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Published July 27, 2015

WARREN — Summerfest is a beautiful thing, but it wouldn’t be anything without its supporters.

The annual broad-based community outreach — offering groceries, school supplies, bike repair, haircuts, sports physicals and family portraits, among other things — will celebrate its 12th year Aug. 8 at two locations: Underwood Park on Sidonie, east of Schoenherr and south of Topefer, from noon-4 p.m.; and Shaw Park on Warner, south of Nine Mile Road, from 2-6 p.m.

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Published July 27, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — Put an “X” on your maps over Dodge Park for Aug. 8, as the Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department is getting ready to unearth its Treasure Hunters Market.

According to Parks and Recreation Manager Kyle Langlois, the event moved last year from May to August. He said one reason the event’s date was moved was to boost the odds of having more consistent weather.

“In the past, it can be a little rainier, a little cooler, so this gives us a better shot at warmer weather,” he said.

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Published July 24, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — On the hottest weekend of the summer so far, there was plenty to do along the Nautical Mile as Aqua Fest swept into town with vendors, artists, Air Dogs and more.


Keeping cool in the shade of a tent was vendor Magy Endsley, of Morrice, the owner of Gladden Run jewelry and also a part of the Crew of the Forgiven pirates who were working with the Nautical Mile Yacht Club to raise money for Special Olympics Macomb through various activities at Aqua Fest.

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Published July 24, 2015

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The only local concert on the water is happening on Lake St. Clair this weekend.

Aquapalooza, now in its fourth year at Belle Maer Harbor in Harrison Township, will feature eight local and national bands who will perform for two days, July 25-26.

Belle Maer general manager Eric Foster said July 24 — the day of a private concert for marina members — that there has been much more “buzz” surrounding the event than ever before.

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Published July 26, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Led by Professor Silas Wood, the Mount Clemens Public Library opened up to the public on the third floor of the old Union School in 1865.

That room, in a building that later became the Alexander Macomb Learning Center and is now the home of St. Mary Catholic School on Union Street, quickly became too small for the popular library. The inventory was relocated to the basement of the then courthouse, which is today the Old Macomb County Administration Building, and the very first librarian was hired.

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Published July 22, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Water Works Theatre Company is once again offering youth the opportunity to learn from Shakespearean experts and to perform on the outdoor stage through its unique summer programs.

“We have a lot of fun in these programs while we work hard to put on a great show at the end of each week,” said Frannie Shepherd-Bates, Water Works Theatre Company education programs director. “The teaching artists are all extremely excited to do this work, and I think it’s going to be a banner year.”

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Published July 22, 2015

EASTPOINTE — The Recreation Authority of Roseville and Eastpointe’s Sizzlin’ Summer Night event is back for the second time July 31 at Eastpointe’s Kennedy Park, and according to organizers, there are some tweaks to the free event.


RARE Assistant Director Bobbie Wilson said the biggest change is that Sizzlin’ Summer Night is moving from a Tuesday to a Friday this year. Last year’s inaugural program brought in 1,000 attendees, but she said organizers wanted to try to accommodate more residents who normally work weekdays.

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Published July 22, 2015

EASTPOINTE — This month’s historical picture is a drawing of the Templeton Farm, circa 1895, from an old Macomb County plat map atlas. An English immigrant known as Mr. Houghton originally bought the Erin Township property in the mid-1800s and established a farm that stretched from Stephens Road to 10 Mile Road, from Hayes to Phlox. The farmhouse was on the north side of Stephens, between modern-day Grove and Dale streets.

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Published July 22, 2015

HUNTINGTON WOODS — In Good Hart, Michigan, Huntington Woods resident Patrick Wise would go on hikes during the summer with his wife around a nature preserve. As an artist, Wise said he could really enjoy the natural beauty of the area.

So he decided to paint it.

After a couple of weekend trips to the area, Wise was able to complete his piece that depicts a tree in the center with other foliage surrounding it in the background. And 30 miles up the road, Wise’s piece took first place in a competition on Mackinac Island.

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Published July 22, 2015

Two fire trucks honored Emma Didlake, the nation’s oldest veteran, with a water cannon salute as she departed from Oakland County International Airport to meet the president the morning of July 17.

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Published July 22, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — Gov. Rick Snyder signed six bills June 29 amending Michigan’s election law to eliminate February elections, which supporters say will save taxpayers money.


Prior to the amendment, elections could be held on four dates in a year, which included the fourth Tuesday in February.

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Published July 22, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — It doesn’t take many ingredients to mix up a perfect summer evening: balmy air, a few friends and some refreshing drinks to sip on as the sun sets.

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Published July 22, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — Things were going so well.


You started your seeds on time indoors or had luck finding gorgeous heirloom plants at the local greenhouse. Everything went into the ground on schedule, and the plants really took off when the weather turned from late spring to early summer.


But now the leaves of your once-lush cucumbers are yellow and brown. Your zucchini is turning to dust. Your cabbage and broccoli plants look like Swiss cheese.

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Published July 21, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — Photographer James Parker has exhibited his photos of old ranches and ghost towns in Fine Art at the Village for the past 10 years.

“When I first started doing art shows, I got a postcard about it about a week before the show,” Parker said. “I called Donna (Beaubien) and asked if I could still get in. She was very sweet and she said to send her some JPEGs. Then she said to show up and put up a shack.”

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Published July 20, 2015

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BIRMINGHAM — Seaholm High school alumna Kaitlyn Krizanic has competed in a whopping 15 pageants. She never took home a title until she entered the one contest that mattered to her the most.


“I’m Birmingham born and raised,” said the newly crowned Miss Oakland County. “This is where my heart lies.”

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Published July 20, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — Jade Williams, 21, of Oak Park, is used to being told “no” because of her epilepsy. She’s also used to surpassing people’s expectations.


Williams, a college scholarship recipient and self-taught musician, is a 2015 Miss Plus America Pageant contestant in the Miss division, and she wants to reach others through her platform of excelling regardless of what others think.


“I really want people to know just because you are epileptic you can do certain things,” she said.

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Published July 20, 2015

From hearses dating back to the 1890s to the luxury cars of today, a full sampling of vehicular history will be presented to the public at the upcoming 37th annual Concours d’Elegance of America on July 26.

The Concours d’Elegance, which used to be held at Meadow Brook Hall at Oakland University, is now located at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth.

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Published July 17, 2015

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Farmers Market has been canceled for the rest of the year due to issues getting vendors.


Amanda Hughes, recreation office assistant with the Recreation Authority of Roseville and Eastpointe, RARE, said the farmers market was originally scheduled to resume July 11 after two weeks off — but the market’s committee chose to end it prematurely for the season after having trouble getting a new farmer.

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Published July 17, 2015

Summer is the time to rhyme, thanks to Sterling Civic Theatre’s upcoming July 30-Aug. 2 production of “Seussical the Musical” at Stevenson High School.

According to organizers, this is the theater troupe’s 13th production in five years.

Executive producer Larry O’Grady said the story’s plot integrates themes and characters from the books written by children’s author Theodor Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss. Although Seuss died in 1991, O’Grady said the author’s works and characters are still familiar to children.

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Published July 17, 2015

Richard and Rose Maison’s farm was located in the Grossedale subdivision near the northern boundary of St. Clair Shores. This photograph was taken around 1900. According to the U.S. Census at that time and from notes on the image, Benjamin was 6; Rosa was 8; mother Rose was holding 2-year-old Archie; and Matilda (known as Tillie) was 4. An older daughter, possibly identified as Mary, stood near her father, Richard, who was holding the reigns of his horse.Read More

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