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Published February 3, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP —Approximately 575 student works of art will be displayed until Feb. 16 at the Lorenzo Cultural Center on Macomb Community College’s Center Campus.

The artwork is from the Michigan Thumb Art region of the Scholastic Art Awards competition, which Macomb and the College for Creative Studies (CCS), located in Detroit, sponsored.

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Published February 1, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — As Macomb County undersheriff, Elizabeth Darga has become the highest-ranking woman in the department’s history.

Darga was chosen by Sheriff Anthony Wickersham to succeed Kent Lagerquist, who recently retired after 41 years in the department.

“Obviously we have a lot of qualified people here, and I truly believe in hiring from within,” Wickersham said. “Elizabeth Darga has the qualifications, the ability and the mindset to keep the Sheriff’s Office operating when I’m not around.”

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Published January 30, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Five years ago, Adam Wit began experiencing symptoms that he chalked up to stress.

He was to be married soon, so there were many big life changes in store.

“I was having night sweats, shortness of breath, and I had started losing a lot of weight,” said Wit, 33. “Like a guy, I just blew it off and didn’t do anything about it.”

The wedding went off without a hitch, and four months later, during a regular eye exam, the ophthalmologist found something peculiar with the blood vessels in Wit’s eyes.

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Published January 29, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Longtime Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Mary Chrzanowski on Jan. 19 accepted an appointment as a federal administrative law judge.

“This is a dream come true for me,” said Chrzanowski. “It has been a privilege serving on the Macomb bench for over 23 years, and I cannot think of a better way to continue my career in public service. I am honored to have been chosen for this post.”

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Published January 28, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — There are at least a few people out there right now hoping the first weekend in February will bring with it freezing temperatures.

Not only will the low temperatures keep those ice sculptures that will be featured in the 11th annual Downtown Mount Clemens Ice Carving Show intact, they will also make the chili dishes entered in the Fire & Ice Cook-Off, which kicks off the three-day event, that much more appealing.

The Fire & Ice Chili Cook-Off fundraiser begins at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4.

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Published January 28, 2016

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Published January 28, 2016

GROSSE POINTE PARK — More than 5,800 miles separates Detroit from Aleppo, Syria, but the refugee crisis in the Middle Eastern nation will soon be brought to the fore locally.

A devastating civil war in Syria has claimed the lives of more than 10,000 children — more than the entire population of Grosse Pointe Farms — and displaced 3 million children, with another 1.1 million now living elsewhere as refugees, according to a United Nations report.

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Published January 28, 2016

GROSSE POINTE PARK — Grosse Pointe Park residents and their guests are invited to the annual Chilly Fest — which takes place at both city parks — from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 6.

Indoor and outdoor activities include ice fishing, snowball target throwing, dog sled rides, face painting, crafts, balloon creations, an obstacle course, a giant slide, a moonwalk, ice skating, hockey, s’mores, snowman making and more, as well as a free spa with massages and manicures for adults.

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Published January 27, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Residents in and around Clinton Township can see firsthand who represented the state during the Vietnam War.

Thanks to Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154, located on 15 Mile Road in Clinton Township, the Michigan Vietnam Veteran Traveling Memorial is currently on display at the Clinton Township Civic Center, 40700 Romeo Plank Road in Clinton Township.

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Published January 27, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Brendan LaRose was simply walking through the halls of Chippewa Valley High School when choir director James Pecar recognized the student wasn’t utilizing what was then an unknown gift, his voice.

Pecar convinced LaRose, now a senior, to join his choir shortly thereafter, and despite only having one short experience in drama prior to this year, LaRose is playing one of the key roles in Chippewa’s production of “Shrek the Musical.”

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Published January 27, 2016

FERNDALE — In its 15th year, the Ferndale Blues & Music Festival not only continues to diversify its musical performances, but also its locations.

The annual festival started as a string of performances in a variety of locations in Ferndale, but this year organizer Craig Covey said there will be a performance once again in Royal Oak Township and, for the first time, a performance at Cork, a restaurant in Pleasant Ridge.

The event will kick off Jan. 29 and run through Feb. 6 at locations such as Dino’s, Rosie O’Grady’s and Como’s.

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Published January 27, 2016

BERKLEY — From the time Army Staff Sgt. Ben Eberle entered the Anderson Middle School hallways filled with sixth-graders waving American flags Jan. 20 through a ceremony in his honor and on to a meeting with six Berkley students who helped him, the Mio native never lost his smile.

In 2011, while on patrol in Afghanistan, Eberle lost both of his legs and his right hand due to an improvised explosive device. The past four years have been challenging, Eberle said, but he, his wife and two children never lost hope.

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Published January 27, 2016

METRO DETROIT — At one time, getting a lightbulb involved little more than seeing what wattage was needed, going to the store and purchasing an incandescent a few times a year. 

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Published January 27, 2016

METRO DETROIT — An engagement is an exciting and overwhelming experience.

Once you’re able to stop staring at that shiny new ring — don’t worry, you can take your time — you look up to realize that everyone around you, from friends and family to magazines and TV shows, is trying to tell you just how to plan the first day of the rest of your life.

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Published January 26, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Visitors are invited to glimpse the “downstairs” of Meadow Brook Hall during Downton Days, which compares the hall to the popular television series “Downton Abbey.”

The is the third year the hall has offered the Downton Days series of tours and events.

“It is very popular,” MBH Marketing Manager Shannon O’Bersky said. “We’ve expanded them due to the popularity of the series.”

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Published January 26, 2016

ROCHESTER — Local seniors have been hard at work training to compete in the 2016 Michigan Senior Olympics Winter Games, which will be held Feb. 9-15 at various locations throughout Oakland and Macomb counties.

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Published January 26, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — With a wheelchair ramp, widened doorways and a handful of other improvements, longtime Southfield resident Dennis Bee proudly describes his house as “whip-around-able.”

After losing both of his legs to a seven-year series of infections, Bee found his home on Plum Hollow not only in serious disrepair, but in need of a wheelchair ramp and wider doorways.

Not knowing where to turn, Bee’s sister, Diane Johns, of Bloomfield Hills, spent countless nights on the computer searching for options.

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Published January 27, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Workers harvest ice from a pond on the former Gehrke farm in the 1920s. The farm was located off Sheldon Road, near Tienken Road. Parke Davis Laboratories reportedly used the harvested ice to cool the blood of laboratory animals. Children were told not to skate on the pond, in order to save the ice for the harvest.

Today, Stoney Creek High School sits on the Gehrke farm property, and a dam that created the pond is visible in front of the school and along Tienken Road.

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Published January 26, 2016

HARPER WOODS — For anyone who has a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, Debra Dawson would like to offer some encouragement.

“It’s not all hopeless. A lot of people lose hope as soon as it happens,” Dawson, of Harper Woods, said. “Keep them active. I think that is so important. Be aware of the legalities you have to know and do.”

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Published January 26, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission is urging residents to embrace the chill this February and enjoy some of the upcoming programs being offered. 

While the nation has its eyes on Punxsutawney Phil for the annual season prediction, West Bloomfield kids are invited to meet a live groundhog and his fellow mammal friends at the third annual Groundhog and Friends Live Animal Show 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 2.

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Learn about the Chautauqua Movement
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Royal Oak Public Library
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Woman's Club luncheon
11:30 a.m.
The War Memorial
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Vegetable garden presentation
6 p.m.
Busch Branch Library
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Diabetes prevention seminars
5:30 p.m.
Jewish Family Service of Metro Detroit

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