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Published June 14, 2016

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ROSEVILLE — Edward Stross said the dream of most artists is to see their ideas come to fruition.

Stross has owned Gonzo!! Art Studio in Roseville since the late 1980s. Starting as an airbrush painter opened a creative outlet, which later led him into hand painting, sculpting and using charcoal.

His experimentation recently led to the creation of a new mural located behind the studio, which is located at 28305 Gratiot Ave. — the corner of Gratiot and Utica Road. The mural faces Utica Road.

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Published June 15, 2016

Law Enforcement has gone through many fascinating changes over the last 170 years in Birmingham. 

In 1846, Birmingham elected its first marshal, as required by law. At that time, Birmingham was only a small village with some outlying farms. Marshals had few responsibilities, and besides the occasional chicken thief or vagrant, crime was almost nonexistent. When needed, a back room at the National Hotel was used as a jail cell, but criminals would serve out their sentences in a Pontiac prison.

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Published June 14, 2016

UTICA — You know how the song goes: “Root, root, root for the home team.”

But on June 23, the crowd will be cheering for the rivals at the old ballgame when the Birmingham Bloomfield Beavers take on the Eastside Diamond Hoppers at Utica’s new Jimmy John’s Field.

The new minor league ballpark will host residents and fans from the west side for Birmingham Night, beginning at 7:25 p.m. Guests can enjoy the game and special entertainment for $14.50, which includes a grandstand ticket, a hot dog and a soft drink.

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Published June 14, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — The Baldwin Public Library is one step closer to having a revamped adult services section.

At its June 6 meeting, the City Commission voted 6-0 to approve the final plan for the renovation, which is the first of a long-term renovation plan for the library building overall. Mayor Rackeline Hoff was absent.

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Published June 13, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Priya Castel, 2, of Farmington Hills, kissed her hand and blew the goodbye toward a small crowd gathered outside her front lawn near her lemonade stand June 10.

The little girl, diagnosed with neuroblastoma — a cancer of the nerve tissues — had to go inside for her afternoon nap.

Before getting shut-eye, she helped her mother, Sarah Castel, sell lemonade on Bunker Hill Drive. 

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Published June 13, 2016

BERKLEY — More than 150 artists set up shop on 12 Mile Road in downtown Berkley this past weekend for the 15th annual Berkley Art Bash.

Artists and vendors packed the street on Saturday, June 11, to sell their goods and promote their businesses or hobbies, taking up the entire road from Buckingham Avenue to Wakefield Road, while nearby businesses also had sales to entice the attendees to come into their stores.

Event Director April McCrumb said the artists were mostly from Michigan, with the majority from the metro Detroit area.

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Published June 13, 2016

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FRASER/HAZEL PARK — Life’s twists and turns can be tragic, yet cathartic.

That has been the case for Brian Lewandowski, the gallery coordinator at Phoenix Café in Hazel Park.

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Published June 13, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — It was a first of firsts June 10 on the 11th floor of the Old County Building, 10 N. Main Street.

One female peregrine falcon chick was given her first checkup and tagged for migratory purposes during a now annual event hosted by Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel.

Along with representatives from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Detroit Zoo, Hackel welcomed the federally-protected falcon chick who hatched on May 15, and, like he does each year, named it.

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Published June 15, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — When the kids are out of school for the summer, many parents and children may be thankful for an energy-channeling outlet away from television and video games.

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Published June 13, 2016

UTICA — Utica’s premier four-day festival and summer opener will return to the heart of its downtown Thursday, June 23, through Sunday, June 26.

This year’s Riverwalk Festival will focus on entertainers from the Shelby-Utica area and an abundance of family fun.

New this year will be additional parking and free Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) shuttle buses circulating through the lots to bring visitors to the source of the action and back to their vehicles.

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Published June 14, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — During the 50th anniversary of Bishop Foley Catholic High School last year, many alumni reminisced about Foley Fest, the carnival that the school used to hold from the mid-‘70s until the mid-2000s. The event became so popular that in 2000, it moved from the school grounds to Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights in order to accommodate the crowds. But several years later, the event had grown too costly to continue, so it went on hiatus — until now.

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Published June 13, 2016

HAZEL PARK — Those looking for fresh produce at low prices can look forward to the grand opening of the Hazel Park Growers and Makers Market this Sunday, June 19.

The market, located in Green Acres Park behind the Recreation Center at Woodward Heights and Lennox, will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Sunday from June 19 through Sept. 9, taking a break Aug. 28 for the Hazel Park Art Fair.

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Published June 13, 2016

Whether it’s the odometer or some signal that serves as a reminder, it’s no surprise that a periodic oil change is a regular part of owning a vehicle. But vehicle models may differ in their oil change schedules or the types of oil recommended, according to local auto service professionals. 

Dave Pannecouk, owner of Dave’s Complete Auto Service in Harrison Township, said regular oil changes maintain a vehicle’s longevity and help it run better. 

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Published June 15, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — From September to June, they’re stationed throughout the city.

With a friendly smile and a wave, crossing guards are the first line of defense between children and traffic.

Despite that, most parents don’t ever think that the guard will be called upon to save their child’s life.

On Oct. 1, however, crossing guard Summer Bremer did just that.

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Published June 12, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With sunshine streaming through the trees and white tents sprouting up alongside the walking path, Veterans Memorial Park was transformed for 22 hours in the hopes that someday there would be a cure for cancer.

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Published June 10, 2016

Zena Neigebaur is known to be the first female superintendent in the state of Michigan. She taught in Fitzgerald Public Schools from 1928 to 1939 before becoming superintendent of the district.

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Published June 14, 2016

CENTER LINE — The tiny house movement is making its home at Center Line High School.

In a new woodworking class with teacher Jaime Bellos, several students are building a tiny house that, once completed, will become the comfy home of a veteran.

The students have worked on the house this year during class and after school, including on the late afternoon of June 7, when they gathered in the south parking lot to construct the walls.

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Published June 10, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Customers descended upon Chicken Shack restaurants throughout metro Detroit on June 7 for a special deal to celebrate the company’s 60th birthday.

The deal, $1.45 for four pieces of chicken and potatoes, brought 1,700 people to the restaurant at Ryan and 11 Mile alone.

Neil Sobeck, vice president of Shack Inc. and a grandson of the chain’s founders, John and Iola Sobeck, said the company sold nearly 7,000 pieces of chicken at the 1956 throwback price to customers who came in steadily during the 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. promo.

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Published June 14, 2016

CENTER LINE — As far as support for its programs goes, the Center Line Public Library gets by with a little help from its “Friends.”

Book sale fundraisers are what give the Friends of the Center Line Library the ability to do what they do to augment the library’s small budget for special activities. For the entire month of June, patrons can get a whole bag of gently used or donated books for just $4.

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Published June 13, 2016

CENTER LINE — Center Line’s municipal offices are now named in honor of one of the city’s favorite sons.

The David W. Hanselman Municipal Complex, on 10 Mile Road west of Van Dyke, was officially rededicated on June 4 during a ceremony attended by members of Hanselman’s family, friends and local dignitaries.

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