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Published March 18, 2016

METRO DETROIT — March is National Nutrition Month, and dietitians are urging people to review their food habits and get back to the basics of eating healthy. 

National Nutrition Week began in 1973, but as the number of people interested in promoting nutrition increased, the program expanded and became National Nutrition Month in 1980. National Nutrition Month is sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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Published March 18, 2016

ROCHESTER — “You can change the world,” science educator Bill Nye told a crowd at Oakland University’s O’rena Athletic Center March 14.

Popularly known from his “Bill Nye the Science Guy” educational TV series from the 1990s, Nye was invited to talk as part of the university’s Varner Vitality Lecture Series. For nearly 90 minutes, he talked to attendees about topics ranging from his parents’ background and sundials to the Mars rovers, global warming and renewable energy.

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Published March 18, 2016

The city of Sterling Heights found some room within its 36.8 square miles to accommodate a new cyber space.

Government officials, academic representatives and others held a grand opening event March 18 for the Velocity Hub of the Michigan Cyber Range, which is housed inside the Velocity Collaboration Center building in Sterling Heights. The Velocity Collaboration Center also is home to the Macomb-Oakland University INCubator, which provides resources that help small businesses.

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Published March 18, 2016

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1. Start your Easter celebration early
Saturday, March 19, Clawson
Sunday, March 20, Farmington Hills

The first day of spring arrives this weekend, and some local communities are celebrating with Easter-themed events. 

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Published March 17, 2016

GROSSE POINTES — Donald Trump might have been the big winner for the Republicans statewide, but in most of the Grosse Pointes, Ohio Gov. John Kasich was the frontrunner.

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Published March 16, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — You can either head past the second star to the right and straight on till morning, or you can head to Civic Arena March 18-20 to get a taste of Peter Pan, Tinker Bell and Neverland.

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Published March 16, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Riding a bike can give a child a sense of freedom, but not all children have the luxury of experiencing that feeling.  

While most kids get the chance to hop on a bicycle in their early years, unless the bike is adaptable, children with special needs may miss out on the adventure. 

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Published March 16, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — At 88 years young, Marie Woo, of West Bloomfield, spends her days molding ceramic pieces. 

From vessels to wall art to three-dimensional sculptures, Woo has created a variety of ceramics since the 1960s, she said. 

Woo is one of the most accomplished ceramic artists in the state. She studied with Maija Grotell, who founded ceramics at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, and has taught at the University of Michigan. 

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Published March 16, 2016

METRO DETROIT — After years of the housing market favoring either the buyer or the seller, real estate agents in metro Detroit saw the winter season bring a more level playing field, a trend that should continue into the spring.

While May through August may be the most popular months for buying and selling homes, real estate agent Alex Nugent with Real Estate One said the colder months usually bring a slower market, something that shows the market is closer to being back to normal.

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Published March 16, 2016

C&G Newspapers

METRO DETROIT — For some, it’s a rite of passage. For others, a family tradition.

But if your child has special needs, does that mean summer camp is out of the question? 

No, according to local experts, who say summer camp has a lot to offer children who develop differently than their peers.

The Judson Center’s Autism Connections program offers summer programming for children ages 4-21 in Southfield and Royal Oak.

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Published March 16, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — During World War I, 90 percent of the eligible men who lived in Stony Creek Village traveled to Europe to fight for their country. A service flag honoring those brave men was dedicated during an April 1918 service in the Stony Creek schoolhouse yard.

The original service flag has been re-created by Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm officials. The flag currently flies in the front yard of the Van Hoosen farmhouse — paying tribute to the soldiers who represented their small farming settlement in World War I.

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Published March 15, 2016

Students in Christopher Schoonover’s and Andrew Shipp’s history classes at Athens High School read about the Korean War in their textbooks, but Robert Charbonneau brought it to life when he visited the school March 11.

“When you hear it from a veteran, it’s more real. It’s cool listening to his experiences,” said sophomore Jacob Brantley. “I know how he fought for our country and how strong we are (as a country) today.”

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Published March 15, 2016

Those who waited until after work to take a walk to their Troy polling place in the unseasonably warm weather were more likely to have to wait to vote in the March 8 Michigan presidential primary than those who voted earlier in the day.

“Some lines formed at the end of the day with the after-work crowd,” said Troy City Clerk Aileen Dickson. “Until then, we were pretty steady all day.”

Dickson said that while usual voter turnout for presidential primaries is in the mid-20 percent range, 41 percent of registered voters cast ballots in this primary.

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Published March 15, 2016

CLAWSON — Although it may only be mid-March, the Easter Bunny is getting ready to hop into town this weekend for a couple of popular community events.

“Yes, Easter is early this year,” said Clawson Mayor Penny Luebs.

Easter falls on March 27 this year, bringing the festivities to the community earlier than in years past.

The annual Clawson Easter Egg Hunt will take place at 10 a.m. March 19 in City Park, located at 935 N. Custer Ave. at Bywood Avenue.

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Published March 15, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Voters across Michigan hit the polls March 8 to vote in the U.S. presidential primary.

While Donald Trump claimed another victory among Republicans, Bernie Sanders won narrowly over Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side.

Statewide, Sanders, a senator from Vermont, claimed 49.8 percent of the vote, just ahead of Clinton, who finished at 48.3 percent.

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Published March 16, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Numerous Macomb Township Fire Department personnel were recognized during a March 9 township Board of Trustees meeting for their efforts in either saving a life or bringing a new life into the world.

Five individuals were given lifesaving awards for performing CPR on and reviving a man who had a heart attack Aug. 7. Those involved were Deputy Chief Adam Munro, Capt. Gary Ross, Sgt. Ken Bartz, Sgt. Ryan Gierman and firefighter Vince Pozzuoli.

On Aug. 14, firefighters Joe Warne, Carly Mocny and Jason Krozek were involved in helping deliver a baby.

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Published March 16, 2016

FERNDALE — Fresh out of graduate school, Rick Pruckler had the opportunity to work at Pewabic, a nonprofit ceramic design studio in Detroit. And ever since that day in 1986, Pruckler has been in and out of the historic studio.

Now Pruckler, a Ferndale resident, has a chance to show how Pewabic helped shape him as a ceramics artist as part of the “Abiogensis: From Clay to Community” exhibit at the Janice Charach Gallery to celebrate 25 artists with Pewabic backgrounds.

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Published March 15, 2016

FERNDALE — At the beginning of 2015, the FernCare Free Clinic was able to open its doors one day a week to assist patrons with no medical insurance. The clinic had previously only been open three days a month.

Because the clinic offers free medical services to people ages 19-64 who have no medical insurance, many of its services are able to exist because of grants and donations. And thanks to a partnership with a local business and two artists, the clinic will be looking to bolster its general fund.

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Published March 15, 2016

FERNDALE — Mario Campbell was a 16-year-old Ferndale High School athlete looking to get a fast start to his junior track season when he collapsed on March 14, 2013, during an indoor practice.

Campbell didn’t know his heart wasn’t healthy, and neither did his parents. After collapsing, Campbell was pronounced dead a short time after arriving at Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital. He had myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart that is difficult to diagnose and often caused by a virus.

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Published March 15, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — The green thumbs of Oakland County can hardly wait to get down and dirty out in their yards.

With that in mind, the Oakland Conservation District has some exciting plans for nature lovers who want to make the most of their own green space.

It all starts with the OCD’s annual tree sale, where customers can order bare-root trees and shrubs at a lower cost than most big-box nurseries.

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