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Published May 4, 2015

WARREN — Like many veterans of World War II, Steve Scarsella speaks little about his military service, other than to say he did the job he was asked to do.

He was born in Italy and came to the United States in 1937. He was made a citizen when he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943. Eight months later, he landed in northern France to fight the Germans on D-Day.

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Published May 1, 2015

WARREN — Hawke Fracassa, a journalist-turned-mayoral-candidate known for his unabashed opinions and for wearing his heart on his sleeve, died suddenly April 30, sources confirmed at press time.

A career newspaperman who worked as a reporter and editor at The Detroit News, Fracassa, 55, had filed to oppose Mayor Jim Fouts in this year’s Warren election. He ran as a Republican for the Michigan Senate last year, and in the past also unsuccessfully ran for various seats, including the Warren City Council.

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Published April 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — As artillery and troops traveled overseas to fight in World War II, metro Detroiters who remained at home stayed productive by making the equipment needed to defeat the Axis powers.

Ron Lamparter, who owns the Defense Corridor Center for Collaboration and Synergy in Sterling Heights, said dozens of books and tens of thousands of pages have been written about Detroit’s role as the “Arsenal of Democracy” in World War II.

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Published April 29, 2015

Editor's note: This story about a local 'Rosie the Riveter' is one of a handful included in a full-length C & G Newspapers feature commemorating the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, the end of World War II in Europe. The war in Europe ended with the surrender of Nazi Germany on May 8, 1945. Click here for more V-E Day stories from our coverage area.

Blanche Skee, 94, Warren

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Published April 29, 2015

• Warren Mayor Jim Fouts will host an event recognizing all military veterans on the 70th anniversary of V-E Day. The program will begin at 2 p.m. May 8 in the atrium of Warren City Hall, north of 12 Mile Road and just east of Van Dyke Avenue. There will be several special guest speakers. All veterans from any city are invited to attend the program, but veterans of World War II can register in advance with the Mayor’s Office by calling (586) 574-4515.

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Published April 29, 2015

WARREN — “The American GIs were angels of mercy to us,” concentration camp prisoner Victoria “Olga” Lechniak said. “These are the men who freed us from death.” 

As the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day approaches, the 78-year-old Warren resident looked back on the horrors of World War II that she endured as a young child. She remembers death everywhere, bombs erupting, no food, no water.

“Wherever we go, the devil is greeting us all the time,” she said, and it was the Lord that got her through.

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Published April 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Not every American who fought for victory during World War II wore a uniform on foreign shores.

You won’t find their tales often in history books, but rather in journals and family photo albums.

The work done and sacrifices made by women during the war are heroic in their own right, though those ladies aren’t always given the full credit they’re due.

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Published April 28, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The most destructive war ever fought in Europe ended on May 8, 1945. That point in time will forever be known to history as V-E Day.

For those who lived through the war, it was both the end and the beginning.

Gone forever were millions of lives. Millions more were left grieving, homeless and hungry, struggling to pick up the pieces of their shattered world. Towns that had stood for centuries were obliterated. It was a cataclysm never before seen, the end result of maniacal nationalism and industrialized war.

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Published April 27, 2015

WARREN — As expected, the list of candidates running for city offices in Warren swelled at the filing deadline April 22. But it remains to be seen who’ll run where, and who will ultimately be deemed eligible to run.

The answers to those questions now hinge on events scheduled for May 4.

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Published April 22, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — State lawmakers and department heads are communicating to the public about Proposal 1 and how funds would be dispersed if voters approve the proposal.

On March 23, officials held a Proposal 1 town hall meeting at the Macomb Intermediate School District. Anyone from the public could attend and ask questions.

State Rep. Marilyn Lane, D-Fraser, helmed the meeting. She is the vice chairwoman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

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Published April 22, 2015

WARREN — With Arbor Day approaching April 24, students who attend Wilkerson Elementary School in Warren Consolidated Schools will again plant trees at home in an effort to support environmental awareness.

On April 15 and 16, students received an eastern white pine tree seedling to take home and plant. Fourth-grader Sophia Fantin, fifth-grader Frank Fantin and fourth-grader Cameron Carrier helped the students by placing the seedlings in a plastic bag with some mulch and water for each student to take.

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Published April 22, 2015

Pictured is the front page of Warren Woods Tower High School’s The Legend student newspaper published in October 1984. The issue’s top stories — written by students — covered the approaching homecoming festivities, a feature on newly hired teachers at the school, and an update on the WWT yearbook staff.

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Published April 22, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/WARREN — Local high school students interested in certain careers are encouraged to check out the teen academies that Macomb Community College officials are providing this summer.

The academies — which include media and communication arts, biotechnology and robotics — are designed to give students the opportunity to perform hands-on activities taught by professionals in each field. There are two new academies this year: computer programming and apprenticeships.

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Published April 21, 2015

WARREN — This Saturday, the hometown rockers will let Joe Sgroi know how they really feel about him.

On April 25, the local rock ‘n’ roll community will band together to roast Sgroi, a concert promoter who has been a staple on the metro Detroit music scene for the past 45 years. To celebrate the milestone, those who know Sgroi well will tell their best personal stories about him, reminisce, crack a few quips, and offer some “Sgroisms.”

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Published April 18, 2015

WARREN — City officials are set to consider a tax break that could help land another huge General Motors investment in Warren.

The City Council was scheduled to meet April 21, after the Warren Weekly went to press, to discuss a tax abatement for an investment of more than $419 million in real property at the GM Tech Center north of 12 Mile, between Van Dyke and Mound. The figures were included in an application filed by GM with the office of Warren City Clerk Paul Wojno on Feb. 24.

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Published April 17, 2015

WARREN — A 28-year-old Warren man jailed on a child abuse charge earlier this month may soon be facing a more serious allegation.

Police said the 21-month-old girl that Gregory Lowe was accused of shaking died early April 16, five days after she was removed from life support at Detroit’s St. John Hospital.

Lowe was arrested April 4 at a home in the 21000 block of La Salle, north of Eight Mile and west of Gratiot, following an investigation that began with a 911 call from the child’s mother at 2:40 p.m.

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Published April 15, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — Grab your helmet and your favorite bicycle because it’s almost time to pedal your way around metro Detroit.

Macomb County will soon be inundated with bikes and riders, all traveling specific routes of differing lengths as part of CARE of Southeastern Michigan’s third annual Bike PATH fundraiser.

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Published April 15, 2015

WARREN — Every year, Macomb County educators are nominated by their peers, parents and students to be considered the outstanding teachers of the year in their respective school buildings.

From there, each building winner competes through the Macomb Intermediate School District to determine the outstanding teachers for the elementary, middle and high school levels throughout the county.

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Published April 10, 2015

WARREN — Clues led police to a shallow grave in the northern Lower Peninsula last June, where the body of 51-year-old Kim Dejohn was found.

A long legal process will bring her husband, Loyd Dejohn, back to a Warren courtroom April 16, where a judge will decide if he’ll stand trial for her murder.

Loyd Dejohn, 47, was declared fit to stand trial Feb. 26 after a competency hearing before 37th District Court Judge Matthew Sabaugh.

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Published April 10, 2015

WARREN — Mayor Jim Fouts said Warren weathered the “year of the storm” in 2014. Heading into the months to come, his eyes are now set on a potentially huge corporate investment and new initiatives dealing with medical marijuana growers and blight.

Before he addressed a crowd of community leaders, city officials, residents and guests gathered at Warren’s Andiamo Italia on April 9, the mayor remained tight-lipped about the specifics of the looming investment, but he said it was expected to create a minimum of 2,500 jobs over the next five years.

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