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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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Published July 18, 2011

MOUNT CLEMENS — Mount Clemens Community Schools officials are making it pretty tough for local parents to not want to send their children to school in the district for the 2011-2012 year.

According to interim Superintendent Phil Easter, the district is adding more bus routes to its plan to try to accommodate as many current and future students as possible.

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Published July 7, 2011

MOUNT CLEMENS —Rebecca Stout, a kindergarten teacher at George Washington Academy in Mount Clemens, may be done with school for the summer, but that doesn’t mean the Chesterfield resident doesn’t have good reason to return to the city this summer.

During the middle of the day July 1, Stout found herself at the Stars & Stripes Festival in downtown Mount Clemens, along with her two children, Annabella, 5, and Andrew, 3, and their grandfather, Harrison Township resident Steve Anderson.

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Published June 1, 2011

Combine talented artisans, good food, live entertainment and a little sunshine, and you have the makings of a great summer festival.

Beginning in June, such events are plentiful in metro Detroit. Here’s a sampling of just a few popular festivals that residents won’t want to miss this summer.

June 11-12
Clay, Glass and Metal Festival — downtown Royal Oak
In Royal Oak, one of the first big events of the season is the Clay, Glass and Metal Festival June 11-12.

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Published May 11, 2011

Picture a typical senior residence and images of bingo, arts and crafts, and green Jell-O might come to mind.

Walk into a modern retirement community, though, and you may be more likely to see seniors playing video games, heading out with a travel group or performing a sun salutation in yoga class.

Today’s senior living communities are not the stale, dreary places stereotypes make them out to be.

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Published April 21, 2011

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Topics like assisted living, medical care and in-home help are a given at a vendor fair organized specifically for retirees. Less expected would be information about yoga and tai chi, dance classes and music lessons for senior citizens.

The Macomb County Wellness and Retirement Expo offers all of that and more.

The free expo April 29 features 65 vendors specializing in services for senior citizens of all types, including the new breed of retiree who wants to keep their youth as they age.

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Published March 18, 2011

MOUNT CLEMENS — Bringing parochial education to the area was a goal for Father Camillus Maes, the pastor of St. Peter Church, which opened in Mount Clemens in 1843.

It was 1870, and he thought the then-village could use a school that focused on Catholic values. Maes contacted the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent in Monroe and asked if they would educate 80 students. The nuns agreed, requesting that the facility, which was built on property adjoining St. Peter Church, be called St. Mary School.

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Published January 26, 2011

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Lt. Col. Donald Odell, better known as “Digger” to friends and family, never enlisted in the military with the thought that he’d one day be a prisoner of war.

But one day he was.

After his aircraft was shot down in North Vietnam in 1967, Odell was taken as prisoner, where for the next 5 1/2 years, he lived in tortuous conditions as the Viet Cong attempted to garner secret military information.

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Published January 19, 2011

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Looks as though the new year is bringing in new things for Harrison Township.

During the first Harrison Township Board of Trustees meeting of 2011, officials voted 4-2 on Jan. 10 to appoint Ken Verkest as the township’s new supervisor.

Trustees Jack Swiatkowski, Frank Kapral, Larry Tomenello and Verkest all voted in favor. Township Clerk Jan Jorgensen and Township Treasurer Darrin York voted against the measure.

Verkest said he is “excited and honored” to have been granted the appointment.

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