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Published November 18, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — George Bailey and Tiny Tim know the meaning of Christmas, and they want to share it with the world.

“A Christmas Carol” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” offer holiday cheer at Meadow Brook Theatre and Avon Players during November and December.

The annual favorite “A Christmas Carol” has been entertaining area playgoers for 34 years.

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Published November 18, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — The puppies are playful in the new Leader Dogs for the Blind Canine Development Center, which features a cheerful visitor display area.

“The lobby is set up for tours,” said Jeff Stein, Leader Dogs canine care manager. “We have puppy viewing, where people can see 8-week-old puppies year-round.”

The first phase of the new development center is now complete. The center includes new puppy litter bays, an expanded veterinary clinic, a custom breeding suite and a protected puppy litter drop-off area.

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Published November 17, 2015

ROCHESTER — With its 1.5 million points of holiday light, The Big, Bright Light Show may look like something that can only be found in a dream. But this year, it’s also turning dreams into reality for Michigan children with life-threatening illnesses.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Big, Bright Light Show, downtown Rochester has partnered with The Rainbow Connection, a nonprofit organization that makes dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses across the state.

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Published November 17, 2015

GROSSE POINTE CITY/FARMS — As the Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade marks its 40th anniversary this year, many of the parents who’ll be bringing their wide-eyed kids to watch for Santa Claus are the same ones who lined the parade route in those early years as wide-eyed kids themselves.

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Published November 18, 2015

GROSSE POINTE CITY — As someone who grew up in the Pointes, employment in Grosse Pointe City’s Department of Public Works wasn’t just a job — it was personal for Frank Schulte.

After more than 35 years, Schulte — currently the public service supervisor — will retire Nov. 20. 

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Published November 18, 2015

FARMINGTON — Since 1965, the Farmington Art Foundation has been part of the community effort to bring artists together and to reach out to teach others about art.

This year marks the foundation’s 50th anniversary, and at the Farmington Hills City Council meeting Nov. 9, the group was given a proclamation by the council for its work in the community and the programs it offers for seniors and students.

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Published November 18, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — People searching for that perfect Christmas gift will have an opportunity to do so at Farmington Hills’ Holiday Shopping Expo.

The expo takes place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Costick Activities Center, 28600 11 Mile Road. The event is free and open to the public.

Farmington Hills Deputy Director of Special Services Bryan Farmer said the expo allows people to get a look at different types of crafts they might not find in a normal store.

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Published November 18, 2015

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LANSING — During the Nov. 3 election that included races for many city, village and township decision-makers’ seats in Oakland and Macomb counties, only about 20 percent of registered voters cast their ballots across both counties, according to the respective county clerks’ offices.

Hoping to get a better turnout at the polls on election days, state Rep. Robert Wittenberg, D-Oak Park, introduced a resolution Nov. 3 that asks the U.S. Congress to make Election Day a national holiday. Such a move would give voters the day off from work and school.

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Published November 18, 2015

BERKLEY — Margaret Beaudoin is making a name for herself with U.S. Paralympics.

The 15-year-old Berkley High School freshman suffered a stroke while her mother, Christine McNish, was pregnant with her, and it has affected the left side of Beaudoin’s body; she has hemiplegic cerebral palsy.

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Published November 18, 2015

FERNDALE — The holiday season is fast approaching, but Ferndalians won’t have to wait until Thanksgiving to get their holiday cheer fix, as the third annual Holiday Hoof and FestivALE events will return Nov. 21 to downtown Ferndale.

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Published November 18, 2015

FERNDALE — When the Ferndale Cat Shelter was created in 2014, its purpose was to rescue local homeless cats and find permanent residences for the felines. Now, a year and a half later, the shelter is bringing a new way for people to meet their future pets.

The Catfé Lounge opened the first week of November at 821 Livernois Ave. in Ferndale. It provides a space for patrons to meet cats who are looking to be adopted, as well as enjoy an array of drinks and snacks.

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Published November 18, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shopping for loved ones and book lovers gets a little easier around this time of year with the Shelby Township Library’s Christmas book-bundle sale.

The sale features approximately 300 bundles of books — grouped by topic and age group — for $6 each. It runs through Dec. 22 at the library, located at 51680 Van Dyke Ave., north of 23 Mile Road.

Maryann Ross, library bookstore director and vice president of the nonprofit group Friends of the Shelby Township Library, said preparations for the book sale begin as early as April.

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Published November 18, 2015

According to Lt. Michael Vargas, of the Beverly Hills Public Safety Department, the village typically sees around one or two deer-related auto accidents in a given season.

But there’s a good chance that average could be exceeded this year, since there have already been two such incidents in Beverly Hills — on the same day.

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Published November 16, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — As cold and flu season descends on metro Detroit, the Baldwin Public Library is celebrating — sort of — with a talk from a local expert on contagious diseases.

Dr. Howard Markel, a Detroit native and noted medical historian, physician and professor, will be at the library at 3 p.m. Nov. 21 to present a lecture called “When Germs Travel: Contagious Crises Across History.” 

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Published November 16, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — A new study recently revealed that Oakland County is among the healthiest counties throughout the state, ranking ninth among 82 counties, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.


But Oakland County Health Officer/Manager Kathy Forzley said there’s no time to celebrate the honor. That’s because the annual study is just one indicator the county uses to analyze health, and all the data shows there’s still lots of work to be done.

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Published November 16, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — While many children try to stretch themselves to cover as many blocks as possible on Halloween, hoping for a huge stash of candy, the truth is, many parents won’t let them keep all of that loot.

That’s where local dentist Dr. P. Steven Wainess comes in, and troops benefit from his generosity.

This is the Harper Avenue dentist’s fifth year hosting a candy buyback event after Halloween to benefit Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit organization that sends care packages to troops.

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Published November 16, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — As families are preparing to gather and express thanks for what they have, two local groups hope that residents will spread their blessings to others in time for the holiday season.

The St. Clair Shores Cool City Committee and the Luella M. Harden Foundation, run by the owner of Butter Run Saloon, have teamed up to “stuff a bus” with brand new toys and nonperishable food to be distributed through St. Clair Shores Cops for Kids and local food banks this Christmas.

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Published November 16, 2015

If your newer vehicle didn’t come with a spare tire, there is no reason to despair so long as you make plans well ahead of a flat tire event, according to AAA and tire experts.

According to AAA, a spare tire has become a less common feature in newer vehicles due to it being removed in order to reduce vehicle weight and increase fuel efficiency ratings. Instead, some newer vehicles come equipped with a tire inflation kit. 

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Published November 13, 2015

ROSEVILLE — This month’s photo is of the old Roseville Recreation & Youth Center, located at 18185 Sycamore St. — the current location of the Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe. This photo is dated April 24, 1969, and shows the nearly complete $25,000 addition to the recreation center. The addition was scheduled to open in May of that year.

Pictured in the photo are Recreation and Parks Director Dennis Versele, department secretary Juliet George and Mayor William McDonald.

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Published November 13, 2015

WARREN — Tears formed in Robert Ostrowski’s eyes when remembering his military stint during the Vietnam War.

“I lost a lot of friends over there,” said the U.S. Marine Corps cook, who served from 1968 to 1970. “I still think about them.”

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