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Published March 2, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — The Birmingham Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra will trade shamrocks for champagne this St. Patrick’s Day during its annual spring benefit.

The second-ever event will be held at downtown Birmingham’s BoConcept, where guests can enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres and live music from the Irish band Jean Marie & the Lads.

“It should be ... a wonderful evening,” said Bill Close, president of the BBSO board of directors.

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Published March 2, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Feb. 27, the Shelby Township Relay for Life held its 10th annual kickoff event in anticipation of the main relay event that will take place from 10 a.m. May 21 to 10 a.m. May 22 at River Bends Park. The theme is “Lights, camera, cure!”

The Oscars-themed craft and vendor show at Steiny’s Restaurant and Banquet Hall was the first open-house-style kickoff event of its kind. Shelby Township Relay for Life co-founder Lauren Conn said organizers hope to make this year bigger and better than ever.

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Published March 1, 2016

EASTPOINTE — City officials are urging pet owners who let their dogs run off-leash in city parks to instead use the MiDog dog park, citing safety concerns.

Department of Public Works Director Mary Van Haaren said that while she has yet to get resident complaints about dogs off-leash in city parks like Spindler or Kennedy personally, one of the park attendants in the summer months had brought it up.

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Published February 29, 2016

After a winter of salting and plowing, the local county road commissions will soon transition to fixing the damage that the elements and vehicles cause to roads, bridges and more.

Road Commission for Oakland County spokesman Craig Bryson said Oakland County has about $27 million in road repairs scheduled in its 2016 construction program. In addition, many projects are buttressed by federal funding and local matches, he said.

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Published February 26, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With warm breezes blowing and children happily climbing play structures, using the swings and monkey bars of Blossom Heath Park, it almost could have been spring.

But that was the weather that greeted visitors to the third annual St. Clair Shores Aqua Freeze Festival in February.

With highs near 60 degrees for the first two days of the festival, it wasn’t so much frozen as melting, but many visitors didn’t seem to mind.

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Published February 26, 2016

HAZEL PARK — Last year, Shawn Polito stepped down as director of the Hazel Park Drama Club, a position he had held since 2007. He resigned in order to spend more time with his wife and two children, but he continues to be involved as the drama club advisor, and as the producing and technical director. 

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Published March 1, 2016

WARREN — Two weeks after Derek Miller left the Michigan House of Representatives to become the new Macomb County treasurer, Gov. Rick Snyder announced a special election to fill the ensuing vacancy in the Legislature.

If that sounds simple and straightforward, it isn’t.

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Published February 26, 2016

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Monday, Feb. 29, is a leap day — a day that you'll only see on the calendar every four years. But do you know why?

Here are some interesting leap year facts from the Old Farmer's Almanac, timeanddate.com and leapyearday.com.

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Published February 25, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — March 19, 1976, was an unusually warm day for Michigan, especially since the month prior, West Bloomfield experienced below-freezing temperatures.

But as historian and West Bloomfield resident Charles Martinez said, “If you don’t like the weather, wait a moment. It’ll change.” 

Martinez is the author of “Song of the Heron: Reflections on the History of West Bloomfield.”

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Published February 25, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Lead, a naturally occurring element, can be found in the environment and throughout the home.

Historians have even debated the probability of lead poisoning causing the fall of the Roman Empire.  

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Published February 25, 2016

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1. Celebrate Leap Year
Feb. 28, Southfield

A day that only happens once every four years calls for a celebration.

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Published February 28, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — In 1947, before she was born, Lois Jackman’s parents were one of the first families in East Detroit, now Eastpointe, to own a television set.

Her father worked for Detroit Edison, and for $1 per week he was able to purchase the company’s new appliances for home. Although the new TV only offered a few hours of programming per day, it was a hit with the neighbors.

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Published February 27, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Nearly 3 million liter-size bottles of water have been shipped through Selfridge Air National Guard Base in the largest domestic support operation of the Michigan Air National Guard (ANG) in at least four decades.

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Published February 24, 2016

DETROIT — The upcoming Detroit Autorama will feature more than 800 different kinds of cars from all over the United States, including one car from a Harper Woods resident.

Ron Andras will be showing off his 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix during Autorama, which will take place Feb. 26-28 at  Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd. in Detroit.

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Published February 24, 2016

FERNDALE — When the Ferndale Cat Shelter’s Catfé Lounge opened up in November, the purpose was to help cats who needed homes.

A new event, which organizers hope to make a monthly occurrence, is showing the cats can help people in return.

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Published February 24, 2016

A pair of residents from Eastpointe, a Roseville-based auto shop and the Roseville High School-based Drive One program all have one thing in common: They are all bringing vehicles to show at Detroit Autorama Feb. 26-28.

Howard Brisendein, of Eastpointe, is bringing his one-of-a-kind 1973 Buick Riviera GS, which was built as a special order for a General Motors Co. executive at the company’s old Flint plant. Instead of a standard Riviera interior, Brisendein said, this car has the interior of a Buick Electra 225.

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Published February 24, 2016

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Car enthusiasts are itching to put the pedal to the metal at the annual Detroit Autorama event.

The 64th annual edition will take place Friday, Feb. 26 to Sunday, Feb. 28 at Cobo Center in Detroit. More than 800 vehicles — including hot rods, customs, trucks and motorcycles from around the world — are expected to be on display.

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Published February 23, 2016

ROCHESTER — The antiques gathering dust in the attic or taking up space in the basement could be worth some cold hard cash — or their value could be merely sentimental.

The only way to find out for sure is to visit the Rochester-Avon Historical Society’s annual Antique Appraisal Day noon-4 p.m. March 6 at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow Ave., to have items assessed by certified appraisers.

Event chair Carol Tough said the Rochester-Avon Historical Society has hosted the event for over two decades.

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Published February 23, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Sister Marjorie Elizabeth Allen has had quite a life. 

When the McAuley Life Center nun was born in 1916, 28th U.S. President Woodrow Wilson was in office. A 1916 Model T Ford cost $490, and the Titanic had sunk just four years prior. 

A bit has changed in the last 100 years, and the centenarian’s birthday was celebrated Feb. 16 at the McAuley Life Center retirement home, 28750 W. 11 Mile Road. 

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Published February 23, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — One evening in February, a Clinton Township firefighter flexed his muscle to help a local family in need.

It wasn’t in the literal sense, to fight a fire or remove someone from a perilous situation. Rather, it was an act of kindness in the form of a bill payment.

On Feb. 11, Engine 5 of the Clinton Township Fire Department was dispatched to a nonemergency medical situation on Colonial Drive.

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