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Published May 31, 2017

HAZEL PARK — When school’s out for summer, many libraries roll out programs to keep people reading and their minds engaged. This year, the Hazel Park District Library (HPDL) will be kicking off its summer reading program with a magician and puppet show.

The theme this year is “Build a Better World!” and the opening attraction is “The Amazing Clark Puppet & Magic Show” on Tuesday, June 20, at 1 p.m. in the library’s Monroe Room.

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Published May 31, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — The Anton Art Center will welcome popular Clarkston-based metal artist Atticus McFadden-Keesling during the ART! Macomb fair in downtown Mount Clemens June 2-4.

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Published May 31, 2017

METRO DETROIT — A group of Chevy dealerships is offering visitors a chance to help some four-legged friends while looking at the various four-wheeled models on the showroom floor. 

Throughout June, more than 30 metro Detroit Chevrolet dealerships will participate in a campaign called Pickups for Paws. The effort aims to collect donated pet-related items, such as toys and food, for local pet rescue groups, animal shelters and similar nonprofit animal charities.

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Published May 31, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — The heart of downtown will become a car lover’s paradise June 2-3 as the Friends of Mount Clemens host the 26th annual Mount Clemens Cruise.

The two-day event will be based at the corner of Main and Market streets. According to Friends Vice Chairman George Calvet, everything from vintage vehicles to more modern rides will converge on downtown roads for this much-anticipated cruise and show.

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Published May 30, 2017

On Sunday, May 28, a crowd gathered around the Shelby Township veterans memorial beneath a bright sun and blue skies to honor and remember those who fell in the line of duty.

Two World War II veterans attended the ceremony, including honored speaker Jim D’Amore, who served as a combat infantryman in Gen. George S. Patton’s 3rd Army, and who fought on D-Day.

D’Amore honored those who died in war and delivered an impassioned plea to those gathered at the ceremony to make peace and act with love “because war is hell!”   

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Published May 31, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — A unique park plan, integrated with the Rochester Community Schools district, has transformed a section of the new Innovation Hills Park into a “learning garden.”

“This is a great learning experience,” Sarah Guy, a fourth-grade teacher at Hamlin Elementary School, said during a May 19 park dedication, when students helped create stone pathways.

“The kids are super excited,” Guy said.  “They are really excited to be the first kids at the park, and are thrilled and honored to help out.”

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Published May 31, 2017

METRO DETROIT — As the weather is beginning to heat up, local experts say that serious homebuyers are waiting to pounce on the best deals.

“We’re still limited on our listings,” said Kathy Coon, broker owner of Real Living Great Lakes Real Estate in Rochester Hills, West Bloomfield and Clarkston. “We’re seeing a few more with the summertime and the kids getting out of school.”

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Published May 30, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — Flowers held high priority with the Wilson family at Meadow Brook Hall.

“Matilda (Dodge Wilson) always had fresh flowers in the house,” MBH Director of Curatorial Services Madelyn Rzadkowolski said. “She had 1,800 rose bushes. John Dodge built a greenhouse for her, and there were always chrysanthemums blooming in the greenhouse. She was the national president of the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association for two years. She was very involved in gardening.”

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Published May 31, 2017

ROCHESTER — Those who frequent Rochester College will notice some new four-legged students on campus this fall.

Leader Dogs for the Blind and Rochester College recently launched the RC-Campus Puppy program, a new initiative that allows students to raise puppies that will become guide dogs through Leader Dogs’ training program.

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Published May 31, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Spring cleaning.

It’s a fairly broad term that means everything from a little dusting and window washing to sore backs and blistered hands as years of junk is hauled out to the curb.

Clutter is a problem for many, and paring down our things is easier said than done. When garage sales don’t seem like an option, it’s time to look at other ways to shoo out the stuff.

When your clutter can make you a bit of cash, that’s always good news. 

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Published May 31, 2017

ROCHESTER — Rochester police are offering people a behind-the-scenes look at their local law enforcement department this weekend.

