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Published December 16, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Jackie Michaelson has been described as someone who is effective and very good at what she does, which is helping those in need.

Michaelson has been a part of Lighthouse of Oakland County’s Adopt-a-Family program for about 16 years, which helps support families in Oakland County by matching them to people with the means to sponsor a family.

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Published December 16, 2015

ROCHESTER — As the holidays swiftly approach and everyone scrambles to check off their cooking and shopping to-do lists, it’s easy to be forgetful.

“Christmas is probably one of the most widely celebrated holidays, so everyone is thinking about the holiday parties and friends and families coming over, but this is also the time of the year when we see an increase of fire risk,” said Rochester Fire Chief John Cieslik. “Really, statistically, it has a huge jump, and a lot of it is caused by some of the things that we do on a regular basis.”

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Published December 16, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS —  Local artists Meredith Lea Bailey and Jen Whaley embrace realism in their highly detailed portraits — through the mediums of watercolor and graphite pencil.

Both were chosen as finalists in the recent 2015 MI Great Artist online competition. Five artists, including Whaley and Bailey, were chosen from a field of 109 in Oakland, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, St. Clair and Wayne counties. More than 22,000 votes were cast during a two-week online voting period for more than $16,000 in cash and prizes.

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Published December 15, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Santa Claus had a message Dec. 10 for the young children receiving medical treatments at the St. John Hospital Van Elslander Cancer Center.

“I want everyone asleep when I get to your house in two weeks,” he said while spreading Christmas cheer with Mrs. Claus, as patients and their families gathered for a holiday party. 

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Published December 15, 2015

ROCHESTER — Some new neighbors have moved into downtown Rochester over the past six months, giving shoppers — frantic to check off everyone on their holiday gifts lists in the next week — a chance to pop in and see the latest trends downtown.

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Published December 15, 2015

Chris Barnett and his family are breathing a huge sigh of relief this morning now that they have their dog back at home where he belongs.

According to Bloomfield Township police Cmdr. James Gallagher, Barnett had walked his dog Kodi  up to the Kroger on Telegraph just before 7 p.m. Dec. 14. He made the trip nearly every day, and like always, he tied the dog’s leash to a pole out front and then went inside the store to shop for around 20 minutes.

When he came back outside, Kodi was gone.

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Published December 14, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The city’s animal shelter has a lot of animals at the moment, and employees are hoping those prepared for a pet would like to place a furry friend in their forever home during the holidays.

To help assist with a perfect pairing, the Royal Oak Animal Shelter is hosting Make my Christmas Merry from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at the shelter, located at 1515 N. Edgeworth Ave.

The adoption event will feature reduced fees, cookies and giveaways from local businesses upon pet adoption.

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Published December 14, 2015

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OAKLAND COUNTY — When the flakes fall in Oakland County, you can count on a few things: Some schools will close, roads will get a bit slippery, and the roar of snowblowers will fill the air.

But you can also count on throngs of nature lovers heading to the county’s parks for a little cold-weather fun, according to Independence Oaks Park Supervisor DJ Coffey. Despite the warmer-than-normal temperatures we’ve enjoyed so far, Coffey and his staff are gearing up for one of Oakland County Parks’ most popular seasons.

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Published December 16, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Dec. 10, the Southeastern Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police voted in Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide as its second vice president.

A retirement left the position vacant. Shelide’s term will begin Jan. 1. The plan of succession provides that Shelide would become first vice president of the association in 2017 and president in 2018.

A major function of the group is to influence state legislation.

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Published December 16, 2015

“Children at St. Kieran took part in a Christmas program Sunday that included bringing gifts to the Christ Child. The wrapped gifts will be distributed by the Community Action Center to needy children in the area. The children also acted out the story of Christmas in song. Taking part in the program are, left to right, Robert Casoli, Lou Scafuri, Andy Ruzzin, Mary Beth Aragona, Mark Gilbert and Jack Miller.”

Photo and caption from the Daily Sentinel, dated Dec. 13, 1967

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Published December 16, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Six months after retiring in April, former Shelby Township Police Department K-9  dog Henry succumbed to an aggressive infection Dec. 6 at age 11.

Since November 2005, Henry lived and worked with his handler, patrolman Kevin Treworgy. The duo went on hundreds of raids, sniffed out the tracks of countless criminals and helped fight crime in a wide range of capacities.

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Published December 16, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — The Utica Cemetery, located in Shelby Township, recently finished a yearlong process of replacing its sign and installing a 26,000-pound marble columbarium, a monument for the storage of loved ones’ ashes.

The historic headstone of Gurden C. Leech, who proposed renaming the city from the village of Harlow to Utica in 1833, also found its way back to Leech’s burial site after going missing for about 30 years.

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Published December 16, 2015

WARREN — Carlson Elementary School Principal Tricia Huey-Rocheleau became a bit teary-eyed as the annual “Christmas with a Firefighter” tradition got underway the evening of Dec. 3 at the Meijer store located at 12 Mile and Mound roads.

“The Warren firefighters do this every year,” said Huey-Rocheleau, touched by their generosity. “To see the kids’ faces here tonight and just the parental support — they are just ecstatic to be here.”

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Published December 14, 2015

Whether you choose to make a toast to the holidays or not, police and driving safety experts say that preventing drunken driving is something that everyone should celebrate.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said police plan to be very vigilant in spotting drunken drivers on the road and arresting them. He said while he has no problem with people celebrating and having fun, police are “not at all for mixing alcohol and driving.”

Under the influence, drivers pose a danger not just to themselves but everyone else on the road, he explained.

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Published December 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Rachel Webster, formerly of Madison Heights, loves her horse, Al. But currently she’s unable to take care of him, and he’s in need of a place to live.

The chestnut-colored thoroughbred gelding, 20, raced for eight years — a lengthy career, considering most horses only run for two or three.

Hoping to give Al a well-deserved retirement, Webster took him in when he was 11, but due to changing circumstances, she had to give him up when he was 17.

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Published December 11, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — For many police officers, firefighters and paramedics, Christmas Day is not spent at home with loved ones, but on duty at the station, ready to stop crimes, put out fires and respond to medical emergencies.

It’s thanks to their dedication that the community can rest easy on Christmas. And that’s why some thanks are in order.

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Published December 9, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The Grosse Pointe War Memorial is trying to make this holiday season especially memorable for local veterans.

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Published December 9, 2015

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — One of the newest employees at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores loves her job so much, she’s willing to work for free.

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Published December 9, 2015

FERNDALE — From time to time, Susan White still heads to Harding Park in her Ferndale neighborhood to sit on one of the swings. The swings, White said, were a favorite spot for her and her daughter, Kayla White, whenever they had something to talk about.


Often the conversation between White and her daughter moved to the fact that Harding Park no longer had a play structure. Kayla White grew up in the neighborhood and remembered playing on the old wooden structure, Susan White said, and Kayla White wanted other neighborhood kids to have the same enjoyment she did.

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Published December 9, 2015

FERNDALE — Affirmations, a nonprofit community center in Ferndale that serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, has hired its second executive director this year, with new director Susan Erspamer coming on board at the beginning of December.

The Affirmations board chose Detroit native Darrious Hilmon in February after a nearly yearlong search following the departure of former director Dave Garcia. Hilmon began the position in March, but stepped down in October.

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