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Published October 14, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — She had been a volunteer for decades, but 15 years ago, Peggy DeHaven decided she wanted to do more.


DeHaven, who has lived in St. Clair Shores for three years had been a volunteer working with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life since she lost her mother to the disease 31 years ago. When she heard about the ACS Cancer Action Network, she realized that was the work she wanted to do.

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Published October 14, 2015

A rebranded annual Halloween party in Sterling Heights has gotten over its first-time jitters and is ready to build on its success, according to city officials.

On Oct. 24, the Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department will hold its second annual Sterling Frights Halloween party at Dodge Park.

Parks and Recreation Supervisor Troy Nowotny said the city has hosted a Halloween party for many years, but officials decided to rebrand the event to Sterling Frights last year and make some changes to the event.

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Published October 14, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The North End St. Clair Shores Village Fire Department gathered at the station located on Jefferson Avenue and Avon Street for a photograph with their mascot dog on October 28, 1928. Standing by the left fire truck, from left, were Ken Bell, Norm Whiting and Chief James Stapleton.  On the left truck were, from left, Harvey Burke, John Koepsell, Captain Jim Bell, Ed Bell and Dave Meldrum.

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Published October 14, 2015

UTICA — Utica High School theater students are counting down the days until they perform a unique play based on the characters from Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.”

The school will perform “Dracula,” by Utica alumnus and playwright Jake Feeman, Nov. 5-7. The production will be an additional time that an original Feeman composition has been presented at the school, with another being “Lovely Lovely Valentine” last school year.

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Published October 14, 2015

EASTPOINTE — An Eastpointe teenager is planning to replace five worn-out signs along Kelly Road for his Eagle Scout project this fall.


According to Alex Fisette, 15, the signs — which run from 10 Mile Road down to Eight Mile Road — were built to let community organizations, churches and the schools advertise their events and programs. The wooden signposts have degraded over the years to the point where some have started falling apart.

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Published October 14, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For decades, making video games was the sole domain of people trained to speak the arcane languages of computers and the major companies willing to publish those titles.


In the past few years, however, the Internet has opened the door for new creators, new audiences, and new, socially aware and personal video games made by people who never learned a line of BASIC, according to video game journalist and critic Leigh Alexander, who spoke at a talk presented by the University of Michigan School of Information Oct. 1.

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Published October 13, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — If there’s one thing that Cranbrook Institute of Science wants visitors to know, it’s that even learned scientists know how to have fun.


Make that spooky fun, because the institute is putting the final touches on its Halloween events, which will be sure to entertain and even educate crowds of all ages.

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Published October 13, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — Transgender actress Laverne Cox is best known for her role on the television program “Orange Is the New Black.”

But as an advocate to the transgender community, Cox is dedicated to a message that asks society to move beyond gender expectations to an authentic life.

“I am not just one thing,” Cox said to a packed audience Oct. 8 in the Oakland University O’Rena. “And neither are you.”

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Published October 14, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — The Oakland Community College Culinary Institute is whipping up some special events to usher in the cooler months ahead.

The institute, located in Tirrell Hall, 27055 Orchard Lake Road, will serve up its first event of the school year at 6 p.m. Oct. 22 with the Alumni Guest Chef Dinner.

For $55, the dinner will include an American farm-to-table experience with a strolling cocktail hour, hors d’oeuvres, signature drinks and a five-course meal that will reflect the season’s flavors.

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Published October 14, 2015

FARMINGTON — Fifty years ago, music majors Paul and Fern Barber, who play trombone and clarinet, respectively, graduated from the University of Michigan, got married and started their careers as music teachers for Farmington Public Schools.

They were dismayed to see that there were no music classes offered through the adult education program.

So they went to the director of adult education and said they wanted to start a group for musicians. They got some coverage for their initiative from a local newspaper and started the Farmington Community Band one week later.

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Published October 14, 2015

HUNTINGTON WOODS — For much of his 35-year tenure as Huntington Woods mayor, Ron Gillham rarely faced competition during his re-election bids. Instead of thinking people just weren’t interested, Gillham said he took it as a vote of faith from the residents.

