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Published July 7, 2015

Years before the Sterlingfest Art & Music Fair became a venue for dozens of musical acts and other entertainment, it was a place where shoppers could buy art and crafted goods from vendors.

But while the event is no longer a blank canvas, its legacy as an art show destination continues.

This year, Sterlingfest will be held July 23-25 around Sterling Heights City Hall. Karen Kazmer, Sterling Heights management services specialist, is in charge of the art fair’s vendors and booths, and she said the art portion of the fair has expanded over time.

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Published July 7, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — The popular Uptown Friday Night Concert Series, sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority and local businesses, returns to downtown Mount Clemens for a fifth season beginning July 10.

The  free, family-friendly outdoor concert series offers a wide variety of music genres from some of Metro Detroit’s top musical artists.

Scheduled to perform the first concert this Friday is Detroit Music Award-winning reggae band Roots Vibration.

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Published July 6, 2015

When temperatures climb into the 90s and triple digits, prepared drivers with properly maintained cars are less likely to lose their cool.

According to Al Laity, service director at Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge, auto owners should make sure that they or a qualified mechanic check several car components in order to keep the vehicle humming through the summer.

First of all, to prevent the car engine from overheating, make sure the cooling system is in good shape. Check the condition of the engine’s belts and hoses.

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Published July 2, 2015

EASTPOINTE — St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Eastpointe turned 170 this year after being founded in 1845 — a mere eight years after Michigan became a state.


According to church member Cindy Odren, the church’s origins actually started in modern-day Detroit at Eight Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue. German settlers had started a church there in 1841, but an argument over what name to put on the altar led to the church splitting in 1845.

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Published July 2, 2015

The new Sterling Heights Farmers Market at Dodge Park has already had a bumper crop of success, according to city officials.

Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department Recreation Manager Kyle Langlois said the weekly market, which runs from 3-8 p.m. on Thursdays, has been a hit despite some recent rainy weather. The market opened for the first time at Dodge Park in Sterling Heights on June 4.

“From our perspective, the farmers market has been a success, basing it on foot traffic, basing it on the fact that our parking lots are all packed,” he said.

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Published July 1, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — Whether people are renting inflatable bouncers for parties or are among the more than 40 million carnival and amusement park-goers, real dangers are mixed in with the fun.  

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Published July 1, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — It’s just not quite summer until you’ve sipped a lemonade and taken a spin around the Ferris wheel at an old-fashioned community fair.


And Oakland County Parks and Recreation does not disappoint. This year’s county fair is set to kick off July 3 with more than a week’s worth of events to draw families to Springfield Oaks County Park in Davisburg.

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Published July 1, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Dozens of visitors pass through the main room of the Grosse Pointe Public Library’s Central Branch each day, but unless they happened to glance at the ceiling, they might never have realized that they were standing beneath a modern art masterpiece.


Since the library opened in 1953, a large, colorful mobile by famed artist and engineer Alexander Calder has been suspended from the ceiling. Commissioned for the library, the mobile has long been free to move and alter its shape according to the airflow patterns created by library traffic.

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Published June 30, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — Where there’s smoke, there’s fireworks — at least around this time of the year — and city officials want to make sure people light up the night with caution and care.


“We’re not going to stop people from doing it. We just want it to be supervised and (people to) have common sense,” Farmington Hills Fire Lt. James Neufeld said. “The main thing is people should be aware before, during and after (lighting fireworks) for safety. And not (be) under the influence of anything.”

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Published June 30, 2015

With summer heating up, local experts offered advice to save money on energy bills by maximizing efficiency in the home.

“There’s a lot of very simple measures to be more energy-efficient that don’t have to cost a lot of money,” Consumers Energy spokeswoman Deb Dodd said. “You don’t necessarily have to buy new windows or (energy-efficient appliances).”

One measure, Dodd said, is a programmable thermostat, which can reduce air conditioning costs while a home is unoccupied.

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Published June 30, 2015

The fellow in the cubicle next to you has been coming in each morning with red, tired eyes. He’s rubbing his throbbing temples throughout the day and always has a stash of Ibuprofen on hand.

There’s a good chance your cube pal isn’t an all-night partier, but rather, a daily sufferer of seasonal allergies. And he’s not alone. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, as many as 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children in the United States are affected by nasal allergies.

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Published July 1, 2015

AUBURN HILLS — Oakland Community College Orchard Ridge chef Susan Baier never made a turkey burger until her daughter requested them for her wedding reception in 2011.


“I said, ‘OK,’ and I made up these turkey burgers, and they’re loaded with all this stuff — red peppers, spinach, feta and all that good stuff — and everybody loved them,” she said.

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Published June 30, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — As the bombs burst in the air, people of all ages should enjoy the fireworks and festivities July 8 at the Clinton Township Civic Center.


This year is the eighth time the township has put on the show, with help from multiple sponsors, vendors and entertainers that make the evening a wide-reaching event.

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Published June 30, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Get your popcorn ready because a local cinema is trying to bring big crowds back to the movies.


Clinton Township’s Board of Trustees recently approved an $8.5 million remodeling of AMC Star Gratiot 21, located in the Regional Shopping Center at 35705 South Gratiot Avenue.


On June 15, the board also approved a liquor license for a bar area that will serve alcoholic beverages inside the theater, which opened in 1990.

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Published June 30, 2015

FARMINGTON  — Two countries are joining forces to celebrate a three-term Michigan governor who was born 150 years ago — three months after President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.


To honor the late Gov. Fred Warner’s birthday, the Governor Warner Mansion is throwing a birthday bash from 7-9 p.m. July 9. The event precedes a July 20 celebration at his birthplace in Hickling, Nottinghamshire, England.

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Published June 29, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Bringing what officials say is millions of dollars to the community, the 18th annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats festival will return Labor Day weekend in downtown Royal Oak.

Event producer Jonathan Witz gathered with local politicians and business sponsors June 24 at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland and Macomb Counties in Royal Oak to announce that this year’s event will be bigger, better and feature more community give-back, and that the event will continue for at least three more years.

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Published June 29, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Before Vanessa Chambe began competing in local Miss America’s Outstanding Teen preliminary competitions, she was shy and somewhat insecure, her mother said.


But now, the 17-year-old former Miss Teen St. Clair Shores walks with poise, has no problems speaking to large groups, and was just crowned Miss Michigan’s Outstanding Teen at the state competition in Muskegon on June 17.


“It’s been a really exciting week for me,” said Chambe, who will begin her senior year at Lake Shore High School this fall.

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Published June 29, 2015

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Kacy Wyman, 13, is a competitive swimmer and an aspiring doctor.

She has never seen herself as different.

“She really lives her life like a normal kid,” said Kacy’s mother, Jen Wyman, explaining that normal daily life currently consists of washing down nearly 50 different medications with gallons of water. “We are constantly living by the clock, but we get through it, and nothing gets her down.”

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Published June 29, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The Fire Department’s message on fireworks has been the same since 2011: The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a professional show.

Fire Marshal Pat Riney said professional fireworks displays are regulated and monitored, and the Fire Department is on-site for every show. In addition, he said, a safety zone is established for the use of professional fireworks, but residents may not be establishing a safety zone when using consumer products.

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Published June 30, 2015

WARREN — You’ll find more than just fresh produce, healthy activities and good times this summer at Warren’s weekly farmers market at City Square. You’ll also find a sense of community.

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