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Published August 17, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Local residents and those planning to attend the 100th anniversary Selfridge Air National Guard Base Open House and Air Show Aug. 19-20 are advised that traffic volumes around the base will be heavy both days, and leading up to it.

Selfridge officials say attendees are strongly encouraged to arrive early, as traffic-related delays at the gates are common during the show. In addition, when the base reaches visitor parking capacity, access to the base will be restricted.

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Published August 16, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Your home is your special space to relax and unwind after the day’s stresses. But before you can sit down and let loose, is your décor living up to its safe haven obligations? 

“Color definitely plays a huge role,” interior designer Carolyn Heikkila, of St. Clair Shores, said. “Color theory definitely plays on our emotions. For instance, red is known to cause high blood pressure, along with other bright colors.” 

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Published August 10, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A former member of the L’Anse Creuse Public Schools Board of Education has been appointed to fill a recent vacancy.

Jeffrey Pegg will fill the spot on the board created by the resignation of Treasurer Linda McLatcher. Her last day serving on the board was July 24.

The board unanimously chose Pegg from a pool of six applicants on Aug. 7.

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Published August 10, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — At press time, a Roseville man was in the Macomb County Jail after being formally arraigned on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of a Mount Clemens man on Aug. 6.

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham reported that his detectives presented a warrant request to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office for Galawn Maurice Dillard, 49, for his alleged involvement in the murder of Christopher Hamilton, 50, of Mount Clemens.

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Published August 10, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Crews have been visible for the past month along Metropolitan Parkway in Harrison Township as work continues to improve a pedestrian bridge just southwest of Shoreline Drive, as well as cleaning and extending a culvert under the road and constructing an access drive to the pump station behind the Beechwood Apartments, east of North Pointe Parkway.

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Published August 10, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — There is no shortage of military expertise in the 127th Wing of Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

On Aug. 9, numerous servicemen provided members of the media with the ride of a lifetime: a nearly four-hour round-trip trek from the base in Harrison Township to a Grayling-Alpena training area and back.

Col. Jim Rossi and Col. Michael Urban were the flight’s pilots. Manning the cockpit was nothing new for either of them, as they have 28 and 14 years of experience, respectively, between them.

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Published August 10, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — It’s finally time: Pulse-pumping, high-flying aerial acrobats will be booming over Macomb County during the Selfridge Open House and Air Show Aug. 19-20.

Marking the 100th anniversary of Selfridge Air National Guard Base, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds F-16 Demonstration Team will be this year’s headliner during the show.

Brig. Gen. John Slocum said the public is invited to join in celebrating a century of military aviation.

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Published August 9, 2017

METRO DETROIT — One of the many opportunities that going away for college provides is an outlet to establish your own décor style. Whether you prefer a beach-bum style with “hang loose” and ocean posters or hope to create a bohemian temple with sunshine pillows and tapestry-draped walls, dorm rooms and college residencies are an open canvas. 

Michigan State University sophomore Elise Tomaszewski, of St. Clair Shores, said that the most important thing to do when moving into your new home is to just be yourself. 

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Published August 8, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Selfridge Air National Guard officials are planning to conduct an exercise at the Harrison Township base on Aug. 9. The exercise may include the use of sirens, loudspeakers and simulated gunfire. Residents or those in the area near the base may be able to hear some of the sounds as a result of this exercise.

The Michigan Air National Guard conducts training exercises on a regular basis to ensure that local airmen are able to appropriately respond to a wide range of scenarios.

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Published August 8, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Members of the L’Anse Creuse Public Schools Board of Education are naming a new member after Treasurer Linda McLatcher rendered her resignation, effective July 24.

She served on the board for more than 16 years, from 1992 to 2001, and again from 2011 to 2017.

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Published August 8, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Organizers of this year’s Benefit on the Bay in Harrison Township are expecting another sold-out, record-breaking event.

This means nothing but great things for the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit.

In its 23 years, Benefit on the Bay — to be held Friday, Aug. 25, at MacRay Harbor — has raised more than $1.38 million for the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, which receives 100 percent of the proceeds.

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Published August 6, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham confirmed that the man found dead inside a parked vehicle in Mount Clemens Aug. 6 was reportedly stabbed to death.

The victim, identified at Christopher Hamilton, 50, of Mount Clemens, was discovered by sheriff’s deputies a little after 4 a.m. in the 70 block of Avery Street. Sheriff’s officials said deputies were called to the area in response to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in front of a residence.

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Published August 2, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Kansas native Millie Dillmount arrives in New York City to start a new life as the Roaring 1920s build steam in “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” which the Heart of the Hills Players are bringing to the stage.

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Published August 1, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — A Macomb County Health official confirmed today that the West Nile Virus has been detected for the first time this summer in two separate samplings of mosquitoes gathered in the county.

Health Department Director William Ridella said there have been no confirmed cases of a human contracting the virus in Michigan this year.

Ridella issued a list of precautions for the public to follow to protect themselves and their family from West Nile:

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Published August 1, 2017

It was in the middle of an impassioned speech from her longtime boyfriend about the 2017 solar eclipse when Robin Udell, of Silver Spring, Maryland, thought about taking the next step in their relationship.

“So, he was talking about how cool the eclipse is, how awesome it is that it’s happening in our lifetime, and I thought, ‘OK. So let’s get married,’” said Udell, formerly of Ann Arbor.

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Published August 1, 2017

By Samantha Shriber
C & G Special Writer

Succulents, plants that store water in their leaves and stems, have been popping up across the United States with the same heat as their desert roots.

Amelia Oke, of St. Clair Shores, said that succulents generate a cheerful and positive atmosphere for her household.

“My succulents at home are very healthy and happy,” she said in a Facebook message, explaining how they sit on counters and dresser tops with a lifelike happiness.

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Published August 1, 2017

When it comes to driving simply for the fun of it, many car enthusiasts turn to modern-day sports cars, but for Jon Albert, of Bloomfield Hills, nothing beats the driving experience of the 1940s.

Albert owns a 1946 MG TC roadster, the third model in the “T” series manufactured by the MG Car Co. in England. It’s a car that Albert has had his eye on since he was a kid, and now that he has one, he takes it out on the road “for the sheer enjoyment of driving.”

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Published August 1, 2017

UPDATE — Police have issued an update regarding the suspect description. He is a black man, between 30 and 40 years old, about 5-foot-8 inches tall, weighing 220 pounds and wearing dark clothing, possibly including a hat. The suspect is reportedly armed with a dark automatic handgun.

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Police are currently investigating an alleged home invasion and armed robbery in Clinton Township.

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Published July 29, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — On June 30, Macomb County experienced a substantial rainfall when a fast-moving storm blasted through the area, leaving many homes and yards drenched.

But some local residents say none were quite as drenched as they were, and the rains that had preceded and followed are continuing to cause headaches for them.

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Published July 28, 2017

By Samantha Shriber
C & G Special Writer

Yard and garage sales fill the neighborhood as summer carries on.

There are various reasons to host a sale. For example, nonprofit organization Tigerlily Cat Rescue hosts an annual sale in Sterling Heights to raise money for feline rescue services.

Others put on sales in relation to moving, to create more space in their homes or simply to remove the burden of neglected items.

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