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Published August 2, 2017

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Rumors of the impending closure of longtime local business Alger Deli and Liquor, at 17320 Mack Ave. in the City, are a bit premature.

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Published August 1, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Richard Greiner knew his son was special, but when he saw the outpouring of support from his school community and heard what high regard his son’s teachers held him in, he said he knew he had done a good job of raising him to be a good man.

His son, Matthew, was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy when he was 4 years old. There’s currently no cure for the disease, which is leading to the degeneration of 13-year-old Matthew’s muscles.

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Published July 31, 2017

CENTER LINE/WARREN — Center Line High School teacher Jaime Bellos is always looking to inspire his students, and he came up with a project that turned into a class during the 2015-16 school year.

The social studies instructor, who has a knack for woodworking and building, was given the green light by central administration the last school year to have a woodworking class. During the school year, the students built a tiny house with plans to donate it to a veteran.

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Published July 28, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — Margene Scott has long been passionate about the subject of history.

She played a key role in the opening and reopening of the Heritage Rooms — the city’s museum in the lower level of City Hall — and co-authored the Madison Heights edition of Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America,” released in 2014. A shutterbug who’s often seen with a camera at community events, Scott relishes preserving the past so that future generations can learn from it and appreciate their roots. 

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Published July 26, 2017

BERKLEY — The Berkley Community Center soon will have the dulcet sounds of a piano ringing through the building again, thanks to a helpful resident.

After his daughter traveled from London, where she worked as a music director, David Mills told her that she could practice the piano at the senior and community center. Mills and his wife, Linda, had gotten rid of their family’s piano since their daughter moved out.

Once he heard back from his daughter, Corinth, that the center had no piano, Mills decided to take it upon himself to find a replacement.

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Published July 26, 2017

CLAWSON — Things won’t be the same around City Hall after tomorrow.

City Clerk Machele Kukuk will say farewell when she retires July 27 after offering expertise and familiar smiles inside the North Main Street building since 1978.

“It will be the hardest saying goodbye,” she said. “It has always been my home. I am already getting emotional.”

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Published July 26, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Carol Malone is training for her 10th 300-mile bike ride to raise money for Make-A-Wish Michigan, but she almost didn’t make it to the milestone.

Malone, of St. Clair Shores, first began raising money for Make-A-Wish by participating in the three-day ride because of what she calls the “double effect” of participating.

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Published July 26, 2017

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Just under a month after the longtime local business owners and philanthropists were honored by the Grosse Pointe Chamber Foundation, Grosse Pointe Shores officials also saluted the Ahee family.

During a July 18 City Council meeting, family matriarch Bettejean Ahee and several of her children and grandchildren were presented with a proclamation recognizing their “deep commitment to the Grosse Pointe community … (and) also for establishing a legacy of philanthropy throughout the metro Detroit area,” the document reads, in part.

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Published July 26, 2017

HARPER WOODS — Painting and scavenger hunts are both fun activities for kids, but a combination of the two recently has become a new trend among families.

Painting rocks and hiding them for others to find has become a popular hobby in some areas, including metro Detroit. Susan Smitka, who has been a resident of Harper Woods for almost 40 years, said she thought it would be a fun activity for her grandchildren and a nice addition to her hometown.

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Published July 26, 2017

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The 4-H Club at Bowers School Farm in Bloomfield Hills came home from the Oakland County Fair with the prestigious Scramlin Award.

The fair took place July 7-16 at Springfield Oaks County Park in Davisburg. In addition to the club members making their animal and agricultural presentations, they also created a banner to represent their team, which earned them the award.

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Published July 25, 2017

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — “We had the best of times,” Marc Cuddeback said when remembering his colleague and close friend, Collin Rose.

The pair got to know each other when the police officers worked together patrolling the campus of Wayne State University in Detroit.

“He was the hardest worker; a mentor to most. He was one of those guys you wanted to aspire to be like. His motivation and his drive were second to none,” said Cuddeback, now a police officer in Clinton Township. “He had a very distinctive smile. He was always smiling.”

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Published July 24, 2017

WARREN — Frank J. Wiegand Sr. was a clear leader for the pioneer families in Warren’s earliest days as a township. City officials will recognize his contributions when they dedicate a historical plaque in Wiegand’s memory next month.

Members of the Warren Historical Commission, guests and descendants of the original Wiegand pioneer family are expected to be on hand at Wiegand Park, which already bears his name, for the unveiling of the marker at 3 p.m. Aug. 3. 

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Published July 19, 2017

TROY — Bob Westbury, 73, a 39-year Troy resident, has been ringing bells to raise money for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign since 1980 as a member of the Royal Oak Lions Club. 

“I know the good locations, times and days,” he said. 

His efforts have resulted in the Royal Oak Lions Club becoming the highest earner many holiday seasons, according the Salvation Army of Metro Detroit. 

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Published July 17, 2017

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The financial burden of battling childhood cancer can put a family on the ropes, but the pros at Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling are jumping into the ring to lend a hand.

XICW Bodyslams Childhood Cancer will roll out a slate of matches at The Imperial House in Clinton Township July 30, the proceeds from which will benefit the family of 10-year-old Noah Gochanour, of Sterling Heights, who continues to undergo treatment for metastatic Ewing’s sarcoma.

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Published July 12, 2017

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TROY — Michael Salhaney, 52, an attorney for Secrest Wardle in Troy, lives in Bloomfield Hills and tries to ride 100 miles each week on his bike. 

As he has done since 1999, he will ride his bike 300 miles from Traverse City to Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan, with members of his bicycle riding club, Team O-2, as part of the Make-A-Wish Wish-A-Mile Bicycle Tour July 27-30. 

The tour also features a 50-mile ride and a half-mile ride for those ages 5-13. 

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Published July 11, 2017

GROSSE POINTE CITY — In the early 1970s, Rufus McGaugh set a goal to visit every country and territory on all seven continents of the world, and every state in the U.S.

It was a lofty aspiration that took a lot of planning and budgeting, but the Grosse Pointe City resident was determined to achieve his dream.

And it came true.

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Published July 11, 2017

WARREN — What can you get for a buck these days?

If you’re 13 and younger, $1 will get you into the Friends of the Warren Public Library’s Kids Club. And that means access to 12 free children’s books at one of the city’s true hidden gems.

Tucked away in the old Warren Village Hall on Beebe Avenue east of Mound Road and just south of Chicago Road, the Friends’ Bookstore offers a constantly rotating selection of books, magazines and recorded media at bargain basement prices.

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Published July 10, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Claire Wyckoff was like any other fifth-grader.

She loved playing outside, riding bikes, roller-skating and more.

But one day in the beginning of December 2016, she came home and told her mom that her arm really hurt. Amy Wyckoff said nothing looked wrong, so they iced it and chalked it up to growing pains. Three days later, however, “we go to take her shirt off and she’s screaming like I pulled her arm out of the socket.”

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Published July 5, 2017

EASTPOINTE — Eastpointe resident D’Adra McHenry, 11, has dreams to compete in the Olympics and recently was named the 2017 state champion for level 4 vault.

McHenry practices in Warren with Extreme Gymnastics USA and was recognized at a recent banquet.

“She received an award for level 4 state vault champion out of her group. I was really proud of her,” said McHenry’s mother, Aja Craft.

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Published July 5, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — More than 130 fire hydrants in Madison Heights were recently restored to peak visibility when the Madison Heights Men’s Club organized a group of volunteers to give the hydrants a fresh coat of paint.

The project started June 10. The city’s Department of Public Services (DPS) divided the city into 22 districts and listed the hydrants in each district that were most in need of painting.

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