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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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Published February 23, 2016

Karleen Beaupre relays for her son, and in memory of her best friend.

“My son is a cancer survivor,” said the St. Clair Shores mother. “He’ll be 13, (but) he was diagnosed at 5” with Wilms tumor, a kidney cancer.

“We definitely need to find a cure.”

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Published February 22, 2016

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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 20, 2016

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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 18, 2016

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WARREN — For newborns and young children, a warm and loving home where they are nurtured and cared for is the foundation for healthy physical and emotional development early in life.

That certainly wasn’t what Gabby and Duncan Smith experienced when they were born, or as they grew as infants and toddlers in Russian orphanages.

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Published February 18, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Ever wondered what it’s like to experience the Oscars?

West Bloomfield student filmmakers will get the red carpet treatment when their films are put on the big screen 2-4 p.m. Feb. 28 at Emagine Theatre in Novi.

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Published February 17, 2016

GROSSE POINTE PARK — The small neighborhood grocery store is a memory now, but until four years ago, Grosse Pointe Park residents living near The Park business district still had one within walking distance: Mulier’s Market, at 15215 Kercheval Ave.

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Published February 17, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — The Farmington Hills Fire Department recently welcomed back former firefighter Jon Unruh, this time as fire chief.

During a Feb. 8 swearing-in ceremony at Fire Station 5, a little pomp and circumstance went a long way to make Unruh, 48, feel welcome as the city’s sixth fire chief.

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