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Published May 31, 2017

ROCHESTER — Those who frequent Rochester College will notice some new four-legged students on campus this fall.

Leader Dogs for the Blind and Rochester College recently launched the RC-Campus Puppy program, a new initiative that allows students to raise puppies that will become guide dogs through Leader Dogs’ training program.

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Published May 31, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Spring cleaning.

It’s a fairly broad term that means everything from a little dusting and window washing to sore backs and blistered hands as years of junk is hauled out to the curb.

Clutter is a problem for many, and paring down our things is easier said than done. When garage sales don’t seem like an option, it’s time to look at other ways to shoo out the stuff.

When your clutter can make you a bit of cash, that’s always good news. 

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Published May 31, 2017

ROCHESTER — Rochester police are offering people a behind-the-scenes look at their local law enforcement department this weekend.

The station will host its annual open house 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 3, a free event featuring tours, demonstrations and a number of other attractions.

Rochester Police Chief Steve Schettenhelm said the event provides hands-on tours of the department and is a fun way for the public to interact with officers.

“This is a great opportunity for the community to see their Police Department,” he said.

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Published May 31, 2017

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — The weekend of June 3-4 is going to be a busy one in Farmington and Farmington Hills with the return of Art on the Grand and the Great Farmington Hills Campout. 

Getting artsy
Over 100 artists from throughout the country will come to Farmington to showcase their artwork during the city’s eighth annual juried fine arts fair, Art on the Grand.

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Published May 31, 2017

FRASER — The past decade has been a roller coaster for Brad Jones.

After graduating from Fraser High School in 2002 with a 3.8 GPA, Jones attended Oakland University to play baseball while continuing his studies.

He was redshirted his first year with the team, which means he didn’t travel with his teammates, though he did attend all home games and cheer them on. He also made the dean’s list.

But according to his mother, Donna Jones, when he came home in the summer of 2003, “That’s when life changed.”

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Published May 30, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS —  Every year, the St. Paul Athletic Club holds an annual fun run to generate funding for the athletic programs at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic School.

This year, fun run organizers decided to instead raise money for another cause: Friedreich’s Ataxia. FA is a rare mitochondrial disease that has affected two St. Paul students, Jake and Claire Juip. This year’s seventh annual fun run was organized by the St. Paul Athletic Club, under the leadership of Dina Desjardins and Biz Williamson.

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Published May 31, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With dancers, acrobats, animals and more, June Fest promises fun for the family in St. Clair Shores’ downtown area.

“June Fest is a family fun day, a street fair when we, the merchants, close the street, open the doors and welcome the public to come on down and see what we have to offer,” said Gloria Kinne, the owner of Circare, a gift shop on Greater Mack Avenue.

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Published May 31, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — For thousands of children across the city, the chant of “no more teachers, no more books” may ring out — at least in their heads — as they end another school year.

But at the St. Clair Shores Public Library, they’re hoping that as many of those children as possible exchange textbooks and assigned reading for the adventures that can be found within the covers of a library book.

Summer Reading Club officially kicks off 6-8 p.m. June 6 at the St. Clair Shores Public Library, 22500 E. 11 Mile Road. 

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Published May 31, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — While Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer, boaters at the Jefferson Yacht Club celebrate the first weekend in June with a blessing.

The 59th annual Blessing of the Fleet is set to begin at 10 a.m. June 3 at WaterMark Bar and Grille, 24420 Jefferson Ave. The annual tradition is open to the public, according to JYC Fleet Captain David Kidd.

“It celebrates the kickoff of boating season and celebrates our great lake, Lake St. Clair,” he told City Council members May 15. 

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Published May 31, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Inspired by a tradition passed on by their father, two brothers’ unique take on shaving has launched them onto the national stage with offers to have their product featured on the Home Shopping Network and The Sharper Image.

Brothers Mike Gutow, of St. Clair Shores, and Dave Gutow, of Royal Oak, came together to create Legacy Shave, the company behind their invention, the Evolution Brush. 

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Published May 31, 2017

DETROIT — The Detroit Port Authority unveiled a new educational display May 22 called the “Portal View” that aims to teach the public about the maritime history of Detroit.

The event took place at the site of the Portal View display — outside the Carl Levin Port Authority Building at 130 Atwater St. Making the occasion even more significant was that it took place on National Maritime Day.

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Published May 30, 2017

While the threat of storms loomed over the 65th annual St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade, residents and visitors to the city enjoyed warm weather, sunshine and a stunning parade filled with veterans, military vehicles, bands and more.

This was the first year Dylan Hand, of St. Clair Shores, came out to the parade.

“My whole family is veterans and I am, as well,” he said. He and his sons sat on the side of Jefferson Avenue May 28 because he “just (wanted) to support the veterans ... and of course (for) the candy.”

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Published May 30, 2017

As World War II veteran Robert Roselle made his way to the podium during the Grosse Pointe Woods Memorial Day ceremony May 29, the audience gave him a standing ovation.

“What a greeting,” the Woods resident said as he began to share his story of his time in the U.S. Army.

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Published May 26, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — Would navigating through ponds, meadows, fields and woods in a 12-mile obstacle mud-run, the Tough Mudder, make you uncomfortable? 

If so, good. That’s half the battle. 

But if your age or weight are behind the discomfort, Terry Reuer, 66, of Farmington, has some words for you.

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Published May 29, 2017

BEVERLY HILLS — Beverly Elementary hosted a student DIY Festival last week so students could show off and sell their homemade creations to benefit some worthy causes.

The event took place May 23 and was organized by parents Elyssa Sardy, Lisa Samartino, Ashley Caza and Marla Mellon.

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Published May 31, 2017

C&G Newspapers

OAKLAND COUNTY — The third annual Oakland County Parks and Recreation Department Pics of the Parks contest has begun, and soon the picturesque parks will be flooded with shutterbugs looking for the perfect shot to capture their love of the county’s natural spaces.

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Published May 30, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — It’s been 30 years of face painting, ice cream and invaluable help as the Law Day free legal aid clinic celebrates three decades June 3.

Michigan’s largest free legal aid event, hosted at the Goodwin and Scieszka Law Center in Birmingham, has donated 5,000 free legal consultations since the event first began in 1987.

On top of that, the event has doled out 10,000 free bike helmets to kids attending the event with their families.

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Published May 31, 2017

BEVERLY HILLS — Parents, instead  of watching your child waste away an afternoon in front of a screen, wouldn’t you rather they read a book or go play outside?

Well, how about both?

The Beverly Hills Parks and Recreation Board has teamed up with Baldwin Public Library to install a new 0.4-mile trail around Beverly Park where families can read an entire book, posted two pages at a time, on permanent, weatherproof posts around the park. 

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Published May 29, 2017

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The Bowers School Farm, in Bloomfield Hills, is inviting local children to take part in its summer camp programs, aimed at educating kids about animals and agriculture in a fun and engaging way.

The camps will take kids around the farm and teach them about animals and animal care, growing and harvesting plants, and how a farm works through a variety of hands-on projects and activities.

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Published May 26, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On May 22, Shelby Township officials drew away the service flag that had been covering a rectangular plaque in the township municipal building’s lobby to unveil the new Military Wall of Honor.

Shelby Township Veteran Events Coordinator Phil Randazzo and Deputy Clerk Brian Fairbrother worked together to execute the project, which displays the names of active-duty members of the military who call Shelby Township home.

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