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Published July 22, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — Gov. Rick Snyder signed six bills June 29 amending Michigan’s election law to eliminate February elections, which supporters say will save taxpayers money.


Prior to the amendment, elections could be held on four dates in a year, which included the fourth Tuesday in February.

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Published July 22, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — It doesn’t take many ingredients to mix up a perfect summer evening: balmy air, a few friends and some refreshing drinks to sip on as the sun sets.

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Published July 22, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — Things were going so well.


You started your seeds on time indoors or had luck finding gorgeous heirloom plants at the local greenhouse. Everything went into the ground on schedule, and the plants really took off when the weather turned from late spring to early summer.


But now the leaves of your once-lush cucumbers are yellow and brown. Your zucchini is turning to dust. Your cabbage and broccoli plants look like Swiss cheese.

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Published July 21, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — Photographer James Parker has exhibited his photos of old ranches and ghost towns in Fine Art at the Village for the past 10 years.

“When I first started doing art shows, I got a postcard about it about a week before the show,” Parker said. “I called Donna (Beaubien) and asked if I could still get in. She was very sweet and she said to send her some JPEGs. Then she said to show up and put up a shack.”

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Published July 20, 2015

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BIRMINGHAM — Seaholm High school alumna Kaitlyn Krizanic has competed in a whopping 15 pageants. She never took home a title until she entered the one contest that mattered to her the most.


“I’m Birmingham born and raised,” said the newly crowned Miss Oakland County. “This is where my heart lies.”

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Published July 20, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — Jade Williams, 21, of Oak Park, is used to being told “no” because of her epilepsy. She’s also used to surpassing people’s expectations.


Williams, a college scholarship recipient and self-taught musician, is a 2015 Miss Plus America Pageant contestant in the Miss division, and she wants to reach others through her platform of excelling regardless of what others think.


“I really want people to know just because you are epileptic you can do certain things,” she said.

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Published July 20, 2015

From hearses dating back to the 1890s to the luxury cars of today, a full sampling of vehicular history will be presented to the public at the upcoming 37th annual Concours d’Elegance of America on July 26.

The Concours d’Elegance, which used to be held at Meadow Brook Hall at Oakland University, is now located at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth.

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Published July 17, 2015

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Farmers Market has been canceled for the rest of the year due to issues getting vendors.


Amanda Hughes, recreation office assistant with the Recreation Authority of Roseville and Eastpointe, RARE, said the farmers market was originally scheduled to resume July 11 after two weeks off — but the market’s committee chose to end it prematurely for the season after having trouble getting a new farmer.

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Published July 17, 2015

Summer is the time to rhyme, thanks to Sterling Civic Theatre’s upcoming July 30-Aug. 2 production of “Seussical the Musical” at Stevenson High School.

According to organizers, this is the theater troupe’s 13th production in five years.

Executive producer Larry O’Grady said the story’s plot integrates themes and characters from the books written by children’s author Theodor Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss. Although Seuss died in 1991, O’Grady said the author’s works and characters are still familiar to children.

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Published July 17, 2015

Richard and Rose Maison’s farm was located in the Grossedale subdivision near the northern boundary of St. Clair Shores. This photograph was taken around 1900. According to the U.S. Census at that time and from notes on the image, Benjamin was 6; Rosa was 8; mother Rose was holding 2-year-old Archie; and Matilda (known as Tillie) was 4. An older daughter, possibly identified as Mary, stood near her father, Richard, who was holding the reigns of his horse.Read More

Published July 17, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — For four years now, Central Church in Madison Heights has been holding Outdoor Movie Nights, showing movies on a big inflatable screen under the stars. The films are appropriate for all ages, and there is no cost to see them.

They’ve been well-received so far, said Sam Anderson, lead pastor at Central Church.

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Published July 17, 2015

This photograph depicts the city of Berkley in the 1930s from atop the old city water tower, which was located on Bacon Avenue, just south of 12 Mile Road, on the grounds of the Berkley Department of Public Works facility.
In the photo, homes, land and even Pattengill Elementary School, which was built in 1925, can be seen.
James Tong, with the Berkley Historical Museum, came across this photo while compiling it as part of “Images of America: Berkley,” which is available at the Berkley Public Library, Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com.

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Published July 16, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  It’s the time of year when West Bloomfield gets draped in fine art.


The 13th annual Orchard Lake Fine Art Show will feature arts and crafts from no more than 150 artists July 25-26.

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Published July 15, 2015

BERKLEY — The corner of Robina Avenue and 12 Mile Road in Berkley has long been a hot spot for community events, and the trend is continuing this summer as the Robina Rhapsody brings local favorites and swan song performances each month through September.

The Robina Rhapsody is a concert series co-sponsored by the Berkley Junior Women’s Club and the Downtown Development Authority to get people into the downtown district, as well as give local musicians a chance to shine.

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Published July 14, 2015

FRASER — Mark Hemelberg said the 2014 rendition of the Fraser Lions Carnival saw estimates of 25,000-40,000 people in attendance, solidifying the event as the continued premier social affair in the city.


Hemelberg, who is the 2015 festival chairman following the retirement of former chairman and Fraser Lions Club member Dale Moase, said the festivities at Steffens Park are part of a proven formula that brings people out for four days of family fun.


This year’s carnival takes place from Thursday, July 23 to Sunday, July 26.

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Published July 13, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS/NOVI — Every year for the past 30 years, Hare Krishna followers pull deities by rope on a 40-foot-tall chariot in the Festival of Chariots parade to symbolize pulling their lord into their hearts.

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Published July 15, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — ’Tis the season for summer and fall home repairs.


But as homeowners work rapidly to complete projects before the winter months, scam contractors might slip right under their noses.

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Published July 15, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — No two parenting styles are alike. You’ve got your helicopter parents, your attachment parents, your free-range parents — the options are seemingly endless.


But one thing most moms and dads can agree on is that raising a kid ain’t cheap. Learning how to save a few bucks can become an important component of everyday life.

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Published July 13, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Recognized as one of the best programs of its kind in the state, it takes a lot of support to keep the Special Needs Playground Program running each year.


And this summer, two events are planned to help defray the cost of the program: the Coney for Kids Dinner Night on July 16 and the Special Needs Golf Tournament on Aug. 5.


Parks and Recreation Director Greg Esler said the Coney for Kids Dinner Night is probably the most important fundraiser run each year to raise money for the Special Needs Playground Program.

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Published July 13, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Years in the making, a farmers market will soon be a reality in St. Clair Shores, thanks to the work of a resident and her team of volunteers.


Susan Bunte, her husband and four children moved to St. Clair Shores four years ago, although she grew up with family in the city.


“The first thing that I did was try to figure out what kind of community things” there were in the city, she said.

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