Looking Back

Published June 18, 2018

BIRMINGHAM — The Hill School Class of 1894 wasn’t much different from the graduating classes at Groves and Seaholm high schools today, except in size. The Class of 1894 was composed of only 10 graduates: six women and four men.

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Published June 12, 2018

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The Grosse Pointe Historical Society is again inviting the community to step back into the hallowed halls of the community’s past. This year’s 15th annual fundraising summer gala — this time called a Midsummer Night on Kenwood — will take place at the 1927 Henry F. Stanton-designed English manor-style home of Sandy and Robert Riney at 125 Kenwood Road in Grosse Pointe Farms from 7 to 10 p.m. June 21.

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Published June 5, 2018

FARMINGTON HILLS — A number of historical homes from the era of farmland and unpaved streets are still standing tall today, according to the Farmington Hills Historic District Commission, which is helping to keep that local history intact.

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Published June 5, 2018

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — The 47th District Court is now in session, and it has been for five decades, serving the cities of Farmington and Farmington Hills.

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Published May 29, 2018

ROCHESTER — Serving as a comfortable spot for men to enjoy a drink after working at Twist Drill or Avon Tube, the Four-O-Six Café and Bar opened in 1936 on Main Street.

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Published May 21, 2018

BIRMINGHAM — With historical buildings and well-preserved landmarks, Birmingham’s story can be found pretty much anywhere you look around town, including right under your feet. As contractors have been pulling up pavement for the city’s $7 million Old Woodward Avenue reconstruction project, they’ve made a few interesting discoveries, including an interurban rail spike and two glass bottles.

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Published May 21, 2018

FRANKLIN — The Franklin Historical Society will be showing off some of the village’s most interesting sites and telling some of its most unusual stories in a new walking tour.

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Published May 11, 2018

The Couchez family farmed in the area of St. Clair Shores in the 19th and 20th centuries. An 1895 Macomb County atlas lists at least three farms owned by Couchez family members. Part of the family had emigrated from Belgium in the latter half of the 1800s.Read More

Published May 8, 2018

ROCHESTER — People young and old celebrated the opening of the South Hill Bridge on Rochester Road on Nov. 9, 1927.

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Published May 8, 2018

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Nine years after the city first decided to do something about the large number of homes that had been foreclosed upon in the city, the last of the properties acquired for unpaid taxes from Macomb County has been approved for sale.

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Published May 7, 2018

MACOMB COUNTY — It all started in 1968, when more than a dozen students graduated from the first-ever Macomb Community College nursing program.

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Published April 27, 2018

DETROIT — The Detroit Yacht Club Foundation is inviting the public to a gala taking place at the historic clubhouse on Belle Isle to support the continued efforts to refurbish and preserve the 95-year-old building.

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Published April 24, 2018

ST. CLAIR SHORES — In 1939, Bucky Moore of Mount Clemens, with the assistance of the American Legion Post, formed a baseball league of six teams — Mount Clemens, New Haven, Richmond, Van Dyke, Center Line and St. Clair Shores — to play in the Macomb County American Legion League.

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Published April 20, 2018

ORCHARD LAKE — During the summer of 2013, with the support of Dr. David Brose and the Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society, Dr. LouAnn Wurst and Mark Hoock co-instructed a unique anthropology class for Western Michigan University students using Apple Island as their classroom.

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Published April 17, 2018

GROSSE POINTE PARK — Located as it is at 1401 Whittier Road at Mack Avenue in Grosse Pointe Park, across the street from Detroit, St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church has long been something of a bridge between barriers, bringing city and suburb together in faith.

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Published April 16, 2018

FARMINGTON HILLS — What did a group of young moms do in 1967 when they saw that their church’s classroom at First Presbyterian Church of Farmington was underutilized?

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Published April 16, 2018

Have you ever wondered about the painting that hangs on the back wall of the Local History Room at the Bloomfield Township Public Library?

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Published April 16, 2018

BIRMINGHAM — Before families tuned into television or even the radio for information, there were the chautauqua programs. Farmers in small towns and villages out in the countryside would gather together to hear lectures on a variety of subjects, hear about current events and enjoy a little live entertainment.

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Published April 16, 2018

ROYAL OAK — On April 9, the City Commission heard from representatives who worked on a 2017 Royal Oak stormwater management study for green infrastructure, which identifies green infrastructure and stormwater management options to reduce the amount of water entering the city’s sewer system.

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Published April 16, 2018

ROYAL OAK — On April 9, the Royal Oak City Commission voted 5-2 to reduce its public comment time limit from five minutes to three minutes. The resolution included the caveat that the commission would revisit the rule in four months if any problems arise.

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Upcoming Events

Grosse Pointe Woods
'42nd Street'
8 p.m.
Christian A. Fenton Performing Arts Center 
Farmington Hills
Theater camp for kids
9 a.m.-noon
Farmington Players Barn Theater
Farmington Hills
Performances of 'The Pirates of Penzance'
8 p.m.
North Congregational Church
Troy
Opa! Fest Greek Festival
4-11 p.m.
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
Southfield
Production of 'Unsaid'
8 p.m.
Peace Lutheran Church

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