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Published September 21, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — When the senior students of Regina and Marian high schools ran onto Phillip E. Runkel Field at Sterling Heights Stevenson Sept. 19, a decades-long tradition continued.

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Published September 19, 2015

Warren Regina defeated Birmingham Marian in the annual powderpuff football game Sept. 19 at Stevenson's Runkel Field in Sterling Heights.

Regina jumped out to a 14-0 lead before the teams traded touchdowns in a back-and-forth fourth quarter, with Regina eventually emerging victorious 21-12.

The contest marked the 50th powderpuff game for Regina.

Regina and Marian began squaring off in the annual tussle in 1981. Regina now leads the series 19-16, avenging last year’s 10-2 loss to Marian.

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Published September 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Now that class is back in session, there’s a good chance your student has already switched their mindset from back-to-school clothes to formal attire. That’s right — homecoming season is upon us once again.

While styles change from year to year, parents can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that this season’s homecoming fashion trends seem to be heading toward a more modest kind of flair.

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Published September 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The school year kicked off Sept. 8, filling the roads and sidewalks once again with buses and children traveling to and from school.

With more traffic on the roads and more children walking outside, AAA Michigan is reminding motorists to stay alert in neighborhoods and school zones as part of its School’s Open — Drive Carefully awareness campaign.

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Published September 15, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — Knit two, purl one.

If you can’t read a knitting pattern, don’t worry. All you need to know is that Sept. 19-28, Birmingham in Stitches will hit the streets of downtown Birmingham again.

The community art installation first came to the city in 2012 and has been promoted since by the Birmingham Public Arts Board. The “yarn bombing” event will give fiber artists the chance to cover city structures like trees, parking meter posts, light posts, bicycle racks and benches in colorful yarn projects for all to enjoy through the fall.

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Published September 14, 2015

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD HILLS — With the lazy days of summer now in the rearview mirror, it’s time to make student safety the No. 1 priority, and that starts with their trip to school.

According to experts, students heading to school on their feet need to be just as aware of traffic rules as students taking the bus.

Birmingham Police Cmdr. Scott Grewe said that now is the time for parents to have a conversation with their students about pedestrian responsibilities and safety.

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Published September 14, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — If you’re looking to stretch your summer festival legs one last time this season, you’ll get your chance this weekend at the annual Birmingham Street Art Fair.

The 41st annual sendoff to summer will be held in the streets of downtown Birmingham Sept. 19-20. The fair, which is often one of the last seasonal art events in metro Detroit, usually draws more than 80,000 visitors to see hundreds of jury-selected artists and their work.

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Published September 9, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — The price of water has been a long-debated topic in metro Detroit, and recent meetings involving community leaders and members of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, or DWSD, have shed some light on the issue.

Macomb Area Communities for Regional Opportunities, or MACRO, has held meetings with DWSD representatives to discuss forthcoming contracts in relation to the Great Lakes Water Authority, or GLWA — an arrangement enacted in November 2014 that involves Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties paying annual lease payments.

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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration announced Sept. 1 that the state would develop its own carbon implementation plan to meet the power plant carbon emissions guidelines set for it in President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan.

The Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce power plant greenhouse gas emissions by a third of 2012 levels by 2030, allows states to develop their own plans to reach their respective targets.

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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After a strong summer, the housing market in metro Detroit shows no signs of regressing heading into the fall, although buyers and sellers both could take extra precautions in getting in or out of a house.

For the buyer, real estate agent Jan Hays, with Max Broock in Birmingham, said the market will still look to be a sellers market in the fall, so buyers should be ready to make a bid when going to look at a house and not be afraid to make the call.

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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Sometimes, as summer slips into autumn, the transition in our cuisine is a little less gradual than the seasonal temperature change. We tend to go from sunny fruit smoothies to pumpkin spice lattes almost overnight.

It doesn’t have to be that way, though. According to some local chefs, there are different ways you can ease into cool-weather cuisine and make the loss of summer a little easier to swallow.

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Published September 9, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Mix, mingle, sip, savor, repeat.

The Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce’s 12th annual Vine and Dine will take place Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the Cranbrook Institute of Science, and according to chamber Executive Director Joe Bauman, guests can expect this year’s event to be bigger than ever.

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Published September 8, 2015

PONTIAC — Just as Haven of Oakland County wraps up its 40th year of service, the group is packing up and getting ready to move into its nearly completed new facility in Pontiac.

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Published September 5, 2015

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — For those eager to welcome the cooler months, pull on your boots, button up your sweater and head on down to Bowers Farm for two special events this month.

On Sept. 16, the Friends of Preservation Bloomfield are inviting members of the community to become a piece of history with the Hand on the Wall luncheon event.

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Published September 4, 2015

Summer may be ending soon, but the construction schedule for two counties’ road commissions will still mostly be ongoing through the fall.

According to Craig Bryson from the Road Commission for Oakland County, a few major road undertakings within the C & G Newspapers readership area are underway but not complete.

The biggest project, he said, concerns the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of 14 Mile and Orchard Lake roads as well as its surroundings.

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Published September 4, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — When Weatherly Stroh made an offer to purchase her home on Bloomfield Court, just north of downtown Birmingham, she was living in Colorado. She bought the property without having stepped foot inside.

“I found it online, and the description said it was an older home that was remodeled by an architect. It was marketed as kind of an ‘artist’s’ home,” said Stroh, a professional painter.

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Published September 2, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Sixteen-year-old Samantha Noles, of Northville, is no stranger to the ins and outs of the high school scene.

As a junior at Northville High School, she knows what administrators expect of her as a high-achieving student and athlete — and that includes what they expect her to wear down the hallways.

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Published September 1, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — As summer comes to a close, foodies eagerly await harvest season and its flavorful bounty.

On Sept. 12, The Community House will bring the best parts of summer and fall together in downtown Birmingham when it hosts the third annual Farm to Table Block Party Food Fest.

The outdoor celebration of Michigan agriculture will feature well-known restaurants, artisan food vendors, local breweries and wineries, and other edibles along the streets surrounding TCH.

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Published August 31, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — Sure, we might be heading into fall, but that hardly means that we have to take the play indoors.

Oakland County Parks and Recreation has a calendar chock-full of fresh-air fun throughout September and into October.

Terry Fields, chief of recreation programs and services for Oakland County Parks and Recreation, said the county’s 13 parks sometimes draw even more guests during autumn than in the summertime.

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Published August 31, 2015

METRO DETROIT — An invasive, tree-killing insect working its way across the U.S. is closing in on Michigan, and the Department of Natural Resources is asking residents to be watchful.

The Asian longhorn beetle, first found in New York back in 1996, bores into trees to lay its eggs, which then hatch and bore deeper to the heart of the tree, according to DNR spokeswoman Joanne Foreman.

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