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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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Published May 12, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Brian Bobek joined the United States Army in 1966 and found himself in the jungles of Vietnam one year later.


Now, as the president of Chapter 154 of the Vietnam Veterans of America, or VVA, Bobek said those days were instilled with fury due to the rousing anti-war sentiment from those back home.

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Published May 13, 2015

FRANKLIN — Summer: when the dull task of grocery shopping at the supermarket is transformed by taking the action outside.

Farmers markets are popping up all over metro Detroit, and Franklin residents will be the first to tell you they’ve got one of the most unique weekly open-air shopping experiences in town.

Market on the Green opened up two weeks ago, boasting more vendors than ever, with 15-20 produce, prepared foods, spice and giftware makers selling their goods under the shady canopy of Franklin Park.

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Published May 11, 2015

Auto safety experts are inviting parents to sit down and review the facts of properly securing small children in the back seat to avoid accident-related injuries.

Alyson Kechkaylo, occupant protection program coordinator for the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, is also a certified child passenger safety technician.

She said Michigan law basically requires kids to be secured in a car seat until they are at least 8 years old or 4 feet 9 inches tall. But parent compliance often varies depending on the child’s age, she explained.
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Published May 10, 2015

WARREN — Mayor Jim Fouts will face just one challenger, resident Karen Spranger, in his run for a third four-year term as Warren’s top administrator.

The withdrawal of two other candidates and the death of a third — career journalist Hawke Fracassa passed away suddenly April 30 — means there will not be a mayoral primary in August.

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Published May 7, 2015

The 1930 Berkley High School marching band, shown in this photograph, won the state championship that year. The success of the 1930 band led the school to have a variety of musical groups to this day, including choir, jazz band and orchestra.
James Tong, with the Berkley Historical Museum, came across this photo while compiling it as part of “Images of America: Berkley,” which is available at the Berkley Public Library, Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com.

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Published May 6, 2015

Michigan voters crushed Proposal 1 with 80 percent of voters against it and 20 percent for it. In Macomb County, the percentages were even more lopsided — 87.2 percent against it and 12.8 percent for it.

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Published May 6, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — If dancing and singing Nazis sound like the makings of a terrible musical, that’s exactly what Broadway producer Max Bialystock and his accountant, Leo Bloom, believed.


After realizing they can make more money from a flop than a hit, the men come up with “Springtime for Hitler,” which they’re certain will be the biggest disaster in theatrical history. But when the show turns out to be a smash, they find themselves facing prison time.

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Published May 6, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Embarking on the search for a new home can be daunting, especially for first-time buyers, so C & G Newspapers asked several experts, including real estate agents and a representative from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, for guidance.


John Kurczak, a Keller Williams Realtor, said the best way to start is to find out what you can afford.

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