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Published May 29, 2013

Impatiens, a top choice for homeowners planting colorful annual flower displays, will not be available at most nurseries this year.

“There is a downy mildew problem with impatiens,” said Carl Eckert, owner of Eckert’s Greenhouse on Ryan in Sterling Heights. “We didn’t grow them this year, and most other nurseries also didn’t.”

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Published May 22, 2013

Michigan Week is in full swing, giving residents just one more excuse to revel in all the wonderful things there are to do and see in the Mitten State.

Whether you’re a beer buff or a beach babe, there’s a place for you in Michigan. But with so many regional specialties, it’s hard to choose which area of the state is best for the stay- or play-cation of your choice.

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Published April 30, 2013

DETROIT — The Labor Day weekend is still a few months away, but already it’s promising to be another great one for jazz lovers and the city of Detroit.

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Published April 10, 2013

After almost 21 years together, the Luddites still haven’t suffered the ubiquitous “creative differences” that have shattered bands less than half their age.

The 11-piece acoustic group will celebrate the release of their fourth CD, “Twisted In,” with a concert starting at 9 p.m. April 13 at PJ’s Lager House. Bass player David Giovannucci, one of the original Luddites from those early days in August 1992 when they started as a five-piece acoustic act, said friendship and mutual respect have kept them going all these years.

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Published April 10, 2013

In the bin

Come garbage day, most curbside recycling bins are stuffed with paper, plastic and glass bottles, cans, and cardboard, but there’s a whole lot more that can be added to the heap.

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Published March 27, 2013

Though spring seems to have lost its way en route to Michigan, it won’t be long before temperatures finally rise and the ground thaws to welcome new plants and flowers into eagerly awaited gardens around metro Detroit.

Just like in fashion boutiques, there will be lots of trends that customers will be clamoring for at their local nursery this year as they plan their landscape design. According to Erma Rhadigan, co-owner of Ray Wiegand’s Nursery in Macomb Township, this year’s most popular bloom choices are going to be bright, warm colors.

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Published March 27, 2013

With spring here — at least according to the calendar — many homeowners look to the state of their houses after the long, dirty winter and aren’t happy with what they see.

Carpets are soiled by salty boots; driveways start cracking from the months-long freeze/thaw cycle; and muddy messes are exposed in backyards that will be used for entertaining, come summer.

Now is the time to fix those problems, according to local contractors, before warm-weather fun beckons and the summer home- improvement rush begins.

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Published March 27, 2013

BIRMINGHAM — Some would say that Michigan has only two seasons: snow and orange barrels.

In downtown Birmingham, one season has already begun to transition into the other as the city breaks ground on its plan to improve the street and sidewalks at Pierce and Merrill near City Hall. The project, which was approved early last year, will update and repair the street, adjacent sidewalks, underlying septic systems and street lights in hopes of avoiding more severe restoration projects down the road.

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Published March 27, 2013

From puppets to poetry and folk songs to fairy tales, the StoryTellers Guild is pulling out all the stops to bring smiles to the faces of local children.

In April, the Birmingham-based nonprofit is inviting the public to celebrate its 20-year anniversary.

The guild, founded by the late Helen Southgate Williams, promotes literacy and storytelling in classrooms around metro Detroit. Their mission is to enrich the lives of children through art and storytelling.

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Published August 8, 2012


Can do

Eileen Haraminac will teach several upcoming food preservation courses at the Macomb MSU Extension office at 21885 Dunham, Assembly Room A, in Clinton Township:
• Aug. 18: hot water bath jams and jellies.

Published May 21, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center will once again present Art Birmingham, its annual fine art fair, May 26 and 27 in Shain Park. The juried art show, now in its 31st year, has been a favorite among artists and art enthusiasts alike since its inception, according to BBAC President and CEO Annie VanGelderen.

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Published May 8, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — At 20 years old, Rebecca Rosen was sure she was going crazy. She was depressed, and as a sophomore in college, found herself battling an eating disorder. She struggled for two years with her deep unhappiness, and after doctors and medications failed to help her, she was desperate. She prayed for help, and one evening she said, her cries were answered by her grandmother, Babe — who had passed away more than a decade earlier.

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Published May 1, 2012

BEVERLY HILLS — Jon Bloom is an exemplary student. The Groves High School senior is the technical director of the school’s theater program, an Advanced Placement student at Groves in computer science and other programming courses, and he’s preparing to start classes at Grand Valley State University in the fall — all while keeping a 3.2 grade point average.

As a college-bound student, the 17-year-old considers it a top priority to keep track of his grades. So when it comes to monitoring his assignments, Bloom prefers to take a hands-on approach. Literally.

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Published May 1, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — Pianist Marina Arsenijevic has lived a fascinating life filled with tragedy, triumph, and most of all, an exceptional musical talent. On May 14, the world-renowned artist will share her story and her tremendous gift at a concert performance to benefit The Community House.

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Published April 23, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — Move over, Harry Winston. Groves High School senior Ellie Schreiber has been named the winner of the 2012 Jewelers of Birmingham Scholarship Competition, and her unique eye for design is sure to earn her a place among the most elite jewelry designers.

“It was the first time for me (in the competition). It was exciting. I didn’t really know I was going to enter the piece until my teacher told me about it. It was fun,” she said.

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Published April 3, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — While many students around the United States sit in classrooms learning about civic engagement, 16-year-old Rachael Stein is living it. The Groves High School junior recently returned from a trip to Washington, D.C., where she met with legislators to discuss two bills that could help put an end to the bullying epidemic that’s been plaguing schools across the country for years.

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Published March 21, 2012

As pet lovers snuggle up with their furry friends, many may not think about where their animals came from before they found them listed online or at a pet store. But the Michigan Humane Society estimates that 99 percent of pet store puppies are bred by large-scale breeders, or puppy mills, some of which are known for their cruel and inhumane treatment of animals to maximize profit.

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Published March 14, 2012

An electronic sign on the wall reads “10 days, 14 hours, 15 minutes and 4.32 seconds.”

“That’s the countdown until the end of my life,” laughed Melisa Valentine, 25, of Ferndale, a bartender at the Blarney Stone Pub in Berkley.

She’s kidding of course. The countdown marks the time left before St. Patrick’s Day, the annual holiday many celebrate by bellying up to the bar. But for those tasked with handling the crowds and their beverage orders from behind the bar, it’s a far different experience.

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Published March 7, 2012

Bullying hurts.

It can make someone feel small, rejected, disrespected, stupid, ugly, unloved and unimportant.

While not a new concept — the bullies and bullied have been around for years — it seems to have entered a new realm as an alarming number of youth have responded to bullying in more dramatic ways than society has been accustomed to. Suicide. Violence. Murder.

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Published February 29, 2012

DETROIT — Prep your paws for a whole lot of petting as the annual two-day celebration of all things dog arrives March 3 and 4 with the annual Detroit Kennel Club Dog Shows at Cobo Center.

More than 2,000 dogs representing 167 breeds will be on hand to interact with the public, demonstrate their skills and compete for top prizes.

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