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Published March 6, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Do you have what it takes to be a World War II paratrooper?

Wait, back up. Let’s not even get into the fighting they encountered. That’s a separate issue, one you’re certainly not prepared for.

The same goes for their basic training. Suffice it to say it was grueling, agonizing and spread over weeks. It wasn’t for the faint of heart, mind, body or spirit.

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Published March 4, 2015

One of the best parts of parenthood, for many, is that for a few precious years the refrigerator will never be lacking in color.

Artwork created by little ones is not only a point of pride for caregivers and educators — it’s also an important part of a child’s early learning and development.

Pam Rush, owner of The Learning Experience daycare and preschool center in Shelby Township, has been integrating art into the curriculum for 25 years.

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Published March 4, 2015

Right now, there are likely several inches of snow piled up on at least a portion of your deck or patio.

But what will you find when it melts?

Flaking paint chips and nail pops on your wooden deck, moss and weeds starting to grow between brick pavers, or worse.

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Published March 4, 2015

DETROIT — Since he was a child, Mount Clemens resident Wayne Glasser has dreamed of entering a car in Detroit Autorama.

“I can remember as a little kid going to Autorama with my dad and always wanting to enter a car, and now I’m finally able to,” said Glasser. “I was able to convince my dad to bring his 1973 Corvette down to Autorama, and even my 11-year-old daughter, Ashlyn, is excited to go to the show to see the car under the lights.”

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Published March 3, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In an effort to help get the Clinton River watershed off the Great Lakes Area of Concern list, the Environmental Protection Agency has pledged $20 million to fund 11 projects throughout the watershed over the next three years.

“This is a big deal for the watershed,” said Jennifer Tewkesbury, of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes.

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Published March 2, 2015

While millions of Michiganders shiver through the winter, other people have temporarily fled for warmer climates down south.

But auto experts say those who choose to travel to more affable temperatures by car should pay attention to the challenges that both colder and warmer weather may bring to the road and to the vehicle.

According to AAA Michigan Public Affairs Director Susan Hiltz, Michigan has quite a few “snowbirds” who dwell in the southern states during the winter months.

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Published February 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — By now, schools should be putting the final topping on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new nutritional standards in the national school lunch and breakfast programs.

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Published February 26, 2015

You know, not all beloved pets let out a woof or a purr.

Some of the very best friends have scales, tails or even eight legs. The world of small pets is vast, and it can also be pretty darn convenient for on-the-go animal owners who don’t have tons of time to devote to a little pal.

Mike Palmer, owner of Premier Pet Supply in Beverly Hills, said there can be lots of benefits to owning a smaller animal like a hamster, a gerbil or — believe it or not — a rat.

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Published February 25, 2015

NOVI — Coming in on the heels of the Detroit Boat Show, the eighth annual Cottage and Lakefront Living Show taking place this week in Novi will reinforce the belief of many Michiganders that the state’s spring and summer months are the best in the country.

The Great Lakes State offers almost unending choices of outdoor recreational activities during the warmer months — though ice fishing during the winter also has a huge following — and that especially holds true for those who live or own a cottage on one of those great bodies of water.

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Published February 25, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Two longtime Mount Clemens residents were recognized by the city for shedding a positive light on the community — the result of two lives well lived.

Retired teacher Thelma Ullrich and Bill Mangan, owner of Mangan’s Irish Hut, were honored during a Feb. 9 Mount Clemens City Commission meeting. Here is a look back at their lives.

Thelma Ullrich

Thelma Ullrich was born and raised in Mount Clemens and graduated from Mount Clemens High School.

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Published February 25, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called for civil rights supporters to meet in Selma, Alabama, in March 1965 for a peaceful march, Detroit homemaker Viola Liuzzo didn’t hesitate.

The white activist felt so strongly about the Civil Rights Movement that she left her five children and husband, got in her Oldsmobile, and made the trip to demonstrate for the rights of black Americans.

It ultimately cost Liuzzo her life when she was gunned down by members of the Ku Klux Klan.

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Published February 24, 2015

As temperatures recently fell below zero across metro Detroit, the arctic air has taken a toll on some vehicles too, according to AAA.

AAA Michigan Public Affairs Director Susan Hiltz said her association has seen an increase in service calls during a particularly cold night and morning following the Valentine’s Day weekend and culminating on Presidents’ Day, the Monday afterward.

“We had a 154 percent increase in the morning for service calls compared to the same time period last week,” Hiltz said.

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Published February 18, 2015

In the last decade, Safe Kids Worldwide Director of U.S. Programs Tareka Wheeler said that there has been a 31 percent increase in the number of children who have been killed or injured by TV tip-overs.

“We know we can prevent these things. Many families just don’t think about it. It’s an emerging issue — we call it a hidden hazard — in homes, but there are simple things families can do,” Wheeler said.

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Published February 18, 2015

Heavy layers of clothes, heavy layers of snow and heavy layers of blankets.

It’s no wonder that when it comes to food, many diners are longing for something that’s anything but heavy.

As soon as temperatures begin to take a dive in September, restaurants start pulling out their repertoire of comfort food recipes chock full of spices, rich flavors and hearty ingredients designed to keep your tummy full and your body warm.

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Published February 17, 2015

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Since voters approved a tax-funded public library in August 2014, longtime volunteers and supporters have seen considerable change.

It’s all positive, of course.

Volunteer Director Melissa Goins said since the Harrison Township Public Library became part of the Suburban Library Cooperative on Oct. 1, 2014 — a move that allows card holders the ability to use all 23 participating libraries — not only has circulation increased greatly, so has the number of card holders.

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Published February 17, 2015

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Published February 16, 2015

A Detroit man’s hours-long walking work commute is over now that he can put his foot on the accelerator of a new Ford Taurus, courtesy of Suburban Ford of Sterling Heights.

James Robertson, who regularly walked more than 20 miles when he ventured out to his Rochester Hills employer and back to his Detroit home because he owned no car, recently shared his story to local media.

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Published February 11, 2015

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — State transportation officials last week announced a $1.6 million grant that will ultimately support job growth in Macomb County.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced it will award the Transportation Development Funds (TEDF) grant to support expansion at Yanfeng USA Automotive Trim Systems, which plans to renovate a previously vacant building on Executive Drive in Harrison Township. The expansion is expected to create 519 new jobs

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Published February 11, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS/HARRISON TOWNSHIP — For a second time this winter, Mother Nature left Macomb County in a sea of white.

And at press time last week, there was plenty more snow in the forecast.

According to the National Weather Service, the snow and wind that stormed through much of the Midwest and east coast Feb. 1-2 left Michigan’s southeastern region with anywhere from 9.2 inches in Flint in Genesee County to 16.7 inches at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Wayne County.

It’s being called the worst snow storm in metro Detroit in 40 years.

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