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Published November 19, 2014

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Shop local retailers
In 2013, the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development created a database of approximately 1,600 independent retailers throughout the county. It can be searched by category of merchandise or location. Visit www.makemacombyourhome.com/shoplocal.
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Published November 12, 2014

METRO DETROIT — A natural woodland holiday theme brings the outdoors inside for a cozy, charming and modern effect.

“Each year, when we go to the buyers shows, we look for new trends,” said Casey Thomas, vice president of Sherwood Forest Garden Center in Oakland Township. “New this year are more natural looks with a woodland theme.”

The popular movie “Frozen” has also become a decorating trend, Thomas said.

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Published November 12, 2014

METRO DETROIT — The chill of the season is in the air, but we’re still a few weeks off from the feasting frenzy of the holidays. It’s a culinary condition that calls for something comforting, quick and still nutritious — you guessed it, soup.

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Published November 5, 2014

METRO DETROIT — Feel like you haven’t been getting enough Zs lately?

It’s not just you.

According to experts, the shift in seasons can change more than the color of leaves — it can change our sleep patterns.

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Published November 5, 2014

FRASER — An old military credo states, “Freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.”

With American patriotism revving up for Veterans Day, a group of local VFW members want to keep liberty alive in the community they call home.

After receiving confirmation from Fraser Mayor Doug Hagerty and the city’s Department of Public Works, representatives of Fraser VFW Post 6691 — located near Garfield and 14 Mile roads — decided to beautify a World War II memorial that sits at Fraser City Hall.

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Published August 5, 2014

The Fraser Water Tower was erected on 14 Mile Road, west of Utica Road, in 1948. It was used until 1964 when Fraser switched to Detroit water. The landmark was used by planes at nearby McKinley Airport. In 1973, it was sold to another community for a dollar and removed from the area.

From Alan Naldrett, Fraser Historical Society

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Published August 6, 2014

From the July 22, 1967, edition of the Utica/Daily Sentinel newspaper: “Shelby-Utica Little Leaguer Jim Stone is ready to start play on the new Ford Field dedicated Friday. The field was presented to the league before the opening game of National Little League District Six Tournament.Read More

Published July 9, 2014

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Volunteers with the nonprofit Michigan Transit Museum have officially kicked off their 41st summer, and local passengers are all on board.

Located inside Joy Park on Joy Boulevard in Clinton Township, the Sunday train rides are something the longtime volunteers look forward to every year.

“Everybody enjoys riding our historic train, and they learn about their history and just enjoy a relaxing ride,” said John Jamison, a chief conductor since 1981.

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Published June 11, 2014

To better involve businesses that otherwise have not benefited from the downtown hosting Arts, Beats & Eats, organizers of the Labor Day weekend festival announced June 11 that a new event would feature several of the city’s hair salons.

“The City of Royal Oak doesn’t have cars, and we certainly don’t have money,” said Mayor Jim Ellison, referring to the Ford vehicles on display each year and the donations made to charities by some of the sponsors. “But we do have hair salons.”

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Published March 5, 2014

Starting plants like marigolds and tomatoes indoors from seeds helps beat the winter blues.

“It is nice to see things grow,” said Joni Makowski, store manager of Allemon’s Landscape Center in Detroit. “It is a good activity for the family. The longer the winter, everybody thinks about it. I have four kids. We always plant different seeds in eggshells.”

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Published February 19, 2014

The old saying goes that a little sugar and spice make everything nice. Well, there’s no doubt we’ve got the sugar thing down pat; but are we really taking advantage of the amazing flavors that spices can add to our cooking?

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Published January 4, 2014

Source: photo submitted by James Tong, Berkley Historical Museum

In 1946, Baker’s Drug Store moved into this building, located at 2600 W. 12 Mile Road, in Berkley.

In 1959, Raymond Lewis Baker sold the business to Max Millman, Milton Abramson and Harold Elias. Millman’s son, James, became a pharmacist and later took over the business.

On May 24, 2007, James Millman closed the store and donated a sizeable collection of historical drugs and prescription-making equipment to the Berkley Historical Museum, where it is on permanent display.

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Published November 26, 2013

Source: Cynthia Bieniek, librarian and archivist, St. Clair Shores Public Library
Photo Courtesy of the St. Clair Shores Historical Commission

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Published November 26, 2013

The lights, the songs, the anticipation! No, it’s not everyone tearing into their presents on Christmas morning as the holiday music plays in the background — it’s one of the many festive shows you’ll find around town.

And after all of the preparation, stress, spending, wrapping and running around, what better gift to give to yourself than an evening to sit back, relax and be entertained?

Here are just a few of this year’s highlights:

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Published November 13, 2013

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Whether they’re trying to bolster local businesses or support local workers, buying Made in Michigan products is a positive trend that has generated a lot of interest among consumers.

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Published November 7, 2013

Photo submitted by James Tong, Berkley Historical Museum

The Grapevine Bar is pictured here in November 1975 at its location on Coolidge Highway, between 12 Mile Road and Catalpa Drive, in Berkley. The Grapevine, which was formerly known as the Bear’s Den, was one of the most popular drinking spots in Berkley for decades. Today, the restaurant Bagger Dave’s sits in the former location of the Grapevine Bar.

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Published November 6, 2013

The season for feasting is picking up steam, and the trifecta of Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas is keeping metro Detroit bakeries busy.

Ashley Bainbridge, manager of the Sterling Heights location of the Achatz Handmade Pie Co., said her store bakes mostly pies, both sweet and savory, though they also sell cookies and pound cakes.

For Thanksgiving, the big star is predictably the pumpkin pie. However, Bainbridge said Achatz sells a variant called a pumpkin praline pie.

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Published October 30, 2013

SYLVAN LAKE — Two tons of pumpkins arrived at the Sylvan Lake Community Center at 7 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, transforming the lawn into a personal pumpkin patch for the kids of Sylvan Lake.

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Published October 21, 2013

FARMINGTON — The full moon looked like it was just there for show.

It provided the perfect backdrop for the throngs of people who stood in line in mid-40 degree temperatures as a hearse flashed purple lights into the dark sky, a harbinger of unearthly things yet unseen.

The annual Ghost Walk 
Oct. 19 at the Governor Warner Mansion, 33805 Grand River Ave., drew attendees who learned about Victorian mourning and Gov. Fred Warner and his family, and heard ghost stories under the moon.

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Published October 16, 2013

FARMINGTON — The ghosts of Michigan’s 26th governor, Fred Warner, and his family will soon descend upon a sprawling mansion that was once their home.

The family will share tales of their lives, and hopefully, bring a tremor or two to those plucky enough to lend an ear.

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