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Published September 4, 2015

Summer may be ending soon, but the construction schedule for two counties’ road commissions will still mostly be ongoing through the fall.

According to Craig Bryson from the Road Commission for Oakland County, a few major road undertakings within the C & G Newspapers readership area are underway but not complete.

The biggest project, he said, concerns the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of 14 Mile and Orchard Lake roads as well as its surroundings.

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Published September 5, 2015

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — For those eager to welcome the cooler months, pull on your boots, button up your sweater and head on down to Bowers Farm for two special events this month.

On Sept. 16, the Friends of Preservation Bloomfield are inviting members of the community to become a piece of history with the Hand on the Wall luncheon event.

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Published September 4, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Nearly 80 years ago, on Sept. 27, 1935, the St. Clair Shores Public Library opened its doors.


Tucked in a room of the old Municipal Building, on the site currently occupied by the 40th District Court, the library was staffed by volunteers from the St. Clair Shores Study Club and contained more than 500 books that had been donated or purchased, including 60 bought with a donation from Edsel Ford.

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Published September 6, 2015

UTICA — With a year of celebrations for St. Lawrence Parish’s 150th birthday underway, its annual fundraiser and family fun celebration will feature a salute to a culinary church tradition, an apple pie tasting contest, an apple pie eating contest, and a 5K run/walk.

Applefest, now in its 23rd year, will take place from 5 p.m. to midnight Sept. 11, from noon to midnight Sept. 12, and from noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 13 at the parish, located at 44633 Utica Road, south of M-59.

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Published September 9, 2015

Written by Kim Parr, director of the Macomb County Historical Society and Crocker House Museum, located at 15 Union St., Mount Clemens, MI 48043
(www.crockerhousemuseum.com)

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Published September 2, 2015

When the Troy Garden Club, a local branch of the Woman’s National Farm & Garden Association, was asked to host the national group’s yearly International Tea Aug. 27, Meadow Brook’s gardens presented the perfect setting. 

The association is commemorating its 100th year, and Matilda Dodge Wilson, who created and designed Meadow Brook and the gardens now on the grounds of Oakland University in Rochester, served as national president of the group.

She hosted an International Tea at Meadow Brook in the ’60s.

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Published September 2, 2015

WARREN — It seems like only yesterday that we were worried about protecting our tender tomato plants from frost, thinning rows of lettuce and carrots, and getting our annuals in the ground before Memorial Day. 


But alas, the days are growing shorter and the nights are getting cooler as the calendar flips from August to September. For some, that means it’s time to plant again. For others, it’s time to maintain.

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Published September 2, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The 18th annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats will come to downtown Royal Oak during Labor Day weekend for the fifth year with more than a quarter million visitors and a sensory bonanza.

Along with emerging and seasoned artists, this year’s event will include myriad dining options and the festival’s largest dollar amount to date spent on live entertainment.

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Published September 2, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Sixteen-year-old Samantha Noles, of Northville, is no stranger to the ins and outs of the high school scene.


As a junior at Northville High School, she knows what administrators expect of her as a high-achieving student and athlete — and that includes what they expect her to wear down the hallways.

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Published September 2, 2015

ROYAL OAK — When Austen Brantley began sculpting in high school, he had found the space where he belonged.

Brantley, 19, attended Norup International School and is a 2013 graduate of Berkley High School. He now works, lives and displays his art in Royal Oak.

His sculptures bare the soul of someone with a seemingly longer life, as he draws inspiration from Renaissance and classical sculptors and African art.

Brantley said that since graduating high school, he has worked at his craft and has asked other artists for critiques to make him better.

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Published September 1, 2015

ROCHESTER —  For 50 years, the Art & Apples Festival has been bringing many of the nation’s finest artists to Rochester Municipal Park — a milestone that the Paint Creek Center for the Arts is thrilled to celebrate this year.


“It’s nice to carry on the legacy that the founders started 50 years ago. We are very excited about that,” said Tami Salisbury, executive director of the PCCA, the nonprofit art center that organizes the festival.

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Published August 31, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — Sure, we might be heading into fall, but that hardly means that we have to take the play indoors.

Oakland County Parks and Recreation has a calendar chock-full of fresh-air fun throughout September and into October.

Terry Fields, chief of recreation programs and services for Oakland County Parks and Recreation, said the county’s 13 parks sometimes draw even more guests during autumn than in the summertime.

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Published August 31, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Each year presents the Clinton Township Parks and Recreation Department with an opportunity to look outside the box and engage residents in clever ways they have not yet experienced.


This year fits the bill once more, with the department boasting new programs while adjusting some community classics in the process.


Youth sports are a vital aspect of the department’s schedule, and this year is no exception.

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Published August 31, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Since 1974, Rick Iceberg has tried to combine value with entertainment, offering the community a plethora of fun-filled adventures.


Iceberg owns C.J. Barrymore’s, located off of Hall Road in Clinton Township, known for its batting cages, miniature golf and go-kart tracks. Hoping to stay relevant and adapt, Iceberg is adding something that might throw people for a loop — literally.


He’ll begin construction on a 36-foot-tall roller coaster this fall.

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Published August 31, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning and police agencies statewide are in the middle of a Labor Day campaign to punish drunken driving and other irresponsible driving behavior.

From Aug. 21-Sept. 7, police promise to be on the lookout for people who appear to be driving drunk or who are not wearing their seat belts as part of a Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

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Published September 2, 2015

HAZEL PARK — When award-winning author and playwright Frank Anthony Polito wrote his novel “Band Fags!” and set it in his hometown of Hazel Park, he didn’t know that one day it would be performed there as a play.

This is the third time that the novel, winner of the 2008 Best Fiction Award from the InsightOut Book Club, has taken the stage. The first time was when SNAP! Productions in Omaha, Nebraska, produced it in June 2012. Next, the play made its West Coast debut at the New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco in September 2013.

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Published August 27, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — Hugh McLeod is a self-proclaimed “army brat” who learned the military lifestyle through his father.


McLeod, 41, is a physician assistant in the 173rd Brigade Support Battalion of the U.S. Army.


His career has taken various twists and turns in a figurative and literal sense, all starting with following in his dad’s footsteps.

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Published August 27, 2015

FRASER — In the digital age, something as mundane as a mailbox is often an afterthought.


But when it comes to one particular mailbox that is now representing a piece of Fraser history, the journey has been nothing short of interesting.


It started in the summer of 1972 when current city Councilman Paul Cilluffo was taken to a house in the city by Marie Rattee, his girlfriend at the time. The two eventually got married and are still wed to this day.

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Published August 26, 2015

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — The American Legion Groves-Walker Post 346, of Farmington, along with the cities of Farmington and Farmington Hills, will honor and remember the fallen during the annual 9/11 Patriot Day ceremony at 6 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Walter Sundquist Pavilion in Riley Park, in downtown Farmington.

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Published August 26, 2015

ROSEVILLE — A Roseville boy fighting bone cancer is getting a boost thanks to fundraising efforts that his friends are putting together.


Eric Dean, 14, was diagnosed with bone cancer in his left leg July 17, according to his mother, Amy Dean.


“For the last year and a half, he was getting a lot of knee pain and we couldn’t figure out why,” Amy Dean said. “No X-rays or blood work were showing (anything) at all.”

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