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Published September 19, 2017

FRASER/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Data from the third year of Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress reveals improvements at various levels.

The Michigan Department of Education reported proficiency gains in eight of nine grades tested in the subjects of mathematics and social studies, as well as an improvement in 11th-grade SAT scores.

Math scores increased in grades three, five, six, seven and eight, while social studies scores increased in grades five, eight and 11.

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Published September 18, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — A motorcyclist was killed Sunday after a collision with a SUV in Harrison Township, sheriff’s officials report.

According to a report released by Macomb County Sheriff Sgt. Renee Yax, at around 5:50 p.m. on Sept. 17, a 2009 Chevy Traverse was turning left from Reimold Street onto southeast Crocker Boulevard when it collided with a 1999 black Yamaha motorcycle driven by Evan Gardner, 21, of Grand Blanc.

Yax indicates in the report that Gardner was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a helmet.

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Published September 13, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — L’Anse Creuse Public Schools officials report that a female student was approached by an unknown man while she was waiting for the school bus the morning of Sept. 12.

According to a statement released by the district, the L’Anse Creuse High School student was waiting for the bus at approximately 6:30 a.m. in the area of Ashland Avenue and Memory Lane in Harrison Township when a white man in a silver vehicle offered her a ride to school.

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Published September 8, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Selfridge Air National Guard Base is preparing today to receive aircraft from military installations across the southeast currently under threat of Hurricane Irma.

Hurricane Irma, which has been reported to reach Florida later this week, was downgraded to a Category 4 storm the morning of Sept. 8.

Brig. Gen. John Slocum, commander of the 127th Wing, said he received confirmation the morning of Sept. 8 that aircraft from the Navy Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida, were on their way to Selfridge.

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Published September 7, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — It’s time to get ready for the 2018 boating season, and what better place to do that than at Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township?

That’s where the eighth annual Metro Boat Show will be docked Sept. 14-17, bringing in hundreds of dealers and brokers from across the state.

Show manager Nicki Polan said the event is unique in that it’s the only in-water boat show around, and it will feature hundreds of boats ranging in length from 10 feet to more than 50 feet on display and for sale at end-of-season prices.

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Published September 7, 2017

It may be more than a thousand miles away, but help for the victims of Hurricane Harvey arrived from St. Clair Shores, Saginaw and Detroit as the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit pitched in to help with the rescue efforts.

Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 40 inches of rain over eastern Texas in four days at the end of August, causing catastrophic flooding and displacing more than 30,000 people. The Category 4 hurricane made landfall near Rockport, Texas, and caused at least 65 deaths in the United States.

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Published September 7, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — Growing up in Mount Clemens, Hope Cole never dreamed that the beautiful yellow house on Lincoln Street that she passed by on her way to school would someday be her home.

“I would look at it and think how beautiful it was,” said Cole, who attended Trinity Lutheran School. “I would stare at it and just think how amazing it was.”

And still is.

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Published August 31, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Regional water issues such as the Flint water crisis and toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie have brought to the forefront the importance of monitoring the lakes, said state Rep. Kevin Hertel, D-St. Clair Shores.

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Published August 31, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Weather conditions, distance from shoreline, level of experience and the presence of a life jacket are each factors that can determine life or death while operating paddle craft.

Paddle craft refers to nonmotorized watercraft such as kayaks, canoes and paddleboards. These devices are reliant on the paddler, who is also the most vulnerable against the water.

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Published August 31, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — The Anton Art Center is gearing up for its 26th annual ArtParty on Thursday, Sept. 14. This year, it will feature delicacies from more than 30 local restaurants and a pair of dueling pianists.

“It’s a big event we have right outside the Art Center,” said Art Center Director Phil Gilchrist. “The street gets closed off, and we have a large tent where all the festivities will be.”

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Published August 31, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — You’ll know St. Hubert’s Fall Festival is here at 4 p.m. on Sept. 8, two hours before the Harrison Township event actually begins.

The field across from the church on Prentiss Street will be filled with cars, and there will be a long line of people outside the large tent. Why? The wildly popular Friday Fish Fry that will be served sharply at 6 p.m.

“They always come early for the fish fry,” said festival chairperson Mary Owiesny. “It’s immensely popular.”

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Published August 29, 2017

The city of Holland will say “welkom” to anyone wanting to delve a little deeper into the area’s rich Dutch history when it hosts the annual State History Conference Sept. 22-24.

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Published August 24, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The redeveloped playground at Lake St. Clair Metropark was revealed last week with an informal ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by playtime.

The $2 million refurbishment project was completed through a collaborative effort between Huron-Clinton Metroparks staff and consultants including the engineering firm Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick and the recreation equipment provider Penchura. Construction was led by Warren Contractors & Development Inc.

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Published August 24, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/FRASER — At press time, engineers and contractors were working to treat a trench filled with about 9 feet of sewage at the site of the collapsed 15 Mile Road interceptor.

Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller said Aug. 23 that the situation unfolded during the overnight hours between Aug. 21 and 22. Nobody was in the trench, and no injuries occurred.

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Published August 20, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — A 31-year-old man sustained a non-life-threatening injury after he was shot outside a residence in the 25000 block of Orchid Street in Harrison Township Aug. 19.

According to a report released by Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, deputies responded to the area after multiple 911 calls were made at approximately 7:30 p.m.

The report states that when deputies and other emergency personnel arrived, they found that the victim had been shot in the hip. He was immediately transported to McLaren Macomb Hospital for treatment.

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Published August 20, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Millions of people from around the world helped Selfridge Air National Guard Base celebrate 100 years of history during its Open House and Air Show Aug. 19-20.

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Published August 19, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Lake St. Clair is well-known to anglers across the country and internationally for its stellar bass fishing.

That’s why the Bassmaster Elite Series fishing tournament makes a stop in Macomb County whenever it gets the opportunity.

The Advance Auto Parts 2017 Bassmaster Elite Series will take place on Lake St. Clair Aug. 24-27, when more than 100 of the world’s top anglers will compete for a top prize of $100,000. The last day of the tournament will be aired on ESPN.

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Published August 17, 2017

In the 1800s, Harrison Township and the surrounding areas consisted primarily of French strip farms that produced crops like wheat, corn, barley, oats, buckwheat and potatoes. The township also produced 22,270 pounds of marketed pork. By 1942, when this picture was taken, many of the farms were gone, but Bob Lagalski was still tending the family pig farm. Today the land is the home of L’Anse Creuse High School. Special thanks to Fred Pankow for passing along this photo.

— Marie P. (Ling) McDougal, Harrison Township historian

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Published August 17, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/FRASER — On Aug. 15, Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller provided background information on an oil spill that occurred in the Teske Drain, which runs through Clinton Township and Fraser. Machine oil and other industry contaminants invaded the drain in early August.

Materials entered the drain — which runs mostly north-south, west of Kelly Road — after a reported fire Aug. 4 at a local industrial facility called Complete Prototype Services in Fraser.

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Published August 17, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The building that was once an elementary school and later housed L’Anse Creuse Public Schools’ administrative offices is gone.

Demolition of the two-story structure, formerly located at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and L’Anse Creuse Street in Harrison Township, began on July 28 and was completed the first week of August, followed by some cleanup.

Now the next stage for the site of the former Jefferson Elementary School and adjoining properties is underway.

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