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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 28, 2017

WALLED LAKE/WEST BLOOMFIELD — High school can be a hard time for anyone, and sometimes mental health takes a back seat, especially during the school year.

Friendship Circle’s UMatter program has been around for two years, helping teens deal with social anxiety and isolation. 

The West Bloomfield-based nonprofit will be expanding its program to work with students at local high schools during the 2017-18 school year. 

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Published August 25, 2017

ORCHARD LAKE — After 26 years, the Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary remains one of the city’s gems. With 50 acres of rolling hills surrounded by two lakes, it’s a popular spot for residents and visitors.

Former Mayor Leo Larkin headed up the project of creating the sanctuary during his tenure in 1991. Since then, the sanctuary has grown to be a favorite local destination.

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Published August 23, 2017

The West Bloomfield Police Department raided a home in Detroit early Wednesday morning. 

At around 8 a.m. Aug. 23, WBPD detectives executed a search warrant at a home in the 17000 block of Dean Street, said Curt Lawson, deputy police chief of the West Bloomfield Police Department.

The raid was conducted as a result of an investigation into a death in West Bloomfield earlier this month.

On Aug. 8, a 26-year-old West Bloomfield woman died of an overdose of heroin laced with fentanyl, according to police.

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Published August 21, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — If it takes a village to raise a child, West Bloomfield Youth Assistance is here to help with its newest program, “Parenting on the Go.”

The program, hosted by WBYA, features four-minute videos on different topics about parenting. The videos are available to watch on the WBYA and Civic Center TV websites. 

Melanie Trobert, co-chair of the project, pitched the idea to the board because she wanted to get information to parents in a way that doesn’t feel overwhelming.

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Published August 21, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Close out Labor Day weekend by getting some exercise and supporting a good cause: This year’s Walk4Friendship will take place Sunday, Sept. 3. 

The 12th annual Walk4Friendship is a charity event hosted by West Bloomfield-based nonprofit Friendship Circle. The walk began in 2005 as a way to fundraise for the organization and bring the community together. 

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Published August 21, 2017

FERNDALE — Maxim Vinogradov always imagined having a conversation with Tennessee Williams, and what Vinogradov, as a young writer, could learn from the famous playwright seemed endless. 

That was the thought that inspired Vinogradov, a West Bloomfield High School graduate and University of Michigan junior, to write “A Night of Stars with Tennessee Williams.” 

The play brings the audience into Williams’ life and is being produced by the Slipstream Theatre Initiative in Ferndale.

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Published August 17, 2017

KEEGO HARBOR — Drivers in Keego Harbor should expect delays and even detours as construction workers repair Cass Lake Road between Orchard Lake Road and Otter Avenue. 

The Road Commission for Oakland County, along with contractor Cipparone Contracting, is replacing concrete slabs along Cass Lake Road that have begun to deteriorate. The work started Aug. 14.

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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 14, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Officials say West Bloomfield Township is known for being a safe community, and now it has the recognition to prove it.  

The township has been recognized by the National Council for Home Safety and Security as one of the top 10 safest communities in the country. 

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Published August 14, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Even without the best grades, there are opportunities for students to receive scholarships for college. 

The Students Taking Renewed Interest in the Value of Education scholarship is offered by the West Bloomfield Rotary Club to students at West Bloomfield High School. 

The scholarship is awarded annually to two students who are considered at-risk but who want to get better grades and achieve more academically. 

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Published August 14, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Several community organizations worked together to give kids an unforgettable experience at the Detroit Zoo recently.

On Aug. 1, 14 kids from West Bloomfield visited the zoo’s popular penguin exhibit and had the chance to speak to a penguin expert, courtesy of community organizations West Bloomfield Youth Assistance and the West Bloomfield Optimist Club.

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Published August 14, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Did you know there’s an Oakland County Breastfeeding Coalition?

The group partners with the Oakland County Health Division and the Women, Infants and Children program to honor World Breastfeeding Week with an annual Breastfeeding-Friendly Place awards ceremony.

If you didn’t know, you’re not alone. And that’s exactly why the county is doing its part to bring awareness to breastfeeding and reducing stigma behind feeding in public places.

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Published August 10, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — There is no shortage of military expertise in the 127th Wing of Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

On Aug. 9, numerous servicemen provided members of the media with the ride of a lifetime: a nearly four-hour round-trip trek from the base in Harrison Township to a Grayling-Alpena training area and back.

Col. Jim Rossi and Col. Michael Urban were the flight’s pilots. Manning the cockpit was nothing new for either of them, as they have 28 and 14 years of experience, respectively, between them.

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Published August 9, 2017

WALLED LAKE — The Drew Crew charity is preparing for a fundraiser that will help three individuals who are forging ahead after becoming paralyzed.

The charity has selected three individuals to be named as 2017 Drew Crew Champions: Chandler McBride, a Grand Valley State University student; Matthew Klos, a graduate of the Art Institute of Boston, Massachusetts; and Drew Clayborn, a University of Michigan senior and the name behind the creation of The Drew Crew.

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Published August 9, 2017

METRO DETROIT — One of the many opportunities that going away for college provides is an outlet to establish your own décor style. Whether you prefer a beach-bum style with “hang loose” and ocean posters or hope to create a bohemian temple with sunshine pillows and tapestry-draped walls, dorm rooms and college residencies are an open canvas. 

Michigan State University sophomore Elise Tomaszewski, of St. Clair Shores, said that the most important thing to do when moving into your new home is to just be yourself. 

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Published August 4, 2017

By Maddie Forshee

ORCHARD LAKE — Boaters will soon have the chance to get a free boat wash and learn about correct washing techniques and how to prevent the spread of invasive species from experts from the community. 

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Published August 2, 2017

KEEGO HARBOR/SYLVAN LAKE — City officials in Sylvan Lake and Keego Harbor are discussing the possibility of sharing a police chief to save money.

The topic was discussed most recently at a July 20 Keego Harbor City Council meeting. Prior to that, it was also discussed July 17 at a special meeting at Keego Harbor City Hall.

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Published August 2, 2017

The Beddow family has deep roots in southeastern Michigan.  Around 1910, John Beddow, who owned a large farm at 27619 Lahser Road — at the corner of 11 Mile and Lahser roads — was postmaster of a town in that location. The town was known as Beddow as seen in this map from 1910. Thomas Ranier Beddow sold his father’s farm to the city of Southfield in 1958, and it was later incorporated into what is now known as Southfield. 

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Published August 2, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Kansas native Millie Dillmount arrives in New York City to start a new life as the Roaring 1920s build steam in “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” which the Heart of the Hills Players are bringing to the stage.

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