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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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Published May 10, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With more than 200 people committing to take their first steps, the Walk St. Clair Shores 28-Day Challenge began on a windy, gray day.

Rick Mathias, of St. Clair Shores, committed to the challenge with his wife “just to get some exercise.”

He said they would be putting in their steps together. 

Twenty-three group walk locations have been scheduled for each week of the challenge, which runs May 1-28, with walkers having the option to join four or five groups most days of the week. 

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Published May 10, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A local business is hoping to grow some community camaraderie and support for veterans with a new garden to be planted this month.

Kaul Funeral Home is looking for green thumbs, and those who just want to help, to install and maintain a community garden on the north side of the VFW Bruce Post 1146 property west of Lake St. Clair. 

Stephanie Kiras and Danielle Girard are funeral directors at Kaul who are looking for ways to engage the community and the younger people who live here.

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Published May 10, 2017

When Chuck Reiner wants to spend some time on the water, he just drives right in.

You read that right. Reiner, 62, of Fraser, hops into his Amphicar, drives to one of his favorite lakes, and then glides into the water as his car seamlessly transitions to a boat with a 10-horsepower motor.

“We are able to go literally anywhere,” said Reiner. “We basically qualify to go in any lake or river.”

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Published May 10, 2017

ROSEVILLE — Macomb Mall and the Roseville Police Department will host the fourth annual Heroes Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 13 at the shopping center, 32233 Gratiot Ave.  

The free event will consist of indoor and outdoor fun for the community with local first responders, federal agencies and civilian organizations displaying equipment and explaining how they keep the neighborhood safe. 

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Published May 10, 2017

METRO DETROIT — When Brian Peterson first planted a vegetable garden, he saw modest success. 

“I got some cucumbers and zucchini and tomatoes,” Peterson said. “But once I got bees, it was unbelievable. I had to pawn off vegetables on the neighbors and make a bunch of pickles. 

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Published May 10, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Ask any mother, and she’ll be happy to tell you why her 10-year-old macaroni necklace is just as valuable to her as her diamond pendant.

The sentiment that comes along with a gift crafted with love isn’t lost on any parent. These days, though, with online retailers just a click away, many of us opt instead to buy a present and have it delivered to Mom’s doorstep. 

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Published May 9, 2017

ROCHESTER — Over the past seven years, downtown Rochester’s Deck Art competition has grown by leaps and bounds.

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Published May 10, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS —Oakland University’s new president, Ora Hirsch Pescovitz said her priorities are clear.

“I believe the university exists for students,” she said after a May 4 unanimous OU Board of Trustees vote naming her OU’s seventh president.

Pescovitz said that after a listening tour she will implement goals to achieve academic excellence in targeted areas to attract students, retain faculty and inspire philanthropy.

Board members named Pescovitz following a national search involving 61 candidates.

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Published May 10, 2017

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Local letter carriers are inviting the public to “Stamp Out Hunger” this week by helping to replenish a local food bank.

Local letter carriers and other volunteers will collect donations left at mailboxes on Saturday, May 13, and deliver them to the Rochester Area Neighborhood House’s food pantry for the National Letter Carriers’ 25th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

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Published May 9, 2017

DETROIT — It’s not easy to confess your most private thoughts, but that’s exactly what local photographer Roy Feldman has accomplished with his new collection of work.

For the last several months, the Grosse Pointe Woods resident has photographed a number of individuals in images that closely depict the contradictions of their own dreams when they are compared to reality.

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Published May 9, 2017

DETROIT — A thought-provoking new political thriller is closing out Detroit Public Theatre’s second season. Through May 28, the theater is staging the Michigan premier of Zak Berkman’s critically hailed “The Harassment of Iris Malloy.”

The show has had a rolling world premier at cities around the country in recent months. It looks at what happens when the title character — a waitress and single mother — spends time in the hotel room of a war hero turned senator, and how the encounter changes both of them.

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Published May 9, 2017

METRO DETROIT — It’s not every day that fans can rub elbows with some of their favorite comic book creators, artists, and film and TV icons, but then again, Motor City Comic Con is not an everyday event.

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Published May 9, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — Investigating a decades-old Macomb County sewer has proved to be a monumental effort for engineers, and more surprises continue to appear.

On May 8 at the Macomb County Office of Public Works, the three-member Drainage Board of Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller, Macomb County Department of Roads Director Bryan Santo and Macomb County Commissioner Robert Mijac, D-Sterling Heights, unanimously approved an addition of approximately $6.2 million to the $70 million scope of the damaged interceptor project.

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Published May 9, 2017

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Last Friday, as the cold rain continued to fall across metro Detroit for the third day in a row, members of the Cranbrook Native Plant team were outside digging in the dirt.

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Published May 9, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — The 36th annual Art Birmingham fine art fair will return to Shain Park this weekend to celebrate creativity, spring and, of course, moms.

According to Karen Dalhey, executive director of the Guild of Artists and Artisans in Ann Arbor, the long-running event has become something of a marker for the start of the state’s hopping outdoor art fair season.

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Published May 9, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — The popular Birmingham Farmers Market not only opened this past weekend, it celebrated its 15th birthday.

The market, which will be open through October, returned Sunday to Municipal Parking Lot 6, on North Old Woodward. The 9 a.m.-2 p.m. market has plenty of old favorites and some new vendors who will make appearances every week throughout the summer and fall.

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