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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 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 April 5, 2012

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Down in his basement workshop, Phil Ciaramitaro eyes each pickleball paddle that he makes with the kind of craftsman’s eye that working 45 years as a machinist will give you.

For the last two years, he’s been selling his paddles, each like an oversized ping-pong paddle and each bearing the letters PAC — both his initials and brand name. If it has his name on it, he has to be happy with it, he explained.

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Published April 5, 2012

MOUNT CLEMENS — The ongoing efforts to keep Mount Clemens filled with Michigan’s native trees have not gone unnoticed.

For the 26th year, the city of nearly 20,000 residents and many, many more trees has been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to urban forestry.

The Arbor Day Foundation is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees.

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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 15, 2012

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — A report released by the National Transportation Safety Board last week revealed that the wing walker who fell to his death during a failed stunt last summer moved too quickly and was unable to correct himself in time.

Ann Arbor stuntman Todd Green fell 150 feet in front of 75,000 spectators during the Selfridge Air Show on Aug. 21.

NTSB investigators say the helicopter that Green was moving onto wasn’t in position when the 48-year-old reached for it.

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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 8, 2012

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — With the installment of a new gate system at the township’s dog park, township workers will have a more active log of the canines accessing the park.

Township Parks and Recreation Director Linda Walter said the gate system upgrade, which uses plastic key fobs in place of key cards to enter the dog park, will allow them to track in real time who accessed the park. More than 560 people have passes to the park, which is located behind the Clinton Township Adult Senior Life Center on Romeo Plank Road.

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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 March 1, 2012

FRASER — As 9-year-old Jadan Vizino and 8-year-old Jacob Flachsmann shuffled around the boxing ring, exchanging jabs, it was clear that the pair weren’t mad, but rather were focused.

The punches don’t hurt, Flachsmann said later. Once you’ve boxed a few times, you get used to them.

“It’s real fun,” he added. “You have to be real fast. You have to move a lot.”

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Published March 1, 2012

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The second night of action in the girls basketball state playoffs saw a pair of local teams lose while another advanced to a district final.

Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse lost 28-24 in a Class A district semifinal to Fraser High on Feb. 29, the same night that Clinton Township Clintondale fell 63-48 in Class B to Richmond. Mount Clemens High, meanwhile, won its second game of the playoffs by defeating Madison Heights Madison 74-8 in a Class C semifinal.

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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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Published February 2, 2012

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — For Nancy Coon, it’s therapy. For Sharon Grates, it’s an artistic outlet. For both women, Half Baked, their Harrison Township bake shop, gift shop and eatery, is a dream come true.

“We met the just after high school and have been friends ever since,” said Coon, a resident of St. Clair Shores. “We’ve always talked about doing something like this.”

Shortly after her husband passed away in an accident, Coon decided it was time she and Grates followed through with their lifelong plan.

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Published January 26, 2012

MOUNT CLEMENS — There’s no denying the fact that the building that currently houses the Emerald Theatre in Mount Clemens is multifarious.

Since it was built in 1921, Macomb County’s biggest entertainment attraction on North Walnut Street has been a vaudeville venue, a movie theater, a night club and a concert hall.

Now, a group of Mount Clemens business owners and residents wants to transform the Emerald Theatre into something that the group says will create more foot traffic in the area and bring a lot more attention to what the city has to offer.

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Published January 26, 2012

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Visiting a public library doesn’t usually bring the prospect of hearing live music to mind.

Since 2003, however, the Clinton-Macomb Public Library in Clinton Township has been treating its patrons to a one-Sunday-a-month concert series during the winter and spring months. The concert series, named Music at Main for its location at the library system’s Main Branch on Romeo Plank Road, regularly attracts around 150 people.

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Published January 25, 2012

Public schools keep religion out of the forefront of education, but many parents want to see religious education, traditions and beliefs at the center of their child’s learning environment.

Those parents can choose schools that keep faith the focus.

Religious schools take several steps to ensure faith ideals are conveyed inside and outside the classroom, including daily religious services.

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Published December 14, 2011

After Shelby Township crafter Margie Conn waged a successful battle against breast cancer, she decided to use her skills to help others.

“I had to give back,” she said. “I got involved with Relay for Life. I am always looking for a way to contribute.”

The winner of the first C & G Newspapers Holiday Craft Contest, Conn received 245 votes for her repurposed cigar box, decorated with keys and memorabilia. Crafting the decorative storage boxes involves weeks of work layering paints and resin.

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Published December 14, 2011

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Security personnel at Selfridge Air National Guard Base moved into a completely renovated facility this past month and celebrated the improvements with state and base officials during a Dec. 4 ceremony.

The 127th Security Forces Squadron (SFS), which provides security and law enforcement services to the base, will utilize the renovated facility that now includes an armory, a holding cell and other security-related features.

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Published December 7, 2011

Looking for a few more gifts on your holiday shopping list? Choosing a Michigan-made item or purchasing from a small, local business can be a win-win — recipients get to unwrap something unique, while shoppers help boost Michigan’s economy.

“If we’re going to make an impact with our dollars, this is the biggest impact we can have — at this time of the year,” said Lisa Diggs, founder of Buy Michigan Now.

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