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Published May 10, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Three longtime L’Anse Creuse Public Schools educators were inducted into the district’s Hall of Distinction April 25: James L. Dooley, Dr. Joan E. Garbarino and John “Jack” C. Hart.

Dooley, a teacher, coach and principal, is considered a “visionary” who strived for the best possible education for all students and settled for nothing less.

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Published May 8, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — Detectives with the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office have released a sketch of the suspect involved in the April 21 home break-in and assault of a woman in Mount Clemens.

Investigators hope someone will recognize the man in the sketch and contact the detective bureau.

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Published May 6, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/HARRISON TOWNSHIP — What’s old is becoming new again.

That was a repeated sentiment about Selfridge Air National Guard Base during Brig. Gen. John Slocum’s May 1 town hall meeting at the Clinton-Macomb Public Library.

Phil Rode, of the Clinton Township Kiwanis, one of the sponsors of the town hall along with the Macomb YMCA, said that as a lifelong resident of Macomb County, he recalls the feelings of excitement he would get whenever he’d hear a Selfridge jet fly through the air.

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Published May 3, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY/DETROIT — The Detroit Institute of Arts will be holding Macomb County Day on May 6, offering free round-trip bus rides to the museum for all county residents.

The service is part of County Days, offered twice a year for people living in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. County Days are made possible by millage support from tri-county residents, said DIA Program Manager Julie McFarland.

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Published April 29, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — Open season at the Mount Clemens Farmers Market starts May 6.

For the past 38 years, the popular local market located at 141 N. River Road has been one of the area’s most highly anticipated signature staples that keeps customers eating fresh while supporting Michigan-based farmers.

Pearl Romberg, a longtime vendor, board member and farmer, said she’s looking forward to getting back to the market and seeing her regular customers’ smiling faces again.

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Published April 27, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Both Gov. Rick Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley made remarks during a recent Macomb Chamber Alliance event that Macomb County has been instrumental in Michigan’s economic rebound in recent years.

“Not long ago, Michigan was at the top of any list you want to be at the bottom of, and the bottom of any list you want to be at the top of,” Calley said. “Macomb County has been in the middle of our comeback. Macomb County is responsible for bringing Michigan back.”

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Published April 26, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Teens in Macomb County will soon be flocking to prom, while others will be saying their final goodbyes at graduation.

Local officials and community leaders want to make the message clear: You can have fun without alcohol.

On April 18 at the Clinton Township Police Department, politicians, members of law enforcement, and three groups of Chippewa Valley High School and Dakota High School students discussed the dangers of alcohol abuse among teens.

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Published April 26, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — The seventh annual McLaren Let’s Move Festival of Races will take off in downtown Mount Clemens April 29 with a series of challenging runs for people of all skill levels.

For the first time in its seven-year history, proceeds from the McLaren Let’s Move Festival of Races, organized by the Macomb Health and Fitness Foundation, will be donated to deserving and worthwhile local charitable causes — the Macomb Food Program and CARE House of Macomb County.

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Published April 26, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — A local nonprofit organization, well-known for helping build homes for those in need, is presently in need itself. 

Macomb County Habitat for Humanity is looking for someone to donate a 12-foot box truck for its ongoing deconstruction needs.

Macomb Habitat President and CEO Helen Hicks said the need is critical.

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Published April 26, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — Art created by local high school, middle school and elementary school students will be on display during the Anton Art Center’s Resident Art Exhibit, running through May 20.

Phil Gilchrist, director of the Mount Clemens-based art studio, said this is the first exhibit of its kind since receiving a $50,000 grant in 2015 to enhance art education at Mount Clemens Community Schools.

“This is the first time we’ve undertaken a project like this,” said Gilchrist. 

But it was the idea all along.

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Published April 24, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — At press time, detectives with the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office were searching for the suspect who broke into a home in Mount Clemens April 21 and assaulted the female resident.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said deputies were called to the home in the 500 block of Clinton River Drive at 8:41 a.m.

According to the report, the 36-year-old victim had returned home after dropping off her children at school and saw her husband off to work at around 8:30 a.m. 

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Published April 24, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger was fined $100 by the Ethics Board after the board found that she had violated an ordinance that prohibits nonemployees from obtaining access to the county’s computer system.

The decision, made during the board’s regular April 19 meeting, was also made based on evidence that she allowed a non-county employee to work in an employee capacity.

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Published April 21, 2017

The Society of Professional Journalists, Detroit Chapter, honored 10 C & G Newspapers staffers with 14 awards at the annual awards ceremony April 19.

Staff Photographer Deb Jacques garnered four awards in Feature Photography — first place, “Penguin exhibit opens”; second place, “Summer fun”; third place, “Waste not”; and honorable mention, “Afghanistan veteran triple amputee honored.”

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Published April 19, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County officials are concerned that a $1.1 trillion budget proposal released by White House officials last month will ultimately result in reductions at the county level.

The budget proposes a $54 billion increase in defense spending that will be “offset by targeted reductions elsewhere.”

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Published April 18, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb Community College student Mallory Burr made a promise to her late mother before she died: to stay in school.

“When I lost my mom in 2016, everything changed for me, and I was nearly forced to drop out of school because of growing financial pressures. But before she passed, I promised my mom I would finish school, so I turned to the scholarship program for help,” Burr, 21, said in a prepared statement.

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Published April 18, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Even though April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, most of us already know that disturbing sexual crimes take place in our communities more often than we’d like to believe.

So this month, law enforcement officials, legislators and advocates against violence are taking the opportunity to promote what people can do when they suspect that their neighbors are victims of sexual assault.

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Published April 14, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — Seven locations in downtown Mount Clemens are currently harboring high-quality reproductions of masterpieces from the Detroit Institute Arts’ collection.

Through the Inside|Out program, now in its eighth year, the art reproductions will be on display for the next three months, said Jillian Reese, the DIA’s community relations program manager.

The first piece of art, titled “View of Le Crotoy, from Upstream,” by Georges Seurat, was installed outside the Anton Art Center on April 10.

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Published April 12, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Macomb County Sheriff’s Office investigators want the public’s help in identifying a man who robbed the CVS Pharmacy on Crocker Boulevard in Harrison Township on April 7.

According to Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, at approximately 8:48 p.m., a black man, described as in his early 20s and approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, jumped the counter of the pharmacy and took three bottles of cough syrup containing codeine.

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Published April 12, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb County Office of Public Works recently removed about 100 signs bearing the name of former Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco from pump houses, retention ponds, drains and other facilities around the county.

New Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller directed drain maintenance workers with the office to remove the signs bearing the name of her predecessor as they come across them in the normal routine of their duties.

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Published April 12, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — A popular Harrison Township Fire Department tradition is returning the day before Easter.

After a two-year hiatus, the Firefighters Local 1737 is bringing back its free Easter egg hunt to the L’Anse Creuse High School football field on April 15. Events including children’s activities, crafts, and visits and photos with the Easter Bunny and Sparky the Fire Dog begin at 10 a.m.

The Easter egg hunt begins promptly at 11 a.m.

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