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Published May 16, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — Summer is nearly here.

If you have any doubts, just head to Old Woodward this Sunday for the return of the annual Celebrate Birmingham Hometown Parade. The unofficial summer kickoff event will be back downtown with music, marchers and, of course, the famed basset hounds.

City Clerk Cherilynn Brown, who’s been in office just a short five weeks, jumped right into organizing the popular parade, which has been a tradition for more than 40 years.

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Published May 15, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Saturday, May 20, the ninth annual Shelby Farmers Market will once again pop up on the Packard Proving Grounds’ front yard.

The outdoor market will take place 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays from May 20 to Oct. 21, rain or shine.

This year, market manager Mary Anne Demo said, the Shelby Farmers Market will feature an emphasis on food trucks, with a portable kitchen on wheels setting up shop at the event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each week.

At press time, Demo said only the first week did not yet have a scheduled food truck.

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Published May 17, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — In line with Memorial Day’s purpose to pay tribute to those who died in the line of duty, Shelby Township and local churches will hold special Memorial Day events.

At 1 p.m. Sunday, May 28, Shelby Township will host its annual Memorial Day ceremony at the veterans memorial located on the municipal grounds at 5270 Van Dyke Ave., south of 24 Mile Road.

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Published May 16, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Nancy Smith, a fifth-grade teacher at Roberts Elementary School and a Shelby Township resident, didn’t start running until she was in her 40s.

She completed her 17th consecutive Boston Marathon April 17. Including the Boston Marathons, Smith said she has run at least 35 marathons.

“I ran in college as part of our gymnastics team training, and got out of it when I got married and had children and was teaching full time and getting my master’s,” Smith said. “After the kids were grown, I got back into running.”

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Published May 15, 2017

The process of diverting two lanes of northbound and southbound traffic on Interstate 75  for just over three miles has begun.

During daylight hours, the northbound lanes will be used for two lanes of traffic each way from Coolidge Highway to South Boulevard through August.

During the overnight hours, one lane will be open each way.

After that, reconstruction of northbound I-75 from Squirrel Road to South Boulevard will begin.

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Published May 12, 2017

Detroit-area residents and officials gathered at Grand Circus Park May 12 to celebrate the opening of the QLINE trolley system on Woodward Avenue.

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Published May 17, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Kelly Kaatz, gallery director at the Janice Charach Gallery, wants you to see mosaic art in a way you probably haven’t before.

Thirty-four artists are currently featured in the Mosaic Arts International Exhibition, running May 4-June 15 at the Janice Charach Gallery in West Bloomfield, 6600 W. Maple Road. 

The show features mosaic artists from all over the world and was timed to coincide with the American Mosaic Summit in metro Detroit May 2-6. 

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Published May 17, 2017

Edward A. Weber, who served in the U.S. Coast Guard 1951-54 and was a member of the Honor Guard for President Harry S. Truman, recalls the history of “The Rock” at the Keego Harbor Veterans’ Memorial Plaza. 

Weber’s father, Edward, was a well-known stonemason in the area who did much of the stonework at the St. Mary’s campus and built 17 waterwheel bases for Henry Ford.   

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Published May 11, 2017

DETROIT — On May 4, Pope Francis in Rome announced that Father Solanus Casey, the Franciscan monk and Detroit-area icon, would be beatified by the Roman Catholic Church.

Beatification marks a critical step on the road to sainthood, and the person involved is called “blessed” by God. It is a rare honor bestowed by the church, as it requires a miracle to be attributed to the individual.

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Published May 11, 2017

DETROIT — The Solanus Casey Center, a pillar of the Detroit community aimed at assisting the homeless and those in need, will be hosting its annual fundraiser on Saturday, June 24.

Called the “Nourishing the Soul Pasta Fellowship Dinner,” it will be the center’s only 2017 fundraiser. The event will consist of a Mass at St. Bonaventure Monastery Chapel at 4 p.m., followed by a spaghetti dinner at the Solanus Casey Center itself.

