Features

Published June 7, 2017

This photograph, taken around 1905, shows Cass Street (now Avenue) in downtown Utica, looking north from Main Street. Note the buggies parked along the street and the horses tied to the numerous hitching rails in front of the stores. Also notice that Cass and Main Street are not paved. In just a few years, the hitching rails will be gone, the buggies will be replaced by automobiles and the roads will be paved. Most of the buildings in this photograph have been replaced by newer ones, except for the building on the far right, which today is occupied by Hogs Hollow Smokehouse.

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Published June 7, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Alexander Milnikel, a recent member of the Shelby Township Historical Committee, took the group into the realm of social media by creating a page dedicated to interactive local history.

Milnikel, a 25-year-old Sterling Heights resident who earned a master’s degree in public history from Western Michigan University last year, decided to use Facebook as a platform to reach the everyday person about what occurred here in the past.

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Published June 7, 2017

UTICA — A quaint wooden Little Free Library is the newest resident of Grant Park in Utica, thanks to book enthusiast Heather Wojcik and her carpentry-savvy husband, Karl Wojcik.

The Wojciks worked together with the Utica Public Library and the Utica Department of Public Works to garner publicity for and install the community bookcase. The motto of the grass-roots movement is “take a book; return a book.”

While the Wojciks are Sterling Heights residents, Heather said she has always enjoyed utilizing the Utica Public Library too.

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Published June 6, 2017

C&G Newspapers

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Sunday, June 11, the Cars R Stars show will return to the Packard Proving Grounds. Each year, the show celebrates a unique type of vehicle, and this year organizers will present a rear-engine vehicle display.

The eighth annual show will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the historic venue, located at 49965 Van Dyke Ave., south of 23 Mile Road. Admission at the gates costs $5, and children 12 and younger will be admitted for free when accompanied by a paid adult.

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Published June 7, 2017

WARREN — The new Burnette Branch Library could be built north of Nine Mile Road as part of a broader plan to construct a multi-use city complex on Van Dyke, between Lozier and Continental avenues.

That was the gist of the information presented to members of the Warren City Council at a Committee of the Whole meeting May 22, where they got a look at renderings and include heard more about how a planned facility set to include an ancillary police station, fire station, playground and city offices could come to fruition.

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Published June 6, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Members of the Harrison Township Parks and Recreation Committee are hosting their 13th annual Fishing Derby at Lake St. Clair Metropark on June 10.

The event, open to all children 16 and younger, comes during Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend, which is being held this year June 10-11. During Free Fishing Weekend, unlicensed anglers can take to the lakes or shorelines for their fill of fishing.

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Published June 5, 2017

C&G Newspapers

MOUNT CLEMENS/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Recently, nearly 3,000 girls across metro Detroit took part in an empowering event.

Locally, more than 400 girls throughout Macomb County participated in Girls on the Run, a YMCA-sponsored event.

Stacey Butler, community engagement manager for Girls on the Run and STRIDE, another popular local event, said Girls on the Run is an after-school program dedicated to empowering girls to live joyful, healthy and confident lives, and is open to girls in third through eighth grades.

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Published May 31, 2017

EASTPOINTE — The Naturally Funny Talent Agency will be adding some all-ages comic relief to Eastpointe’s Music in the Plaza summer series with music duo Bob and Carl at 6:30 p.m. June 21 at Eastpointe City Plaza, 23200 Gratiot Ave.

Bob and Carl are known for their mix of popular and classical songs.

The agency will bring three comedians to the outdoor stage: Monique Owens, Calvon Brown and Tom Massey. They will each have a 10- to 15-minute set.

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Published May 31, 2017

ROSEVILLE — RoseFest is a reincarnation of the former Rose Festival that ran from 1936 to 1976 in Roseville. It was the big event in Roseville where, every year, there was a parade and pageant queen with her court.

The festival ran for 40 years and then was gone for almost 40 years, according to Roseville City Manager Scott Adkins.

Adkins obtained a copy of the 16th annual Rose Festival program, by the Rose Festival Committee, stating that year’s Rose Festival was held in 1974, which led Adkins to believe there was a break in the years of the festival.

