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Published February 17, 2015

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Since voters approved a tax-funded public library in August 2014, longtime volunteers and supporters have seen considerable change.

It’s all positive, of course.

Volunteer Director Melissa Goins said since the Harrison Township Public Library became part of the Suburban Library Cooperative on Oct. 1, 2014 — a move that allows card holders the ability to use all 23 participating libraries — not only has circulation increased greatly, so has the number of card holders.

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Published February 17, 2015

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Published February 11, 2015

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — State transportation officials last week announced a $1.6 million grant that will ultimately support job growth in Macomb County.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced it will award the Transportation Development Funds (TEDF) grant to support expansion at Yanfeng USA Automotive Trim Systems, which plans to renovate a previously vacant building on Executive Drive in Harrison Township. The expansion is expected to create 519 new jobs

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Published February 11, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS/HARRISON TOWNSHIP — For a second time this winter, Mother Nature left Macomb County in a sea of white.

And at press time last week, there was plenty more snow in the forecast.

According to the National Weather Service, the snow and wind that stormed through much of the Midwest and east coast Feb. 1-2 left Michigan’s southeastern region with anywhere from 9.2 inches in Flint in Genesee County to 16.7 inches at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Wayne County.

It’s being called the worst snow storm in metro Detroit in 40 years.

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Published November 19, 2014

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Published September 17, 2014

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Some first-graders at South River Elementary School are having quite a unique start to the new academic year.

Students in Karen Fraeyman’s class aren’t just sitting at their tables completing their daily assignments; they’re balancing.

More specifically, the students don’t sit on chairs, they’re sitting on balance balls: the popular exercise equipment often seen in workout facilities and physical therapy centers.

Fraeyman first introduced balance balls to her students last year with positive feedback.

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Published July 9, 2014

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Volunteers with the nonprofit Michigan Transit Museum have officially kicked off their 41st summer, and local passengers are all on board.

Located inside Joy Park on Joy Boulevard in Clinton Township, the Sunday train rides are something the longtime volunteers look forward to every year.

“Everybody enjoys riding our historic train, and they learn about their history and just enjoy a relaxing ride,” said John Jamison, a chief conductor since 1981.

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Published February 17, 2014

WARREN — Taking time to showcase how business in Macomb County is excelling, a half-dozen companies were honored at the 2014 Home in Macomb Business Awards at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom Feb. 11.

Stephen Cassin, director of the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development, said this is the second year of the awards, which they give out as part of their Home in Macomb Program to retain and attract businesses to the county.

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Published January 15, 2014

MOUNT CLEMENS — A Hollywood hair colorist, the visionary and creator of the J Beverly Hills hair color line, will be visiting a Mount Clemens salon soon, bringing the look of the stars to Macomb County.

Lois Lombardo, owner of Olympia Salon and Spa on Cass Avenue, said the Jan. 17 visit by Max Eli is a highly anticipated one,  since she and her stylists took on his system more than a year ago.

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Published April 5, 2012

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Down in his basement workshop, Phil Ciaramitaro eyes each pickleball paddle that he makes with the kind of craftsman’s eye that working 45 years as a machinist will give you.

For the last two years, he’s been selling his paddles, each like an oversized ping-pong paddle and each bearing the letters PAC — both his initials and brand name. If it has his name on it, he has to be happy with it, he explained.

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Published April 5, 2012

MOUNT CLEMENS — The ongoing efforts to keep Mount Clemens filled with Michigan’s native trees have not gone unnoticed.

For the 26th year, the city of nearly 20,000 residents and many, many more trees has been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to urban forestry.

The Arbor Day Foundation is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees.

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Published March 15, 2012

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — A report released by the National Transportation Safety Board last week revealed that the wing walker who fell to his death during a failed stunt last summer moved too quickly and was unable to correct himself in time.

Ann Arbor stuntman Todd Green fell 150 feet in front of 75,000 spectators during the Selfridge Air Show on Aug. 21.

NTSB investigators say the helicopter that Green was moving onto wasn’t in position when the 48-year-old reached for it.

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Published March 8, 2012

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — With the installment of a new gate system at the township’s dog park, township workers will have a more active log of the canines accessing the park.

Township Parks and Recreation Director Linda Walter said the gate system upgrade, which uses plastic key fobs in place of key cards to enter the dog park, will allow them to track in real time who accessed the park. More than 560 people have passes to the park, which is located behind the Clinton Township Adult Senior Life Center on Romeo Plank Road.

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Published March 1, 2012

FRASER — As 9-year-old Jadan Vizino and 8-year-old Jacob Flachsmann shuffled around the boxing ring, exchanging jabs, it was clear that the pair weren’t mad, but rather were focused.

The punches don’t hurt, Flachsmann said later. Once you’ve boxed a few times, you get used to them.

“It’s real fun,” he added. “You have to be real fast. You have to move a lot.”

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Published March 1, 2012

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The second night of action in the girls basketball state playoffs saw a pair of local teams lose while another advanced to a district final.

Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse lost 28-24 in a Class A district semifinal to Fraser High on Feb. 29, the same night that Clinton Township Clintondale fell 63-48 in Class B to Richmond. Mount Clemens High, meanwhile, won its second game of the playoffs by defeating Madison Heights Madison 74-8 in a Class C semifinal.

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Published February 2, 2012

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — For Nancy Coon, it’s therapy. For Sharon Grates, it’s an artistic outlet. For both women, Half Baked, their Harrison Township bake shop, gift shop and eatery, is a dream come true.

“We met the just after high school and have been friends ever since,” said Coon, a resident of St. Clair Shores. “We’ve always talked about doing something like this.”

Shortly after her husband passed away in an accident, Coon decided it was time she and Grates followed through with their lifelong plan.

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Published January 26, 2012

MOUNT CLEMENS — There’s no denying the fact that the building that currently houses the Emerald Theatre in Mount Clemens is multifarious.

Since it was built in 1921, Macomb County’s biggest entertainment attraction on North Walnut Street has been a vaudeville venue, a movie theater, a night club and a concert hall.

Now, a group of Mount Clemens business owners and residents wants to transform the Emerald Theatre into something that the group says will create more foot traffic in the area and bring a lot more attention to what the city has to offer.

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Published January 26, 2012

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Visiting a public library doesn’t usually bring the prospect of hearing live music to mind.

Since 2003, however, the Clinton-Macomb Public Library in Clinton Township has been treating its patrons to a one-Sunday-a-month concert series during the winter and spring months. The concert series, named Music at Main for its location at the library system’s Main Branch on Romeo Plank Road, regularly attracts around 150 people.

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Published December 14, 2011

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Security personnel at Selfridge Air National Guard Base moved into a completely renovated facility this past month and celebrated the improvements with state and base officials during a Dec. 4 ceremony.

The 127th Security Forces Squadron (SFS), which provides security and law enforcement services to the base, will utilize the renovated facility that now includes an armory, a holding cell and other security-related features.

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Published September 26, 2011

MOUNT CLEMENS — When she was younger, Loretta Clark didn’t really enjoy learning history. But now that she’s retired, she can’t get enough of it.

“I just find it so interesting,” she said. “In school, I didn’t think to have that type of interest in history, and now, I have that interest.”

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