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Published August 7, 2013

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Forget Hollywood studio wizardry — if you want to see a real special effect, come to the Grosse Pointe Farms and City Family Fishing Rodeo, a place where kids put down their smartphones and videogames for a couple of hours to go fishing.

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Published July 31, 2013

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A lot can change in nine years — at least in the garden.

That’s how long it’s been since Karen Crouchman’s Ridgeway home was last featured as part of the St. Clair Shores Yardeners Garden Tour, which this year is set for Aug. 3.

“I put in a new, short, picket-type fence along the driveway,” she said. “I put in an arbor along the gate … a lot of new flower beds, a lot of new plants. I still have a pond, but I’ve changed the flowering around that,” she said.

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Published July 24, 2013

Summer events around Southfield

The fourth annual SumMore Fest is set for 5-8:30 p.m. Aug. 7 on the front lawn of the Southfield City Hall.

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Published July 23, 2013

GROSSE POINTE CITY — In its first year under the auspices of the Grosse Pointe Village Downtown Development Authority, the event formerly known as the Village Sidewalk Sale and Street Festival has returned to its roots and is strictly a sale this year.

From 3-9 p.m. July 26 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 27, stores and restaurants will be offering specials on everything from clothing, to home décor, to artwork, to pet products during what is now being simply called the Village Sidewalk Sale.

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Published July 15, 2013

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Meant to evoke waterfront entertainment synonymous with Venice, Italy, the Nautical Mile Merchants Association has resurrected the Venetian name for its summer festival.

The mid-July event had been called the Venetian Festival more than a decade ago, but changed to Aquafest five years ago. This year, Nautical Mile Merchants Association President Donna Flaherty said they decided to return to the prior name.

“We have a lot of events developing,” she said. “I’m really excited about this festival this year.”

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Published July 3, 2013

For many homeowners, remodeling their kitchen is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“People are really thinking it through,” said Barb Baker, of Elder Living Construction in Farmington Hills. “They are investing in a little higher quality. They are taking the time to understand the different wood qualities, and they are spending the money to make upgrades.”

Baker said her customers want new cabinets that will look good and last for a long time. They are also looking at new ways of hiding electrical outlets for a smooth, uninterrupted backsplash.

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Published July 3, 2013

METRO DETROIT — Next weekend, metro Detroiters will follow their noses to Romeo for the 11th annual Michigan Lavender Festival July 12-14 at Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill.

There’s just something about the sight and scent of lavender that can evoke the excitement of summer and instill a feeling of serenity. And like so many seasons before, many Michiganders are once again on the hunt for the herb to use for cooking, cleaning or just plain sniffing.

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Published July 2, 2013

FARMINGTON — The June 28 grand opening of the Farmington Art Foundation’s art gallery in Village Mall, at Grand River and Farmington Road, was a masterpiece in itself, with 11 artists’ framed work hanging in the center of the room.

Janet Hall, president of the Farmington Art Foundation, said she hopes the gallery has staying power with potential visitors and artists who pay and volunteer their time in the new space under a co-op agreement.

“We’re hoping to be here year-round,” Hall said during the event.

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Published June 26, 2013

DETROIT — Do you watch reality entertainment shows and think, “I could (sing/play music) better than those people”? Do you crank up the stereo at home and play air guitar? Do you sing along to your favorite songs in the car?

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Published June 24, 2013

FARMINGTON — For 49 years, the Downtown Farmington Founders Festival has been entertaining people of all ages with a variety activities, and this year will be no exception, according to Downtown Development Authority Events Coordinator Janet Bloom.

Officials from the Farmington DDA, now in its third year of managing the event, said plans are being finalized for this year’s festival — a three-day community celebration featuring crafts, food, entertainment, a parade and a host of other activities centered in downtown Farmington.

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Published June 5, 2013

As kids anxiously await the arrival of summer, parents are weighing their summer child care options. From day camps to sitters, there’s a lot to consider when choosing who your youngster will spend their summer break with.

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Published May 29, 2013

Impatiens, a top choice for homeowners planting colorful annual flower displays, will not be available at most nurseries this year.

“There is a downy mildew problem with impatiens,” said Carl Eckert, owner of Eckert’s Greenhouse on Ryan in Sterling Heights. “We didn’t grow them this year, and most other nurseries also didn’t.”

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Published May 22, 2013

Michigan Week is in full swing, giving residents just one more excuse to revel in all the wonderful things there are to do and see in the Mitten State.

Whether you’re a beer buff or a beach babe, there’s a place for you in Michigan. But with so many regional specialties, it’s hard to choose which area of the state is best for the stay- or play-cation of your choice.

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Published April 10, 2013

In the bin

Come garbage day, most curbside recycling bins are stuffed with paper, plastic and glass bottles, cans, and cardboard, but there’s a whole lot more that can be added to the heap.

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Published March 27, 2013

Though spring seems to have lost its way en route to Michigan, it won’t be long before temperatures finally rise and the ground thaws to welcome new plants and flowers into eagerly awaited gardens around metro Detroit.

Just like in fashion boutiques, there will be lots of trends that customers will be clamoring for at their local nursery this year as they plan their landscape design. According to Erma Rhadigan, co-owner of Ray Wiegand’s Nursery in Macomb Township, this year’s most popular bloom choices are going to be bright, warm colors.

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Published March 27, 2013

With spring here — at least according to the calendar — many homeowners look to the state of their houses after the long, dirty winter and aren’t happy with what they see.

Carpets are soiled by salty boots; driveways start cracking from the months-long freeze/thaw cycle; and muddy messes are exposed in backyards that will be used for entertaining, come summer.

Now is the time to fix those problems, according to local contractors, before warm-weather fun beckons and the summer home- improvement rush begins.

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Published August 8, 2012


Can do

Eileen Haraminac will teach several upcoming food preservation courses at the Macomb MSU Extension office at 21885 Dunham, Assembly Room A, in Clinton Township:
• Aug. 18: hot water bath jams and jellies.

Published March 21, 2012

As pet lovers snuggle up with their furry friends, many may not think about where their animals came from before they found them listed online or at a pet store. But the Michigan Humane Society estimates that 99 percent of pet store puppies are bred by large-scale breeders, or puppy mills, some of which are known for their cruel and inhumane treatment of animals to maximize profit.

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Published March 14, 2012

An electronic sign on the wall reads “10 days, 14 hours, 15 minutes and 4.32 seconds.”

“That’s the countdown until the end of my life,” laughed Melisa Valentine, 25, of Ferndale, a bartender at the Blarney Stone Pub in Berkley.

She’s kidding of course. The countdown marks the time left before St. Patrick’s Day, the annual holiday many celebrate by bellying up to the bar. But for those tasked with handling the crowds and their beverage orders from behind the bar, it’s a far different experience.

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