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Published January 18, 2017

UTICA/STERLING HEIGHTS — Between Jan. 23 and 28, all you have to do is tweet #DigUtica on Twitter to cast a vote for a contest, hosted by Central Michigan University’s Clarke Historical Library, to digitalize the Utica Sentinel newspaper.

Residents are encouraged to vote, and vote often. Clarke only digitalizes one paper per year, and Sterling Heights and Utica are competing against four other finalists in the state for the opportunity. The Utica Sentinel published from 1876 to 1966.

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Published January 18, 2017

ROCHESTER — The Detroit Sugar Mill was located on land north of Woodward Street, near the tracks of the Detroit United Railway, which is now the Paint Creek Trail.   

Constructed in 1899 to process Michigan-grown sugar beets, the massive building was torn down just seven years later after a series of economic setbacks, which included the removal of government tariffs on Cuban sugar, leading to a decrease in demand for domestic sugar. Local farmers also found Rochester-area soil unsuited to growing sugar beets.

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Published January 18, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — History buffs and researchers can travel back in time, thanks to a new online collection of documents and old newspapers provided by the Rochester Hills Museum.

“Archives are the reason we exist,” Museum Supervisor Pat McKay said. “And newspapers are the most important thing we own in our archive collection.”

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Published January 18, 2017

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — The Edsel and Eleanor Ford House is gearing up to make changes for its future, but the historical estate ended 2016 with honors that acknowledge the property’s storied past.

Ford House officials were slated to present plans for a new and expanded Activities Center, among other developments, during a Grosse Pointe Shores Planning Commission meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Ford House — after the Jan. 12 edition of the Grosse Pointe Times went to press.

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Published January 18, 2017

We typically think about ice in terms of how it makes our steps, or commutes, slippery in winter. When it’s bitter cold outdoors, it’s hard to think about ice as what keeps our summer drinks refreshingly cool and our ice cream deliciously chilled.

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Published December 21, 2016

It’s hard to imagine just how dirty walking around town would be without sidewalks. Birmingham’s slogan certainly couldn’t be “a walkable community” without them.

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Published December 21, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — A historic equipment barn is slated to be rebuilt within the next several years at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm.

“The equipment barn is a building that was original to the Van Hoosen Farm site,” Museum Supervisor Pat McKay said.

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Published December 14, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — 2016 should go down in Grosse Pointe Yacht Club history as both a memorable nod to the club’s past and a positive nod toward its future.

The GPYC just learned that it has been ranked as the third-best yacht club in America by Platinum Clubs of America, which issues a list of the top clubs in the United States every two years. A spokesperson for the GPYC said that it is the only Michigan private club to be named to this list of top yacht clubs. Platinum Clubs of America also ranks athletic clubs, city clubs, country clubs and golf clubs.

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Published December 7, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Nov. 30, the MotorCities National Heritage Area, a federally created nonprofit organization that promotes the auto industry in the greater Detroit area through grants, presented the Packard Proving Grounds with its 2016 Award of Excellence for preservation.

The award ceremony, which commends recognized historic sites that have auto and labor heritage, took place at the State Capitol in Lansing on the third annual Michigan Automotive Heritage Day.

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Published November 15, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Flags fly during a 1918 Armistice Day parade in downtown Rochester. The parade passes the Detroit Hotel, formerly located on Main Street, at Third Street, in the building currently occupied by the Home Bakery. Armistice Day is the anniversary of the armistice of Nov. 11, 1918, during World War I — which has been observed since 1954 as Veterans Day.

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Published November 9, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The Grosse Pointe Historical Society is hoping to make some history of its own.

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Published November 9, 2016

This photo of Alice Fouracre and her two oldest sons was taken in the late 1910s. Alice, her husband, Albert, and her children lived what could be described as an average life in Birmingham, but she might not have made it to Birmingham had she stuck with her original plan to sail on the infamous RMS Titanic.

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Published November 9, 2016

The Santa Parade in Mount Clemens was created by the Priehs Department Store. For many years, Priehs store display manager, Milo Diorio, built a float that brought Santa to the Priehs Department Store each year. The float left the warehouse behind the Priehs store, where it was built, and went down New Street to Walnut Street to Macomb Street, where Santa met the anxious children at the front door of Priehs.

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Published November 2, 2016

Vera Rauh was raised on a farm in Frankenmuth and completed her nursing training at Saginaw General Hospital in 1942. She then enlisted in the U.S. Army Nurse Corp in 1943. Her army training was in California. Reaching the rank as a 2nd lieutenant, Vera was assigned to the 214th Hospital Ship Company on the USS Mercy in the Pacific Theater. Aboard the ship, the U.S. Navy ran the ship, and the U.S. Army oversaw the hospital.Read More

Published October 27, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe City Council endorsed the Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society Museum’s renovation project during the council meeting Oct. 18.

Although the request for the endorsement was approved, Councilman Cardi DeMonaco Jr. stated that he would vote no during the roll call. He wanted more information on the project.

“I think this should’ve been tabled, so I’m voting no,” said DeMonaco Jr.

The council voted 4-1 to endorse the project.

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Published September 28, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Sixty years after its founding, St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church is still making an impact on the community.

“We pray and we have a sign on our door that says, ‘Welcome home,’” said the Rev. Ron DeHondt, pastor of the parish on 13 Mile Road since 2003. “(The parish) keeps an open spirit for worship, for assistance.”

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Published September 28, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — It took some time, but the new home of the historic Hill School bell has been funded, designed and built.

And this Saturday, the structure will be celebrated at a dedication with some help from the Birmingham Museum, city officials and plenty of supporters.

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Published September 26, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Michigan Military Technical and Historical Society, located at 16600 Stephens Road, will host “Bikes in Wartime,” a presentation by Mike Unsworth, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. 

Unsworth, chairman of the Tri-County Bicycling Association’s Advocacy Committee and a retired Michigan State University history and Canadian studies librarian, will discuss the use of bikes by the military and civilians in wartime.

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Published September 26, 2016

EASTPOINTE — American Red Cross volunteer in Vietnam and “Donut Dolly” author Joann Puffer Kotcher is set to present her experiences during the Vietnam War, which she wrote down in a journal, at 2 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Michigan Military Technical and Historical Society, 16600 Stephens Road.

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Published September 21, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Showing up “fashionably late” to most weddings might be frowned upon, but it’s not too late for people to show up for “Down the Aisle: 100 Years of Ford Family Weddings.” 

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