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Published April 13, 2011

Though a swimming pool and a ping-pong table raise a racket just steps away, chess players stay focused on the board during a recent practice.

They have to.

During tournaments, some players on the Troy All Star Chess Club, who are nationally ranked, must sit still for more than four hours. Given that the players’ ages range from 4 to 13, that’s no small feat.

They even play against adults — and win.

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Published April 6, 2011

TROY — Since October, Troy resident Taylor Kanas has been fighting negative anaplastic large cell lymphoma, an aggressive rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

The Troy resident has bravely endured chemotherapy, an emergency biopsy, lost her hair, faced a relapse, and is in need of bone marrow transplant to save her life.

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Published March 30, 2011

TROY — You can buy Better Made snacks, Faygo and Vernors soft drinks, Germack peanuts and pistachios, American Coney Island kits, Sanders sweets, Pewabic Pottery pieces, and a local rocker’s beer all in one place — and make a difference in the lives of metro Detroiters.

The Detroit Shoppe, located at Somerset Collection North, opened for the first time last fall and closed in early January. It has reopened with new items and the same focus — to raise funds for local charities and awareness of Detroit’s cultural, sports and iconic gems.

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Published March 23, 2011

The Troy School District’s all-day kindergarten program will stay after the Board of Education heeded numerous parents’ wishes that the program not change in light of budget cuts the district is considering.

The district faces an $8 million cut in funding based on Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed budget, Troy school officials say. The board will consider the budget proposals at its April 19 regular meeting and must adopt the 2011-2012 budget by July 1.

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Published February 16, 2011

TROY — For Troy resident and car guy Pierre Chrest, it’s not about the time or money he spends fixing up cars and motorcycles.

He’s worked on the champagne-colored 1963-1/2 Ford Galaxie Fastback he’ll show at Autorama on and off for eight years.

Chrest, 65, has worked on cars and motorcycles since the ‘60s.

“I like anything mechanical,” he said. “I like to mess around with stuff.”

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Published February 9, 2011

STERLING HEIGHTS — Where one might see a scraggly weed, Patti Cooper-Koerner sees a plant beautiful in its own right, even if it hasn’t been given the vaunted status of a flower.

But Cooper-Koerner, Sterling Heights’ Artist of the Month for February, acknowledges that she doesn’t see the world like most people do. She revels in the beauty of common things, a gift she credits to a life-altering near-death experience nine years ago.

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