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Published July 8, 2015

DETROIT — Charlie Schmidt bought his first outboard motor by raising money catching catfish as a child.


“That’s when I really got started working with outboard motors and collecting them,” he said.


“I’ve been around the water all of my life,” he said, adding that his father and uncles were all outdoorsmen.


Lee Holland caught and sold snapping turtles as a child to afford his first outboard motor.

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Published July 8, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — When disaster strikes a home in the form of a fire, storm damage, flooding or unforeseen reconstruction needs, the damage needs to be addressed immediately.


Lt. Scott Trumbo, of the Shelby Township Police Department, said that if the emergency situation requires immediate utility shutoffs, first responders contact the appropriate utility company to mitigate the hazardous conditions.

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Published July 8, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — You know that itch you’ve had to get outside and burn off some of that extra energy? Well, guess what? Your pooch feels the same way.


Plenty of people have gotten into the habit of not just walking their dogs around the block, but including them in their own exercise regimen. Just like people, pets can definitely benefit from a good workout.

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Published July 8, 2015

ROCHESTER — Low-income families can double their money to buy more locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables at the Downtown Rochester Farmers Market this year.

Rochester Downtown Development Authority Marketing Coordinator Nancy Voges said this is the first time the market has participated in the Double Up Food Bucks program, which strives to provide affordable fresh produce for residents who receive food assistance.

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Published July 7, 2015

With the fast-growing popularity of automobiles in the 1910s, Woodward Avenue was already booming from Detroit to Pontiac, despite being two lanes and not fully paved. The busy road caused traffic backups for miles, but business and civic leaders saw potential for economic growth from the travel.

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Published July 7, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — The annual Birmingham Fire Department open house is typically held in the fall. That’s still true, but this year the fire house on Adams Street is opening its doors this summer for a special celebration.

From 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 21, families are invited to come meet and greet Birmingham firefighters and paramedics, and also take a peek at the station’s newly restored photo gallery.

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Published July 7, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — In case you didn’t have it marked on your calendar, last Tuesday, June 30, was Asteroid Day.

While it might not be an occasion observed by many, Cranbrook Institute of Science couldn’t let it pass without a celebration. On Saturday, the public is invited to take in a lecture from noted experts, explore artifacts, pose for pictures with dinosaur tracks, and have an out-of-this-world good time at an event dedicated to all things asteroid.

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Published July 7, 2015

CLAWSON — The community once again will define the word “local” when it opens its annual farmers market this weekend.

The 2015 Clawson Farmers Market season will run from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sundays from July 12-Sept. 27 at Clawson City Park. The market will not open on Labor Day weekend.

The market has fresh fruits, vegetables, flora, food and gifts, but what makes this community’s market unique is its local angle.

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Published July 7, 2015

CLAWSON — When Mary Dooley married in 1928, she was adorned in a moire satin gown with beaded shoulder detail.

The skirt was held out with panniers worn on the hips, and her netted veil was decorated with handmade shell flowers.

The dress was donated by the Dooley family and is featured in the Clawson Historical Museum’s exhibit, Forever a Bride — Wedding Gowns of Clawson Women.

Generations of wedding gowns are carefully placed and purposefully styled throughout the museum for attendees to view throughout August.

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Published July 7, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — Reading books doesn’t have to end when the school doors close for the summer — Gill Elementary School made sure of that.


During the school’s second annual summer reading program — a collaboration between Gill and the Farmington Community Library — hundreds of students in the Gill community have been reading for the past few weeks.

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Published July 7, 2015

Years before the Sterlingfest Art & Music Fair became a venue for dozens of musical acts and other entertainment, it was a place where shoppers could buy art and crafted goods from vendors.

But while the event is no longer a blank canvas, its legacy as an art show destination continues.

This year, Sterlingfest will be held July 23-25 around Sterling Heights City Hall. Karen Kazmer, Sterling Heights management services specialist, is in charge of the art fair’s vendors and booths, and she said the art portion of the fair has expanded over time.

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Published July 7, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — The popular Uptown Friday Night Concert Series, sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority and local businesses, returns to downtown Mount Clemens for a fifth season beginning July 10.

The  free, family-friendly outdoor concert series offers a wide variety of music genres from some of Metro Detroit’s top musical artists.

Scheduled to perform the first concert this Friday is Detroit Music Award-winning reggae band Roots Vibration.

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Published July 6, 2015

When temperatures climb into the 90s and triple digits, prepared drivers with properly maintained cars are less likely to lose their cool.

According to Al Laity, service director at Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge, auto owners should make sure that they or a qualified mechanic check several car components in order to keep the vehicle humming through the summer.

First of all, to prevent the car engine from overheating, make sure the cooling system is in good shape. Check the condition of the engine’s belts and hoses.

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Published July 2, 2015

EASTPOINTE — St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Eastpointe turned 170 this year after being founded in 1845 — a mere eight years after Michigan became a state.


According to church member Cindy Odren, the church’s origins actually started in modern-day Detroit at Eight Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue. German settlers had started a church there in 1841, but an argument over what name to put on the altar led to the church splitting in 1845.

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Published July 2, 2015

The new Sterling Heights Farmers Market at Dodge Park has already had a bumper crop of success, according to city officials.

Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department Recreation Manager Kyle Langlois said the weekly market, which runs from 3-8 p.m. on Thursdays, has been a hit despite some recent rainy weather. The market opened for the first time at Dodge Park in Sterling Heights on June 4.

“From our perspective, the farmers market has been a success, basing it on foot traffic, basing it on the fact that our parking lots are all packed,” he said.

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Published July 1, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — Whether people are renting inflatable bouncers for parties or are among the more than 40 million carnival and amusement park-goers, real dangers are mixed in with the fun.  

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Published July 1, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — It’s just not quite summer until you’ve sipped a lemonade and taken a spin around the Ferris wheel at an old-fashioned community fair.


And Oakland County Parks and Recreation does not disappoint. This year’s county fair is set to kick off July 3 with more than a week’s worth of events to draw families to Springfield Oaks County Park in Davisburg.

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Published July 1, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Dozens of visitors pass through the main room of the Grosse Pointe Public Library’s Central Branch each day, but unless they happened to glance at the ceiling, they might never have realized that they were standing beneath a modern art masterpiece.


Since the library opened in 1953, a large, colorful mobile by famed artist and engineer Alexander Calder has been suspended from the ceiling. Commissioned for the library, the mobile has long been free to move and alter its shape according to the airflow patterns created by library traffic.

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Published June 30, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — Where there’s smoke, there’s fireworks — at least around this time of the year — and city officials want to make sure people light up the night with caution and care.


“We’re not going to stop people from doing it. We just want it to be supervised and (people to) have common sense,” Farmington Hills Fire Lt. James Neufeld said. “The main thing is people should be aware before, during and after (lighting fireworks) for safety. And not (be) under the influence of anything.”

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Published June 30, 2015

With summer heating up, local experts offered advice to save money on energy bills by maximizing efficiency in the home.

“There’s a lot of very simple measures to be more energy-efficient that don’t have to cost a lot of money,” Consumers Energy spokeswoman Deb Dodd said. “You don’t necessarily have to buy new windows or (energy-efficient appliances).”

One measure, Dodd said, is a programmable thermostat, which can reduce air conditioning costs while a home is unoccupied.

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