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Published February 17, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — The Farmington Hills Fire Department recently welcomed back former firefighter Jon Unruh, this time as fire chief.

During a Feb. 8 swearing-in ceremony at Fire Station 5, a little pomp and circumstance went a long way to make Unruh, 48, feel welcome as the city’s sixth fire chief.

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Published February 17, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — While the North American International Auto Show has wrapped up, auto enthusiasts don’t have to hide out in the garage, waiting for summer cruises — Autorama is just around the corner.

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Published February 17, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — While the cold, snow and salt keep classic cars covered for the winter, it’s not stopping plans from progressing for this year’s Shorewood Kiwanis Harper Charity Cruise. 

The winners of this year’s logo contest were announced Feb. 5 at Macomb Community College. 

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Published February 17, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Winners were announced for the St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade logo, a contest open to high school art students.

The Parade Committee announced the winning logo Feb. 1, created by Kyle Molloy, a senior at Lakeview High School.

“Originally, it was a school project,” Molloy said. “One of my friends, last year, won the same contest. I thought it’d be a really cool thing to win.”

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Published February 17, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Brys Park has gone to the dogs, and some local students are making sure those canines have a good time there.

Although Daniel Feldman, of Grosse Pointe Woods, is a sophomore at Grosse Pointe North High School, his father, Jim Feldman, teaches at Lake Shore High School. The Feldmans have a 3-year-old golden retriever, Finn, who they regularly bring to play in the Statler Maloof Bark Park at Brys Park.

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Published February 17, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — To celebrate a day that only graces calendars once every four years, the city of Southfield is hosting its first-ever Leap Year Winter Festival.

From 2 to 6 p.m. Feb. 28, the day before Leap Day, the city invites residents for family-friendly, winter-themed activities at the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road. Following the festival, at around 6:15 p.m., fireworks will be shot off from Evergreen Hills Golf Course.

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Published February 17, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A special ceremony is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at Royal Oak Middle School to acknowledge the naming of Glenn Frey Drive as a tribute to the late musician and resident.

A portion of Willis Avenue running along the south side of Royal Oak Middle School — the former Dondero High School — will be changed to Glenn Frey Drive following unanimous approval by the Royal Oak Schools Board of Education Feb. 11. The district owns the portion of roadway to be rededicated, and that portion of roadway does not include any addresses that would need changing.

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Published February 17, 2016

DETROIT — The late Dick Wagner was known on the rock ’n’ roll circuit for his songwriting talent and his grinding guitar chops. 

Wagner, who grew up in the Saginaw area and died in 2014 at age 71, also had a soft side for children’s charities.

Which is why several musicians will band together for the second annual Dick Wagner “Remember the Child” Memorial Fund concert Feb. 20 at the Fillmore theater in Detroit. Showtime is at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $20 to $110.

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Published February 17, 2016

Do you remember Litwak’s Diner in Mount Clemens? This is the man who opened that restaurant. Morris Litwak was a man who came from a harsh beginning and found success here in Macomb County.  

He was born in Odessa, Russia, and was not sure of the exact date of his birth due to the fact that many Jewish children were not documented in the Ukraine for fear of the authorities. He was believed to have been born in either 1885 or 1886. 

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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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