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Published May 19, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Kari Willard was on her way to pick up her son from school the afternoon of May 16 when she noticed a lone female duck at the side of South River Road.

Willard said it appeared as if the duck was in distress, possibly looking for something, simply by the way she was standing.

“Her neck was stretched,” she said. “It didn’t look right.”

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Published May 18, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Last year, three local nonprofit organizations received thousands of dollars in cash donations and advertising as part of C & G Newspapers’ inaugural Community GiveBack contest, and now C & G is teaming up with Suburban Hyundai in Troy once again to offer the program for a second year. 

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Published May 16, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Turning Point Macomb CEO Sue Coats has received multiple awards in her career, but she said she has a special affinity for her most recent award, the National Visionary Voice Award.

“What we do here is look forward,” said Coats, who was nominated to receive the award by the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence. “I’m very honored to have been selected. It’s always nice when your work gets recognized.”

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Published May 16, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — The 27th annual Senior Fun Fest is coming back to give metro Detroit seniors valuable tips on staying healthy and active.

The Senior Fun Fest will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 20 at the Gibraltar Trade Center in Mount Clemens.

The event, organized each year by Macomb Community Action’s Office of Senior Services, will offer a variety of free health screenings, fitness demonstrations, wellness activities, cooking demonstrations and community resource providers, combined with entertainment including live music and bingo.

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Published May 16, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A 21-year-old Macomb Township man was ticketed after he reportedly crashed his car into the rear of a L’Anse Creuse school bus the morning of May 5.

According to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, the school bus was stopped to pick up a student on eastbound 21 Mile Road, near Parklane Court, in Macomb Township at around 8:16 a.m. when the collision occurred. The bus had its red flashers activated at the time of the crash, law enforcement reported.

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Published May 13, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Members of U.S Rep. Candice Miller’s campaign office are at odds with Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco, alleging that recent actions go against their desire for transparency.

Miller campaign spokesperson Jamie Roe alleges that Marrocco refused to disclose alleged conflicts while filing a personal disclosure form.

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Published May 11, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Voters will decide whether or not the Macomb County Veterans Service Department will see increased funding following a millage proposal vote this August.

On May 5, the Macomb County Board of Commissioners approved unanimously the language that will appear on the ballot for the Aug. 2 primary election day vote.

“I’m pleased, because now we can offer more services starting next year, or at least move forward to expanding,” said Laura Rios, director of the Veterans Services Department.

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Published May 11, 2016

Michigan traffic fatalities were up in 2015, keeping in line with what is a national trend. The first months of 2016 also appear to show an increase in traffic deaths, but the provisional numbers change daily.

The harder question to answer is what caused the increase in traffic deaths.

“Things have changed so quickly that we’re just now kind of catching up on the data side,” said Anne Readett, communications manager for the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. “We still have a lot of ground to cover and a lot of progress to make.”

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Published May 9, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Since its inception 13 years ago, participants in the local Save the Manatee 5K race have raised nearly $120,000 for nationwide education and conservation efforts.

Lesley Argiri, a L’Anse Creuse High School biology teacher, leads the way as race director. The 2016 Save the Manatee 5K is scheduled for May 21 at Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township. There is also a 2-mile fun walk and a Mini Manatee Mile that participants can partake in.

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Published May 6, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Members of North Star Sailing Club are getting the season afloat with a series of events planned along the shores of Lake St. Clair.

North Star Sail Club Director Nickie Kowal said things will set sail with a Boater to Boater Sale, a sort of swap meet for boating enthusiasts, May 14-15.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, shoppers will be able to peruse an array of used boating equipment for sale. Table rentals are still available for $25.

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Published May 5, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Some of the Detroit Lions’ most recognizable faces stopped by Tenniswood Elementary School on May 4 to encourage students to adopt healthy habits now for a healthy life later.

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Published May 4, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Tiny pieces of plastic are able to cause a huge headache in the Great Lakes, and they primarily are coming from discarded litter found on the street.

Microplastics are remnants of larger pieces of plastic — like bags, utensils and bottles — that have degraded due to environmental factors into smaller and smaller pieces, according to International Joint Commission Commissioner Dereth Glance.

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Published May 3, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Climate models and existing data suggest that Michigan will be getting warmer in the coming years, with more frequent major storms and humid, stagnant air. A new report suggests that this would bring along a rash of public health concerns for residents as well.

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Published April 29, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Officials from Selfridge Air National Guard Base were joined by Macomb County elected officials on April 22 to break ground on the largest single construction project in the 99-year history of the military airfield.

A $32.6 million jet fuel storage and delivery system is being built at the base, creating a logistical infrastructure that will support all flying operations here.

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Published April 28, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The opening of the Jefferson Avenue bridge in Harrison Township has been delayed another week, a Macomb County Department of Roads official confirmed.

Department of Roads Director Bob Hoepfner said the bridge located over the Clinton River spillway, between Shook and Crocker, is expected to reopen to traffic no earlier than May 6.

The bridge has undergone substantial rehabilitation since February, when it was reduced to one lane. The bridge was closed to traffic on March 23 and was expected to be completed and reopened by April 29.

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Published April 27, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Middle school students in Chippewa Valley Schools could have the option of taking several new exploratory courses starting in the fall of 2017.

Ed Skiba, the district’s assistant superintendent of educational services, presented the new courses to the Board of Education during an April 18 meeting.

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Published April 26, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Even though it’s spring, you can treat your mom to a winter wonderland this Mother’s Day.

The Parade Company Studio in Detroit is opening its doors Mother’s Day weekend, May 6-7, for private, behind-the-scenes tours of its 200,000-square-foot warehouse, which is home to floats, costumes and props used in the annual America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van.

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Published April 25, 2016

WARREN — What looked to be a relatively straightforward race for Macomb County clerk got a lot more interesting at the proverbial eleventh hour.

As the deadline for declared 2016 candidates to withdraw passed at 4 p.m. on April 22, longtime incumbent Macomb County Clerk Carmella Sabaugh had officially withdrawn from the race, ending a six-term, 24-year run in the office.

Her decision leaves Warren City Clerk Paul Wojno, District 9 Macomb County Commissioner Fred Miller and Denise Doherty running for county clerk in the Democratic primary on Aug. 2.

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Published April 25, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — The Let’s Move Festival of Races is coming back to Mount Clemens, Harrison Township and Clinton Township as runners of all ages compete in various events on April 30.

Tracey Moro, one of the organizers, said the race is the culmination of the two-day Health and Fitness Expo, which is being held this year April 28-29 at the ConCorde Inn, 44315 N. Gratiot Ave. in Clinton Township.

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Published April 22, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Much of what makes Michigan unique will be featured Mother’s Day weekend when the Made in Michigan Show hits downtown Mount Clemens.

The annual event, organized by the Downtown Development Authority, is slated to attract more than 60 vendors from across the state May 6-7.

Michelle Weiss, events coordinator for the DDA, said this year’s event will be the biggest and best yet.

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