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Published September 18, 2017

Betty Anne Knudson, of Waterford, speaks during the full military honors ceremony for Nathaniel Squire, an American Revolution patriot and first Utica settler in 1817, at the Utica Cemetery Sept. 17. Knudson is Squire’s second great-granddaughter.

Officials unveiled the memorial grave marker from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for Squire, who served in the American Revolution, during Squire’s full military honors ceremony. Ten years of research had gone into proving that Squire is buried in the Utica Cemetery, since records do not reach that far back.

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Published September 18, 2017

UTICA — According to organizers, people were outraged last year when the city opted to forgo its annual living dead event for a variety of reasons. So this year, the DDA is amping up its fifth Zombie Festival on Saturday, Oct. 7.

The entire day will be full of zombified events, beginning at 11 a.m. with a spooky storytime at the Utica Public Library and concluding with a zombie pub crawl at 9 p.m. The pub crawl will begin at the JKN Riverwalk Park.

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Published September 15, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Think before you snuggle.

That was the warning that came from the Oakland County Health Division last week after confirming a case of rabies in a stray kitten found in an area bordering Rochester Hills and Troy.

While many would be quick to help a stray cat in need, the department stresses that any wild animals should be treated with caution.

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Published September 15, 2017

ROSEVILLE/EASTPOINTE — The Recreation Authority of Roseville and Eastpointe will host its 39th annual Big Bird Run at the authority, 18185 Sycamore St., with a 10K, 4K and 1-mile fun run at 10 a.m. Nov. 12.

The start and finish lines will be at the authority, with the course including Gratiot Avenue, the Interstate 696 pedestrian bridge and several residential streets, according to a press release from the authority Sept. 12.

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Published September 15, 2017

WARREN — Viewing the images and hearing stories about those affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma had an impact on the students at Regina High School.

Thinking about how they could help the residents of Texas, Florida and other locations, the students decided to hold a fundraiser.

Regina Principal Ann Diamond and Director of Marketing Colleen Reaser suggested that the students coordinate a Penny War, which the school has used as a fundraiser in the past.

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Published September 15, 2017

CENTER LINE — The delivery was delayed an hour by traffic on the freeway Sept. 12, but eventually, two trucks rolled into the parking lot at the Center Line Park Towers, where dozens of seniors waited to receive fresh produce, milk, bread and food safety tips. 

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Published September 14, 2017

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1. Troy Family Daze
Sept. 14-17 • Troy Civic Center grounds

For the third year in a row, Troy Family Daze will take over the grounds of the Troy Civic Center.

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Published September 14, 2017

Children’s birthday parties weren’t always about cake, pizza, sugary drinks, and high-energy fun and games.

During the Victorian era, birthday parties were balls thrown by the rich to show off their affluence and to teach children etiquette lessons — which hardly sounds like something any 6-year-old would look forward to.

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Published September 13, 2017

SOUTHFIELD —  May we have this dance?

Whether you’re a ballroom beginner or hustle extraordinaire, the Southfield Human Services Department is inviting seniors to strap on their dancing shoes and head over to the Parks and Recreation Building, 26000 Evergreen Road, at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 for a Senior Dance and Soiree.

Human Services Department office coordinator Rhonda Terry said the event will feature beginner, intermediate and advanced dance instruction from Maurice Adams, of Mr. Smooth Ballroom Co., and a live DJ.

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Published September 13, 2017

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — Dating back to 1960, the Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce’s Salute to Excellence dinner honors individuals, youths and businesses in the community. This year’s awards will be at Eastpointe Manor, 24611 Gratiot Ave., Sept. 21.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner following at 6:15 p.m. Tickets cost $25 per person for adults and $16 for children ages 4-16. Tickets are free for ages 3 and younger.

The awards recognize recipients in Eastpointe and Roseville in the following categories:

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Published September 13, 2017

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — The Nov. 7 general election has Eastpointe and Roseville city officials recruiting more election inspectors, who will work with new election equipment this year.

