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Published September 16, 2015

Chief Harold Lanstra poses with the members of the St. Clair Shores Village Police Motorcycle Squad on June 19, 1928. They were photographed in the police yard, which was located on the northeast corner of the Davis block near Harper and 11 Mile Road. From left to right are Trufly Dubey, Harvey Champine, Jim Trombly and Jim Nelson. In June 1926, the first Police Department had been organized with a team of four men and two motorcycles. John (Jack) Doyle was appointed chief, and Harold Lanstra, Abel Allard and Harvey Champine were patrolmen.Read More

Published September 16, 2015

ROSEVILLE — A Roseville High School marketing teacher has started a new program to encourage positive behavior in people through bracelets and the networking power of social media.


Jeff Verkeyn created MADE, or the Make A Difference Experiment, as a bracelet-tracking program that involves people giving away bracelets to others when they see helpful deeds in progress. Verkeyn formed a limited liability corporation to manufacture the bracelets, which are reminiscent of Livestrong bracelets.

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Published September 15, 2015

ROCHESTER —  Fall officially begins Sept. 23, and the Rochester Mills Beer Co. has just the event to help families ring in the new season.

For the past 17 years, the Mills has been inviting families to celebrate Oktoberfest — a time-honored Bavarian tradition that started 200 years ago in Munich, Germany — by enjoying German-style cuisine, plenty of beer and a variety of activities for all ages. This year’s event runs Sept. 24-26.

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Published September 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — On Sept. 27, two lunar phenomena will take place during the same evening: a total lunar eclipse and a “supermoon,” which is when the moon’s orbit brings it to its closest approach to Earth.


A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon’s eccentric orbit takes it directly into the path of the Earth’s shadow. As long as skies are clear enough, this particular eclipse should make for an impressive sight in the evening hours, Wayne State University astrophysicist David Cinabro said.

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Published September 16, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Over the past eight years, Sue Ellen Kosmas has worked to make a simple gesture improve the days of children who are staying in local hospitals because of a life-changing illness.

Kosmas, a Macomb Township resident, began a metro Detroit chapter for ConKerr Cancer eight years ago. The organization was recently renamed Ryan’s Case for Smiles, but its mission remains the same: “Help kids feel better to heal better.”

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Published September 15, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — Students in the local school districts have only been around for a fraction of the city’s 60 years, but for this year’s Art Challenge, they’re being asked to express the milestone in visual form.


Now in its seventh year, the Art Challenge is organized by the Madison Heights South End Downtown Development Authority (DDA), and aimed at students in grades K-12 in both the Madison and Lamphere school districts, as well as at Bishop Foley Catholic High School.

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Published September 15, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission will throw its annual Fall Fest 2-5 p.m. Oct. 3 at Marshbank Park.


Parks and Recreation Public Information Officer Meagan Kurnat said the Fall Fest is a tradition for the commission and one of the free events offered to the community each year.


“It’s a way to say ‘thank you’ to all of our residents for being supportive of our programs and parks. … We look at (the festival) as a way to give back a little bit,” Kurnat said.

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Published September 15, 2015

Summer can make students forgetful of their previous learning, but many drivers also need a refresher lesson on what to do when they see a school bus making a stop, according to state traffic safety experts.

Susan Hiltz, public affairs director for AAA Michigan, said the biggest thing that motorists need to keep in mind is that traffic patterns have changed, particularly around the high-risk period of 3-7 p.m.

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Published September 14, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — It’s been 40 years since the Vietnam War ended, yet former soldiers never forget those who fought and those who were never seen again.


On Sept. 18, Resurrection Cemetery will for the first time host a 24-hour vigil to remember those who have fallen, those who continue to fight and those who still remain missing in action.


This is the 29th year of the event, though it’s the first time in that entire span that this particular vigil will be held in Clinton Township.

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Published September 12, 2015

Despite a steady downpour, dozens of people turned out for Shelby Township’s 9/11 memorial ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11.

