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Published August 28, 2017

BERKLEY — A fire that started in the home of a Berkley city councilwoman could have led to a tragedy, if not for the quick thinking of the councilwoman’s granddaughter.

At around 1:07 a.m. June 12 in the 1500 block of Dorothea Road, the Berkley Public Safety Department was dispatched to a home for a possible fire. When public safety officers arrived, the fire already had been extinguished by occupants of the home.

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Published August 25, 2017

WARREN/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The shutters of the historic Bunert One-Room Schoolhouse Museum needed some work. Stephen Dinka, 17, of Clinton Township, needed a project to work on in his effort to become an Eagle Scout.

It was a perfect fit, in more ways than one. Dinka and his team of Scouts and supporters not only made new shutters, they customized them to fit the eclectic windows on the rough-hewn schoolhouse, which was originally built on the northeast corner of Bunert and Martin Road in 1875.

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Published August 25, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Always willing to lend a helping hand, self-motivated and energetic, and with a positive demeanor no matter the circumstances — these were qualities that described John Gaedert, a newspaper publisher in Charlotte.

And according to co-workers and members of Community Papers of Michigan, those are the qualities embodied by longtime sales representative Dave Rubello, of C & G Newspapers.

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Published August 25, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — What’s better than a charity that helps local schools and the environment?

A charity that helps other charities and community groups.

The We Are Here Foundation distributes donated office furniture, school supplies and more from Staples to school districts in need in St. Clair Shores and across metro Detroit. The foundation also sponsors the St. Clair Shores Waterfront Environmental Committee’s annual Nautical Coast Cleanup. All of its efforts are paid for through the sale of donated boats and cars to the organization.

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Published August 23, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — For many families, a night out at the movies is a fun way to get in some good quality time.

But for families of a child with a disability, an evening at the cinema can be quite difficult.

That’s why Easterseals Michigan will host a free movie night at 8:15 p.m. Aug. 26 on the Miracle League of Michigan’s Miracle Field, 26000 Evergreen Road.

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Published August 23, 2017

TROY — The Troy Youth All Star Chess Club has set up shop at the Troy Public Library — with the blessing of library staff. 

Christopher Hausner has helped to organize the club for a number of years. The club started out at the Troy Community Center. 

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Published August 22, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — It was mommy-and-me time on steroids.

On Aug. 15 at the Farmington Community Library Main Branch, about 13 kids and nine moms met downstairs in the children’s area, where some “dined” on plastic bologna sandwiches, others read to their tots, and babies squealed. The group of mothers belong to the Farmington Area Mother’s Club - Michigan, a group of about 70 moms — and their roughly 150 children — who go on playdates and outings.

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Published August 22, 2017

ROSEVILLE — A local family is calling their son a hero after he found his younger brother unresponsive in their family pool and performed chest compressions July 25.

It was an ordinary day at their nana’s house for Jacob O’Connor, 10; Gavin Hawkins, 8; and Dylan Meadows, 2 — filled with time in the sun and playing in the family pool.

Ellen Viau was babysitting her daughter’s three sons and thought the day would be like most days when her grandsons are over.

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Published August 22, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — When Bob Aitchison was born on Aug. 15, 1917, the maximum speed limit was 10 mph, the average worker in the United States made $200 to $400 per year, coffee cost 15 cents a pound and only 18 percent of homes had a phone.

Oh, and the average life expectancy for men was 47 years.

But Aitchison has never been the average guy, as his many friends and family can attest. His 100th birthday was celebrated in style with dozens of friends and relatives Aug. 15 at Services for Older Citizens in the Farms.

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Published August 22, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Hundreds of local residents presented a united front against white supremacy and in favor of peace, tolerance and justice as they gathered for a vigil Aug. 17 at The War Memorial to remember the victims in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The group We GP — also known as Welcoming Everyone Grosse Pointe — quickly assembled a vigil at The War Memorial that it billed as “a peaceful, nonpartisan, nondenominational Charlottesville-Grosse Pointe solidarity vigil.”

