expenses, has contributed more than $260,000 to FAPSEF, which was established by a grant from The State Bank. According to Joe Kryza, chair of the FAPSEF board of directors, the Black Tie Event would not be possible without the generosity of The Laundry.

 The evening’s highlights included Pat Lockwood, FAPSEF co-chair, making a special presentation of The State Bank Community Service Award, which was awarded to Fenton Police Chief Rick Aro and Fenton Fire Chief Robert Cairnduff. Lockwood was joined by former Fenton City manager, Mike Senyko, who hired both chiefs.

 Linda Mora, Early Childhood director for Fenton Area Public Schools awarded the Petruska Lifetime Achievement in Education Award to Trudy Iverson.

 Following the specially made dinner, a live auction was held and more than $16,000 was raised in just 10 minutes. Spirited bidding to be able to create and name a sandwich at The Laundry for a year was won by Gail and John Strayer, who had the winning bid of $3,800.

 Jocelyn and Phil Haggerman had the winning bid for a private pie baking experience with Mark Hamel, owner of The Laundry. Their prize includes wine and cheese for eight. Other auction prizes included golf at Oakland Hills, donated by the Petruska family and won by Julie and Brent Straffon. In addition, Brent and Jennifer Williams had the winning bid for a framed and autographed “Get out of jail free card.”

 A $10,000 donation was made to establish a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fund by Mark and Jamie Dunkel.

 Leaving their mark on the evening were Fenton schools administrators who served as valet attendants and the Fenton Art Department, which designed the award plaques.

 Next year’s Black Tie Event is set for Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.

By chelseajaie 30 Nov, 2017

The Fenton Education Foundation has announced that Jim Leh is this year’s recipient of the Nancy and Edward Petruska Lifetime Achievement to Education Award. Leh was a dedicated middle school teacher, coach, and assistant principal during his 38 years with Fenton Area Public Schools.

 Leh was known for his love for science and he instilled that love to his students for 34 years. In addition to his role as teacher, he coached boys basketball for 34 years, girls basketball for 30 years, track for 32 years and girls volleyball for two years. He also spent his last four years with Fenton as assistant principal at Fenton Intermediate School.

 Edward Petruska, for which this award is named, was Leh’s assistant principal when he first started teaching at the middle school.

 Barry Tiemann, FEF board member and former colleague said, “Jim is a great example of a lifetime educator whose passion for helping kids expanded way past a normal teaching day. Jim was someone who not only his students and athletes respected and looked up to, but his colleagues, parents, and community members did as well.”

 Leh and his wife, Kim, now reside in Cheboygan.

 The Lifetime Achievement Award was established by way of a gift from the Petruska family to the Fenton Education Foundation. The award recognizes the contribution that educators make to our community. Edward and Nancy Petruska devoted a combined 52 years of educational services to the Fenton Area Public Schools, for which we will always be grateful.


By chelseajaie 30 Nov, 2017

Like many people, the number seven is Joshua Paletta’s lucky number. The Fenton father of five was this year’s winner of the Col. Fenton Texas Hold ‘em Poker Tournament at the Fenton Hotel Tavern & Grille.

 This year’s 11th annual event was sponsored by the Fenton Education Foundation (FEF). Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit Fenton Area Public Schools in the areas of arts, academics and athletics.

 Although the event took place in March, Paletta’s road sign finally became a reality this summer. He chose “Paletta 7 Pkwy,” which will ceremonially appear on sections of LeRoy Street for approximately one year.

 Paletta said the “7” symbolizes the number of people in his family — Dad, Mom and five kids.

 In addition to the ceremonial street sign, Paletta won $1,000 in cash and a bracelet from Medawar Jewelers, which sponsored the event with the Fenton Hotel Tavern & Grille.

 “The bracelet can be categorized as unisex,” he said. “It has a plate that can be engraved.”


By chelseajaie 30 Nov, 2017

Fenton — A full house of queens and aces. I wish I could say this was my hand but sadly, it belonged to the young lady across the table from me. With a smile and a quick giggle, she swooped up all of my chips and I was out of the Colonel Fenton’s Founder’s Day Poker Tournament a mere 45 minutes after the first hand was dealt.

 So goes the game of poker. Your chip stack can be an empire that dwarfs everyone else’s and one hand later, you’re left with ruins. That’s what I love about poker, it’s a game where anything can happen. Skill, luck, egos and the draw of the cards are all factors when it comes to winning. I’ve seen seasoned card players get blown out by first-time players, unassuming little old ladies run tables and drunks, who couldn’t hold their cards straight, clean out sober players.

