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Published May 2, 2016

When funeral participants take to the road to pay their final respects to the dead, special driving rules and etiquette are in place to minimize risk to other people’s lives. 

David Temrowski, a director of D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home in Warren, said some drivers get confused around funeral processions — some cars will pull over, and others will try to cut in or cut through. 

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Published April 29, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Officials from Selfridge Air National Guard Base were joined by Macomb County elected officials on April 22 to break ground on the largest single construction project in the 99-year history of the military airfield.

A $32.6 million jet fuel storage and delivery system is being built at the base, creating a logistical infrastructure that will support all flying operations here.

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Published April 29, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The service members who defended the U.S. during World War II never forget the experience, and two of them will share their stories during a special presentation this weekend.

Army veteran Douglas Harvey and Marines veteran Frank Torre will talk about their service and homecoming during the program “Stories of Service” at 1 p.m. May 7 at the Lorenzo Cultural Center, located on Macomb Community College’s Center Campus, 44575 Garfield Road at Hall Road.

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Published May 4, 2016

WARREN — This fall, the city of Warren will celebrate its ties to the United Service Organizations and a building once used by the group to host events for members of the armed forces and their families.

The Warren Historical Commission will host a historical plaque dedication on Oct. 1 at the Fitzgerald Recreation Center on Nine Mile, east of Ryan, which members believe is one of the few remaining World War II-era structures once utilized by the USO.

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Published April 28, 2016

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1. Michigan International Women’s Show
April 28-May 1 • Novi

More than 400 exhibitors — all geared toward women — will fill the Suburban Collection Showplace this weekend for the Michigan International Women’s Show.

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Published April 27, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Men down on their luck in Buffalo, New York, will resort to taking it all off to earn extra cash in an upcoming Farmington Players musical production, “The Full Monty.”

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Published April 27, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Oak Park resident Michael Weiss, 91, was born in Kascony, Czechoslovakia, where he lived in a small, dirt-floor home without running water or electricity.

This humble place is one he cherishes, even today, because his grandfather built the house when he married. His mother grew up in that home, and Weiss did too.

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Published April 27, 2016

FRASER — When it comes to endurance, Elizabeth Jones is at the top of the heap.

Jones, a resident at the Sanctuary at Fraser Villa, turned 106 years old on April 14. She is the oldest of 138 residents, narrowly eclipsing a 105-year-old and a 104-year-old in the same building off Utica Road.

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Published April 27, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Local author Lydia Joy is using her faith and daily life in an effort to enthuse a younger generation of women.

Joy, who is a dental assistant by day and an author by night, released her book, “God’s Princess Forever: Discover Your Royal Identity & Reach Your True Potential,” in late February.

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Published April 27, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A local teacher, a city councilwoman and a mother fighting to protect children from domestic abuse are among those who will be honored when the Optimist Club of St. Clair Shores hosts its 18th annual Champions Banquet.

Eight community members will be honored at the May 11 banquet, which will be held at the Assumption Cultural Center. This year, the Optimist Club of St. Clair Shores will be highlighting the following honorees:

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Published April 27, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — What began as a 50th anniversary celebration has turned into so much more, as the Macomb Chamber Music Society Summer Concert Series enters its sixth year bringing music to Wahby Park. 

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Published April 27, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Vehicles will roll into Drake Sports Park for the second annual Touch-A-Truck event 6-9 p.m. May 6. 

In preparation for the event, which is hosted by the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission, the park will be closed 3-6 p.m., and participants will not be permitted in the park prior to doors opening. Touch-A-Truck costs $5 per car, and all proceeds will fund the commission’s camp financial aid program. 

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Published April 27, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  The Trefoil is the Girl Scouts of the United States of America’s traditional shortbread cookie. 

But add prosecco-infused whip-ped cream, fresh strawberries, lemon and a ginger sauce, and the cookie becomes anything but traditional.

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Published April 27, 2016

METRO DETROIT — If you install a wheelchair ramp, grab bars or even a bathroom on your main floor, you could be on your way to as much as a $5,000 tax credit, depending on whether a bill passed in the state Senate becomes law. 

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Published April 27, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — She’s a singer, a songwriter, a dancer, a choreographer, an actress and a TV personality, and she’s about to add public speaker to her repertoire.

Paula Abdul is slated to speak  in Southfield at the annual Lois Linden Nelson Woman’s World event  May 6 at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, 27375 Bell Road.

Hosted by the Sisterhood of Congregation Shaarey Zedek, the event will feature a boutique show, a luncheon, a speech and a question-and-answer session with Abdul.

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Published April 27, 2016

METRO DETROIT — After spending the winter in gridlock traffic, cooped up in a stuffy car, so many Michiganders are eager to trade in four wheels for two and hop on their beloved bicycles.

And now’s the time to pull the pedals out of the garage, because May is National Bike Month, and riding enthusiasts across the country are taking to the streets and trails to promote biking as an active, environmentally friendly pastime.

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Published April 27, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — During the last century, the smallpox vaccine was produced on the skin of calves.

“We painted the heifers’ bellies with smallpox,” said Tom Janicki, of Almont, who worked at Parke-Davis laboratory facilities for 36 years, beginning in 1960. “Then we scraped it off and made the vaccine.”

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Published April 26, 2016

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS — Bike enthusiasts can enjoy a morning ride along local trails next month while raising money to support updates to the Paint Creek Trail.

Motor City Bike & Brew Tours owner Steve Johnson is hosting the fourth annual Cruisin’ for the Trails spring charity bike ride Saturday, May 7, to support the Friends of the Paint Creek Trail.

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Published April 26, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — The original dedication plaque for the old Brooklands School has gone missing, and police are on the case.

Rochester Community Schools Community Relations Director Lori Grein said the district filed a police report after noticing that the plaque was missing from the 1927 building, which has been vacant for nearly two years.

RCS Superintendent Robert Shaner said it is “extremely disappointing” that someone would take the dedication plaque, which he said serves as “a treasured piece of history” within the community.

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Published April 27, 2016

After listening to an overview of the proposed $138.3 million 2016-17 budget at an April 22 study session, the Troy City Council agreed by consensus to proceed and consider the budget as submitted.

The proposed 2016-17 budget includes a decrease in the city millage rate, from 10.5 mills to 10.4 mills, and it includes a fund balance of over 27 percent. 

Troy City Assessor Nino Licari said homeowners’ taxes will be reduced, but the actual reduction to the average homeowner was not available at press time.

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