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Published August 31, 2016

BERKLEY — The Berkley City Council agreed unanimously Aug. 15 to approve an engineering firm to complete work on resurfacing Coolidge Highway.

The project, which stretches from 11 Mile to 12 Mile roads, is to correct some long-line intersection problems on Coolidge. It will cost the city $34,000 and be completed by Hubbell, Roth & Clark Inc.

Director of Public Works Derrick Schueller said at the meeting that a study was done on the road, and they found that the left turn lanes at the intersections are not the appropriate length.

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Published August 31, 2016

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS — The Paint Creek Trailways Commission and the Friends of the Paint Creek Trail are giving the public a chance to avoid the more than 40,000 people heading out to the annual Mackinac Bridge Walk by participating in a Labor Day Walk and Run right in their own backyard.

The community is invited to participate in the 11th annual Labor Day Virtual Bridge Walk and Run on the Paint Creek Trail Sept. 5.

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Published August 31, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Two upcoming events, a square dance and a fun family farm day are planned at Cranberry Lake Park.  

Square dance caller Glen Morningstar Jr. and live music by Ruffwater Stringband will entertain square dancers 7-9 p.m. Sept. 10 at Cranberry Lake Park. A barbecue dinner will be available before the dance for a fee.

Down on the Farm will be held 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 1 and will include a hayride, pumpkin painting and a horse grooming demonstration. The  family day is free and open to the public.

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Published August 31, 2016

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Junior Woman’s Club is boiling over with activity in preparation for its 18th annual Lobster Boil at the Older Persons’ Commission Sept. 24.

Orders are being taken through Sept. 9 for live or cooked lobsters, and money raised during the event will benefit the Rochester Area Neighborhood House, Dutton Farms, Paint a Miracle and the OPC.

Each year, the group flies in over 1,500 live lobsters — ranging in size from 1 to 1 1/4 pounds — from New England on the morning of the event.

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Published August 31, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Two upcoming events will honor the Clinton River and those who use it.

The third annual Crafts on the Clinton fundraiser will celebrate the clean water of the Clinton River watershed and those who fish and travel on its waterways, while the upcoming Padding Summit aims to inform attendees about recent enhancements and amenities designed to keep kayakers and canoers safe.

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Published August 30, 2016

ROCHESTER — Each September, the halls of the Older Persons’ Commission fill with the intoxicating aromas of apples and cinnamon as thousands of homemade pies are baked.

The OPC first started its popular apple pie fundraiser in 1975, and it has sold an amazing 63,000 pies since, all to benefit the OPC’s Meals on Wheels program.

Meals on Wheels is designed for senior citizens 60 and older who are unable to prepare meals for themselves due to physical or mental impairments related to age or a medical condition.

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Published August 30, 2016

ROCHESTER — For the past year, the Paint Creek Center for the Arts has been working hard to make this year’s Art and Apples Festival the best yet.

Recognized as one of the largest juried fine art fairs, the festival currently ranks No. 15 in the country and is expected to bring about 200,000 people to Rochester Municipal Park Sept. 9-11.

“It’s wonderful to have a 51-year tradition of bringing this event to the greater Rochester area,” said PCCA Executive Director Tami Salisbury.

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Published August 30, 2016

The Troy Public Library will celebrate Patriot Week with programs about presidential elections and the history of Detroit.

The Learning From the Past Patriot Week programs will kick off at the library Sept. 6 when Bruce Zellers, special lecturer at Oakland University, presents “Electing Presidents: Washington to McKinley.”

Zellers will present “20th Century Presidential Elections” Sept. 20.

Oakland University associate professor De Witt Dykes will present “Detroit History, Rise, Triumph, Decline and Rebirth” Oct. 4.

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Published August 30, 2016

DETROIT — You might say the Detroit Historical Museum has gone to the dogs. And the cats, and the hamsters, and the horses …

Through Oct. 9, the museum is hosting an exhibition in the Community Gallery that traces the history of the Michigan Humane Society — the largest and oldest animal welfare group in Michigan. 

