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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With gorgeous summer weather finally here, many of us are itching to get out and enjoy the warm breeze and sunny skies while the season lasts.


According to the League of American Bicyclists, biking is something of a favorite pastime for Michiganders. The state placed 18th out of 50 for bicycle-friendly states, based on legislation and enforcement, policies and programs, infrastructure and funding, education and encouragement, and evaluation and planning.

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Published May 27, 2015

With cheers ringing out for the local weatherman, the 63rd annual St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade sailed down Jefferson Avenue under dry skies.

“It’s a great day,” said Navy Medical Corp Ensign Amol Kamat, of Grosse Pointe Shores. “We thought we’d come out and show our support for fellow military members.”

And Julie Schaefer, of St. Clair Shores, said this was the best Memorial Day Parade she’d seen in 23 years.

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Published May 26, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A pair of free car and truck shows will make this weekend an eventful one for car lovers in and around Macomb Township.


On Saturday, May 30, the Macomb Township Parks and Recreation Department will host its 16th annual Tons O’ Truck event. The free event runs from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the St. John Medical Center on 23 Mile Road.

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Published May 26, 2015

The thrill of riding off road in a Jeep or truck might not have as many obstacles as some think.

Hollie Marlett, marketing assistant at Genesee County Parks, said The Mounds Off Road Vehicle Area in Mt. Morris Township is frequently used for off-road treks by Jeeps, trucks, ATVs and dirt bikes that fit under the umbrella of off-road vehicles, or ORVs.

She said the course is quite popular in the area and is one of the few larger areas with variety.

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Published May 21, 2015

Furry friends who are going for a ride need to stay cool and buckled up just like other passengers, according to pet safety advocates.

Michigan Humane Society spokesman Ryan McTigue said the No. 1 thing that pet owners need to remember as the weather starts getting hot is to not take their animals with them on unnecessary trips.

“The best thing to do is leave them at home where they’re safe,” he said. “Temperatures can climb really high (in a car) even on a relatively cool day, even if you crack the window.”

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Published May 20, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The annual Memorial Day commemoration in Grosse Pointe Woods is a big affair, one that draws large crowds that include veterans and their families.


“We have been honoring veterans for 33 years,” Historical Commission member Suzanne Kent said in an email.


More than 500 people attend the event each year, which is hosted by the Grosse Pointe Woods Historical Commission. This year’s event will be held at 10 a.m. May 25 at the Circle of Honor on Vernier at Mack.

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Published May 20, 2015

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Maybe if comic book superheroes and monsters had populated their textbooks, some art history students would have paid closer attention during class.

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Published May 20, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Sure, you had planned on stopping at the driving range before teeing off, perhaps turn that slice into a gentle fade.


But then you missed a turn on the way to the golf course, or the babysitter was late, and suddenly the tee time that you’ve looked forward to is now a race to the first tee box instead of a relaxing start to the weekend.

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Published May 18, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Bringing together Hollywood, music, military and American history, the 63rd annual St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade will step off at 1 p.m. May 24 at Nine Mile Road and Jefferson Avenue.


This year, a 5-foot section of the World Trade Center will travel the parade route north to 11 Mile Road with the St. Clair Shores Fire Department and the Honor Guard, as well as be on display beforehand at Central Fire Station, 26700 Harper Ave., from noon-4 p.m. May 23.

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Published May 15, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — The inaugural Sterling Heights farmers market will be sprouting up soon, according to the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.

The farmers market will be held on Thursdays June 4-Oct. 29 at Dodge Park.

According to Recreation Manager Kyle Langlois, the farmers market’s buildup has been exceeding expectations since the idea was unveiled earlier this year at a strategic planning session.

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Published May 18, 2015

KEEGO HARBOR — Local students will hear the sounds of the past ringing out from a 30-inch historic bell now hanging in a new tower installed in front of Roosevelt Elementary.


The bell is believed to be from Keego Harbor School, which was built in 1914.

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Published May 19, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — It’s the time of year when the fish begin biting at Marshbank Park for the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission’s annual fishing night from 4-6 p.m. June 14.


In the past, the fishing event has been tailored to a father-and-son excursion, but this year, commission officials have transformed it into a family outing.

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Published May 13, 2015

FARMINGTON — Walt Gajewski, Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market manager, wants the public to get into the swing of things with the upcoming farmers market.


With the theme “Swing into Spring,” Gajewski is looking forward to the May 16-Nov. 7 season at the Walter E. Sundquist Pavilion in George F. Riley Park, 33314 Grand River Ave.

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Published May 16, 2015

FRASER/CLINTON TOWN-SHIP — On May 5, after numerous months and town hall meetings in which legislators attempted to inform the public of the proposed changes to the gasoline tax, the 80-20 results marked the most lopsided loss ever for an amendment to Michigan’s constitution.


Proposal1 was deemed as convoluted by many citizens, who felt that the proposal was about too many things other than the roads.


Now, state legislators will have to work together to find another way to fix the porous road system.

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Published May 13, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP— It came as no surprise to Chippewa Valley Schools administrators that Proposal 1 failed in a statewide vote on May 5.


The complicated nature of the bill, uncertainty of where funding would be directed, and mistrust of Lansing government were blamed for reasons why administrators thought the bill failed.


“I think there’s a mistrust of the lawmakers in general,” Chippewa Valley school board President Frank Bednard said. “I think that’s what was brought forward (May 5) in the vote.”

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Published May 13, 2015

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — Libraries throughout the state are preparing for their annual slates of summer events, from one-off programs to the summer reading clubs.


The summer reading club theme this year for children in Eastpointe and Roseville is “Every Hero has a Story.” The teen theme is “Unmask.” Roseville’s adult reading club  will have a theme, too: “Escape the Ordinary.”

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Published May 13, 2015

EASTPOINTE — This month’s Looking Back is a drawing of the Gaukler General Store, which was located in what is now Eastpointe at the southwest corner of Nine Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue. Owned and resided in by Jacob Gaukler, the store was located in the former Erin Township from 1850 to around 1895. Gratiot was a plank road at the time, with wooden planks covering half the street going toward downtown Detroit. The road was used for horse-and-buggy transport of vegetables from local farms to Eastern Market.

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Published May 13, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For both the interiors and exteriors of homes, customers are opting to go back to classic color schemes and neutrals, according to experts in the field.


The return to basics is, in some cases, a nostalgic choice and, in other cases, a more strategic move to increase home value and appeal to a wider audience.

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Published May 13, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Once upon a time, there were just a few types of summer camps: sports for the jocks, Scouts for the adventurers and math camp for those who would just rather be back in the classroom.


How times have changed. Now, there’s a daytime summer escape to suit every child and any taste.

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Published May 13, 2015

The Sterlingfest Art & Music Fair might not have the “Margaritaville” beach party theme of last year, but it will feature a Beach Boys tribute band and a broad mix of other musical acts, according to city officials.

The annual Sterling Heights festival will occur this year July 23-25 in the area around the Richard J. Notte Sterling Heights City Center.

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