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Published May 28, 2015

FARMS — Residents can again get ready to eat, drink, be merry and raise money for charity.

The latest installment of Dabble in the Farms will take place from 6-10 p.m. May 30 on the Hill. It’s a craft tasting event that will feature beverages from local breweries, wineries and alcohol producers, along with music and popular food trucks. A portion of the funds will support Camp Casey, a nonprofit organization that offers horseback riding programs to children with cancer and their families.

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Published May 27, 2015

ROCHESTER — Each summer, the library offers a summer reading program to keep children and teens, as well as adults, engaged in books while school is out.


Community members of all ages can sign up for the 10-week summer reading program June 5 and start logging their reading points online for a chance to win a number of prizes through Aug. 8.

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Published May 27, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — The scene at the city’s annual Memorial Day ceremony was nothing short of picturesque as the sun cascaded over a group of residents, veterans and city officials who congregated to remember the nation’s fallen soldiers.

At 9 a.m. May 22 on the front lawn of the Southfield Municipal Complex, 26000 Evergreen Road, attendees took an hour out of their day to celebrate Memorial Day — the federal holiday designed to remember the people who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces.

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Published May 27, 2015

FARMINGTON — From a Farmington fiber artist to a California leather hatmaker, over 100 hundred artists from around the country will descend upon Farmington to show off their goods during the city’s sixth annual juried fine arts fair, Art on the Grand.


The June 6-7 event on Grand River is presented by the Farmington Hills Special Services Department’s Cultural Arts Division in partnership with the Farmington Downtown Development Authority.

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Published May 27, 2015

Like the men and women who served in World War II — who often didn’t call attention to their sacrifice or service — a plaque with the names of J.L. Hudson store employees who served hangs in a quiet spot at Oakland Mall that could be easy to miss.

The plaque had been displayed inside the Macy’s store at Northland Center until the center’s closure in April due to lack of success and customer trends, according to Macy’s officials.

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Published May 31, 2015

The Star Ballroom, which is now known as the Vintage House, was on Utica Road and was the Fraser hot spot. This photo shows people dancing at a celebration of outdoor gardens in May 1941. The entertainment varied, as some nights would feature an orchestra and others a band. Sometimes dancing was done to the jukebox, which can be seen in the upper right-hand corner. Standing by the jukebox was the photo’s owner, Albert Grambo. Dancing was done not only inside on a handsome wood dance floor, but also outside under the stars, hence the name.

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Published May 27, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — When the Summer Reading Club kicks off in June, the St. Clair Shores Public Library will be spreading the news that heroes are all around us, as well as in storybooks.


“The theme this year is heroes ... ‘every hero has a story,’ so we’re focusing on our community heroes as well as superheroes, because kids love superheroes,” said Youth Librarian Liz Drewek.

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Published May 29, 2015

A spectacular fire damaged Jefferson Beach Amusement Park 60 years ago on the morning of Friday, April 20, 1955. The damage was estimated at $40,000. According to the St. Clair Shores Herald news report, the blaze started in the fortune teller’s concession. The tower on top of that building collapsed on the fire hose, and the wind helped spread the flames to the pop-gun concession, the archery range and the funhouse. Firefighters from nine communities responded to the alarm. The St.Read More

Published May 27, 2015

This photograph takes us back to sometime between 1916 and 1918 at the old Leader newspaper office that stood at 61 N. Walnut St. in Mount Clemens. The staff was small at this time, and the location later became the home of Nunnley’s Shoe Store. Albert J. Tufnell, pictured far left, operated the print shop with his father, Harold Tufnell, and Arthur West. The others pictured, from left, are Charles D. Straight, editor; Samuel Norton Price, publisher; Maybelle Russell, women’s editor; Bert Lorway; Alan Straight; and Red, otherwise known as the printer’s devil.Read More

Published May 27, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — Residents with library cards can use them to get free passes to local attractions through the Michigan Activity Pass program that kicked off in May.


Sue Todd, librarian at the Eastpointe Memorial Library, said the program can help people gain free entry to attractions like the Michigan Military Technical & Historical Museum, Arts & Scraps, the Michigan Science Center and state parks.

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Published May 27, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  Art fans can immerse themselves in watercolors at the 68th annual Michigan Water Color Society exhibit on display at the Janice Charach Gallery through July 16.


The exhibit opened May 17, and anywhere from 300-400 people attended the opening reception, according to Kelly Kaatz, Janice Charach Gallery director.

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Looking to create plush, peaceful outdoor spaces that also pop?


For The Great Outdoors program held at the Michigan Design Center May 14, interior designer Paul Feiten transformed the MDC’s lobby in Troy into virtual outdoor space that he said was inspired by a European veranda.

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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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