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Published July 12, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Jody Johnston doesn’t need your Wi-Fi. 

And please keep your cellphones and televisions too.

The Silver Lake State Park manager, who lives near the park in Mears — halfway between Muskegon and Ludington — just cares about getting back to the basics whenever he goes camping with his wife and his kids, ages 11 and 14.

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Published July 12, 2017

DETROIT — Even if your budget limits your summer travel to metro Detroit, you can still experience the sounds and cultures of the world during the Concert of Colors.

Produced by the Arab American National Museum, the free celebration of all types of music from all across the globe marks its 25th anniversary this July 12-16 with a series of free concerts, film screenings and programs at venues primarily in and around Midtown Detroit.

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Published July 12, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Bigger isn’t always better. Limited to no more than 12 inches by 12 inches, artists from across Michigan expanded their creative horizons by working on tiny pieces for “Small Wonders,” the first juried art exhibition at Grosse Pointe Congregational Church.

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Published July 11, 2017

GROSSE POINTE CITY — In the early 1970s, Rufus McGaugh set a goal to visit every country and territory on all seven continents of the world, and every state in the U.S.

It was a lofty aspiration that took a lot of planning and budgeting, but the Grosse Pointe City resident was determined to achieve his dream.

And it came true.

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Published July 11, 2017

WAYNE COUNTY — Fourteen candidates have filed petitions with the Wayne County Clerk’s Office to run for the House of Representatives District 1 seat in the special primary election Aug 8.

State House District 1 covers Grosse Pointe Shores, Grosse Pointe Woods, Harper Woods and the eastern section of Detroit.

The Democrat ticket will include Sandra Bucciero, Ronald D. Diebel, John William Donahue, Burgess Dwight Foster, Kirkland W. Garey, Keith D. Hollowell, Justin Johnson, Gowana Mancill Jr., Pamela M. Sossi, Tenisha Yancey and Washington Youson.

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Published July 12, 2017

FRANKLIN — The village of Franklin is inviting people to grab the popcorn with the return of its Movies on the Green summer movie series.

Each Wednesday between July 26 and Aug. 9 will feature a family-friendly film projected onto a large screen on the Franklin Village Green. The films will start at dusk — approximately 9 p.m. — and the showings are presented by the Franklin Community Association at no cost to those attending.

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Published July 12, 2017

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The Cranbrook Institute of Science is inviting in the public for its summer programs and events with longer hours through Labor Day.

These longer hours are to take advantage of the longer days of summer and because the institute does not have to work around the schedules of visiting schools throughout the summer months.

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Published July 12, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — There are stories to be found all around Birmingham.

There are tales of days gone by in every nook of the Birmingham Museum, and just a couple of blocks away there are thousands of stories waiting to be read at Baldwin Public Library.

Once a month, the museum and the library come together for a special evening of stories geared toward the city’s youngest residents.

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Published July 12, 2017

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD — Recently, Birmingham Police Chief Mark Clemence traded in his badge for a pen to author an article about playing nice with pets in the city.

The article, published in various local newspapers and websites, was inspired after officers were called twice within a year to respond to incidents involving unleashed dogs.

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Published July 12, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — If you’re into themed works of nature, it’s time to get excited about the event that rolls around only once every other year: the Shelby Garden Club’s flower show.

This year, the show will take place Thursday, July 13, through Saturday, July 15, at the Shelby Township Library — the usual staging grounds. Garden club members will create and showcase floral expressions centered around the theme “Made in Michigan.”

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Published July 12, 2017

UTICA — Mayor Thom Dionne hopes to put a spotlight on the city’s downtown area with its first food truck rally July 15.

The event will be held in the parking lot of the Utica Public Library, 7530 Auburn Road, from 5 to 9 p.m. It is sponsored by the city of Utica and the Utica Downtown Development Authority.

The Metro Detroit Food Truck Association will be presenting Mean Weenie, Marconi’s Pizza and Imperial House at the event. The trucks will be joined by an ice cream truck and Detroit classic rock ensemble the Real Deal.

