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Published January 6, 2016

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington Public Schools Board of Education members unanimously approved a kindergarten through fifth grade, sixth through eighth grade and ninth through 12th grade configuration during a Dec. 15 school board meeting.

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Published January 6, 2016

WALLED LAKE/FARMINGTON HILLS — Justin Howard loves the Oakland County Competitive Robotics Association so much that his daughter was born while he was in Florida during an OCCRA competition in 2002.

The OCCRA volunteer is bringing up his children, including twin preteen boys, to have a love of robotics. They are involved in competition at the middle school level.

As a mentor for both a high school team and a middle school OCCRA team, Howard has been a part of the organization for the past 15 years.

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Published January 6, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS/FARMINGTON HILLS — Lovers of classical music will have not one, but two opportunities to see a trio of accomplished musicians perform works by some of the world’s most famous composers.

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Published January 4, 2016

WALLED LAKE/FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington Hills resident Christine Scott wanted her cousin Bridget Henderson and husband John and their four children to have a very merry Christmas this year.

That is why the 41-year-old decided to nominate them for a surprise Christmas shopping spree.

“In the last couple of years, John has had some really bad health issues,” Scott said. “It started out with his thyroid. Recently, within the last two months, he had a stroke. He is 40 years old.”

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Published January 4, 2016

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — The upcoming year is nearly upon us, and the Farmington community experienced many highs and some lows in 2015.

Read the handful of touching and sometimes tragic stories that occurred this past year.

New city manager begins
Former Farmington City Manager Vincent Pastue announced his decision to leave his post during a November 2014 Farmington City Council meeting after nearly 12 years on the job. The new year of 2015 started out with officials looking for his replacement.

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Published December 31, 2015

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — To Eleanor Winters, her latest exhibit, “A la Mémoire des Enfants Déportés,” is not pretty, she said pointedly. 

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Published December 23, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — The Farmington/Farmington Hills Education Foundation received an early Christmas gift this year: a $10,000 donation from AT&T.

The funding will go toward an enrichment program called Destination Imagination.

“We are especially delighted for the support —  this is the biggest outside funding we were able to secure for Destination Imagination. The burden of how to make it work always fell on parents and volunteers,” foundation Executive Director Nancy J. H. Jennings said recently.

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Published December 22, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington Hills resident Paula Miller, 71, is ready to go back to the yesteryear of Detroit, to when she visited Willow Run Airport in the 1950s as a child.

Miller and many others will get the chance to relive their youth during an upcoming Dine and Discover series at the Costick Activities Center.

The Farmington Hills Center for Active Adults will host four Dine and Discover events starting in January at the Costick Center, which is on 11 Mile Road, between Middlebelt and Inkster.  

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Published December 22, 2015

We asked local kids to send us their letters to pass along to Santa at the North Pole. All kids who submitted a letter have also been entered into a drawing to win an ice-skating party. We'll announce the winner in early January, so stay tuned.

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Published December 22, 2015

WATERFORD — Mary Dosch will soon take her career into her hands, literally, after graduating from Oakland Community College’s sign language interpreter program.

“Our program is pretty special,” the Royal Oak resident said. “I’m really looking forward to being certified and being out in the community.”

Dosch, an OCC Highland Lakes Campus third-year student, is in the associate degree program, which began offering classes in 2004.

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Published December 21, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — To the homeless cats and dogs at the Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center, don’t worry — Santa got your wish list.

All year round, the center accepts donations of items on its Amazon.com Wish List. Generous animal lovers can head to the Amazon website and purchase a variety of items, from dog treats to kitty litter, to be shipped directly to the nonprofit shelter.

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Published December 16, 2015

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — From candles on the Christmas trees to the hand-embroidered ornaments to hang them on, the holidays looked a bit different during the Victorian era.

The Governor Warner Mansion, 33805 Grand River Ave. in Farmington, will celebrate the season with Christmas cheer by bringing back the festivities and traditions of old, during special holiday tours 1-5 p.m. Dec. 16, 20 and 27. The event costs $3, or $1 for children ages 9 and younger.

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Published December 16, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington Hills City Manager David Boyer has been in office for about two months, and his vision for developing a better quality of life for Farmington Hills residents is stronger than ever.

“We want to make it a place that is attractive to people to move in here. We want to maintain the same levels that people expect … and also (find) ways we can attract our businesses to come and stay here —  it’s a great community,” Boyer said.

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Published December 15, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — It’s time for students to dust off their parents’ analog clocks and get back to the simpler times, when homework wasn’t interrupted by the ping of status updates and tweets. 

At least that is the vision of Sarah Ward, a practicing speech-language pathologist and nationwide speaker on developing and supporting executive function-based skills. 

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Published December 14, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — When the flakes fall in Oakland County, you can count on a few things: Some schools will close, roads will get a bit slippery, and the roar of snowblowers will fill the air.

But you can also count on throngs of nature lovers heading to the county’s parks for a little cold-weather fun, according to Independence Oaks Park Supervisor DJ Coffey. Despite the warmer-than-normal temperatures we’ve enjoyed so far, Coffey and his staff are gearing up for one of Oakland County Parks’ most popular seasons.

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Published December 9, 2015

FARMINGTON — The potential redevelopment of the Maxfield Training Center, and century-old houses near it, sparked members of one local group to launch a petition to save buildings they consider historic.

Preservation Farmington, a nascent history advocacy group, was co-founded by locals Maria Taylor, Jena Stacey and Marilyn Weimar, who were originally members of the Farmington Historical Commission. 

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Published December 8, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — How do you teach youth to interact with music in the 21st century?

From rearranging musical pieces to experiencing a musician’s vantage point, Lanigan Elementary School students learned about music in a new light Dec. 3 after a visit from the Aeolus Quartet.

During the presentation, members of the string quartet interacted with students through singing and performing. Students also heard excerpts from classical and contemporary works, according to a press release.

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Published December 2, 2015

WATERFORD — Shopping local has never been more popular with consumers. But small businesses can’t always stay open as long as their big box competitors, and customers sometimes choose between conscience and convenience.

Luckily, the Oakland County Market will host its popular Holiday Shopping Nights again this year, so busy buyers can shop from local farmers and artisans during special evening hours.

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Published December 2, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington Hills resident Millie Burns, 81, has enjoyed her life raising her eight children with her husband in metro Detroit.

But when her kids grew up and left the house and her husband passed away, Burns decided to venture out and experience Detroit in a new way with a senior group.

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Published December 1, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — Steeped in the history of medieval southern England, wassail — a spiced ale or wine drunk to promote a good apple harvest for the next year — will be celebrated as in olden days at Oakland Community College’s Orchard Ridge Campus.

The 29th annual wassail dinner will be held 6-10 p.m. Dec. 10 at the campus, 27055 Orchard Lake Road. The cost is $65.

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