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Published December 2, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The winter blast has already arrived in metro Detroit, one month before the actual season commences, and where there’s snow, there’s an individual trying to do away with the mess.

Many experts seem to agree on one thing: As long as you rid your property of snow, it doesn’t really matter how you do it.

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Published December 1, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The winter flurries have already arrived and local officials are doing their best to educate the public on the perils of the season.

The National Weather Service has predicted a slightly warmer winter when compared to last year, with the same amount or less snowfall. However, more wet snow is expected.

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Published December 1, 2015

FRASER — As Sue Bertolini-Fox continues to work in her fourth decade of making pottery, there seems to be no end in sight.

The Fraser resident became in tune with her craft in the early 1980s while attending Oakland Community College, when her children were still relatively young.

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Published November 30, 2015

METRO DETROIT — About 20 members of the Osak family, their friends and supporters packed into vans and headed to the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly last December.

They went to honor Edward John Osak Sr., the family’s patriarch, a Warren resident who had served honorably as an infantryman in the U.S. Army during World War II. Osak had remained as sharp as a tack through the years. He’d kept his wit, was spry enough to bowl and continued to be an ardent supporter of veterans until his death, just days after his 90th birthday in September 2014.

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Published November 24, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Christmastime is as good as any to recognize those who have permanently left families and friends.

Wreaths Across America is inviting the public to share in the remembrance of veterans for the sixth straight year at Resurrection Cemetery, in Clinton Township.

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Published November 24, 2015

FRASER — For the second time in nearly a decade, the Fraser High School marching band will perform at halftime during a college football bowl game.

The Ramblers will join other marching bands from around the country by performing at the Russell Athletic Bowl, which is held in Orlando, Florida.

The band last performed in 2006 during the Chic-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia, and has also participated in America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade five times.

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Published November 24, 2015

FRASER — A new era in Fraser politics is officially underway.

On Nov. 16, Mayor Joe Nichols and the newly elected members of the Fraser City Council — Michael Lesich, Patrice Schornak, Yvette Foster and Kathy Blanke — were sworn in by three local judges.

The special meeting at City Hall began with an introduction by the Fraser Honor Guard.

Nichols’ swearing-in took place first, and was conducted by 39th District Court Judge Marco Santia.

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Published November 24, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — It won’t be long before the Potters Market opens its doors for business.

Now in its 40th year, the Potters Market will feature around 35,000 pieces by 140 potters. They’re made to the show’s exacting standards, including many in the $5-$30 price range. It’s an event where you never know what you’ll see next, since the selection changes as items are sold and new items take their place. 

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Published November 18, 2015

LANSING — During the Nov. 3 election that included races for many city, village and township decision-makers’ seats in Oakland and Macomb counties, only about 20 percent of registered voters cast their ballots across both counties, according to the respective county clerks’ offices.

Hoping to get a better turnout at the polls on election days, state Rep. Robert Wittenberg, D-Oak Park, introduced a resolution Nov. 3 that asks the U.S. Congress to make Election Day a national holiday. Such a move would give voters the day off from work and school.

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Published November 16, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The scores for Chippewa Valley Schools students on the ACT are on the rise, according to a presentation during a Board of Education meeting earlier this month provided by Ed Skiba, director of secondary education for the district.

Across the district, 1,285 ACT exams were taken by CVS students in 2015, with an average score of 21.1, which is higher than the state average of 20.1

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Published November 16, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — A 2014 training exercise at Romeo High School showed the need for greater communications improvements for Macomb County emergency service teams, and at a press conference on Nov. 12, county leaders revealed plans to address those issues in the near future. 

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Published November 13, 2015

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP —Hundreds of veterans came out to take a stroll through history — and to be recognized for their contributions to it — during a Veterans Day event at Stahls Automotive Museum in Chesterfield Township.

Veterans of the U.S. armed forces, accompanied by family members, friends and supporters, toured the museum on Nov. 11 during special hours set aside to honor those who served their country in times of conflict and peace.

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Published November 11, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP— Projections presented to the Chippewa Valley Schools Board of Education on Nov. 2 from a Michigan State University professor show that the district will likely see decreased enrollment over the next five years.

Dr. Frederick Ignatovich, of MSU and Stanfred Consultants, presented his findings to the board, and concluded that a most likely scenario is that student population in grades K-12 will fall by 4.6 percent through 2020-21.

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Published November 9, 2015

FRASER — Joe Nichols seemingly came out of nowhere to run against City Councilman Paul Cilluffo for mayor.

But the voices of nearly 3,000 residents on Nov. 3 cemented a new era in Fraser politics, as Nichols defeated Cilluffo 52.8 percent to 47.2 percent to succeed Doug Hagerty. The final count was 1,431 votes to 1,280.

Nichols, who later said he knocked on 75 doors on the eve of Election Day, said his campaign consisted of listening to residents and what they desired to move the city forward.

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Published November 9, 2015

FRASER — The residents of Fraser voted for change in 2015.

In a crowded eight-person field vying for three four-year spots on Fraser City Council, newcomers Patrice Schornak and Yvette Foster were the top two vote-getters.

Schornak finished first, claiming 1,251 votes, or 16.8 percent.

“I’m in shock,” Schornak said shortly after results were finalized. “It’s kind of like a ‘pinch me’ moment.”

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Published November 5, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After months of tussling with partisan plans for fixing the state’s troubled roads, Michigan lawmakers moved swiftly on Election Day to approve a package of bills that supporters claim will raise $1.2 billion annually for repairs.

Proponents of the plan, which cleared the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives on Nov. 3, mostly along party lines, say it will fund repairs through $600 million in increased fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees, tempered with tax credits and $600 million in unspecified cuts to the state’s general fund.

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Published November 4, 2015

FRASER — Water is a big issue across the state.

As rates continue to increase and taxpayers are forced to adjust their own budgets for changes, smaller cities like Fraser are making strides to address systems beneath residents’ feet.

Fraser City Manager Rich Haberman spread some good news at the city’s Oct. 6 council meeting in the form of proactive grants that will better maintain the city’s sewer and stormwater systems.

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Published November 4, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Wayne Bibbs is a creative tour de force.

The Clinton Township resident owns his own photography company, has written a screenplay that he hopes turns into a film, and has written random inspirational snippets for coworkers at his full-time customer service position at DTE Energy. He has also acted on local stages for 30 years with the Warren Civic Theatre and the Algonac Community Theatre.

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Published November 4, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Growing up with a cousin who has autism, Chippewa Valley High School choir director James Pecar has always had a place in his heart for students with the condition.


As he grew into his musical career as a student and now an educator, Pecar has seen the positive impact that a good tune can have on a child with autism.


He has integrated his teachings and performances to help those with the condition, and for his efforts, he received the 2015 Stephen Tsai award from the Autism Society of Michigan in October.

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Published November 4, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — In a world stricken by poverty and disease, the importance of something like Meals on Wheels can never be understated.

The program, which is part of the Office of Senior Services within the Macomb County Community Services Agency, is designed to feed senior citizens who are unable to prepare meals for themselves due to mental or physical impairments.  

Distribution is pretty simple: Volunteers deliver hot and fresh food to seniors five days per week on a year-round basis.

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