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Published March 14, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Christy O’Sullivan has never been one to sit still. So when she learned that she has multiple sclerosis — a progressive disease that can happen to anyone at any time, where the immune system attacks the body and causes lesions on the nerves, leading to a variety of debilitating issues — she didn’t want to wait for it to get worse.

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Published March 14, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Students donned obis and kimonos, learned to use chopsticks and make origami, received a crash course in hiragana, and more during Japanese Cultural Day March 3 at Four Corners Montessori Academy in Madison Heights.

Around 140 first-, second- and third-graders moved between five different exhibits that morning, alternating every 25 minutes.

Representatives from Toyoda Gosei North America (TGNA), an auto supplier headquartered in Troy, gave them a glimpse into the Land of the Rising Sun. 

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Published March 13, 2016

WARREN — When Walter Kmiecik was 19 years old, he took a trip by ship across the Atlantic to visit family in Poland.

Of course, the photos from that journey have faded over the years, and Kmiecik’s memories of it maybe aren’t quite as sharp as they once were.

After all, he turned 105 years old on March 6.

The day before, family members gathered around him at the St. Clair Shores Moose Lodge on Harper to celebrate his tremendous milestone birthday.

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Published March 10, 2016

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WEST BLOOMFIELD/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A Columbus Township family is leaping for joy after welcoming their second child to be born on a Leap Day. 

Evelyn Croff, daughter of Chad and Melissa Croff, was born at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township at 3:06 a.m. Feb 29. She was 6 pounds 9 ounces. Evelyn shares a birthday with her big sister, Eliana, who was born at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital at 3:33 a.m. Feb. 29, 2012. The family lived in Commerce Township at the time of Eliana’s birth.

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Published March 10, 2016

GROSSE POINTE PARK — City leaders are remembering the life and accomplishments of their longest-serving mayor, Palmer T. Heenan.

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Published March 10, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — About four years ago, Pete Campbell was sitting on a hospital bed at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, getting ready for treatment to beat cancer a second time.

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Published March 9, 2016

FRASER — All Kelly Jenks wanted was for her sixth-grade Salk Elementary class to appreciate and respect military veterans.

But in doing so, the teacher received quite a bit of gratitude in return.

On Feb. 23, Jenks was inundated with praise by members of Fraser VFW Post 6691, and also received admiration from the very students she teaches.

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Published March 9, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Many tools are needed to create an artistic masterpiece, from a canvas to paint to brushes and more. And very important, yet sometimes overlooked — an easel to hold the work steady while the artist creates.

Sometimes, however, a regular easel just doesn’t do the job.

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Published March 9, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and a proponent of assistance to veterans and families of service members, Bryan Mazey has been named the grand marshal of the 64th St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade. 

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Published March 9, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — After eight years at the helm of Lake Shore Public Schools, Superintendent Chris Loria has announced that he will retire at the end of the fiscal year.

“I’m going to miss the kids, absolutely,” he said. “Because I’m one of those hands-on superintendents — I can go down the hallway in the high school and I’ll get two or three hugs.

“That’s the stuff I’m going to miss. All the other pressures of the job, not so much.”

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Published March 9, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Seventeen-year-old Justin Wentland has taken on several different instruments during his time at Harper Woods High School.

It’s his performance with the tuba, though, that has led him to earn high honors this year and advance to a state competition.

Wentland will be taking part in the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association State Solo & Ensemble Festival that will be held on Saturday, March 19, at Chippewa Valley High School, 18300 19 Mile Road in Clinton Township. 

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Published March 9, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — “Witty” and “kind” were two words used by the West Bloomfield High School community to describe teacher Micah Greene, of Royal Oak, who died Feb. 23.

Greene, 40, taught and led the theater arts program at West Bloomfield High School since 2003. He earned degrees in theater performance and broadcasting/cable production from Western Michigan University. He also completed his master’s at Oakland University in academic administration. 

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Published March 9, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Robert Gracin spent plenty of time during his childhood going to camps at the Marvin Blank Senior Center in Macomb Township.

When the time came for Gracin, a member of Troop 349, to pick a beneficiary for his Eagle Scout project in the summer of 2014, he had an easy answer.

After talking with the director of the senior center, Gracin learned that the building was in need of a few different things, and that is how he came up with the ideas for his project.

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Published March 2, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Feb. 27, the Shelby Township Relay for Life held its 10th annual kickoff event in anticipation of the main relay event that will take place from 10 a.m. May 21 to 10 a.m. May 22 at River Bends Park. The theme is “Lights, camera, cure!”

The Oscars-themed craft and vendor show at Steiny’s Restaurant and Banquet Hall was the first open-house-style kickoff event of its kind. Shelby Township Relay for Life co-founder Lauren Conn said organizers hope to make this year bigger and better than ever.

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Published March 1, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Twelve years of writing and revising culminated on Jan. 27 for Macomb Township resident and author Veronica “Vernie” Dale.

Dale began writing fiction in 2003, and she released her first novel in a four-part series, “Blood Seed: Coin of Rulve Book One” in late January.

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Published February 26, 2016

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Monday, Feb. 29, is a leap day — a day that you'll only see on the calendar every four years. But do you know why?

Here are some interesting leap year facts from the Old Farmer's Almanac, timeanddate.com and leapyearday.com.

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Published February 23, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Sister Marjorie Elizabeth Allen has had quite a life. 

When the McAuley Life Center nun was born in 1916, 28th U.S. President Woodrow Wilson was in office. A 1916 Model T Ford cost $490, and the Titanic had sunk just four years prior. 

A bit has changed in the last 100 years, and the centenarian’s birthday was celebrated Feb. 16 at the McAuley Life Center retirement home, 28750 W. 11 Mile Road. 

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Published February 23, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — One evening in February, a Clinton Township firefighter flexed his muscle to help a local family in need.

It wasn’t in the literal sense, to fight a fire or remove someone from a perilous situation. Rather, it was an act of kindness in the form of a bill payment.

On Feb. 11, Engine 5 of the Clinton Township Fire Department was dispatched to a nonemergency medical situation on Colonial Drive.

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Published February 23, 2016

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Eugene Williams had plenty to be thankful for this past Thanksgiving.

Williams, a 10th-grader at Chippewa Valley High School, had just been told earlier in the month that he was going to the Super Bowl.

Better yet, an MRI later in November showed that he was cancer free after a nearly two-year battle with nasopharyngeal carcinoma, a cancer that typically attacks the nose and throat area.

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Published February 23, 2016

UTICA — A Shelby Township artist who has been rooted in the community for more than 50 years decided to create a 58-by-72-inch painting of Utica to donate to the city after undertaking a similar endeavor for Shelby Township last year.

“It’s a labor of love. (My husband, George, and I) have lived in Utica (now Shelby) since 1960. George taught at the schools here, so we feel like we’re really a part of this community,” said 81-year-old Margaret Glinke. “I had the materials. It isn’t costing me any material time or cost.”

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