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Published July 28, 2015

ROCHESTER — Over 300 cars will be on display during the 16th annual Rockin’ Rods ’n’ Rochester Car Show in downtown Rochester next weekend.

Event organizer Bill Claussen said several thousand car lovers visit Rochester each year during the event — which organizers bill as the “Dream Cruise Warmup” — to get a sneak peek of a variety of vehicles before they hit the streets for the Woodward Dream Cruise.

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Published July 28, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The science event of the summer has arrived, and it’s going to be a doozy.

Cranbrook Educational Community and the Organization for Bat Conservation have teamed up to present the first ever BioBlitz — a biodiversity festival taking place inside and outdoors at Cranbrook Institute of Science.

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Published July 29, 2015

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Local gearheads are primping and priming in preparation for the the 21st annual Woodward Dream Cruise. With the date lurking right around the corner, many communities are in the final stages of event organization.

Bloomfield Township is currently on the lookout for classic car owners for its 11th annual show, to be held at Mercedes-Benz of Bloomfield Hills on Woodward Avenue, south of Quarton Road.

In the adjacent lot at Comerica Bank, the Bill Wells Car Club Classic will be held.

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Published July 28, 2015

“Keep your eyes on the road” is a maxim so common that it has become a cliché, but fewer things have been said about clearing away objects that can obstruct a driver’s vision of the road.

Gary Bubar, public affairs specialist from AAA Michigan, said state law forbids people from obstructing the windshield’s field of view.

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Published July 29, 2015

The first church and rectory of Ascension Church was built on Ascension (Vivian) Street, which would later become the City of Warren. Fr. Podsiad and John Kostera directed parish volunteers, and the building was finished in time for Mass on Dec. 25, 1926. One month later, Fr. Podsiad was made pastor.

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Published July 24, 2015

ROSEVILLE — Roseville resident Bill Palmer served as a medic with the Canadian Armed Forces during World War II, but it was not until his 90th birthday July 17 at his Roseville home that he received formal recognition for his life-saving efforts during the 1940s.


Palmer was born and raised in Chatham, Ontario, the son of a Canadian man and a Roseville-raised mother. He said that when Canada declared war on Germany in September 1939, he went to Windsor to enlist and lied about his age so that they would accept him despite being only 16.

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Published July 27, 2015

WARREN — Summerfest is a beautiful thing, but it wouldn’t be anything without its supporters.

The annual broad-based community outreach — offering groceries, school supplies, bike repair, haircuts, sports physicals and family portraits, among other things — will celebrate its 12th year Aug. 8 at two locations: Underwood Park on Sidonie, east of Schoenherr and south of Topefer, from noon-4 p.m.; and Shaw Park on Warner, south of Nine Mile Road, from 2-6 p.m.

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Published July 27, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — Put an “X” on your maps over Dodge Park for Aug. 8, as the Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department is getting ready to unearth its Treasure Hunters Market.

According to Parks and Recreation Manager Kyle Langlois, the event moved last year from May to August. He said one reason the event’s date was moved was to boost the odds of having more consistent weather.

“In the past, it can be a little rainier, a little cooler, so this gives us a better shot at warmer weather,” he said.

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Published July 24, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — On the hottest weekend of the summer so far, there was plenty to do along the Nautical Mile as Aqua Fest swept into town with vendors, artists, Air Dogs and more.


Keeping cool in the shade of a tent was vendor Magy Endsley, of Morrice, the owner of Gladden Run jewelry and also a part of the Crew of the Forgiven pirates who were working with the Nautical Mile Yacht Club to raise money for Special Olympics Macomb through various activities at Aqua Fest.

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Published July 24, 2015

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The only local concert on the water is happening on Lake St. Clair this weekend.

Aquapalooza, now in its fourth year at Belle Maer Harbor in Harrison Township, will feature eight local and national bands who will perform for two days, July 25-26.

Belle Maer general manager Eric Foster said July 24 — the day of a private concert for marina members — that there has been much more “buzz” surrounding the event than ever before.

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Published July 26, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Led by Professor Silas Wood, the Mount Clemens Public Library opened up to the public on the third floor of the old Union School in 1865.

That room, in a building that later became the Alexander Macomb Learning Center and is now the home of St. Mary Catholic School on Union Street, quickly became too small for the popular library. The inventory was relocated to the basement of the then courthouse, which is today the Old Macomb County Administration Building, and the very first librarian was hired.

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Published July 22, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Water Works Theatre Company is once again offering youth the opportunity to learn from Shakespearean experts and to perform on the outdoor stage through its unique summer programs.

“We have a lot of fun in these programs while we work hard to put on a great show at the end of each week,” said Frannie Shepherd-Bates, Water Works Theatre Company education programs director. “The teaching artists are all extremely excited to do this work, and I think it’s going to be a banner year.”

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Published July 22, 2015

EASTPOINTE — The Recreation Authority of Roseville and Eastpointe’s Sizzlin’ Summer Night event is back for the second time July 31 at Eastpointe’s Kennedy Park, and according to organizers, there are some tweaks to the free event.


RARE Assistant Director Bobbie Wilson said the biggest change is that Sizzlin’ Summer Night is moving from a Tuesday to a Friday this year. Last year’s inaugural program brought in 1,000 attendees, but she said organizers wanted to try to accommodate more residents who normally work weekdays.

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Published July 22, 2015

EASTPOINTE — This month’s historical picture is a drawing of the Templeton Farm, circa 1895, from an old Macomb County plat map atlas. An English immigrant known as Mr. Houghton originally bought the Erin Township property in the mid-1800s and established a farm that stretched from Stephens Road to 10 Mile Road, from Hayes to Phlox. The farmhouse was on the north side of Stephens, between modern-day Grove and Dale streets.

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Published July 22, 2015

HUNTINGTON WOODS — In Good Hart, Michigan, Huntington Woods resident Patrick Wise would go on hikes during the summer with his wife around a nature preserve. As an artist, Wise said he could really enjoy the natural beauty of the area.

So he decided to paint it.

After a couple of weekend trips to the area, Wise was able to complete his piece that depicts a tree in the center with other foliage surrounding it in the background. And 30 miles up the road, Wise’s piece took first place in a competition on Mackinac Island.

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Published July 22, 2015

Two fire trucks honored Emma Didlake, the nation’s oldest veteran, with a water cannon salute as she departed from Oakland County International Airport to meet the president the morning of July 17.

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Published July 22, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — Gov. Rick Snyder signed six bills June 29 amending Michigan’s election law to eliminate February elections, which supporters say will save taxpayers money.


Prior to the amendment, elections could be held on four dates in a year, which included the fourth Tuesday in February.

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Published July 22, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — It doesn’t take many ingredients to mix up a perfect summer evening: balmy air, a few friends and some refreshing drinks to sip on as the sun sets.

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Published July 22, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — Things were going so well.


You started your seeds on time indoors or had luck finding gorgeous heirloom plants at the local greenhouse. Everything went into the ground on schedule, and the plants really took off when the weather turned from late spring to early summer.


But now the leaves of your once-lush cucumbers are yellow and brown. Your zucchini is turning to dust. Your cabbage and broccoli plants look like Swiss cheese.

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Published July 21, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — Photographer James Parker has exhibited his photos of old ranches and ghost towns in Fine Art at the Village for the past 10 years.

“When I first started doing art shows, I got a postcard about it about a week before the show,” Parker said. “I called Donna (Beaubien) and asked if I could still get in. She was very sweet and she said to send her some JPEGs. Then she said to show up and put up a shack.”

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