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Published March 25, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb Township resident Tony Aued long thought about diving into novel writing, but other commitments prevented him from following through with the idea.


Raising a family and a 25-year career in the automotive industry that was sandwiched by stints as an English teacher kept Aued plenty busy, but the events surrounding a family tragedy caused him to finally write his first novel a decade ago.

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Published March 18, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — As the first week of consistent above-freezing temperatures arrived last week, so did the emergence of fresh potholes on Macomb Township roadways.

Although the Macomb County Department of Roads has already begun dispatching its patching crews throughout the county to repair potholes, addressing underlying problems with area roads will have to wait until the underground frost leaves, said Macomb Township Clerk Michael Koehs.

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Published March 17, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — “It’s not your grandpa’s factory anymore.”

That was one of many messages delivered by U.S. Rep. Candice Miller and leaders of PTI Engineered Plastics during a visit from Miller on March 11.

Miller was on hand to tour PTI’s plant in Macomb Township and present a certificate of special congressional recognition to the company for several accomplishments, including the creation of its technical academy for high school students.

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Published March 11, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Erika Neuser recently accomplished a lifelong dream to compete on “Wheel of Fortune.”

However, she did more than just compete. The Macomb Township resident walked away from the show that aired on Feb. 26 with $14,300 in winnings to go along with a trip to Belize.

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Published February 18, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — At Huron Elementary School, the dads have become D.O.G.S.

Beth Gleason, the social worker at Huron — part of Chippewa Valley Schools — believes that one of the downsides of the traditional family dynamic in education is that fathers are too often left out of the process, sometimes through no fault of their own. In this scenario, Mom is the one who stays home to take care of the kids and ends up getting involved with what’s happening at school, while Dad has to watch from the sidelines because he spends all day at work.

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Published February 18, 2015

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Published February 17, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Growth and progress were the themes of the day at Macomb Township Supervisor Janet Dunn’s third State of the Township address on Feb. 13.

Dunn delivered her 25-minute speech to a crowd of elected officials, township staff, business owners and community leaders at Sycamore Hills Golf Club during an event hosted by the Macomb County Chamber. “Stuff happens” was the recurring phrase as Dunn highlighted many of the good things that have taken place in her community over the last 12 months.

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Published February 11, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — At Huron Elementary School, the dads have become D.O.G.S.

Beth Gleason, the social worker at Huron — part of Chippewa Valley Schools — believes that one of the downsides of the traditional family dynamic in education is that fathers are too often left out of the process, sometimes through no fault of their own. In this scenario, Mom is the one who stays home to take care of the kids and ends up getting involved with what’s happening at school, while Dad has to watch from the sidelines because he spends all day at work.

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Published November 19, 2014

Shop local retailers
In 2013, the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development created a database of approximately 1,600 independent retailers throughout the county. It can be searched by category of merchandise or location. Visit www.makemacombyourhome.com/shoplocal.
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Published February 17, 2014

WARREN — Taking time to showcase how business in Macomb County is excelling, a half-dozen companies were honored at the 2014 Home in Macomb Business Awards at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom Feb. 11.

Stephen Cassin, director of the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development, said this is the second year of the awards, which they give out as part of their Home in Macomb Program to retain and attract businesses to the county.

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Published March 27, 2013

Kelly Schmidt first saw the play “Annie Get Your Gun” while visiting New York as a freshman in high school.

“It inspired me,” said Schmidt, who has directed and choreographed Dakota High School’s plays for nine years.

Schmidt knew she one day wanted to direct the Irving Berlin musical, and because of its large number of prominent roles — three male and three female — and because of the depth of talent among her current drama students, she said now was the perfect time for it.

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Published June 26, 2012

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Annette Caruso called 911 after finding her 61-year-old husband, Sam, unconscious in their home last year.

The ambulance arrived. The EMS team placed her husband, who was by that time conscious, in the back of their vehicle. Annette Caruso, 60, sat in the front of the ambulance as it drove a GPS-led route to the hospital.

Instead of driving through the adjacent subdivision, then south to Hall Road, the driver proceeded south to the unfinished, pothole-ridden road leading directly to Hall Road.

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Published May 16, 2012

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Barb Tomaszewski’s Victorian-style home stands tall among the mostly barren land between 24 Mile and 25 Mile roads.

When she first moved here at the end of 2009, the neighborhood, called Town Center, was planned to be a dense community with strict zoning ordinances.

But when the housing market collapsed, so did the Town Center development. Today, erected walls and dead-end roads act as reminders of a plan that never came to fruition.

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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 March 8, 2011

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — She has always been fascinated with them, even as a small child.

Today, Francine Alband’s interest in cemeteries has spurred quite the investigation into the history of Macomb Township.

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Published March 1, 2011

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Rain or shine, snow or sleet, he’s out there.

Whatever the weather, Michael Davey, an English teacher at L’Anse Creuse’s DiAnne M. Pellerin Center, stands just outside of the center’s front doors reading aloud.

Sometimes a group gathers, sometimes they just acknowledge him as they pass by, but either way students are taking notice.

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