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Published September 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The school year kicked off Sept. 8, filling the roads and sidewalks once again with buses and children traveling to and from school.

With more traffic on the roads and more children walking outside, AAA Michigan is reminding motorists to stay alert in neighborhoods and school zones as part of its School’s Open — Drive Carefully awareness campaign.

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Published September 15, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — The official Brooksie Way training program grows every year, according to race officials.

“We have about 500 people in the training program this year,” said Sue Barnes, Brooksie Way training program coordinator. “Thirty to 40 percent have never run in a race before; 60 percent come back every year for the training and the social benefits.”

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Published September 15, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS —Since 1983, a dedicated group has made sure Meadow Brook Hall is in working order.

“The Squires are our men’s volunteer group,” said Shannon O’Berski, MBH marketing manager. “They are the handymen of Meadow Brook, keeping up the integrity of the home. They help out around the house and with special projects as needed.”

“We are a maintenance group — mending and fixing and whatever needs to be done around the house,” Squire Randy Walker said.

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Published September 15, 2015

ROCHESTER —  Fall officially begins Sept. 23, and the Rochester Mills Beer Co. has just the event to help families ring in the new season.

For the past 17 years, the Mills has been inviting families to celebrate Oktoberfest — a time-honored Bavarian tradition that started 200 years ago in Munich, Germany — by enjoying German-style cuisine, plenty of beer and a variety of activities for all ages. This year’s event runs Sept. 24-26.

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Published September 9, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — The price of water has been a long-debated topic in metro Detroit, and recent meetings involving community leaders and members of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, or DWSD, have shed some light on the issue.


Macomb Area Communities for Regional Opportunities, or MACRO, has held meetings with DWSD representatives to discuss forthcoming contracts in relation to the Great Lakes Water Authority, or GLWA — an arrangement enacted in November 2014 that involves Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties paying annual lease payments.

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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration announced Sept. 1 that the state would develop its own carbon implementation plan to meet the power plant carbon emissions guidelines set for it in President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan.


The Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce power plant greenhouse gas emissions by a third of 2012 levels by 2030, allows states to develop their own plans to reach their respective targets.

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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After a strong summer, the housing market in metro Detroit shows no signs of regressing heading into the fall, although buyers and sellers both could take extra precautions in getting in or out of a house.


For the buyer, real estate agent Jan Hays, with Max Broock in Birmingham, said the market will still look to be a sellers market in the fall, so buyers should be ready to make a bid when going to look at a house and not be afraid to make the call.

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Published September 9, 2015

ROCHESTER — The city of Rochester will celebrate its golden bicentennial in 2017, and plans are already in the works to celebrate the anniversary of the city’s settlement in a big way.

Rochester Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Kristi Trevarrow said the city’s Golden Bicentennial Committee really wanted to do something to bring the “golden” in golden bicentennial to life. They decided that planting daffodils throughout the city would be a great visual representation of that.

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Published September 9, 2015

ROCHESTER — Frank Rewold has fond memories of racing to Rochester Municipal Park as a young boy to go ice skating on the duck pond each winter after school.

That nostalgia has prompted his family to take action so others can create similar memories this winter.

“Before the Onyx (Rochester Ice Arena) rinks that we have now, there was no rink, so I used to go down there all the time after school and on Saturdays,” Rewold said. “I grew up skating on that pond.”

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Published September 8, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — Police discovered 939 grams of heroin, 10 grams of marijuana and 15 grams of cocaine during an Aug. 18 search of a Waterford Court home, off of Butler Road, west of Adams Road. 

According to police, the street value of the heroin found at the home is estimated between $300,000 and $400,000. Along with the drugs, police found two loaded handguns, cash, drug packaging and drug paraphernalia. 

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Published September 8, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — Judge Colleen O’Brien sentenced Jeffrey Maurer to life in prison without parole for the brutal murders of his parents Sept. 1 at Oakland County Circuit Court in Pontiac.

Maurer was found guilty July 31 of the beating deaths of his parents, 85-year-old Gayle Maurer and 87-year-old William Maurer, last January in the kitchen of their home on Maryknoll.

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Published September 4, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — Weeks after mosquitoes found in a trap set in southeastern Oakland County tested positive for the West Nile virus, the Oakland County Health Division announced that a blood donor from Oakland County had tested positive for the disease.

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Published September 4, 2015

Summer may be ending soon, but the construction schedule for two counties’ road commissions will still mostly be ongoing through the fall.

According to Craig Bryson from the Road Commission for Oakland County, a few major road undertakings within the C & G Newspapers readership area are underway but not complete.

The biggest project, he said, concerns the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of 14 Mile and Orchard Lake roads as well as its surroundings.

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Published September 3, 2015

ROCHESTER — There’s a new face on the Rochester Community Schools Board of Education.


Kevin Beers — known locally as the arena announcer for Oakland University basketball — was unanimously selected by the school board Aug. 24 to fill the trustee position vacated by Jane Pierobon. Beers’ term will continue through Dec. 31, 2016.

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Published September 3, 2015

ROCHESTER —  Rochester is one of the top 50 safest places to live in Michigan, according to SafeWise.com. The home and security safety review company named Rochester the 14th safest city in Michigan.


To identify the 50 safest cities in Michigan, SafeWise started by looking at cities with populations of more than 5,000 residents in 2013, analyzed FBI crime report statistics for each city, and calculated the chance of such crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.

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Published September 3, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — Some new faces will greet students in the Avondale Schools district when the school year starts Sept. 8.


Carmen Kennedy was recently named the district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, a position that Superintendent Jim Schwartz said is new in the district this year.

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Published September 1, 2015

ROCHESTER —  For 50 years, the Art & Apples Festival has been bringing many of the nation’s finest artists to Rochester Municipal Park — a milestone that the Paint Creek Center for the Arts is thrilled to celebrate this year.


“It’s nice to carry on the legacy that the founders started 50 years ago. We are very excited about that,” said Tami Salisbury, executive director of the PCCA, the nonprofit art center that organizes the festival.

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Published August 31, 2015

METRO DETROIT — An invasive, tree-killing insect working its way across the U.S. is closing in on Michigan, and the Department of Natural Resources is asking residents to be watchful.


The Asian longhorn beetle, first found in New York back in 1996, bores into trees to lay its eggs, which then hatch and bore deeper to the heart of the tree, according to DNR spokeswoman Joanne Foreman.

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Published August 26, 2015

ROCHESTER — Thousands of fresh New England lobsters will make their way to Rochester next month for an event that many in the community have looked forward to annually for the past 17 years.

Each September, the Rochester Junior Woman’s Club flies in more than 1,500 live lobsters — ranging in size from 1 to 1 1/4 pounds — from New England for its annual Lobster Boil fundraiser.

“It’s a well-oiled machine at this point, since we have been doing it for so many years,” said RJWC member Lynn Marie Oates.

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Published August 26, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — Back-to-school activities for college students should not include tragedy, local police say.

Underage drinking, drinking and driving, and binge drinking are “real concerns” of university officials, Nancy Schmitz, Oakland University assistant vice president for student affairs, said Aug. 21.

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