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Published September 5, 2017

TROY — Troy Family Daze will offer food, fun, entertainment, cultural attractions and midway rides on the grounds of the Troy Civic Center Sept. 14-17. 

Troy Family Daze is modeled after the city-sponsored Troy Daze Festival, which the city of Troy sponsored in various forms for 42 years. The City Council voted to forgo hosting the popular community event in 2010 due to budget constraints. 

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Published September 5, 2017

TROY — Find out the reasons you should put some items in your recycling bin and others in the trash when Victoria Czapski, community education coordinator for GFL Environmental,  presents “Toss or Turn — Sustainable Recycling” 11 a.m.-noon Sept. 19 at the Troy Public Library. 

Czapski will explain what can be recycled and why when she speaks at the library. She gives presentations to schools, Scouts, community organizations and senior citizen groups free of charge in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. 

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Published September 5, 2017

TROY — Did you know that the founder of the Boy Scouts of America, Ernest Thompson Seton, wanted to make the skunk the national emblem? 

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Published September 4, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Just because it’s almost time to close up the pools doesn’t mean the outdoor recreation season is finished.

In fact, according to Oakland County Parks and Recreation Executive Director Dan Stencil, now is the time when county residents come out in droves to enjoy the system’s most popular resource: its walking trails.

“The bugs are down, the air is crisp and the opportunities are bountiful to enjoy the 68 miles of trails in Oakland County parks,” Stencil said.

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Published August 31, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Regional water issues such as the Flint water crisis and toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie have brought to the forefront the importance of monitoring the lakes, said state Rep. Kevin Hertel, D-St. Clair Shores.

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Published August 29, 2017

TROY — It took 14 firefighters to move the 800-pound dining table from the old 5,116-square-foot fire station on Maple Road to the newly constructed $4 million, 10,500-square-foot Fire Station 4 next door. 

Troy Fire Station 4 Lt. Shawn Hugg joked that the station was designed around the table. 

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Published August 29, 2017

TROY — Educators in the Troy School District will use strategies they learned this summer to strengthen students’ reading and writing skills. 

A dozen teachers and administrators traveled to Columbia University this summer to participate in the Columbia University Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, and staff from the program presented a four-day program called Home Grown Institutes to about 60 teachers, administrators and educators at Hamilton Elementary School Aug. 14-17. 

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Published August 29, 2017

TROY — The Troy Public Library will observe Patriot Week with programs in September that explore the role the U.S. played in World War I and World War II.

Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Michael Warren spearheaded Patriot Week in 2009 with his daughter, Leah, who was 10 at the time.

According to patriotweek.org, “Patriot Week renews America’s spirit by celebrating the first principles, founding fathers and other patriots, vital documents and speeches, and flags that make America the greatest nation in world history.”

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Published August 29, 2017

TROY — Work on a new roof for the 52-4 District Court — which is city property that is leased to Oakland County — will wait until Troy city officials apprise county officials of a ballot question pertaining to city-owned property that voters will consider in November. 

At its Aug. 21 meeting, the City Council pulled an item on the consent agenda — a $585,132 award to Schreiber Corp., the low bidder,  to replace the court’s roof — and unanimously tabled it until the Sept. 11 meeting. 

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Published August 29, 2017

The city of Holland will say “welkom” to anyone wanting to delve a little deeper into the area’s rich Dutch history when it hosts the annual State History Conference Sept. 22-24.

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Published August 28, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — The steamy, sunny summer made for great swimming conditions at various lakes around Oakland County.

But families weren’t the only ones enjoying the water. High levels of bacteria from algal blooms were found at a number of local lakes.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality notified the Oakland County Health Division earlier this month that harmful algal blooms, or HABs, had been detected in White Lake Township’s Sugden Lake and in Pontiac Lake, in Waterford and White Lake townships.

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Published August 23, 2017

TROY — Four newcomers will take on Mayor Pro Tem Ellen Hodorek and Councilmen Paul McCown and Ed Pennington in the general election Nov. 7. 

Three four-year terms are open, and seven candidates are running: Hodorek, McCown, Pennington, and newcomers Kumar Giri, Mark Gunn, David Hamilton and Sunil Sivaraman. 

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Published August 23, 2017

TROY — The Troy Youth All Star Chess Club has set up shop at the Troy Public Library — with the blessing of library staff. 

Christopher Hausner has helped to organize the club for a number of years. The club started out at the Troy Community Center. 

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Published August 23, 2017

TROY — After plans for a mixed-use center stalled during the economic downturn, and three separate presentations were made before the Planning Commission in recent months, the Troy City Council approved plans for a planned unit development on 4.7 acres at Big Beaver and John R roads. 

The council unanimously approved plans Aug. 7 submitted by Brian Najor, of Najor Cos., for two retail buildings, four apartment buildings totaling 96 units, and a 780-square-foot community center on the north side of Big Beaver Road, east of John R Road. 

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Published August 23, 2017

TROY — More than 100 juried painters, potters, photographers, woodworkers, fiber and stained glass artists, and authors will bring their best to the 43rd annual Northfield Hills Art on the Lake. 

 “Some of our artists are like our family,” said Connie Kohn, who coordinates the show with Kathleen Deburghgraeve. “Most of our artists have been with us for many years,” Kohn said. 

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Published August 23, 2017

TROY — Troy Public Library patrons of all ages read books; downloaded music, magazines and e-books; and attended library programs as part of the summer reading program June 17-Aug. 12. 

Constance Doherty, head of adult information services for the Troy Public Library, said 109 patrons registered in the adult program and a total of 324 activities were logged to qualify for prizes — activities like book reviews, attendance at programs, and downloads of e-books, magazines and music.

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Published August 23, 2017

TROY — The Troy City Council approved a five-year employment agreement with City Manager Brian Kischnick in a 6-1 vote Aug. 7. 

City Councilwoman Edna Abrahim voted against the approval. 

Abrahim said she had no comment on her vote, as it was “human resource related.”

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Published August 22, 2017

Police continue to investigate a car crash that took the life of Cassandra Hunter, 27, of Innisfil, Ontario, on southbound Interstate 75, south of Crooks Road, in the early hours of Aug. 20.

According to a police report, Hunter was a passenger in a black 1984 Mazda R7A being driven by a 29-year-old man from Innisfil, Ontario, at 1:30 a.m. when a 35-year-old Warren man driving a red 2002 Ford F-150 pickup truck rear-ended the Mazda, causing the Mazda to catch fire immediately.

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Published August 16, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Your home is your special space to relax and unwind after the day’s stresses. But before you can sit down and let loose, is your décor living up to its safe haven obligations? 

“Color definitely plays a huge role,” interior designer Carolyn Heikkila, of St. Clair Shores, said. “Color theory definitely plays on our emotions. For instance, red is known to cause high blood pressure, along with other bright colors.” 

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Published August 15, 2017

TROY — Although the Troy City Council indefinitely postponed taking action to place a citizen-initiated charter amendment proposal on the November ballot, the proposal will be on the ballot anyway in accordance with Home Rule Act of Michigan. 

“The city clerk is obligated to submit it,” Troy City Attorney Lori Grigg-Bluhm told the council at its Aug. 7 meeting. 

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