 I consider myself a decent, if not competent player. But in the three years I’ve played in the tournament, I haven’t been able to make it past the first table. The game requires a different mindset since rounds are timed to an hour-and-a-half each. A time restriction eliminates the luxury of waiting out a string of bad hands and urged me to bet more frequently. Playing poker can be a humbling experience as I didn’t expect the woman sitting across from me to knock me out (and coincidently, one of those little old ladies beat everyone at our table).

 Despite all this, I always have fun playing in the tournament. I have found that the tournament, like all good things in life, is more about the people involved rather than the actual game. The Fenton Hotel quickly fills up after the first round, the losers sharing war stories of hands they should have won with and the people who made it to the next round.

 The game is all for a good cause, which lessens the sting when you lose. The proceeds from the tournament benefit the Fenton schools for education, athletics and the arts. That’s more rewarding than the $1,000, getting a street named after you and getting to brag you’re the best poker player in town. Right? Well, that’s my story until I win the tournament next year.

Jay Greenwald won the tournament, according to Tom Bertschy, vice president of Commercial Banking for The State Bank and board member of the Fenton Area Public Schools Education Foundation. He added that Greenwald made a great humanitarian gesture by allowing the runner-up to name the street after her niece (Isabella Ward) who is battling for her life with cancer.

Bertschy will have more details about proceeds by early next week.

By chelseajaie 30 Nov, 2017
The Texas Hold ‘em Poker Tournament that took place Thursday evening was a resounding success thanks to the dozens of enthusiastic poker players and spectators. Seventy-three players gave it their best shot.
By chelseajaie 30 Nov, 2017

Poker enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting a moment when they can sit down at a table in the Fenton Hotel and try their luck at a thrilling game of poker. Organizers are equally excited as they look at this annual event as a big fundraiser for the Fenton Education Foundation (FEF).

 Dating back to 2005 when former Fenton City Manager Mike Senyko was instrumental in establishing a charitable poker game that would benefit the Fenton Area Public Schools Education Foundation (now called FEF), of which he was a member, this fun, adult event has raised thousands of dollars for the school district.

 The “Texas Hold ‘em Poker Tournament” is stylized after the original poker game, held in 1837, when legend has it that William Fenton won and named the town and Robert LeRoy lost, subsequently naming the main street.

 Doors for this April 23 event at the Fenton Hotel open at 5 p.m. and play begins at 6:30 p.m. Player entry fee is $100, which includes one spectator pass. Additional spectator passes are $10 each. Appetizers will be provided to players and spectators.

 The Texas Hold ‘em tournament is one of the Foundation’s favorite events and brings in players and spectators from Fenton and surrounding areas.

 In addition to cash prizes, a portion of LeRoy Street in downtown Fenton will be renamed in their honor for one year.

The grand prize includes a custom-designed bracelet by Medewar Jewelers and $1,000. This is in addition to the honorary renaming of the street.

Tom Bertschy, chair of the tournament said this is the Foundation’s main fundraiser of the year and they typically give $10,000 worth of grants to teachers and groups at Fenton schools.

 To purchase tickets online, go to www.fentoneducationfoundation.org . There will be a link to register and pay. To purchase in person, please visit The State Bank in downtown Fenton.


By chelseajaie 30 Nov, 2017

Those who “know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em,” still have time to buy in to the annual Col. Fenton Texas Hold ‘em Poker Tournament at the Fenton Hotel Tavern & Grille.

This year’s 11th annual event will be Thursday, March 3. It is sponsored by the Fenton Education Foundation. Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit Fenton Area Public Schools in the areas of arts, academics and athletics.

According to Fenton history, in the mid-1800s, founding fathers Col. William Fenton and Robert LeRoy played a poker game. The winner would have the town named after him. The loser would have the main street in town named after him, and other streets in town named after his family members. Obviously, Fenton won the card game.

Doors open at 5 p.m., check-in is at 6 p.m. and play begins at 6:30 p.m. Buy-in is $100, which includes the cost of one player, one spectator and free hors d’oeuvres until 10 p.m. A cash bar will be available.

Spectators not accompanying a card player are encouraged to attend for $20 at the door, which includes a free hors d’oeuvres bar.

Following the card game, a section of LeRoy Street will be ceremonially renamed in the winner’s honor for approximately one year.

First-round winners will receive $100, second-round winners will receive $150 more ($250 total), plus dinner for two at The Fenton Hotel Tavern & Grille.

The final table winner will receive $750 more ($1,000 total), plus have a section of LeRoy Street named in their honor.

Tickets may be obtained from any foundation board member, at the Fenton schools’ administrative office, or The Fenton Hotel Tavern & Grille. To learn more about the tournament or FEF, call (810) 591-4700 or visitfentoneducationfoundation.org

By chelseajaie 30 Nov, 2017

Fenton — Rarely do politicians, school staff and community members gather to gamble and drink on a week night for a good cause.

