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News & Notes - 10/12/23 Troy Times

Troy Times | Published October 12, 2023


Frightful 5K to return for seventh year
Troy’s premier run/walk is back as the Frightful 5K returns just in time for Halloween on Sunday, Oct. 22.

“It’s the seventh annual Frightful 5K. It starts at 8:30 a.m. It starts at the Troy Community Center,” 3179 Livernois Road, said Cindy Stewart, the city’s community affairs director. “It goes onto Livernois then up Big Beaver toward Rochester Road then back up Big Beaver, and they turn back into the civic center campus by City Hall. It finishes back near the Community Center. All participants get a medal, a T-shirt and a bag.”

Those interested can sign up on the city’s website at Prices are $25 for the 5K and $10 for the 1K prior to Monday, Oct. 16; $35 for the 5K and $10 for the 1K prior to Oct. 21; and $45 for the 5K and $20 for the 1K on the day of the event.

“It comes out of our rec department. It’s such a cool 5K, because you have Big Beaver closed and people run along it and many are in costume,” said Stewart. “It’s an event the city puts on that pays for itself. It’s a fun recreation program so people can get out on a Sunday morning in October. We get a lot of families taking part. We do a kids run as well, the Pumpkin 1K, and any child can take part in that. That starts at 9:30 p.m. Strollers are welcome and dogs on leashes are welcome on both routes.


Troy Historic Village gets spooky
The Troy Historic Village is inviting the public to grab their red riding hood, jump into their pumpkin carriage and head on over to the village for its annual trick-or-treating event.

This year’s theme is Fairy Tales and Folklore, and will feature friendly — never scary — trick-or-treating. Families can enjoy a magical time with enchanting decorations, run through a fairy tale-themed obstacle course, help mix a bewitching potion, attempt to blow down little pigs’ houses, and more.

“Kids will collect candy and other prizes as they move through the Village,” the Village staff said in a press release. “We’ll also have some sweet treats courtesy of Tim Hortons! The Troy Garden Club and many of the Scarecrow Row sponsors will also be onsite passing out goodies as well.”

The Troy Historic Village is located at 60 W. Wattles Road. Trick-or-treating will take place 4-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20, and noon-3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21. Discounted early tickets may be purchased by going to Preregistration closes on Wednesday, Oct. 18. Regular priced tickets also may be purchased at the door the day of the event.


Bloomfield Hills nature center to host trail rally
Bloomfield Hills’ Johnson Nature Center will host a Trail Rally starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21.

Those interested can grab their friends in teams of four to explore all the trails as they search for the answers to a collection of puzzles. The cost to enter is $80 a team. Participants must be 18 or older.

“You do not need to be a nature nerd or detective to solve these puzzles, you just need a good sense of fun!” the center said in a press release. “At the end, you will return to the nature center for a pizza dinner.”

The Johnson Nature Center is located at 3325 Franklin Road. Registration and additional information can be found at


Community Foundation looks for grant cycle candidates
The Troy Community Foundation is reminding residents that the deadline to apply for its fall grant cycle is fast approaching.

The deadline to apply is Sunday, Oct. 15. The applications can be found at Categories include youth and seniors, arts and culture, beautification, and health and recreation.

The grants seek to improve Troy by enhancing the community, local opportunities and public resources. In doing so, they say, a virtuous cycle of continual community improvement is created.

“The Troy Community Foundation seeks to empower the residents of Troy through community development and citizen-driven ideas to drive positive change,” said TCF Executive Director Olivia McLaughlin.


Attorney general warns against smishing scam
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is warning residents about fraudulent smishing text messages with an alleged delivery notification and tracking link, purporting to be from the U.S. Postal Service.

Smishing is when the scammer entices the victim by claiming a victim must provide them with a password, account number, or even Social Security number to stop an alleged fraudulent transaction. Once this information is provided, the scammer can gain access to the device and any personal information stored on it, including email, bank, credit card, or other types of accounts including social media.

Her office shared some advice to not be victimized in this way including to never share a phone number unless the person or organization is personally known; never assume a text is legitimate because it comes from a familiar phone number or area code, since spammers can use caller ID spoofing to make it appear the text is from a trusted or local source; never click on links in a suspicious text; and to never provide personal or financial information in response to the unsolicited text or a website linked to the message.

To file a complaint with the Department of Attorney General, call (517) 335-7599.