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Published October 16, 2017

This photograph, taken in August 1936 at the Packard Proving Grounds, shows Proving Grounds manager Charles Vincent, left, with his secretary, Milton Forester. They are inspecting a 1937 Packard 1500 Super 8 touring sedan that had just come off the testing areas. The model was introduced in September 1936. This photograph was given to the Packard Motor Car Foundation by Vincent’s oldest daughter, Dorothea, as a restoration guide for the water tower. Note the checkerboard pattern on the tower tank.

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Published October 16, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The township is partnering with Macomb County Animal Control, the Macomb Food Program, Clinton Township and Pet Supplies Plus to help elderly pet owners living in county-subsidized senior housing complexes.

The initiative kicked off when township employees heard from Meals on Wheels volunteers that seniors were sharing delivered meals with their furry companions. There are seven such complexes in the county that allow pets.

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Published October 16, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Oct. 10, local officials gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new trail connection between the Macomb Orchard Trail at Dequindre Road and Gene Shepherd Park, located near Dequindre and 23 Mile roads.

The project is the latest phase of the Iron Belle Trail in Shelby Township. Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail project includes a proposed 1,259-mile hiking route and a 744-mile biking route connecting Ironwood, Michigan, in the Upper Peninsula to Belle Isle Park in Detroit.

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Published October 16, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Oct. 14, a steady line of umbrellas snaked along the paved walking path at Stony Creek Metropark as part of the local chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s third annual Out of the Darkness walk.

Organizers estimated that approximately 600 people who were either touched by suicide or are sympathetic to those at risk came out, despite there being no respite from the rain.

Co-chair Lisa Matway said the goal was to raise $25,000; at press time, participants had raised more than $50,000.

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Published October 16, 2017

UTICA — On Oct. 10, the Utica City Council voted to make two separate parks out of the grassy area adjacent to Utica City Hall that, up until Dec. 13, 2016, had been colloquially called Memorial Park.

The site of the Veterans Memorial will now be called “Memorial Park.” The other portion of the grassy area will be called “Jacqueline K. Noonan Riverwalk Park.”

The compromise came after hours of back-and-forth during two Utica City Council meetings, as well as an ad hoc committee meeting and a Utica Downtown Development Authority meeting.

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Published October 16, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Autumn hues and seasonal harvest favorites will be on hand during the Harvest Festival, the last weekly event of the 2017 Shelby Farmers Market season at the Packard Proving Grounds.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, the Shelby Farmers Market will feature an array of farmers and vendors, as well as live music and free tours of the historic site, rain or shine.

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Published October 10, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Halloween is a scary time of year, with ghosts and goblins lurking around every corner, but for the millions of families managing food allergies, the most frightening thing about it is often the treats.

“What people might not know is that 1 in 13 kids in the U.S. have a food allergy,” said Nancy Gregory, senior director of communications at Food Allergy Research and Education.

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Published October 9, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Shelby Township Beautification Committee recently honored those who labor lovingly to provide the aesthetic portion of the “terrific township,” as Supervisor Rick Stathakis is prone to saying at Board of Trustees meetings.

Committee co-chair Erika Zoller narrated a video presentation at the Oct. 3 Board of Trustees meeting, honoring five residential properties and one business. The committee toured gardens nominated by the public through the Clerk’s Office to determine the winners.

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Published October 9, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Saturday, Oct. 14, and Wednesday, Oct. 18, are two dates that Shelby Township officials would like residents to mark down.

Oct. 14 will be a day full of three family fun events, while Oct. 18 is the date selected for the township’s annual community visioning event to help determine its top 10 priorities for 2018.

The annual Shelby Township Fire Department Open House, the Shelby Township Police Department Community Shred Day and the Halloween Spooktacular all land on Oct. 14.

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Published October 9, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Sept. 27, the Macomb County Executive’s Office announced that the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) board had approved a $4.5 million performance-based grant to ease Amazon’s move into the southeast corner of 23 Mile and Mound roads.

The Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development worked with the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) to secure state support of the project.

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Published October 9, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The sale of Shelby Manor has a firm new sell-by date: Dec. 15, 2017.

Township Attorney Rob Huth has been working with the purchaser to find a favorable compromise for both parties. Two new developments recently approved by the Board of Trustees include lowering the purchase price to $14 million and extending the due diligence period another 30 days.

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Published October 9, 2017

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP — Emergency personnel throughout Macomb County are participating in a live mass casualty training exercise in Washington Township from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 10.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, along with local fire departments and EMS providers from around the county, will be involved in the training exercise, which was organized with the assistance from the Macomb County Medical Control Authority.

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Published October 6, 2017

From sprawling apple orchards to pick-your-own pumpkin patches, Michigan offers plenty of ways to spend a crisp autumn day. But if you’re looking for something a little more active — and you’re up for a challenge — it’s time to get in on the corn maze craze.

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