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Published September 23, 2015

Students line up outside the Halfway Schoolhouse in what is now Eastpointe in this month’s photo, taken on an unknown date in 1905. The schoolhouse itself was built in 1872 — the third such schoolhouse in the current city. An annex was built onto the structure in 1901 due to increasing enrollment, as the original structure could only accommodate 60 students. Along with its predecessors, the schoolhouse was located along Nine Mile Road, west of Gratiot, where it faced Grove Street.

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Published September 23, 2015

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Memorial Library has a busy October scheduled for patrons looking for activities, with parties, trivia contests, talks and a media sale all on the horizon.


For teens, Youth Services Librarian Abby Bond said they have two movies planned. The first one will be at 2 p.m. Sept. 26 and feature the film “Back to the Future.”

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Published September 23, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With the turnout in its inaugural year exceeding organizers’ expectations, plans are already in place to continue the St. Clair Shores Farmers Market in 2016.


“The turnout has been phenomenal and has way exceeded our expectations,” said market founder Susan Bunte, of St. Clair Shores.


About 5,000 shoppers turned out for the first market at the end of July, and nearly 4,000 people came to the August market, she said.

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Published September 23, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Home designers and an antique collector talked about how to combine the old with the new and different textures and metals to create the home of your dreams at the Michigan Design Center in Troy Sept. 10.


Julie Byrne, of Julie Byrne Interiors in Birmingham, presented a program titled “Quick Fix Design Trends” as part of the Art of Design program at the center.

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Published September 23, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Motivating students to do their homework isn’t always easy, but local educators say they know how to make the process less painful.

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Published September 22, 2015

It’s Halloween fun for grownups.

The Troy Historic Village will host the second annual Scarecrow Glow Sept. 30.

“People loved that it was fun,” Loraine Campbell, executive director of the Troy Historic Village, said of last year’s event.

She noted that the event was held in October last year, but was moved up this year so it would be held in warmer weather and more daylight.

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Published September 23, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — The city’s Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival is so popular there is a waiting list for workers.

“We have people who are disappointed they can’t get in on the volunteer list,” said Pat Hambleton, a Rochester Garden Club member who is in charge of the volunteers. “We think this is the most fun.”

The entire family is invited to attend the festival and carve a pumpkin after enjoying games, music, food and much more at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm.

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Published September 22, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — After a one-year hiatus, Macomb Township’s Parks and Recreation Department is bringing its Fall Fun and Fitness Fest back to Macomb Corners Park Oct. 3.

The free, all-ages event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the phase two (east side) portion of the park.

“It’s two hours of nonstop fun for everyone,” Recreation Programmer Michelle Duda said. “All of the focus is on fun or fitness.”

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Published September 23, 2015

FARMINGTON — Did you know that people in Victorian times draped mirrors and portraits with black cloth after a death because they believed the dead spirit could capture a living person’s spirit?

Learn about Victorian mourning customs, take in a vintage vampire film made in the silent era, and see presentations from the Michigan Ghost Watchers at the Governor Warner Mansion Oct. 17 during Ghost Night at the Mansion.

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Published September 23, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — There’s nothing like a few fallen leaves and a chill in the air to inspire some family time in the great outdoors.

Each year, Heritage Park plans plenty of events for visitors of all ages to get out and celebrate the season.

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Published September 21, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — With an eye for sparkly jewelry, a penchant to say whatever she pleases and the ability to make those around her laugh, one resident at Shelby Crossing Health Campus approached her centennial milestone with gusto.

Mary Pompei turned 100 years old on Sept. 21. She engages in activities daily at the assisted living facility, such as morning exercises and crafts. If it is a bingo night, staff said she is sure to attend.

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Published September 21, 2015

Attentive driving means sharing the road with other vehicles and pedestrians, and around this time of year, it can also mean having to stop for animals like deer.

According to data compiled by insurance company State Farm with the aid of Federal Highway Administration statistics, the most recently tabulated odds of Michigan drivers having a deer-related auto accident are 1 in 97.

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Published September 21, 2015

WARREN — When your rock group opens up for Aerosmith and Bob Seger and your music videos receive airplay on MTV, you’ve definitely hit the right chords.

Homegrown rockers Adrenalin were at the top of their game in the 1980s. They toured the country and Canada, their song “Road of the Gypsy” was featured in the film “Iron Eagle,” and fans would crowd Harpos in Detroit, the Ritz in Roseville, and New York, New York in Warren to see them let loose on stage.

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Published September 18, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Ann Crocker, the first child of former Mount Clemens Mayor George Crocker, was thought of by many as somewhat of a tough cookie.

But it was the children in the community during the early to mid-1900s who knew her soft side: a generous woman who for many years of her life cared for her diabetic mother and could often be seen sweeping the sidewalk around her home while donning her favorite Hoover apron.

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Published September 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The Michigan State Housing Development Authority recently announced nine steps for a smooth transition into a new home for first-time homebuyers through its MI First Home program.


MSHDA spokesman Darren Montreuil said the nonprofit organization is bolstering its efforts to educate individuals on the whole process, including factors besides the mortgage purchase, so they remain on budget and do not miss key opportunities.

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Published September 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Now that class is back in session, there’s a good chance your student has already switched their mindset from back-to-school clothes to formal attire. That’s right — homecoming season is upon us once again.


While styles change from year to year, parents can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that this season’s homecoming fashion trends seem to be heading toward a more modest kind of flair.

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Published September 16, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Twelve years might not seem like a long term of employment, but for one of the city’s most lovable employees, it was literally a lifetime.


Kate, the sweet-natured border collie who captured the hearts of young and old alike while clearing out the Canada geese and seagulls at Pier Park, had to be euthanized Aug. 10 after a veterinarian determined that she was suffering from pancreatic and liver cancer. She had just turned 14 on July 2.

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Published September 16, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The British comedy troupe Monty Python has more than its share of diehard fans, and it turns out that more than a few of them are Grosse Pointe Theatre members.


So when GPT decided to open its 2015-16 season with “Monty Python’s Spamalot” — which will start Sept. 20 and run through Oct. 3 — rounding up a cast and crew wasn’t difficult.

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Published September 16, 2015

CLAWSON — What happens when you combine a community’s youth theater, a movie classic and some creative kids? The film premier of “Joey Jonka and the Caramel Warehouse.”

The film — a parody of “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” — is the latest creation of the Acting Out Kids Community Theatre, a group originated and run entirely by children.

“It’s a very funny movie, but it has adult humor in it,” said actor and theater co-founding member Max Siwek, 12.

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Published September 16, 2015

FRASER — More than five years since its inception, Fraser’s Hope Center continues to evolve.


The center, located at 33222 Groesbeck Highway in Fraser, is an operation with the sole purpose to help those in need — mostly in the form of food.

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12 a.m.-11:59 p.m.
Macomb Center for the Performing Arts
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