Eastpointe Mayor Suzanne Pixley has written a new book about her community now available online.
Michigan Municipal League board member Suzanne Pixley has written a new book about the people who helped make her community - Eastpointe - what it is today.
Legendary Locals of Eastpointe was written by Pixley, mayor of Eastpointe, and published by Arcadia Publishing. It's available at area bookstroes, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888) 313-2665 or online.
According to a news release about the book, Eastpointe was first settled in the early 1800s by Irish and German immigrants, who had traveled to a new country to find a better life. The inherent values of strong education, hard work and love of home and family have continued throughout the city's history into modern times.
In the past 200 years, many locals have become legendary as they strived in various ways to pursue excellence. As notable as the achievements of hometown hero astronaut Jerry Leninger and the athletic power of All-American Ron Kramer, there are also the stories of unsung heroes, which are now told. Legendary Locals of Eastpointe celebrates some of the individuals who have left their mark on the city.
Highlights of Legendary Locals of Eastpointe: Showcases the rich heritage of active citizens that have contributed their time and efforts on local, state and even national causes to make this region viable; and Includes business leaders, cultural leaders, medical leaders, military leaders, political leaders, sports leaders and community founders and leaders.
Pixley’s interest in local history comes naturally having grown up in the city where her grandfather first purchased a farm in 1910. Her knowledge of local businesses, high school programs and alumni accomplishments make her a natural to record the history and the people who were part of the development. As the current Mayor of the City of Eastpointe, she has also become keenly aware of the historical background of the many aspects of municipal government. She graduated from Henry Ford Hospital School of Nursing in 1961, advancing her education with additional Bachelor and Master’s Degrees from the University of Michigan in the 70’s, followed by Doctor Studies in Community and National Development.
She is an active volunteer with various community service organizations and has been recognized at state, county and local levels for her volunteer actions. She has received the National Daughters of the American Revolution award for Historical Preservation, as well as a Keep Michigan Beautiful Award for individual volunteer landscaping projects in Eastpointe’s Downtown area. She has also received awards from the Michigan Municipal League where she now serves a three year term on the Board of Trustees.
Matt Bach is director of media relations for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at (734) 669-6317 and firstname.lastname@example.org.