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Published July 17, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — For four years now, Central Church in Madison Heights has been holding Outdoor Movie Nights, showing movies on a big inflatable screen under the stars. The films are appropriate for all ages, and there is no cost to see them.

They’ve been well-received so far, said Sam Anderson, lead pastor at Central Church.

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Published July 17, 2015

This photograph depicts the city of Berkley in the 1930s from atop the old city water tower, which was located on Bacon Avenue, just south of 12 Mile Road, on the grounds of the Berkley Department of Public Works facility.
In the photo, homes, land and even Pattengill Elementary School, which was built in 1925, can be seen.
James Tong, with the Berkley Historical Museum, came across this photo while compiling it as part of “Images of America: Berkley,” which is available at the Berkley Public Library, Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com.

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Published July 16, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  It’s the time of year when West Bloomfield gets draped in fine art.


The 13th annual Orchard Lake Fine Art Show will feature arts and crafts from no more than 150 artists July 25-26.

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Published July 15, 2015

BERKLEY — The corner of Robina Avenue and 12 Mile Road in Berkley has long been a hot spot for community events, and the trend is continuing this summer as the Robina Rhapsody brings local favorites and swan song performances each month through September.

The Robina Rhapsody is a concert series co-sponsored by the Berkley Junior Women’s Club and the Downtown Development Authority to get people into the downtown district, as well as give local musicians a chance to shine.

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Published July 14, 2015

FRASER — Mark Hemelberg said the 2014 rendition of the Fraser Lions Carnival saw estimates of 25,000-40,000 people in attendance, solidifying the event as the continued premier social affair in the city.


Hemelberg, who is the 2015 festival chairman following the retirement of former chairman and Fraser Lions Club member Dale Moase, said the festivities at Steffens Park are part of a proven formula that brings people out for four days of family fun.


This year’s carnival takes place from Thursday, July 23 to Sunday, July 26.

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Published July 13, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS/NOVI — Every year for the past 30 years, Hare Krishna followers pull deities by rope on a 40-foot-tall chariot in the Festival of Chariots parade to symbolize pulling their lord into their hearts.

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Published July 15, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — ’Tis the season for summer and fall home repairs.


But as homeowners work rapidly to complete projects before the winter months, scam contractors might slip right under their noses.

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Published July 15, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — No two parenting styles are alike. You’ve got your helicopter parents, your attachment parents, your free-range parents — the options are seemingly endless.


But one thing most moms and dads can agree on is that raising a kid ain’t cheap. Learning how to save a few bucks can become an important component of everyday life.

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Published July 13, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Recognized as one of the best programs of its kind in the state, it takes a lot of support to keep the Special Needs Playground Program running each year.


And this summer, two events are planned to help defray the cost of the program: the Coney for Kids Dinner Night on July 16 and the Special Needs Golf Tournament on Aug. 5.


Parks and Recreation Director Greg Esler said the Coney for Kids Dinner Night is probably the most important fundraiser run each year to raise money for the Special Needs Playground Program.

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Published July 13, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Years in the making, a farmers market will soon be a reality in St. Clair Shores, thanks to the work of a resident and her team of volunteers.


Susan Bunte, her husband and four children moved to St. Clair Shores four years ago, although she grew up with family in the city.


“The first thing that I did was try to figure out what kind of community things” there were in the city, she said.

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Published July 13, 2015

Following the course of the calendar, local dealerships’ summer clearance season typically marks the transition of “out with the old, in with the new” as far as vehicle models are concerned.

According to some local auto dealers, many dealerships start trying to move the current model year’s inventory in the summer in order to make room for the next year’s model. In this case, that means selling off the 2015 models in anticipation of the arrival of 2016 ones.

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Published July 10, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Pirates, pancakes, pets and more will descend on the Nautical Mile when Aqua Fest returns July 17-19.


With a name that evokes a celebration of the water, events will be scattered along the Nautical Mile, with a wine and beer pub crawl and entertainment at local restaurants kicking off the event Friday night.

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Published July 10, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — For people who are unable to roam to Rome this month, Sterling Heights will once again be home to an Italian extravaganza.

Freedom Hill County Park will host the 2015 Festa Italiana from July 17-19.

Festival co-chair Joe Ventimiglia said the event has been around for more than three decades, and for much of that time was held at Freedom Hill. He said the event left the venue for a few years when Freedom Hill temporarily stopped having concert seasons, but the Italian festival has since returned and is now in its third year back.

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Published July 8, 2015

DETROIT — Charlie Schmidt bought his first outboard motor by raising money catching catfish as a child.


“That’s when I really got started working with outboard motors and collecting them,” he said.


“I’ve been around the water all of my life,” he said, adding that his father and uncles were all outdoorsmen.


Lee Holland caught and sold snapping turtles as a child to afford his first outboard motor.

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Published July 8, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — When disaster strikes a home in the form of a fire, storm damage, flooding or unforeseen reconstruction needs, the damage needs to be addressed immediately.


Lt. Scott Trumbo, of the Shelby Township Police Department, said that if the emergency situation requires immediate utility shutoffs, first responders contact the appropriate utility company to mitigate the hazardous conditions.

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Published July 8, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — You know that itch you’ve had to get outside and burn off some of that extra energy? Well, guess what? Your pooch feels the same way.


Plenty of people have gotten into the habit of not just walking their dogs around the block, but including them in their own exercise regimen. Just like people, pets can definitely benefit from a good workout.

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Published July 8, 2015

ROCHESTER — Low-income families can double their money to buy more locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables at the Downtown Rochester Farmers Market this year.

Rochester Downtown Development Authority Marketing Coordinator Nancy Voges said this is the first time the market has participated in the Double Up Food Bucks program, which strives to provide affordable fresh produce for residents who receive food assistance.

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Published July 7, 2015

With the fast-growing popularity of automobiles in the 1910s, Woodward Avenue was already booming from Detroit to Pontiac, despite being two lanes and not fully paved. The busy road caused traffic backups for miles, but business and civic leaders saw potential for economic growth from the travel.

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Published July 7, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — The annual Birmingham Fire Department open house is typically held in the fall. That’s still true, but this year the fire house on Adams Street is opening its doors this summer for a special celebration.

From 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 21, families are invited to come meet and greet Birmingham firefighters and paramedics, and also take a peek at the station’s newly restored photo gallery.

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Published July 7, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — In case you didn’t have it marked on your calendar, last Tuesday, June 30, was Asteroid Day.

While it might not be an occasion observed by many, Cranbrook Institute of Science couldn’t let it pass without a celebration. On Saturday, the public is invited to take in a lecture from noted experts, explore artifacts, pose for pictures with dinosaur tracks, and have an out-of-this-world good time at an event dedicated to all things asteroid.

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Avon Players to perform 'Company'
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Avon Players Theater
Bloomfield Hills
RealDeal Big Band concert
7-9 p.m.
Birmingham Unitarian Church
Bloomfield Hills
Ya’ssoo Greek Festival
noon-11 p.m.
St. George Greek Orthodox Church
Shelby Township
Memorial Day observance
1:30 p.m.
Shelby Township Veterans Memorial
Grosse Pointe Farms
Yacht club ribbon cutting
12:30 p.m.
Crescent Sail Yacht Club

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