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Published February 17, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Put on your boots and grab your baskets! 

The West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission’s Spring Flint Egg Hunts and Spring Fling Flashlight Egg Hunt will take place at Drake Sports Park March 18. 

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Published February 17, 2016

The Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society is fortunate to have the wooden home address sign from the summer home of Albert and Ernestine Kahn, whose summer home was on the north shore of Walnut Lake in the 1920s. 

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Published February 17, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  The West Bloomfield community is invited to a fundraiser to give kids with special needs a memory they’ll never forget — high school prom. 

The fundraiser, which is designed to provide inclusive social opportunities for students with special needs, will be held at Leo’s Coney Island 4-8 p.m. Feb. 18. Leo’s Coney Island is located at 7160 Orchard Lake Road in West Bloomfield, near 14 Mile Road. 

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Published February 17, 2016

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METRO DETROIT — As the water crisis unfolds in Flint, homeowners living in older houses may want to consider that they risk lead contamination as well.

Lead is a toxic metal that can be found throughout the environment — in the air, soil or water — or even inside the home. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that at least 4 million U.S. households have children living in them who are exposed to elevated lead levels. 

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Published February 17, 2016

METRO DETROIT — They’ve never used a rotary phone, gotten up to change a television channel or lived in a time without Internet access.

The upbringing of a young person in Generation Z — that’s the cohort of kids born after 1995 — seems charmed, to say the least. But are the usual descriptors associated with Gen Zers, like lazy and selfish, really all that fair?

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Published February 16, 2016

ROCHESTER — Wine, wit and wisdom will once again be offered in exchange for library support during an annual fundraiser hosted by the Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library 7-10 p.m. March 12 at the Library.

The Wine, Wit and Wisdom fundraiser offers attendees the choice to attend two of six breakout sessions relating to the world of the arts, dining and business.

Over the past few years, Friends member John Smyntek said, the fundraiser has grown to become a robust event.

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Published February 16, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — The stresses of police work can exact a heavy toll on law enforcement professionals, and that cost is explored in detail in Keith Huff’s “A Steady Rain,” a dark, gritty drama being produced this month by Grosse Pointe Theatre’s Purdon Studio Theatre.

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Published February 16, 2016

ROCHESTER — Pretty much anything goes when decorating a skateboard deck for downtown Rochester’s sixth annual Deck Art competition.

South Street Skateshop co-owner Linda Gallaher — who coordinates the event with her husband, Von, their staff and the Rochester Downtown Development Authority — said the skateboard art exhibition and competition allows participants to use a blank skateboard deck as their canvas.

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Published February 16, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — A close friend of the family convinced Oakland University associate professor of dance Ali Woerner to teach dance to men and women with Parkinson’s disease. 

“My parents’ best friend was diagnosed with Parkinson’s,” Woerner said. “He told me, ‘You could do this.’” With the support of OU, Warner began training, and a time and date were set for the first class. “Forty people showed up,” she said. “I couldn’t believe it.”

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Published February 16, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — The independent film “Barn Red,” filmed on Michigan’s Old Mission Peninsula and starring Ernest Borgnine, kicks off a new Friday night series at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm.

The films and programs will be held in the museum’s newly renovated calf barn.

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Published February 16, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Thousands of American military members stationed overseas have gotten a taste of home over the past five years thanks to a Girl Scout from Macomb Township.

Elizabeth Popovich, a seventh-grader at Iroquois Middle School, is in the middle of her sixth cookie season in which she will send thousands of boxes of Girl Scout cookies to military members.

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Published February 16, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb Township residents could have a new place for their dogs to play as soon as later this summer.

During a township Board of Trustees meeting Feb. 10, Parks and Recreation Director Sal DiCaro received permission to submit plans to the township’s Planning Department for a dog park that would be located on 21 Mile Road between Garfield and Romeo Plank roads, directly behind Fire Station No. 2.

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Published February 16, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Voters headed to the polls March 8 will have the chance to choose their preferred candidates in the Republican and Democratic parties’ presidential primaries, but Roseville residents also have a millage renewal to consider.

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Published February 16, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS/LIVONIA — Are you a herpetologist at heart? 

Then put your love of protecting amphibians to good use through the 19th annual Rouge River Watershed Frog and Toad Survey.

The Rouge River Watershed Frog and Toad Survey is a volunteer listening survey that requires volunteers to distinguish the breeding calls of seven types of frogs and one toad type found in the watershed, according to a press release. 

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Published February 16, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Since joining NBC in January, North Farmington High School graduate Steve Patterson, 31, flew into a methane gas leak and was kidnapped.

It’s all part of the job for Patterson, a Farmington Hills native and longtime broadcast journalist, who made his way up the ranks and was recently hired as an NBC News correspondent.

“Right now, I’m telling the stories that the nation is listening to,” Patterson said. “It is a huge responsibility.”

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Published February 16, 2016

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OAKLAND COUNTY — Although the skies are dark and the days are shorter, Oakland County officials are urging residents to beat cabin fever and get outside this winter. 

County officials recently debuted a new interactive map on their website to make it easier for residents and visitors to find outdoor activities and things of interest around Oakland County each month. 

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Published February 17, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — Now in its 35th year, Birmingham Youth Assistance will hold its Kids’ Dog Show 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28, at Berkshire Middle School, 21707 W. 14 Mile Road.

The dog show, for kids ages 4-14, will benefit BYA, a nonprofit that aims to reduce delinquency and neglect of children in the community.

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Published February 15, 2016

In order to build a car, you need the right materials. And over at Ford Motor Co.’s exhibit at last month’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, some of the automaker’s toughest, lightest and most sustainable materials shared the spotlight with its new, upcoming vehicles.

Some displays showed sustainable materials that Ford says it is using or testing in vehicles. It says algae foam is being tested as an alternative to oil-based foams. It also says using soy foam cuts down on the company’s carbon dioxide emissions.

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Published February 12, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Despite the general lack of frozen weather this winter, organizers are hoping that St. Clair Shores residents will still come out to have a great time at the 2016 Aqua Freeze Festival Feb. 19-21 at Blossom Heath Park.

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Published February 11, 2016

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1. Embrace the cold with frozen fun
Feb. 12-14, downtown Utica

Dipping temperatures might not seem like good news — unless, of course, you’re hosting an ice festival.

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