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Published May 11, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Think a Ford Model T to a 2017 Mustang. Babe Ruth to your Miguel Cabrera. 

And a pit bull to an American bully — that’s what West Bloomfield resident and American bully owner Robert Thompson said of comparing his dog, Tommy Thunder Rocks, with a pit bull.

The American bully — a new breed in the past 20 years — is a pit bull offshoot.

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Published May 15, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — According to Cora Berchem, multimedia specialist for the Save the Manatee Club headquarters in Florida, 2016 was the deadliest year for the peaceful sea mammal.

While the manatee faces many threats, including habitat destruction and algae blooms, there’s an oftentimes overlooked threat that is causing the most harm: recreational water activities.

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Published May 13, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — Get your sneakers ready, because Mount Clemens City Sneakers is about to get warmed up for its spring season of outdoor fun and fitness.

While the group — organized and planned by members of the Downtown Development Authority, the business community, the Macomb Family YMCA and Macomb County — is a year-round activity, City Sneakers is kicking off its spring season on May 23 at the Rec Bowl, 40 Crocker Blvd in Mount Clemens. Participation is expected to grow considerably during the warm months, according to founder and organizer Linda Busch.

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Published May 10, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — To get a grasp on exactly how many deer inhabit the city, the Southfield City Council recently approved the implementation of a deer monitoring service. 

At an April 24 meeting, the council voted 5-2 to award a contract for deer monitoring services to Ann Arbor-based Nature Write. Councilman Donald Fracassi and Councilwoman Joan Seymour voted against the plan. 

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Published May 10, 2017

LATHRUP VILLAGE — Some details have been tweaked, but the annual summertime staple in the village is back. 

Returning May 10, the Lathrup Village Farmers Market this year has changed locations. 

Formerly held at  Lathrup Village City Hall, 27400 Southfield Road, the market now takes place on the tennis court at Annie Lathrup School, 27700 Southfield Road.  

The market will run 1:30-7 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 18. 

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Published May 10, 2017

TROY — Work on South Boulevard, on Wattles, Rochester and John R roads, and on the pedestrian crossing at Big Beaver Road, near John R Road, will start soon. The projects make up part of the $5.9 million slated to improve those and other roadways in Troy included in the 2017-18 city budget. Roadways in the Somerset Park apartments also will be removed and replaced. 

The Troy City Council held a public hearing to consider the $157 million proposed 2017-18 and three-year city budget May 8, then unanimously approved it. 

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Published May 10, 2017

TROY — Elizabeth Berg’s two favorite books from the 26 she has written are the first one and the latest one. 

The award-winning author has published about one book a year for the past 25 years, many of them ranking on the New York Times’ best-seller list. 

“Durable Goods,” the first novel she published after writing for magazines — including Parents Magazine for 10 years after she left a nursing career — had been her favorite until she finished her latest one, “The Story of Arthur Truluv.”  

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Published May 10, 2017

TROY — Four baby ducklings are safe with their mama and three others are safe at the Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center after employees at AIP Marketing rescued them from a drain in the business’s parking lot May 5. 

According to reports, employees of AIP Marketing, 2041 E. Square Lake Road, called the Troy Fire Department for help because several ducklings had fallen into a storm drain. 

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Published May 10, 2017

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FRASER — When Matthew Dantes was 9 years old, he started to experience physical ailments most children his age couldn’t comprehend. Today, Matthew, 18, has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

The gamut of aches, pains, joint stiffness, rashes, fevers and difficulty walking originally confounded doctors. Matthew’s mother, Christine Dantes, said her son was misdiagnosed for three years because doctors couldn’t connect a 9-year-old’s symptoms with a particular disease.

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Published May 10, 2017

FRASER — Sports like baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey and football tend to dominate the youth athletic scene, but a couple of local individuals are looking to Fraser to change that.

Starting May 20, boys and girls in grades five through eight will be able to explore a new area of athleticism: rugby. The noncontact session is being offered by Fraser Parks and Recreation from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday mornings at Steffens Park, 33000 Garfield Road in Fraser.

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