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Published April 23, 2012

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — When the Michigan Nature Association returns to “celebrate its roots,” the phrase takes on several meanings.

When the MNA hosted a hike through the Wilcox-Warnes Nature Sanctuary in Shelby Township April 18 as part of its 60th anniversary odyssey tour, it was a unique opportunity for the group that was founded by bird aficionados who frequented what was then known as Metropolitan Beach Metropark in Harrison Township.

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Published April 16, 2012

UTICA — To celebrate the Fourth of July and its riverfront, the city of Utica will have “bombs bursting in air.”

After a unanimous vote by the City Council April 10, the city will have fireworks shows July 6 and 7 as part of the 2012 Riverwalk Festival. The shows will be done by ACE Pyro, which also provided fireworks for the 2012 ice festival in downtown Utica.

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Published March 6, 2012

UTICA — To many of their clients, the Messier family and the staff at Real Estate Professional Services in Utica are God’s gift to real estate.

Real Estate Professional Services, or REPS, has been selling professional properties since 1971 and speciaizes in churches, helping all manner of denominations find new homes and say goodbye to old ones.

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Published February 1, 2012

ROYAL OAK — On a hot summer day, the Heritage Park Splash Pad in Farmington Hills is a popular place for families.

Royal Oak residents could have their own place to cool down in warm weather as early as 2013, if a proposal to build a splash park and two picnic shelters in Grant Park is approved.

The Rehabilitation Board of Appeals will host a public hearing in late February to get input on a proposal to use Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to build a splash pad water park and pavilions at the north side of the park, located on Fourth Street.

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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 24, 2011

STERLING HEIGHTS — Benjamin Orjada wants the world to know he’s just like anyone else.

He might see it through different eyes, having to work harder to pick up social cues that come naturally to most other people, but that doesn’t make him inferior to others, just different.

And when the 17-year-old junior at Stevenson High School shared that message at the Michigan district championship of the Optimist International Oratorical Contest recently, it won him the top prize, a $2,500 scholarship.

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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 February 28, 2011

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A red-letter day in American history will be remembered for posterity locally now that a piece of the World Trade Center towers has a new home in Fire Station No. 1.

The Shelby Township Fire Department received part of an I-beam recovered from the Twin Towers Feb. 15, about 15 months after Chief Gene Shepherd applied for a grant to house one of the historical objects in the township.

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Published February 28, 2011

STERLING HEIGHTS — With the world fast becoming one big village, schools are trying to keep up, doing their best to see that students are connected to one another and can learn about different ways of life.

And for one day in February, sixth-grade students at Oakbrook Elementary were able to learn all about schools and community in Wales without ever leaving their school when five students and two administrators from Barry Island Primary School came to visit.

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Published February 23, 2011

UTICA/GROSSE POINTE CITY — With an announcement that it has filed for bankruptcy reorganization, Borders Group said that it would be closing two local stores in the next few weeks.

The Borders locations in Utica and Grosse Pointe are among the stores across the country slated to close in the next several weeks to help the book-selling company reposition itself as a competitor, company officials said in a news release Feb. 16.

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Published February 9, 2011

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Frank Jolliff has lived in the Shelby Township/Utica area for most of his life.

He graduated from Utica High School and taught at several schools in the Roseville school district.

In fact, pretty much the only time he hasn’t lived in metro Detroit was January 1968 to January 1969, time he spent serving in Vietnam.

“When I got out of Vietnam, they discharged me in San Francisco, and I came home,” said the 63-year-old Jolliff. “I had the typical nightmares and the flashbacks.”

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Published February 2, 2011

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A bright orange bag flies through the air toward a victim that has fallen through the ice, an attempt by the firefighter to help pull him to shore while other emergency workers are suiting up to go out and rescue him.

The line falls short, is pulled back and has to be packed back into the bag before it can be thrown again. Precious seconds tick by as the bag has to be thrown out a third time, finally reaching its mark.

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