 This was the case last Thursday at the 2013 Colonel Fenton’s Texas Hold ‘em Poker Tournament held at The Fenton Hotel. It raised funds for the Fenton Area Public Schools Education Foundation (FAPSEF).


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By chelseajaie 04 Jan, 2018
FEF Board Member James Kruzan (center) is presenting a donation to the Fenton Education Foundation Chairman Mike Senyko (right) and Fenton Athletic Director Mike Bakker (left) in the amount of $3,200. The amount coincides with the 32 offensive touchdowns that the Fenton Varsity Football team had at their home games during the 2017 season.  Thank you James for your continued support to the Fenton Education Foundation!
By chelseajaie 30 Nov, 2017

The Fenton Education Foundation will host its 11th annual Black Tie Awards Dinner on Sept. 10 at The Laundry in Fenton.

 This year’s honorees include long-time successful businessman and community activist, Richard Canever, president owner of Vic Canever Chevrolet in Fenton. Canever will be receiving The State Bank Community Contribution to Education Award.

 Through Canever’s leadership, generosity as a business owner and community activist, hundreds of students have benefited through the Southern Lakes Parks & Recreation’s driver training program.

 Vic Canever Chevrolet has donated the cars used for this program for more than 10 years, thus allowing the program to continue. Canever has also been supportive of numerous athletic programs through his corporative sponsorship of numerous teams and events.

 According to Patricia Lockwood, chair of the Fenton Education Foundation, “Richard was the unanimous choice of the Foundation board. Through his leadership and community commitment, students of all ages have had opportunities to learn and excel in their career paths. We look forward to honoring Richard at The Black Tie event on Sept. 10 at The Laundry.”

 The second award recipient, George Kralosky, will be receiving the Nancy and Edward Petruska Life Time Achievement in Education Award.

 Kralosky was an English teacher at Fenton High School for 19 years. He was a popular teacher with his students and dedicated significant time as an IBO Diploma Program teacher.  In addition to his work inside the classroom, Kralosky was also a driver education instructor, a co-sponsor for the National Honor Society, and coordinator of the Project Close-Up program.

 The Lifetime Achievement in Education Award was established by way of a gift from the Petruska family to the Fenton Education Foundation. The award recognizes the contribution that educators make to the community. Edward and Nancy Petruska devoted a combined 52 years of educational services to the Fenton Area Public Schools.

 Mark Suchowski, principal at Fenton High School, said, “George joined the English Department at Fenton High School in August of 1994 and for the next 19 years made a huge impact on the lives of his students and colleagues. He was masterful at inspiring those he taught to develop their own voice, think critically, and express themselves clearly. George also collaborated with his fellow teachers throughout the building and inspired them to examine and improve their teaching.”

 In 2004, the Fenton Area Public Schools created the Fenton Education Foundation to assist in developing and enriching the overall educational experience of Fenton youth.

 For more information about the foundation, visit fentoneducationfoundation.org .

By chelseajaie 30 Nov, 2017

The 82 attendees of the ninth annual Black Tie Event, which supports the Fenton Area Public Schools Education Foundation (FAPSEF), were once again generous with their financial assistance and supportive of those being recognized for their contribution to Fenton Area Public Schools.

 The event was held at The Laundry on Sept. 12.

 Over the years, this event, after expenses, has contributed more than $260,000 to FAPSEF, which was established by a grant from The State Bank. According to Joe Kryza, chair of the FAPSEF board of directors, the Black Tie Event would not be possible without the generosity of The Laundry.

 The evening’s highlights included Pat Lockwood, FAPSEF co-chair, making a special presentation of The State Bank Community Service Award, which was awarded to Fenton Police Chief Rick Aro and Fenton Fire Chief Robert Cairnduff. Lockwood was joined by former Fenton City manager, Mike Senyko, who hired both chiefs.

 Linda Mora, Early Childhood director for Fenton Area Public Schools awarded the Petruska Lifetime Achievement in Education Award to Trudy Iverson.

 Following the specially made dinner, a live auction was held and more than $16,000 was raised in just 10 minutes. Spirited bidding to be able to create and name a sandwich at The Laundry for a year was won by Gail and John Strayer, who had the winning bid of $3,800.

 Jocelyn and Phil Haggerman had the winning bid for a private pie baking experience with Mark Hamel, owner of The Laundry. Their prize includes wine and cheese for eight. Other auction prizes included golf at Oakland Hills, donated by the Petruska family and won by Julie and Brent Straffon. In addition, Brent and Jennifer Williams had the winning bid for a framed and autographed “Get out of jail free card.”

 A $10,000 donation was made to establish a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fund by Mark and Jamie Dunkel.

 Leaving their mark on the evening were Fenton schools administrators who served as valet attendants and the Fenton Art Department, which designed the award plaques.

 Next year’s Black Tie Event is set for Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.

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