The event included speeches by Shelby Township Veterans Coordinator Phil Randazzo, Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide and Shelby Township Fire Lt. Inspector Brian Werner, as well as a performance of “God Bless America” by a local singer.

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Published September 10, 2015

CITY — For years, John Denomme was a Village fixture. He owned Village Records and Tapes from 1981-93, ran the outdoor summer concert series Music on the Plaza from 1988-2012, and served as the Village Association marketing manager from 1998-2012.

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Published September 10, 2015

GROSSE POINTE CITY — In an announcement for “Signs & Symbols,” the Grosse Pointe Art Center told prospective artists that they were “completely free of constraints” for this show.

With that in mind, artists got creative for the exhibit — juried by Meighen Jackson — which opened Sept. 4 and runs through Sept. 25.

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Published September 9, 2015

FRASER — The leaves will soon change colors, and a cooler climate will ultimately become commonplace.


With the fall season comes a variety of events not seen during the warmer seasons in Michigan, and the Fraser Parks and Recreation Department aims to keep residents busy following a fun summer.

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Published September 9, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — This year’s Patriot Day ceremony begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, at the Veterans Memorial inside Resurrection Cemetery, 18201 Clinton River Road. The memorial is located in the southern portion of the cemetery.


This year’s main speaker is Col. Daniel Furber, currently a project manager for transportation systems in the U.S. Army. He will speak about his service in both Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq.

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Published September 9, 2015

ROSEVILLE — Amid impending cooling temperatures and the start of school days, the Roseville Public Library has unveiled its fall programming schedule for adults, teens and children.


Storytime sessions, crafts, robots and parties abound through December for kids and teenagers, according to Assistant Librarian Annamarie Lindstrom. The storytime sessions are scheduled to begin Sept. 25, she said, with sessions split into two four-week courses. The second is set for Oct. 30.

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Published September 9, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With vendors selling Michigan-made products, activities for children, music, food trucks and more, the 2015 Made in Michigan Festival has something for everyone.


The festival kicks off at 1 p.m. Sept. 18, at the Senior Activities Center, 20000 Stephens, with more than 60 vendors of homemade and Michigan-made products, as well as a variety of food trucks and performances throughout the day by local bands. It will be open until 8 p.m. that day.

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Published September 9, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — For Martin Bucknarish, art didn’t come to be a big part of his life until he was laid up with back surgery a decade ago.


“I was a design engineer for most of my life,” said Bucknarish, of Sterling Heights.


Now 63, the colored pencil and ink artist began by sketching to keep himself occupied and started seeing improvement after about two years. Working as a visionary artist, Bucknarish said most of his artwork reflects visions in his head and dreams of other worlds. Every piece, he said, has a story.

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Published September 9, 2015

In an effort to aid U.S. troops — both stateside and overseas — the Michigan Military Moms group is collecting items for care packages to ship to soldiers from Michigan.

Merrill Griffin, president of Michigan Military Moms, said the group plans to send more than 100 care packages.

The care package drive will be held at White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery through Sept. 18.

Some of the items requested include the following snack foods in individual-sized packages:

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Published September 9, 2015

FERNDALE — With more artists than ever getting the chance to share the spotlight at this year’s DIY Street Fair in downtown Ferndale, event organizers are hoping for record crowds to fill the biggest event to date.

The DIY Street Fair — an event that showcases artists who create and make their products, as well as unique food and craft beers — is entering its eighth year in Ferndale during the three-day weekend Sept. 25-27 along East Nine Mile Road and Troy Street, as well as at the accompanying city parking lots.

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Published September 9, 2015

HARPER WOODS — Detroit resident Clarence Steen is excited to once again bring his Detroit-themed photography to the Harper Woods Friends of the Library Artisans Market.


Steen participated in the inaugural event last year and enjoyed the experience.


“It is spectacular,” he said of the event. “It helps promote my photography.”


Besides promoting his work, Steen said it exposes others to different parts of Detroit.

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