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Published May 31, 2017

ROSEVILLE — RoseFest moved up a week from previous years and will be held at Veterans Memorial Park, 27325 Barkman St., June 8-11 to celebrate Roseville.

“We’re proud to say that we’ve been able to bring on some partners this year, as in the past, to continue and expand the family-friendly event,” said Roseville City Manager Scott Adkins.

RoseFest combines carnival and entertainment attractions and includes a community fireworks show. 

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Published May 31, 2017

ROSEVILLE — May was declared as Foster Care Awareness month in the state of Michigan after the House of Representatives adopted a resolution from State Representative John Chirkun, D-Roseville, May 17.

“Foster Care Awareness Month is a way to recognize and thank the families who provide a good home and family life to children in need of affection, love and security,” stated Chirkun May 17. 

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Published May 31, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — The ladies of the Madison Heights Intermediate Women’s Club (MHIWC)  comprise one of the largest charitable organizations in the city. They’re now celebrating the club’s 40th anniversary, and they show no signs of slowing down, bringing home nearly a dozen awards from a state convention for the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. 

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Published May 31, 2017

HAZEL PARK — When school’s out for summer, many libraries roll out programs to keep people reading and their minds engaged. This year, the Hazel Park District Library (HPDL) will be kicking off its summer reading program with a magician and puppet show.

The theme this year is “Build a Better World!” and the opening attraction is “The Amazing Clark Puppet & Magic Show” on Tuesday, June 20, at 1 p.m. in the library’s Monroe Room.

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Published May 31, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — The Anton Art Center will welcome popular Clarkston-based metal artist Atticus McFadden-Keesling during the ART! Macomb fair in downtown Mount Clemens June 2-4.

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Published May 31, 2017

METRO DETROIT — A group of Chevy dealerships is offering visitors a chance to help some four-legged friends while looking at the various four-wheeled models on the showroom floor. 

Throughout June, more than 30 metro Detroit Chevrolet dealerships will participate in a campaign called Pickups for Paws. The effort aims to collect donated pet-related items, such as toys and food, for local pet rescue groups, animal shelters and similar nonprofit animal charities.

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Published May 31, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — The heart of downtown will become a car lover’s paradise June 2-3 as the Friends of Mount Clemens host the 26th annual Mount Clemens Cruise.

The two-day event will be based at the corner of Main and Market streets. According to Friends Vice Chairman George Calvet, everything from vintage vehicles to more modern rides will converge on downtown roads for this much-anticipated cruise and show.

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Published May 30, 2017

On Sunday, May 28, a crowd gathered around the Shelby Township veterans memorial beneath a bright sun and blue skies to honor and remember those who fell in the line of duty.

Two World War II veterans attended the ceremony, including honored speaker Jim D’Amore, who served as a combat infantryman in Gen. George S. Patton’s 3rd Army, and who fought on D-Day.

D’Amore honored those who died in war and delivered an impassioned plea to those gathered at the ceremony to make peace and act with love “because war is hell!”   

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Published May 31, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — A unique park plan, integrated with the Rochester Community Schools district, has transformed a section of the new Innovation Hills Park into a “learning garden.”

“This is a great learning experience,” Sarah Guy, a fourth-grade teacher at Hamlin Elementary School, said during a May 19 park dedication, when students helped create stone pathways.

“The kids are super excited,” Guy said.  “They are really excited to be the first kids at the park, and are thrilled and honored to help out.”

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Published May 31, 2017

METRO DETROIT — As the weather is beginning to heat up, local experts say that serious homebuyers are waiting to pounce on the best deals.

“We’re still limited on our listings,” said Kathy Coon, broker owner of Real Living Great Lakes Real Estate in Rochester Hills, West Bloomfield and Clarkston. “We’re seeing a few more with the summertime and the kids getting out of school.”

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Published May 30, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — Flowers held high priority with the Wilson family at Meadow Brook Hall.

“Matilda (Dodge Wilson) always had fresh flowers in the house,” MBH Director of Curatorial Services Madelyn Rzadkowolski said. “She had 1,800 rose bushes. John Dodge built a greenhouse for her, and there were always chrysanthemums blooming in the greenhouse. She was the national president of the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association for two years. She was very involved in gardening.”

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