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Published July 7, 2017

DETROIT — Tour de Troit, a nonprofit that organizes bike rides through Detroit and advocates for nonmotorized transportation options in the city, is welcoming cyclists to join it for its annual Bike the Bridge ride.

Bike the Bridge began in 2013 and is the only bike ride that includes both the Detroit and Windsor sides of the Detroit River. It also is the only time the Ambassador Bridge is open to bicycle traffic. This year, it will take place on Sunday, Oct. 22.

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Published July 7, 2017

Construction crews will soon direct their attention to roads and bridges in Sterling Heights, according to city officials.

During a June 20 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool warned residents that work crews will soon embark on another round of road construction in Sterling Heights.

“Everyone can enjoy the peace and quiet for now, for a few more weeks,” he said. “But suffice it to say, it’s going to be a very busy summer and fall for road activity.”

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Published July 12, 2017

WARREN — There have been many a moose sighting along the Red Run. Well, sort of.

A big, decorative steel moose is part of the creative landscape found in the garden of Pat and Jim Gentry. Thankfully, it doesn’t consume plants, unlike the deer and other wildlife that frequent the yard on the banks of the creek.

The Gentrys’ property will be one of six gardens open for all to see during the Warren Garden Club’s 2017 Garden Walk from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 15.

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Published July 12, 2017

DETROIT/WARREN — On a somewhat cloudy morning on the Detroit River July 6, a group of seagulls gathered to look for food while several feet away, a Canadian police boat made its rounds.

Not far away, swimmers raced each other at the Belle Isle Park beach while the Ambassador Bridge hovered in the distance.

That was among the many sites the Warren Woods Public Schools School Age Child Care Summer Program students saw when they enjoyed a field trip last Thursday as they cruised the Detroit River via Diamond Jack’s River Tours.

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Published July 11, 2017

WARREN — What can you get for a buck these days?

If you’re 13 and younger, $1 will get you into the Friends of the Warren Public Library’s Kids Club. And that means access to 12 free children’s books at one of the city’s true hidden gems.

Tucked away in the old Warren Village Hall on Beebe Avenue east of Mound Road and just south of Chicago Road, the Friends’ Bookstore offers a constantly rotating selection of books, magazines and recorded media at bargain basement prices.

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Published July 10, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Claire Wyckoff was like any other fifth-grader.

She loved playing outside, riding bikes, roller-skating and more.

But one day in the beginning of December 2016, she came home and told her mom that her arm really hurt. Amy Wyckoff said nothing looked wrong, so they iced it and chalked it up to growing pains. Three days later, however, “we go to take her shirt off and she’s screaming like I pulled her arm out of the socket.”

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Published July 7, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The 2017 Aqua Fest will take over Blossom Heath Park and the Nautical Mile July 14-16 with fun for all ages.

“We have a lot of activities, a lot of events taking place, mostly in Blossom Heath Park, our beautiful park,” said Donna Flaherty, president of the Nautical Mile Merchants Association.

A major attraction at the event is the Ultimate Air Dogs show, which will be in St. Clair Shores for the fourth time. Shows will be in Blossom Heath Park at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. July 15, and 11 a.m., 1, 2 and 3 p.m. July 16.

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Published July 7, 2017

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1. American Polish Festival and Craft Show
July 7-9, American Polish Century Club, Sterling Heights

The 37th annual American Polish Festival and Craft Show will return to Sterling Heights this weekend. The event will run 4 p.m.-1 a.m. July 7, 10 a.m.-1 a.m. July 8 and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. July 9.

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Published July 6, 2017

Troy resident Bill Norris’ historic Jeep came into his life before he was old enough to drive it.

Norris has been a “car guy” for as long as he can remember, working on cars with his dad when he was just 4 years old. So in 1984, when he was 14, his dad enlisted him for a special father-son project — restoring a 1947 Willys Jeep CJ2A, the first civilian model built after World War II.

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