News & Notes - 12/6/23 Shelby-Utica News

Shelby-Utica News | Published December 6, 2023


Library offers book bundles, letters to Santa
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Shelby Township Library’s Christmas book bundle sale runs until Dec. 21 and raises money for the Friends of the Shelby Township Library. The bundles are grouped by category — such as mystery or romance — wrapped in ribbon and cost $8 each.

In the library’s children’s area, children can write letters to Santa Claus and place them in a special mailbox by 5 p.m. Dec. 9. Thanks to Santa’s elves working with the Kiwanis Club of Utica-Shelby Township, each child will receive a personal response from Santa.

The library is located at 52610 Van Dyke Ave.


Utica to host Christmas tree-lighting celebration
UTICA — The city of Utica will be hosting its 2023 downtown Utica Christmas tree-lighting celebration at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at Memorial Park, next to the Utica Public Library at 7530 Auburn Road. Roop Raj, from Fox 2, will be the master of ceremonies, and Brian Barczyk, from the Reptarium and LegaSea Aquarium, will be the special guest.

Other attractions will include fireworks, visits and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, “Stuff an Ambulance” to benefit Toys for Tots, and the Utica High School marching band.


Last days for yard waste pickup near
SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — Next week will be the last week for yard waste pickup in Shelby Township and Utica.

The last day for yard waste pickup in Utica will be Dec. 14. For any questions about waste service in Utica, call the Priority Waste customer service team at (586) 228-1200.

The last day for yard waste collection in Shelby Township, which is served by GFL Environmental, will be Dec. 15.


Utica dedicates Purple Heart Trail
UTICA — On Veterans Day, the city of Utica honored Purple Heart recipients and dedicated the Utica Purple Heart Trail at the American Legion Post 351, 46146 Cass Ave.

The Purple Heart Trail is a nationwide effort to pay tribute to those who have been awarded the Purple Heart medal with sections of roads dedicated to them. Signs are placed along the roads where elected leaders have designated part of the trail. Find more information at

Mayor Gus Calandrino on his Facebook page called the dedication one of his “proudest moments” as mayor. Many local elected officials were present for the ceremony.


Karmanos Cancer Institute shares lung cancer facts
STATEWIDE — The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, along with cancer centers and other organizations nationwide, recognized November as Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

Lung cancer is the second-most common cancer, not including skin cancer. For women, breast cancer is more common, while prostate cancer is the most common cancer for men.

The institute shared the following statistics about lung cancer.

• About 238,340 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed in 2023.

• About 127,070 deaths will result from lung cancer in 2023.

• Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among both men and women.

• Lung cancer is responsible for about 1 in 5 of all cancer deaths.

• Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast and prostate cancers combined.

• The yearly number of lung cancer deaths is declining. The estimated number of deaths in 2022 was 130,180.

• The chance that a man will develop lung cancer in his lifetime is about 1 in 16. A woman’s lifetime chance of developing lung cancer is about 1 in 17.

• Around 80% of lung cancer deaths are thought to be a result of smoking.

To learn more about lung cancer screening at Karmanos, visit