During the Nov. 3 election, however, Huntington Woods voters will not see Gillham’s name on the ballot. After a lengthy career at General Motors Co. and as mayor, Gillham has decided it is time to retire at the age of 80.

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Published October 13, 2015

FERNDALE — There isn’t one street in Ferndale that Jim Pool hasn’t seen.

What about Shasta Place, a road that isn’t even a block long and is only accessible from Fox Street before it dead-ends before Marshfield Street? Pool has been there.

Or how about the portions of roads like Brickley and Coy streets that are on the Hazel Park and Ferndale border, near the freeway, and are as far as possible from Pool’s home and work? Yes, he has been there too.

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Published October 14, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — There are no other homes in Shelby Township like the one owned by Myrna Mazure on 21 Mile Road, east of Van Dyke Avenue.

Gardner Hunt Runyan, a carpenter and farmer, built the structure in the 1870s near Van Dyke and Canal Road, a site behind the current BP gas station in Utica. He died in 1919 inside the home and is buried in the Utica Cemetery, along with his wife, parents and brothers.

In 1955, the house was moved to a farm near Hahn Road so that a local business could expand its parking lot.

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Published October 12, 2015

This year might not hit the target, but state and national agencies are looking forward to a time when they won’t have to count traffic fatalities on Michigan’s roads.

Since 2012, the state of Michigan has committed to the campaign known as Toward Zero Deaths. The campaign, which goes by #TowardZeroDeaths on Twitter, aspires to one day prevent traffic fatalities altogether.

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Published October 14, 2015

C&G Newspapers

DETROIT — A group of Glen Peters School students got front row seats of a Detroit Symphony Orchestra performance when they attended a practice Sept. 24 at Orchestra Hall.

The event not only gave the special-needs students the opportunity to see the DSO front and center, but it honored classmate Nathan Suida, who died in June. The Macomb Township resident was 18.

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Published October 12, 2015

WARREN — The jobs that St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital employees perform on a daily basis have stretched beyond the medical center and into the community.

Since Sept. 9, hospital staff have been opening their hearts and wallets to help students at Westwood Elementary School in the Warren Woods Public Schools district. The hospital is located at 12 Mile and Hoover roads.

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Published October 13, 2015

WARREN — Justin Stokes didn’t expect to find someone in extreme distress when he went to investigate what sounded like children crying on the afternoon of June 9.

For his calm actions to aid a 68-year-old woman who later died after she was crushed by her own vehicle in a parking accident on Streefkerk, Stokes, 20, now a resident of Shelby Township, was officially named in a civilian citation from the Warren Police Department in June. On Oct. 6, he received a proclamation from Mayor Jim Fouts.

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Published October 10, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — A lot of tricks and even more treats are in store for those planning to attend this year’s Halloween festivities in downtown Mount Clemens next week.

Kicking off the day on Saturday, Oct. 24, is the Mount Clemens Optimist Club’s annual trunk-or-treat in the parking structure adjacent to the courthouse. The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m.

Optimist Club Treasurer Jerry Kuhl said an impressive 4,200 people enjoyed the event last year, and members are anticipating exceeding 5,000 this year.

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Published October 9, 2015

C&G Newspapers

HARRISON TOWNSHIP/ST. CLAIR SHORES — Members of the Harrison Township Firefighters Union Local 1737 have “adopted” an 8-year-old girl who’s battling leukemia for the third time, and they hope the community will support her and her family through an upcoming childhood leukemia fundraiser.

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Published October 10, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — Oakland County Parks is planning a new event this year where guests will carve pumpkins, see live bats and creepy-crawlers, go on fall color hikes, work on arts and crafts, and go trick-or-treating on a path lined with the jack-o’-lanterns they made.

There will also be cider and doughnuts to enjoy during the day, and hot cocoa and marshmallows around a campfire at night. It all takes place Saturday, Oct. 24.

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