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Published August 21, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Close out Labor Day weekend by getting some exercise and supporting a good cause: This year’s Walk4Friendship will take place Sunday, Sept. 3. 

The 12th annual Walk4Friendship is a charity event hosted by West Bloomfield-based nonprofit Friendship Circle. The walk began in 2005 as a way to fundraise for the organization and bring the community together. 

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Published August 18, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — “As it has been since the beginning. When we get old, we move as slow as turtles. The sunflower represents our sunny dispositions. The fish? Because there’s always fish to catch.”

It’s the motto of The Old Crowd, a social club that, on Aug. 17, gathered in downtown Mount Clemens for its 137th reunion, as well as for good-natured fun and camaraderie.

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Published August 16, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — In the wake of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, students and members of the Martin Luther King Jr. Task Force boarded a bus Aug. 14 for a Freedom Ride.

The MLK Task Force, made up of over 200 members, is a group dedicated to not only keeping Martin Luther King Jr.’s philosophy of peace, freedom and equality alive, but also to organizing a celebration in his honor each January at the Southfield Pavilion.

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Published August 14, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The mayor and a few city councilmen might be going prematurely bald this fall, but don’t worry — it’s all for a good cause.

Around the world, a child is diagnosed with cancer every two minutes, and in the United States, one in five of those diagnosed with cancer will not survive. There are more than a dozen major childhood cancers, most of which are different from adult cancers and require their own unique treatments. But almost all research money goes to pay for research into cures and treatments for adult cancer.

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Published August 11, 2017

WARREN — It was a simpler time. Warren was a growing frontier settlement. The Wiegands were a pioneer family, farming land that would eventually become part of the General Motors Technical Center.

Born to German immigrants on Dec. 13, 1872, Frank Wiegand Sr. would give much of his life to his wife, Cyrila, and to their eight children. The rest he gave to the Warren area.

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Published August 9, 2017

GROSSE POINTE PARK — The border of Grosse Pointe Park and Detroit on Kercheval Avenue near Alter Road — once controversially blocked off on the Park side by farmers market sheds — is now the location of a sculpture that symbolizes unity and a shared history between the two cities.

“The Sails of Two Cities,” by artist brothers Erik and Israel Nordin, is now a prominent feature in the Park’s burgeoning Kercheval business district, known as the Park. City Councilwoman Barb Detwiler and her husband, Frederic Detwiler, paid for the artwork.

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Published August 9, 2017

DETROIT/GROSSE POINTES — Those who enter religious life say it’s a calling. When Monsignor Peter Lentine heard that calling, he responded by dedicating his life to serve.

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Published August 9, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington Hills resident Dennis Carlson recently face-planted while riding his bike along the Mississippi River Trail in Minnesota. His injuries were evident on the bridge of his nose, his elbow and even his teeth. The pastor of Faith Covenant Church continued riding, however, with partially broken front teeth. He finished his over 300-mile journey with his brother to raise money for the 108 medical clinics in the Ubangi region of northwest Congo July 26-31.

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Published August 9, 2017

WALLED LAKE — The Drew Crew charity is preparing for a fundraiser that will help three individuals who are forging ahead after becoming paralyzed.

The charity has selected three individuals to be named as 2017 Drew Crew Champions: Chandler McBride, a Grand Valley State University student; Matthew Klos, a graduate of the Art Institute of Boston, Massachusetts; and Drew Clayborn, a University of Michigan senior and the name behind the creation of The Drew Crew.

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Published August 9, 2017

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Marian High School will play host for Angels’ Place Friends and Family Fun Day later this month.

Angels’ Place is a nonprofit based in Southfield that provides assisted living and other resources for children and adults living with mental and developmental disabilities. It has hosted its Friends and Family Fun Day event for the last 16 years as a way to raise funds for its programming.

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