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Published April 5, 2016

GROSSE POINTE CITY — They’ve entertained everyone from governors to rock stars to the corporate elite with class and panache, and now Tom and Diane Schoenith, of Grosse Pointe City, are taking a fond look back at the last 50 years.

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Published April 6, 2016

BERKLEY — Two years ago, then-Berkley High School senior Sam Silverstein went with his football team on a visit to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor to help raise money to fight childhood cancer.

It was then that he fell in love with the facility and has since spent a great part of the last two years trying to raise money for the hospital through stand-up comedy.

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Published April 5, 2016

This month’s Looking Back photograph is of Hund’s General Store, formerly located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Eight Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue. This photo was taken around 1850 and showcases some of the horse-and-buggy traffic prevalent during that farming era of Erin Township, which would later become the city of Eastpointe. The general store faced Eight Mile Road.

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Published April 5, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Roseville Middle School student Grace Magee has been practicing judo for years, and now she has been tapped to be part of an American team at an international competition in Japan.

Magee, 13, has been chosen by the U.S. Judo Federation to be part of the female youth judo team at the Sanix Judo Championship Tournament in Fukuoka, Japan, this December. This will be her first international competition since she started judo at the age of 6, when she took up the sport to be more like her older sister.

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Published April 4, 2016

HUNTINGTON WOODS — The cities of Huntington Woods, Ferndale, Berkley, Royal Oak and Oak Park will open their doors for people in search of art for the second annual Gallery Hop.

The event, put on by the Huntington Woods Beautification Committee, will take place from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 10, and feature galleries in the aforementioned cities, where local artists will showcase some of their works.

It will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Huntington Woods Public Library, 26415 Scotia Road, where people can travel to the galleries by bus.

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Published April 5, 2016

EASTPOINTE — Planning for the annual Memorial Day parade set for the holiday itself — May 30 — is already underway in Eastpointe.

Charley Jackson, one of the organizers of this year’s event and East Detroit Public Schools Board of Education vice president, said the parade is set to begin at City Hall on Gratiot and head north to Stephens Road, where it will turn east and terminate at Kennedy Park. It is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.

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Published April 6, 2016

Shetland ponies were once big business in Birmingham. From the 1890s to the mid-20th century, Watkins Shetland Pony Farm supplied Shetland ponies to pony lovers, farmers and businesses in the Birmingham area and all over the country from its 120-acre property east of what is now called Quarton Lake.

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Published April 5, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — One Seaholm High School teacher is changing the “when will I use this?” mentality that students often have in math classes.

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Published April 4, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Memorial Library is bringing the Detroit Institute of Arts, attic treasures and philosophical discussions to its visitors in April, with a trio of events and programs scheduled.

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Published April 4, 2016

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — It doesn’t take a fancy award to recognize that Jen Taggart is an advocate changing the lives of countless families in Bloomfield Township.

But she got one anyway.

Taggart, the assistant department head of youth services at the Bloomfield Township Public Library, was recently honored with an Advocate Award in Library Journal magazine’s 15th annual Movers & Shakers campaign. The national award was given to Taggart for her extensive work growing the library’s collection for children with special needs.

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Published April 5, 2016

Utica High School students hope to match up audiences to a familiar soundtrack and a classic story when they present “Emma!: A Pop Musical” April 21-23.

Utica High School Theater Director Joel Kaczmarczyk said he found the musical through Playscripts Inc. He said the musical has a recent copyright, and it was performed for the first time ever by Troy Athens High School.

“They sent me a copy, and I also had a reference CD,” he said. “I fell in love with it. It’s great.”

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Published April 4, 2016

Sterling Heights will hear the sounds of summer a few weeks longer this year.

The city’s Music in the Park concert series will run for 12 weeks June-August, according to city officials. The concerts will start at 7 p.m. Thursdays June 2-Aug. 25, except for July 28, at Dodge Park.

Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Director Kyle Langlois attributed the decision to expectation-exceeding popularity for concerts and the launch of the Dodge Park Farmers Market. Last year, Music in the Park took place on seven Thursdays.

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Published April 5, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Many adult volunteers work hard to ensure the girls in Girl Scouts have a positive experience learning skills and values that will serve them well throughout life. Recently, two such volunteers from Madison Heights received national awards recognizing them for their service.

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Published April 4, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Orchids appear on every continent except Antarctica, and they come in many forms. Some grow on the bark of trees, while others grow deep underground. Some smell sweet, while others smell rancid. Some are microscopically small and require a magnifying glass to see, while others are shaped like insects to attract the birds that pollinate them. And of course, they come in a dazzling variety of colors and patterns. 

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Published April 6, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, the Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus will perform the operetta “The Mikado,” reimagined for a younger generation, at the Detroit Opera House.

The production, which combines humor, bright colors and elements of Japanese anime, will include 80 children ages 8-16 from around the metro Detroit area, including two local girls.

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Published February 10, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — We live in a tech-savvy world, with many opportunities for those who are familiar with computers. Many kids today are already connected, watching user-created content on YouTube, social networking with each other on Facebook and Twitter, and playing games like Minecraft on their video game consoles and mobile devices.

These products and services are made possible by people in the computer science field. And now students at Madison Elementary and Wilkinson Middle School in the Madison school district are being introduced to the field by way of CS First.

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Published April 4, 2016

Michigan State University analysts and professors expect the recent trend of cheap gas prices to continue to have a positive effect on Michigan tourism this spring and summer.

AAA reported that the average gas price in Michigan was $1.96 per gallon as of March 27, though gas prices in some areas of Michigan recently climbed above $2 for the first time in late March.

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Published April 1, 2016

UTICA — For about three hours Thursday, Macomb County Animal Control (MCAC), assisted by the Utica Police Department, removed a large number of dogs and cats from a Utica home on Nancy Avenue.

Brian Pylar, lead kennel attendant for MCAC, said he did not know the exact number, but estimated that approximately 40 animals were removed from the home. The incident, he said, is still under investigation.

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Published April 4, 2016

METRO DETROIT —Since 1968, the Furniture Bank of Southeastern Michigan has provided furniture for local needy families in Macomb and Oakland counties.

The nonprofit organization, headquartered at 333 N. Perry St. in Pontiac, is now expanding its service to families in Wayne County.

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Published April 5, 2016

WARREN — Increased costs resulting from a protracted timetable to demolish and reconstruct the Busch Branch Library brought Warren’s top library official back before the City Council last month.

After a lengthy discussion on March 8, council members voted to put more money behind the project, now set to begin in April with the demolition of the existing library on Ryan, two blocks north of Nine Mile Road, and to conclude with the construction of a new building now slated for completion later this year.

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