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Published June 7, 2017

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Construction on the township’s Veterans Tribute, located on the west side of Adams Road, south of Silver Bell Road, will begin this summer.  

“Progress on all fronts is going very well,” Oakland Township Supervisor Mike Bailey said May 23. The project is slated to be completed in 2018. The tribute will be built on donated land and paid for with private funds.

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Published June 7, 2017

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Hills Public Library will soon open the book on its annual summer reading program.

Youth Services Manager Claire Lopiccolo said the program — which has a “Happy Birthday, Rochester” theme in celebration of the city’s bicentennial — challenges participants to read quality literature and learn about community history through a series of programs running through Aug. 5.

“We are proud to be part of Rochester, and we wanted to be part of the bicentennial celebration as well,” she said.

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Published June 6, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — Stunning overlooks, surprising art and gorgeous flowers in private and public gardens will be on display June 15 during the Rochester Garden Walk.

The 18th annual Garden Walk benefits the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm and the Rochester Garden Club. 

Club member Sally Edwards has been preparing her yard for the walk since last summer.

“I grew 450 plants in my basement in the winter,” she said. “Mostly zinnias, snapdragons and salvia — the big three that the deer don’t eat.”

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Published June 7, 2017

FRASER — For Clinton Township resident Yvonne Lewis, Jazzercise is a way of life.

Lewis, who lives in Clinton Township, started taking Jazzercise classes in 1981. Three years later, she started teaching fitness classes in Warren.

As the years have gone by, she has moved closer to Fraser. A decade-long stint in the city started with classes at Fraser Hockeyland, before Lewis opened her own studio, Jazzercise Fraser Fitness Studio, on Utica Road, south of 15 Mile Road.

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Published June 7, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The morning of May 17 was a different kind of special for Trinity Lutheran School Principal Julian Petzold.

A kindergartener was scheduled to be baptized in front of his friends and classmates that day. Petzold and others, including his family, were there to witness it.

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Published June 7, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — After months of waiting and years of planning, members of the St. Clair Shores Senior Activities Center are finally able to enjoy the first parts of the expansion project to open.

Much of the expansion focused on a 2,800-square-foot fitness center, and crews have completed that portion of the work, so it is now open for members’ use.

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Published June 7, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — In the movies, the players don the robes of their schoolhouse, march onto the field and take to the sky.

Zooming around on broomsticks and dodging flying balls, quidditch is a game most know from the pages of J.K. Rowling’s best-selling “Harry Potter” series of books and the movies that have been adapted from those stories.

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Published June 7, 2017

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — The Grosse Pointe Historical Society is going to do something it’s never done before this month: host its annual gala fundraiser in a new, not historical, home.

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Published June 6, 2017

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METRO DETROIT — Michigan is home to more than 11,000 inland lakes and 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, making it an angler’s paradise. But with all that water, how do you choose the perfect fishing spot?

With the fishing season officially underway, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has plenty of tips to guide anglers to optimal fishing locations. One helpful tool is the DNR’s Trout Trails app at michigan.gov/trouttrails. 

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Published June 7, 2017

GROSSE POINTES — Seven years ago, the local Christian group Point of Relevance touched off a firestorm when it hosted a presentation at The War Memorial by conservative activist Linda Harvey, who argued that homosexuality is a lifestyle choice.

When she got up to speak on March 25, 2010, she found herself facing a crowd that included more protesters from the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community — along with straight supporters — than people who believed in what Harvey had to say.

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Published June 5, 2017

Rojo Mexican Bistro in Rochester has temporarily closed its doors while Oakland County health inspectors investigate the spread of a rare form of salmonella.

“They voluntarily closed last week when there was another confirmed case that had reported eating at that restaurant,” said Dr. Pamela Hackert, chief of medical services at the Oakland County Health Division.

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Published June 5, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — The Farmington Hills community has a tendency to look tragedy in the face and push forward, while not leaving others behind.

Tragedies like the brutal incident that changed a local family on April 16, 2012.  

Rose Cipriano, of Farmington Hills, lost her husband, 52-year-old Robert Cipriano, at the hands of their son, Tucker Cipriano, and his friend, Mitchell Young, who beat him to death inside their Farmington Hills home. 

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Published June 5, 2017

ROYAL OAK — The 23rd annual Clay, Glass & Metal Show will be heating up a new location this weekend, as it will bring earthly elements to Main Street.

After decades of calling Washington Avenue home, the happening honoring clay, glass and metal creations will be located on Main Street, stretching from Sixth Street to 11 Mile Road.

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Published June 7, 2017

The end of the school year doesn’t mean all of the books get slammed shut until fall.

Summer is prime storytime for growing readers and book fans of all ages. Baldwin Public Library, the Franklin Public Library and the Bloomfield Township Public Library know there’s nothing better than enjoying a good book on a beach blanket or inside to pass the time during a summer thunderstorm.

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Published June 7, 2017

This photograph, taken around 1905, shows Cass Street (now Avenue) in downtown Utica, looking north from Main Street. Note the buggies parked along the street and the horses tied to the numerous hitching rails in front of the stores. Also notice that Cass and Main Street are not paved. In just a few years, the hitching rails will be gone, the buggies will be replaced by automobiles and the roads will be paved. Most of the buildings in this photograph have been replaced by newer ones, except for the building on the far right, which today is occupied by Hogs Hollow Smokehouse.

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Published June 7, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Alexander Milnikel, a recent member of the Shelby Township Historical Committee, took the group into the realm of social media by creating a page dedicated to interactive local history.

Milnikel, a 25-year-old Sterling Heights resident who earned a master’s degree in public history from Western Michigan University last year, decided to use Facebook as a platform to reach the everyday person about what occurred here in the past.

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Published June 7, 2017

UTICA — A quaint wooden Little Free Library is the newest resident of Grant Park in Utica, thanks to book enthusiast Heather Wojcik and her carpentry-savvy husband, Karl Wojcik.

The Wojciks worked together with the Utica Public Library and the Utica Department of Public Works to garner publicity for and install the community bookcase. The motto of the grass-roots movement is “take a book; return a book.”

While the Wojciks are Sterling Heights residents, Heather said she has always enjoyed utilizing the Utica Public Library too.

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Published June 6, 2017

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Sunday, June 11, the Cars R Stars show will return to the Packard Proving Grounds. Each year, the show celebrates a unique type of vehicle, and this year organizers will present a rear-engine vehicle display.

The eighth annual show will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the historic venue, located at 49965 Van Dyke Ave., south of 23 Mile Road. Admission at the gates costs $5, and children 12 and younger will be admitted for free when accompanied by a paid adult.

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Published June 7, 2017

WARREN — The new Burnette Branch Library could be built north of Nine Mile Road as part of a broader plan to construct a multi-use city complex on Van Dyke, between Lozier and Continental avenues.

That was the gist of the information presented to members of the Warren City Council at a Committee of the Whole meeting May 22, where they got a look at renderings and include heard more about how a planned facility set to include an ancillary police station, fire station, playground and city offices could come to fruition.

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Published June 6, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Members of the Harrison Township Parks and Recreation Committee are hosting their 13th annual Fishing Derby at Lake St. Clair Metropark on June 10.

The event, open to all children 16 and younger, comes during Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend, which is being held this year June 10-11. During Free Fishing Weekend, unlicensed anglers can take to the lakes or shorelines for their fill of fishing.

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