The Roast of the Mayor


By Joyce Ervin

Mayor-elect, Dominic Hamden, acted as emcee at a roast for outgoing Milan Mayor Michael Armitage recently, given as a fundraiser for the grass roots non-profit, Moving Milan Forward.
Armitage was a good sport and even elaborated on some of the stories the roasters told.  Former mayor, Kim Muckler, who vied for the spot and beat Armitage in the mayoral election, were once sworn enemies.  She kept the audience in stitches recanting all the ‘gotchas’ they pulled on each other.
His wife, Colleen, gave us a glimpse of what it’s like to live with a dedicated civil servant relating story after story insinuating her husband was married not only to her but the city as well.  Right after the birth of their son, Landon, she said, he asked if she was all right and quickly took his leave to tend to city business.
Fire Marshal, Martin Ritchie, was a bit more serious pointing out many of the accomplishments Armitage made to the city.  A co-worker, Christian Carelli, told the attendees some funny incidents that took place at work.
Joey Ringbloom attends Immaculate Conception Parish with Armitage.  He gave an insight of what it’s like to attend services with a singing mayor.
A prevailing theme for the evening was of Armitage’s pickiness and was harped on particularly concerning the city’s Christmas lights.
 Ringbloom, a licensed electrician, said Armitage contacted him and asked him for a discounted price to help with the installation of the lights.  Ringbloom low-balled his price to $150 to which the mayor readily agreed, but talked him into donating his services.  The best part of the story is after the electrician did the work, Armitage hit him up for a $150 donation.  This one brought the house down.
Continuing with the roasting and Armitage’s obsession with lighting, former councilman, Brent Moyer, presented him with a sweater of flashing lights. Dave MacPherson and councilwoman Mary Kerkes presented him with a Person of the Year award.  A framed picture with Armitage’s likeness on a mocked-up cover version of Time Magazine’s Person of the Year was made by MacPherson that included mild insults.
Kerkes gave him a pin with her name, ‘Mary’ on it and affixed it to the frame. Armitage wears label pins and has many to include candy canes, the city seal, flags, pumpkins, etc. hence the gift of the pin.
Trisha Baldwin gave Armitage a red velvet cape to wear and he donned a Santa cap and carried a large golden key to the city upon his entrance.  Dave Baldwin and other MMF members helped with set-up.
Many people to thank, and Armitage thanked everyone involved in a social media post on Facebook, as well as those attending.
Armitage said, “It was a privilege to serve Milan.”
 The event raised more than $400 that MMF will use toward the building of their mobile entertainment stage.
Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer reporting on Milan.  She can be contacted at:  jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com.
The roast
Mayor-elect, Dominic Hamden, acted as emcee at a roast for outgoing Milan Mayor Michael Armitage recently, given as a fundraiser for the grass roots non-profit, Moving Milan Forward.
Armitage was a good sport and even elaborated on some of the stories the roasters told.  Former mayor, Kim Muckler, who vied for the spot and beat Armitage in the mayoral election, were once sworn enemies.  She kept the audience in stitches recanting all the ‘gotchas’ they pulled on each other.
His wife, Colleen, gave us a glimpse of what it’s like to live with a dedicated civil servant relating story after story insinuating her husband was married not only to her but the city as well.  Right after the birth of their son, Landon, she said, he asked if she was all right and quickly took his leave to tend to city business.
Fire Marshal, Martin Ritchie, was a bit more serious pointing out many of the accomplishments Armitage made to the city.  A co-worker, Christian Carelli, told the attendees some funny incidents that took place at work.
Joey Ringbloom attends Immaculate Conception Parish with Armitage.  He gave an insight of what it’s like to attend services with a singing mayor.
A prevailing theme for the evening was of Armitage’s pickiness and was harped on particularly concerning the city’s Christmas lights.
 Ringbloom, a licensed electrician, said Armitage contacted him and asked him for a discounted price to help with the installation of the lights.  Ringbloom low-balled his price to $150 to which the mayor readily agreed, but talked him into donating his services.  The best part of the story is after the electrician did the work, Armitage hit him up for a $150 donation.  This one brought the house down.
Continuing with the roasting and Armitage’s obsession with lighting, former councilman, Brent Moyer, presented him with a sweater of flashing lights. Dave MacPherson and councilwoman Mary Kerkes presented him with a Person of the Year award.  A framed picture with Armitage’s likeness on a mocked-up cover version of Time Magazine’s Person of the Year was made by MacPherson that included mild insults.
Kerkes gave him a pin with her name, ‘Mary’ on it and affixed it to the frame. Armitage wears label pins and has many to include candy canes, the city seal, flags, pumpkins, etc. hence the gift of the pin.
Trisha Baldwin gave Armitage a red velvet cape to wear and he donned a Santa cap and carried a large golden key to the city upon his entrance.  Dave Baldwin and other MMF members helped with set-up.
Many people to thank, and Armitage thanked everyone involved in a social media post on Facebook, as well as those attending.
Armitage said, “It was a privilege to serve Milan.”
 The event raised more than $400 that MMF will use toward the building of their mobile entertainment stage.

Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer reporting on Milan.  She can be contacted at:  jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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