The city of Eastpointe explained in a press release Sept. 1 the experience that inspectors need.

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Published September 13, 2017

An important part of the renovations at the St. Clair Shores Senior Activities Center is complete, just in time for the center’s biggest fundraising project of the year.

Senior Center Director Carly Podzikowski said that the renovated kitchen passed inspection Sept. 6, allowing the center to reopen after six months for lunches for members of the center Sept. 7, just in time for the annual sale of homemade apple pies.

“Pretty much everything’s back to normal,” she said Sept. 12.

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Published September 13, 2017

The Sterling Heights Public Library is hoping to boost brainpower and wireless internet access for its patrons with the help of two new programs.

At a Sept. 5 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, Library Director Tammy Turgeon talked about her facility’s Exercise Your Brain program, along with the new circulation of Wi-Fi hot spots for residents.

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Published September 13, 2017

In June 1961, Joe Feko was celebrating his high school graduation with friends at a cottage on Lake Erie when a red Chevrolet Corvette driving down a nearby road caught his eye.

It was the new 1961 version — the first model with a cut back rather than rounded tail, Feko said in an email. As a longtime Corvette fan, he was “mesmerized.”

Two years later, Feko bought one of his own and he’s had it ever since. In fact, over the past 54 years, the 1961 Corvette has been a part of every stage of his adult life.

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Published September 13, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — Chippewa Valley High School graduate Hassan Musselmani stood in New York earlier this year, having poured his heart into a makeshift dessert, when he heard the three words he hoped wouldn’t be attached to his name.

“You’ve been Chopped.”

Musselmani, who attended culinary arts courses at Dakota High School and grew up in Clinton Township, was one of four contestants on the latest episode of “Chopped” on the Food Network. While the episode was filmed in the spring, it aired Sept. 5.

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Published September 13, 2017

FERNDALE — Art of all different kinds will be featured throughout downtown Ferndale when the Funky Ferndale Art Fair and DIY Street Fair return to Nine Mile Road.

The fairs will take place Sept. 22-24, with the art fair running from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22; from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23; and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24.

The street fair will take place from 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Sept. 22; from 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, Sept. 23; and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24.

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Published September 13, 2017

PLEASANT RIDGE — Off to the west side of Woodward Avenue, one street in Pleasant Ridge has managed to keep one party going for the past 40 years.

The Oxford Block Party celebrated its 40th year Saturday, Sept. 9, amid many neighbors on the block, including ones who have been there since the very beginning.

Resident Peggy Rubino was one of a couple of neighbors who helped organize and co-found the party when it first started in 1977.

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Published September 12, 2017

TROY — The P. Terry and Barbara Knight Park and Daisy Knight Dog Park will open at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 30. 

Admission to the 16-acre park — on Livernois Road, just north of Big Beaver Road, next to the Stonecrest Senior Living Center — will be free on opening day. 

In the spring of 2016, Barbara Knight donated $100,000 to the park in memory and recognition of her husband, P. Terry Knight. 

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Published September 12, 2017

TROY — Alana Stephens, almost 5, of Troy, was born with a very rare congenital heart defect. 

Her mother, Amy, explained that Alana’s condition, Ebstein’s anomaly — when a valve in the heart is displaced, in Alana’s case, being too low — accounts for only 1 percent of all congenital heart defects. 

“I’ve only met three other people with it,” Amy Stephens said. 

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Published September 12, 2017

ROCHESTER — Nearly 300 artists from across the nation filled Rochester Municipal Park last weekend for the Art and Apples Festival, but only a select few headed home with awards for their craft.

In the festival’s 52nd year, staff from the Paint Creek Center for the Arts transformed the park into one of the nation’s largest juried fine art festivals Sept. 8-10, highlighting work in a variety of mediums — including ceramics, digital art, drawing, textiles, glass, printmaking, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture, wood and more.

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