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Published September 29, 2017

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville City Council allotted part of its meeting Sept. 26 to honor a Roseville boy with a Lifesaving Award for saving his younger brother’s life.

Jacob O’Connor, 10, found his younger brother, Dylan Meadows, 2, unresponsive in a pool July 25, then used chest compressions to treat his younger brother. Meadows was transported to St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, and he was there for observation for one day.

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Published October 3, 2017

Fifty years after its founding, Bill Fox Chevrolet is celebrating its golden anniversary and is quite at home among businesses in the community.

On Sept. 22, the Rochester Hills-based dealership was given an award for its 50th anniversary. General Sales Manager Robert Shastal said leaders from General Motors Co. and Chevrolet visited the dealership to offer the award to the business’s founder, Bill Fox, and his son and current Bill Fox Chevrolet owner, John Fox. 

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Published October 3, 2017

METRO DETROIT — You don’t have to howl if you don’t want to, but Halloween is coming, and for many it’s a time of excitement that circles around with the annual changing of the seasons.

The month of October allows many people to celebrate being a kid again with costume parties or surrounding themselves with cute or spooky Halloween décor.

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Published October 3, 2017

METRO DETROIT — When you were in home economics class as a teen, and the teacher taught you the importance of balancing your checkbook to stay on budget, did you listen?

Did you sit for hours and add the numbers in the check register, hoping they would match your account balance? Did you burn through one too many pencil erasers trying to get the figures right? 

Or, like so many, did you just give up and hope for the best?

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Published October 3, 2017

ROCHESTER — The Paint Creek Center for the Arts is inviting the community to see the talents of various abstract artists this month.

The show, which runs through Oct. 21, was scheduled to open Sept. 23.

PCCA Exhibitions and Art Market Director Jenny Creech said the exhibition gives the public a glimpse into the abstract-themed work of over 20 artists from across the state and beyond.

“We have paintings, sculptures, mixed media, as well as an artist who works with mold. It is a pretty cool collection of things,” Creech said.

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Published October 3, 2017

TROY — Troy registered voters will receive fliers in their mailboxes — some sooner, some later — from the city of Troy about a citizen-initiated charter amendment proposal on the November ballot. 

At a Sept. 25 meeting, the Troy City Council voted 6-0 to approve the content and costs of mailing fliers to voters. Troy City Councilman Dave Henderson was absent. 

The council had asked city staff to prepare a content-neutral flyer at the Aug. 21 meeting. 

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Published October 3, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — For the second year in a row, local artist Meredith Lea Bailey is a finalist in the 2017 MI Great Artist online competition.

Bailey’s watercolor study of filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock reflects her passion for a bygone era and for portraiture. “I have always loved the era of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s,” she said. “My aunt was a Rockette in New York. I was always inspired by her and that era, and I started painting from movie stills.”

Watercolor is an unusual medium for a portrait artist, she said.

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Published October 3, 2017

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Find family fun, activities and demonstrations of old and new farming methods during the free  Down on the Farm event Oct. 7 at the historic Cranberry Lake Farm. 

“We’ll have tractors, musicians, pumpkins, cider, chickens, goats, games and hayrides,” Oakland Township Historic Preservation Planner Barbara Barber said. “People can enjoy the farming atmosphere and also learn about things.”

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Published October 3, 2017

TROY — The Troy Historic Village aims to offer family-friendly Halloween fun with Scarecrow Row and trick-or-treating on the Village Green 12:30-3:30 p.m. Oct. 28. 

Scarecrow Row will be on view around the village through October and will be shared on the Historic Village Facebook page, facebook.com/TroyHistVillage, for voting Oct. 9-27. The winner will be announced Oct. 28. Individuals, organizations and businesses created the scarecrows. 

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Published October 3, 2017

TROY — Want to make the most of a short trip to the Big Apple? 

Travel writer Ellen Creager, who wrote a travel column for the Detroit Free Press for 14 years, will share her know-how and will welcome audience tips when she presents a program called “Best of New York” 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Troy Public Library. 

Connie Doherty, head of adult information services at the Troy Public Library, said the program will appeal to people who have been to New York City a million times and people headed there for the first time. 

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Published October 3, 2017

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Property values are on the rise in Michigan, and that has an impact on school budgets.

Farmington Public Schools Superintendent George Heitsch explained the Headlee restoration millage that voters will decide at a community presentation Sept. 27 at the Maxfield Education Center.

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Published October 3, 2017

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington Public Schools and St. Vincent de Paul’s annual clothing and shoe donation drive is a benefit for the community and students who benefit, said Diane Bauman, FPS director of school/community relations.

St. Vincent de Paul provides large donation bins to FPS to collect the donated items. After the donation drive, the group gives the school district gift cards to its store in Keego Harbor, which are given to FPS families in need to shop for items that they need, according to a press release.

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Published October 3, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Following another fun-filled summer season, Clinton Township Parks and Recreation is keeping its foot on the pedal and offering numerous fall and winter programs for people of all ages.

On Saturday, Oct. 21, the Trick or Treat Trail returns with friendly characters and an opportunity for children to pick pumpkins from a giant patch. Preregistration is required for children older than 12 months, while all adults are free. It costs $6 for residents and $8 for nonresidents.

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Published October 3, 2017

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Local law enforcement officers capped off a home renovation project for a family in need by presenting one of the residents with a customized fire helmet.

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Published October 3, 2017

CLAWSON — On a bended knee, Boston-based muralist Alex Cook brings light-brown strokes to life on the head of a male figure drawn in a mural he created Sept. 25 at Japhet School.

Cook and a number of community and school members began the work on the mural, which was originally a white wall near the front entrance of the school at 839 S. Crooks Road Sept. 23.

“On Saturday (Sept. 23), families came and helped paint the mural all day long. That was amazing,” Betsy Stecker, communications director/registrar, said during an interview at Japeth School.

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Published October 3, 2017

CLAWSON — Next month will mark a shake-up on the Clawson City Council, as former Councilwoman Deborah Wooley is the only candidate on the ballot for mayor, and five candidates — only one an incumbent — are running for two council seats.

A forum was held Sept. 28 at Clawson City Hall so the public could learn more about the five candidates for the two council member seats. It was sponsored by the League of Women Voters Oakland Area.

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Published October 2, 2017

METRO DETROIT — For camping enthusiasts, nothing beats sipping a seasonal beer around a campfire on a warm Michigan summer night.

Except maybe sipping a spiked cider around a campfire while drinking in the fall colors.

According to Darren Ing, director of the 28th annual Fall Detroit Camper and RV Show, the camping season doesn’t end when the kids go back to school.

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Published October 2, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Sept. 26, the sun shone bright and hot on a local first-grader’s big day — the unveiling of a larger-than-life photo of herself smiling between two Shelby Township firemen in Gene Shepherd Park.

The 6-by-10-foot photo board — attached to the door of the new fence obstructing the park’s dumpster — will greet families as they enter the parking lot and turn the corner to the location where the township plans to install a splash pad next year.

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Published September 30, 2017

DETROIT — Midtown Detroit was awash with light and sound for the third Dlectricity art show, which took over the city’s museum district Sept. 22-23.

Dlectricity is a free, two-night, outdoor festival that showcases art throughout the midtown Detroit area using video, light, interactive engineering and other quirky artistic concepts.

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Published September 30, 2017

DETROIT — The Detroit community is uniting to honor one of the community’s most beloved figures: Father Solanus Casey.

Casey will be beatified by the Catholic Church at a special Mass at Ford Field on Saturday, Nov. 18.

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