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Published March 9, 2016

Think there’s nothing in your life that’s story-worthy or worth preserving for future generations?

Think again.

The Troy Public Library has two programs for those who want tell their personal or family story but aren’t sure how to begin.

Judy Sima, a West Bloomfield resident and an award-winning storyteller, worked as a librarian in the Fitzgerald School District for 37 years.

She will lead a program titled “Awaken Your Inner Storyteller” at the library from 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 22.

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Published March 9, 2016

Charges that state Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, grabbed Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown, D-West Bloomfield, forcefully by the arm following Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson’s the State of the County address Feb. 10 in Auburn Hills will be reviewed by a prosecutor in another county.

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Published March 9, 2016

Toward the end of winter, when temperatures rise above freezing in the daytime but drop below 32 degrees at night, it is time to tap sugar maple trees and boil down the sap into delicious maple syrup. This photo, taken in about 1920, shows Jessie Niles, the grandson of pioneer Johnson Niles, standing behind his evaporator in Elliott Woods, on the west side of Livernois, between Wattles and Long Lake roads. Tapping trees and making syrup continues in Troy every March at the Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center.

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Published March 9, 2016

The 12th annual Solanus Casey fundraising event’s theme, “nourishing the soul,” is what Father Solanus Casey did when he served at the St. Bonaventure Monastery in Detroit, according to the Capuchins.

Nourishing the Soul — scheduled for 6 p.m. March 19 at Petruzzello’s Banquet and Conference Center in Troy — will benefit the Solanus Casey Center, a Capuchin Franciscan ministry located at 1780 Mount Elliott St. in Detroit.

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Published March 9, 2016

Once again, youths in grades six to 12 can have fun and get deals and meals during spring break around town.

The Troy Community Coalition, a nonprofit organization that, according to its website, aims to “promote a lifestyle free from abuse of alcohol and drugs,” has teamed up with local businesses to offer youths in grades six to 12 safe, fun, affordable activities during spring break April 4-9.

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Published March 9, 2016

Want to get out of the house and try a new restaurant?

Twenty-three Troy restaurants will serve up their best during Troy Restaurant Week, being held March 13-18.

“This is the biggest one we’ve had,” said Jaimi Brook, director of events for the Troy Chamber of Commerce, which has sponsored the event since 2009.

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Published March 6, 2016

WARREN — Nearly 3,000 people came to “Feel the Bern” March 5 at Macomb Community College’s Warren campus.

A mixed-age crowd poured into MCC’s Sports and Expo Center to see presidential Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, discuss his campaign initiatives.

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Published March 2, 2016

The Troy Planning Commission unanimously approved plans Feb. 23 for 28 detached condominiums on a 10-acre wooded parcel on the east side of John R Road, south of Wattles, for Mondrian Properties, which has clear-cut numerous other sites to build homes.

However, this will be the last time a developer will be allowed to clear-cut a wooded parcel without replacing trees on the site — the City Council approved the new Woodland Protection Ordinance Feb. 22.

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Published March 2, 2016

Get your game on at Taste of Troy, an annual event where local restaurants serve their best to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Troy. 

This year’s theme is Tailgate Tastefest.

“It’s in its 24th year,” said event chair Cindy Stewart, who sits on the board of the Boys & Girls Club of Troy.

“I think people will be excited for the food choices and decorations that go along with this year’s theme,” she said.

Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite sports team’s jersey.

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Published March 2, 2016

In observance of Easter, the holiday Christians celebrate as the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the West Side Detroit Polish American Historical Society invites the public to partake in the ancient art of pisanki (or pysanky) — egg decorating — and to share the culture, food, folklore and customs surrounding the holiday.

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Published March 2, 2016

A new program introduced by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan looks to help qualified homebuyers receive loans to purchase renovated homes in the city.

Duggan introduced the Detroit Home Mortgage program at a press conference on Thursday, Feb. 18, and detailed how banks will give a second mortgage needed to purchase renovated homes or make repairs to homes in Detroit.

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Published March 1, 2016

See how sap becomes syrup during Maple Syrup Time and the maple tappings held on the first three Saturdays in March at the Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center.

“It’s our most popular event,” said Carla Reeb, executive director of the Troy Nature Society, which operates the nature center.

“Last year, nearly 1,000 people attended. We’re expecting 1,200 this year,” Reeb said.

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Published February 24, 2016

TROY — Troy police arrested a man they say answered two Craigslist ads for iPhones for sale, shorted one seller and took the phone from the second seller and ran away without paying.

Troy Police Capt. Robert Redmond said the man agreed to meet the first seller at the McDonald’s at 36895 Dequindre Road just after 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 to purchase an iPhone 6 for $675. 

According to reports, the seller gave the man the phone, and the man gave the seller an envelope with money. 

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Published February 23, 2016

TROY — After a frustrating jury trial, Troy Assistant City Attorney Nicole MacMillan said she couldn’t wait to work out some stress and practice her skills as “cranker” while tapping into a simulated water main. 

It takes strength to complete the task, which Department of Public Works staff do every day on the job. 

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Published February 22, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — How did the American culture of death and dying come to be?

When do you talk to children about death? What happens when and after we die?

These questions and more are dissected during the third and last installment of “The Embrace of Aging” program on Detroit Public Television this month: “The Embrace of Dying — How We Deal with End of Life,” which premiered Feb. 8 as an eight-part series.

The first two installments focused on the male and female perspectives of growing old.

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Published February 22, 2016

Although there have been no confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus locally, the Oakland County Health Department said it has a plan in place to help prevent an outbreak, should the mosquito make its way to Michigan. 

According to Dr. Christopher Carpenter, chief of infectious disease for Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, mosquitoes carrying the virus are expected to reach the U.S. sometime this year or early next year, and pregnant women and those trying to become pregnant are at greatest risk for the adverse effects of the Zika virus. 

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Published February 20, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Book lovers across metro Detroit are invited to experience a communitywide reading program sponsored by public libraries in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties.

Now in its 15th year, Everyone’s Reading promotes community dialogue through reading and discussing the same book. This year’s book selection is “Shanghai Girls,” by Lisa See.

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Published February 19, 2016

WARREN — When Tiffany Mullen was 7 years old, Child Protective Services removed her from the Mount Clemens home she shared with her mother.

“My mother was an alcoholic. When she was sober, she was an amazing mom. She was beautiful, kind and loving,” Mullen said. “Unfortunately, addiction got its claws in her, and she was not able to get out of it.”

Mullen was placed in foster care at the Shelter Care facility in Mount Clemens. All she had with her were some personal belongings delivered in a garbage bag through her caseworker.

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Published February 18, 2016

Berkley American Legion Post 374
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Published February 17, 2016

Although a divided Troy City Council voted against a Woodland Protection ordinance Feb. 8, the Planning Commission will ask the council to reconsider.

A motion to postpone a decision and have a study session on the amendment failed 4-3, with councilmen Dave Henderson and Ethan Baker and Mayor Pro Tem Ed Pennington in support. Mayor Dane Slater, councilwomen Edna Abrahim and Ellen Hodorek and Councilman Jim Campbell opposed it.

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