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Published June 4, 2016

METRO DETROIT — While there’s plenty of fun to be had on Michigan’s abundance of lakes and rivers this summer, there are also many potential dangers that can be easily avoided.

Local emergency personnel say that by following the rules of the water, all can enjoy a safe boating season this year.

“It comes down to common sense,” said Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham. “Be aware of your surroundings.”

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Published June 3, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Lucille Grewe was born in 1912 in Buckner, Illinois, the third child of German immigrants Ernst and Bertha Grewe.

“It was a very small town in southern Illinois,” said Grewe, a Harrison Township resident for the past 37 years. “I used to eat a lot of vegetables from my mother’s garden.”

This fact, she said, may be why she recently celebrated her 104th birthday June 2 in perfectly good health.

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Published June 2, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A Macomb County Sheriff’s Office deputy sustained minor injuries during an arrest of an attempted robbery suspect in the city of Mount Clemens May 29.

According to the crime report released by Capt. David Kennedy, deputies were dispatched to F&A Beauty Supply, 1142 S. Gratiot Ave., at 3:45 p.m. in response to an armed robbery in progress.

Witnesses state that the male suspect entered the business and immediately produced a pistol from his waistband, at which time an employee fled the store and the suspect gave chase.

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Published May 28, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — A local businessman is planning to expand his reputation in the local boat sales and service trade with a proposed new marina development on an area of vacant land at the northeast corner of Metropolitan Parkway and Prentiss Street.

During a May 19 Harrison Township Planning Commission Meeting, Tom Raguso, owner of Sundog Marina/Sun Sport Marine on South River Road, presented his vision for a piece of 795 feet of frontage just west of Lake St. Clair Metropark.

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Published May 27, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The county’s new $30 million pump station was unveiled during a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Harrison Township May 19.

Located at 35029 Union Lake Road, the new pumping station — an essential part of the Macomb-Oakland Sewer Interceptor Project — replaces an aged and temporary pumping station built in 1973.

The Clintondale Pump Station works to protect consumers’ basements from flooding while also enabling continued population growth and economic development in the eastern part of Macomb County, according to officials.

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Published May 27, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — The area’s most creative artists will have their unique work on display along Macomb Place during the 34th annual Mount Clemens Art Fair.

Presented by the Anton Art Center, the art fair, which is free and open to the public, will be held June 4-5.

More than 40 artists and vendors will be on hand displaying all forms of art media, including ceramics, fiber, painting, photography, jewelry, metalwork, illustrations and more. The Art Fair will award $1,000 in prizes to participating artists.

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Published May 24, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb Food Program recently received more than 300,000 pounds of food thanks to the 24th annual National Association of Letter Carriers and U.S. Postal Service Food Drive.

The May 14 countywide drive netted a total of 500,000 pounds of food. The food helps feed families, seniors, veterans, children and the homeless throughout the county.

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Published May 23, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office launched a two-week enforcement campaign aimed at encouraging seatbelt usage.

The Click it or Ticket initiative runs from May 23 through June 5.

During the two-week enforcement period, the sheriff’s office will be teaming up with officers from Chesterfield Township, Clinton Township, Eastpointe, Fraser, Richmond, St. Clair Shores, Sterling Heights and Utica.

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Published May 23, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Officials with Macomb County Habitat for Humanity want your unwanted working push mowers.

Habitat President and CEO Helen Hicks said that with the spring season in full swing and summer just around the corner, they are in desperate need to maintain the landscaping at the two main properties, as well as at the 22 Habitat homes currently under construction.

Push mowers are specifically desired, as they easily fit in the group’s trailers.

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Published May 21, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Though it’s still 15 months away, anticipation for the 2017 Team Selfridge Centennial Open House and Air Show is palpable.

Dozens gathered May 17 outside the base’s Military Air Museum to hear Brig. Gen. John D. Slocum announce the plethora of events planned for next summer and leading up to the open house and air show Aug. 19-20.

“This is an event 100 years in the making,” said Slocum, commander of the 127th Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. “It’s an exciting time here at Selfridge.”

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Published May 19, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Five juveniles were arrested and a sixth was still being sought at press time in connection with a large-scale theft of guns, cellphones and jewelry at the Gibraltar Trade Center and elsewhere around Mount Clemens, Macomb County sheriff’s officials reported.

According to a report, deputies were dispatched to two separate vendor sites inside the Gibraltar Trade Center, 237 N. River Road in Mount Clemens, on May 17 after it was determined that both vendors had experienced thefts several days prior.

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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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