The station will host its annual open house 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 3, a free event featuring tours, demonstrations and a number of other attractions.

Rochester Police Chief Steve Schettenhelm said the event provides hands-on tours of the department and is a fun way for the public to interact with officers.

“This is a great opportunity for the community to see their Police Department,” he said.

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Published May 31, 2017

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — The weekend of June 3-4 is going to be a busy one in Farmington and Farmington Hills with the return of Art on the Grand and the Great Farmington Hills Campout. 

Getting artsy
Over 100 artists from throughout the country will come to Farmington to showcase their artwork during the city’s eighth annual juried fine arts fair, Art on the Grand.

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Published May 31, 2017

FRASER — The past decade has been a roller coaster for Brad Jones.

After graduating from Fraser High School in 2002 with a 3.8 GPA, Jones attended Oakland University to play baseball while continuing his studies.

He was redshirted his first year with the team, which means he didn’t travel with his teammates, though he did attend all home games and cheer them on. He also made the dean’s list.

But according to his mother, Donna Jones, when he came home in the summer of 2003, “That’s when life changed.”

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Published May 30, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS —  Every year, the St. Paul Athletic Club holds an annual fun run to generate funding for the athletic programs at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic School.

This year, fun run organizers decided to instead raise money for another cause: Friedreich’s Ataxia. FA is a rare mitochondrial disease that has affected two St. Paul students, Jake and Claire Juip. This year’s seventh annual fun run was organized by the St. Paul Athletic Club, under the leadership of Dina Desjardins and Biz Williamson.

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Published May 31, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With dancers, acrobats, animals and more, June Fest promises fun for the family in St. Clair Shores’ downtown area.

“June Fest is a family fun day, a street fair when we, the merchants, close the street, open the doors and welcome the public to come on down and see what we have to offer,” said Gloria Kinne, the owner of Circare, a gift shop on Greater Mack Avenue.

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Published May 31, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — For thousands of children across the city, the chant of “no more teachers, no more books” may ring out — at least in their heads — as they end another school year.

But at the St. Clair Shores Public Library, they’re hoping that as many of those children as possible exchange textbooks and assigned reading for the adventures that can be found within the covers of a library book.

Summer Reading Club officially kicks off 6-8 p.m. June 6 at the St. Clair Shores Public Library, 22500 E. 11 Mile Road. 

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Published May 31, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — While Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer, boaters at the Jefferson Yacht Club celebrate the first weekend in June with a blessing.

The 59th annual Blessing of the Fleet is set to begin at 10 a.m. June 3 at WaterMark Bar and Grille, 24420 Jefferson Ave. The annual tradition is open to the public, according to JYC Fleet Captain David Kidd.

“It celebrates the kickoff of boating season and celebrates our great lake, Lake St. Clair,” he told City Council members May 15. 

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Published May 31, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Inspired by a tradition passed on by their father, two brothers’ unique take on shaving has launched them onto the national stage with offers to have their product featured on the Home Shopping Network and The Sharper Image.

Brothers Mike Gutow, of St. Clair Shores, and Dave Gutow, of Royal Oak, came together to create Legacy Shave, the company behind their invention, the Evolution Brush. 

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Published May 31, 2017

DETROIT — The Detroit Port Authority unveiled a new educational display May 22 called the “Portal View” that aims to teach the public about the maritime history of Detroit.

The event took place at the site of the Portal View display — outside the Carl Levin Port Authority Building at 130 Atwater St. Making the occasion even more significant was that it took place on National Maritime Day.

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Published May 30, 2017

While the threat of storms loomed over the 65th annual St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade, residents and visitors to the city enjoyed warm weather, sunshine and a stunning parade filled with veterans, military vehicles, bands and more.

This was the first year Dylan Hand, of St. Clair Shores, came out to the parade.

“My whole family is veterans and I am, as well,” he said. He and his sons sat on the side of Jefferson Avenue May 28 because he “just (wanted) to support the veterans ... and of course (for) the candy.”

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