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Published August 30, 2016

A local woman credits a nonprofit weight loss program with helping her lose more than 100 pounds in the span of a year after a health scare arose in her family.

Kathy Repetto, 59, of Sterling Heights, said she is now maintaining her weight of around 165 pounds after losing 115 pounds through the TOPS Club program. TOPS is a nonprofit group named after the acronym Take Off Pounds Sensibly.

Repetto said she is a part of TOPS Chapter No. 1049 in Utica, which meets at  Trinity Lutheran Church.

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Published August 31, 2016

FARMINGTON — It might start off with holding onto that receipt at the bottom of your junk drawer just a little too long. 

Or keeping that takeout box in the back of your fridge. 

Eventually, you look around to see stashes of items throughout your home that you can’t seem to get rid of — or even want to.

That is how the downhill spiral of hoarding can start, Terrence Daryl Shulman, founder/director of the Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft, Spending and Hoarding, said recently.

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Published August 30, 2016

With the start of a new school year, Utica Community Schools is giving some starter lessons about its newly revamped website and the rollout of a new downloadable mobile app for students and parents and more.

According to school officials, the overhaul affects the websites for the school district’s online ecosystem, including the schools and specialty programs. In a statement, UCS Superintendent Christine Johns praised the online changes for their functionality.

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Published August 30, 2016

Road hazards include more than dangerous drivers or inclement weather — they can also include the junk that falls off other cars and trucks.

Drivers transporting cargo are supposed to avoid overloading their materials, and they’re supposed to bind the cargo firmly and then cover it with a tarp or net, according to AAA. In Michigan, the police can punish negligent drivers whose cargo falls off with a misdemeanor.

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Published August 31, 2016

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WATERFORD — If one of your favorite summertime activities is garage saling, you’re in luck.

The Oakland County Market — which typically hosts local farmers, crafters and food artisans Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays — will open up Sunday, Sept. 11, for a community garage sale inside the market stalls.

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Published August 31, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Estate sales are a great way to get beautiful antiques and gently used furniture at a fraction of the cost.

So what if you had someone collecting estate sale items from sellers for a year, hauling them to a single spot for your shopping convenience and then donating the proceeds to charity? Would you go?

Yeah, we thought so.

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Published August 31, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — There’s no shortage of great places to dine in the Birmingham-Bloomfield area.

But the best place to grab a bite is without a doubt the annual Vine and Dine celebration at the Cranbrook Institute of Science, where all of those amazing restaurants will be gathered in one place to treat guests to a night of fantastic flavor.

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Published August 30, 2016

FRANKLIN — For 72 years, the village of Franklin has ended the summer season with its annual Round Up celebration on Labor Day weekend.

The Round Up is the community’s largest public event and features a parade, a festival, music and an art show. It is organized by the Franklin Community Association and will run 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5, in downtown Franklin.

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Published August 31, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — With the fall harvest just around the corner, there’s no better time to celebrate the fruits — and vegetables, for that matter — our state is known for.

The Community House will bring back its annual Farm to Table celebration Sept. 10 with locally grown produce for sale alongside artisan-prepared foods and tasting samples from some of the area’s most popular restaurants.

But with so much more to offer than produce, organizers say it was only fair to give the well-known event a more fitting moniker.

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Published August 31, 2016

FRASER — The first church of Fraser was the German Lutheran Church.

It was known as the Buffalo Church, and later the St. John Lutheran Church. It formed in 1852, and its first edifice was on the west side of Utica Road, a quarter mile south of 15 Mile Road.

— Photo and caption provided by Alan Naldrett, Fraser Historical Society

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Published August 29, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Labor Day weekend is upon us and that means one thing for the community — the 19th annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats will fill the downtown with music, plenty of food and artistic creations.

Key players in this year’s event gathered Aug. 9 to reveal specifics about the festival taking place Sept. 2-5 in downtown Royal Oak.

The musical headliners coming to the city this weekend were announced, and they represented an eclectic mix of genres.

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