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Published October 3, 2017

METRO DETROIT — When you were in home economics class as a teen, and the teacher taught you the importance of balancing your checkbook to stay on budget, did you listen?

Did you sit for hours and add the numbers in the check register, hoping they would match your account balance? Did you burn through one too many pencil erasers trying to get the figures right? 

Or, like so many, did you just give up and hope for the best?

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Published October 2, 2017

DETROIT — If one of the best parts of fall is enjoying candy apples and warm doughnuts at the cider mill, then the worst part is undoubtedly dodging the bees that swarm your treats.

But those invasive moochers aren’t bees at all; they’re yellow jacket wasps. And they’re giving poor ol’ honeybees a bum rap.

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Published October 2, 2017

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The Bloomfield Hills School District recently was awarded a $12,000 grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, or MCACA.

MCACA has been in existence since 1966 as the Michigan Council for Arts. In 1990, Gov. John Engler restructured it as MCACA so it could start funding groups like science centers and other cultural institutions.

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Published October 2, 2017

METRO DETROIT — For camping enthusiasts, nothing beats sipping a seasonal beer around a campfire on a warm Michigan summer night.

Except maybe sipping a spiked cider around a campfire while drinking in the fall colors.

According to Darren Ing, director of the 28th annual Fall Detroit Camper and RV Show, the camping season doesn’t end when the kids go back to school.

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Published October 2, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — Retirement isn’t about early-bird dinner specials anymore.

For baby boomers, turning 65 is about traveling, saving and not just living, but thriving well into their golden years.

A new era in retirement means learning about a new philosophy on aging from experts in the industry. For the second year in a row, local residents can do just that at Next, Birmingham’s center for the over-50 community.

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Published October 2, 2017

The Beverly Hills Department of Public Safety is investigating an incident that reportedly occurred at Groves High School following the varsity football team’s game against Troy High School Sept. 28.

After the conclusion of the game, one of the students on the Groves team and two non-students allegedly had a confrontation in the parking lot. An altercation began, and a second member of the Groves football team ran to intervene, officials said.

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Published September 29, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Chris Tait offers a sober assessment of his outlook in 2011, after all the years he spent touring with bands and living a rock and roll lifestyle fed by booze and drugs.

“I’ve torched so many relationships. The shame and guilt. I didn’t want to die, but I didn’t want to live anymore, either,” said Tait, of Hamtramck, who plays keyboards in the Detroit-based Electric Six.

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Published September 26, 2017

FRASER — The restaurant business is, and has always been, a family business for Eugene Kasapis.

Throughout high school, he worked in his dad’s restaurant in Greektown alongside his brothers Steve and Gus Kasapis. And three months before graduating, he and his brothers opened up their own restaurant in downtown Detroit.

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Published September 25, 2017

BEVERLY HILLS — Northbrook Presbyterian Church in Beverly Hills will be making a few changes and renovations to its facilities.

The changes include alterations to the congregation’s church hall, as well as the creation of an outdoor worship area available for worship services and other events, such as weddings.

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Published September 25, 2017

BEVERLY HILLS — The Franklin Cider Mill in Beverly Hills recently played host to a celebration of the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.

The holiday is an ancient tradition that serves many purposes for Jewish people, including marking the new year on the Jewish calendar, reaffirming God as their king and ridding themselves of past sin.

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Published September 25, 2017

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Bowers School Farm in Bloomfield Hills wants the community to join it for an autumn celebration with its Farm Fall Festival.

The farm is overseen by the Bloomfield Hills School District and works frequently with the district to educate students on agriculture and where food comes from. The farm’s administrators see the festival as a chance to continue that mission while providing some enjoyable  seasonal fun.

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Published September 25, 2017

FRANKLIN — With fall arriving, the streets of Franklin will soon be lined with some straw-filled visitors.

The Franklin Historical Society is inviting the public to take part in its Scarecrow Building Workshop 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Franklin Community Center and Kreger House, where families can put together scarecrows to decorate their homes.

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Published September 22, 2017

The summer of 2017 saw the first portion of the infamous Interstate 75 modernization project get underway in Bloomfield Township and Auburn Hills.

By this time next year, the Michigan Department of Transportation hopes to take the rest of the plan into overdrive and cut the duration of the construction work nearly in half.

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Published September 21, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Breweries from all over Michigan are well-known, and well-regarded, across the country. But you don’t have to travel far for a pint of quality craft beer.

In metro Detroit alone, there are more than 100 craft breweries within a short drive.

Scott Graham, executive director of the Michigan Brewers Guild, estimates that there are more than 300 breweries in Michigan. But it wasn’t always such a large industry.

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Published September 20, 2017

METRO DETROIT — If you haven’t noticed, it’s fall. 

If the cooler temperatures or mid-September date on the calendar didn’t tip you off, no doubt the innumerable mums popping up at retailers all over town likely did.

But there’s more to autumnal planting than just hardy mums — a lot more, according to flower experts like Karl Eckert, of Eckert’s Greenhouse in Sterling Heights.

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Published September 18, 2017

FRANKLIN/BIRMINGHAM — Cranbrook Realtors, a broker that has served Oakland County for more than 45 years, recently announced that it will join Howard Hanna Real Estate Services this fall.

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Published September 18, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — If someone told you that there was more — much more — to fall flavors than just that sugary pumpkin spice, would you believe them?

Well, get ready, because writer and culinary speaker Lisa Howard is about to introduce you to a whole new world of autumnal tastes during her vegetarian cooking class at The Community House in Birmingham Sept. 27.

The class, titled “From Your Garden to Your Kitchen: Vegetarian Dinners in 30 Minutes,” will highlight the yields of what Howard considers to be our most fruitful season.

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Published September 18, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jennifer Miles, a rape aggression defense-trained instructor, showed some easy moves women can make that are surprisingly effective in deterring unwanted physical touching — even if in settings where someone is not ready to be verbally aggressive — during a recent seminar.

Miles also showed aggressive moves against an attacker in which the victim should shout “no,” alerting anyone nearby that the attention the victim is receiving is not welcome.

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Published September 18, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — As far as female trailblazers go, the city of Birmingham has one of the best.

Back when Birmingham was still a village, Martha Baldwin was a force to be reckoned with. She founded the public library, became a public servant in a male-dominated realm, and created a Village Improvement Society that advocated for the installation and beautification of sidewalks, which included a ban on spitting chewing tobacco in public — a ban she personally enforced.

Oh, and she refused to wear a corset too.

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Published September 15, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Think before you snuggle.

That was the warning that came from the Oakland County Health Division last week after confirming a case of rabies in a stray kitten found in an area bordering Rochester Hills and Troy.

While many would be quick to help a stray cat in need, the department stresses that any wild animals should be treated with caution.

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