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Published December 7, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Kurt Strevel was going about his business while on his normal route of delivering food to residents as part of the Meals on Wheels program when suddenly he had to change plans.

His truck that he was driving that day this past January broke down, but that didn’t stop Strevel from finishing his route.

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Published December 5, 2015

HARRISON TOWNSHIP/MOUNT CLEMENS — A trio of longtime Harrison Township firefighters have taken their passion for saving lives outside the fire station.

After a bit of research, Bob Mlynarek, Jason Groth and Mike Barnhard teamed up much like they do on any emergency call and opened Preferred Care at Home, an in-home care company based in Mount Clemens.

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Published December 3, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel filled the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts with positive vibes as he presented his fifth State of the County address on Dec. 2.

Hackel, standing in front of a large video screen that flashed photos, videos and impressive stats throughout the 45-minute address, delved into the county’s achievements in recent years and its thrilling future.

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Published December 2, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — The county has lost what it deems as one of its most vital pieces of defense weaponry.

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Published November 30, 2015

METRO DETROIT — About 20 members of the Osak family, their friends and supporters packed into vans and headed to the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly last December.

They went to honor Edward John Osak Sr., the family’s patriarch, a Warren resident who had served honorably as an infantryman in the U.S. Army during World War II. Osak had remained as sharp as a tack through the years. He’d kept his wit, was spry enough to bowl and continued to be an ardent supporter of veterans until his death, just days after his 90th birthday in September 2014.

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Published November 28, 2015

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Members of the Harrison Township Firefighters Union 1737 will he holding their annual Donuts with Santa event while simultaneously kicking off their Giving Tree program Dec. 5.

Firefighter Erik Evans said the event is always an enjoyable experience for the entire family.

“There will be free coffee, juice and doughnuts, and the children can meet with Santa and tell him what they want this year and get their picture taken,” said Evans. “It’s always a lot of fun.”

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Published November 27, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — “It’s one of the best streets in Mount Clemens.”

That’s how Marti Ellyson-Defer described the street chosen for this year’s 11th annual Christmas Walk, hosted by the Bath City Association of Mount Clemens.

The Dec. 10 walk will feature seven homes, which ticket buyers can tour while each homeowner describes their family’s Christmas traditions and the story behind their unique decorating ideas.

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Published November 24, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — It won’t be long before the Potters Market opens its doors for business.

Now in its 40th year, the Potters Market will feature around 35,000 pieces by 140 potters. They’re made to the show’s exacting standards, including many in the $5-$30 price range. It’s an event where you never know what you’ll see next, since the selection changes as items are sold and new items take their place. 

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Published November 23, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Not quite finished with your holiday shopping at the end of Black Friday? Well, there’s more time, as well as more deals and even some fun to be had on Small Business Saturday Nov. 28.

In Mount Clemens, many of the small business owners that operate in the downtown area agree that while Small Business Saturday gives them that extra boost in revenue, it’s simply just a fun day.

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Published November 23, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — William S. Donaldson established a blacksmith shop on Front Street in Mount Clemens in 1862. This business is what grew into the Donaldson Bros. Foundry in 1865 when William partnered with his brother, Andrew.

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Published November 19, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Law enforcement officials with the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office are looking for a possibly armed man who robbed a Mount Clemens bank this afternoon.

According to the sheriff’s officials, the suspect entered the Talmer Bank at 100 N. Main Street at 1:35 p.m. The suspect reportedly produced a note that implied that he was robbing the bank and that he had a bomb.

No weapon was seen, the report states.

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Published November 18, 2015

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Nov. 9 announced that it is providing $20 million in new funding for major Great Lakes Restoration Initiative projects in the Clinton River Area of Concern (AOC).

Senior Advisor to the EPA Administrator Cameron Davis was joined by U.S. Rep. Sander Levin, D-Royal Oak; U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township; and representatives of the grantees outside Harbor Club South Apartments near the Clinton River spillway, which connects the two congressional districts.

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Published November 18, 2015

LANSING — During the Nov. 3 election that included races for many city, village and township decision-makers’ seats in Oakland and Macomb counties, only about 20 percent of registered voters cast their ballots across both counties, according to the respective county clerks’ offices.

Hoping to get a better turnout at the polls on election days, state Rep. Robert Wittenberg, D-Oak Park, introduced a resolution Nov. 3 that asks the U.S. Congress to make Election Day a national holiday. Such a move would give voters the day off from work and school.

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Published November 17, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Police arrested a 23-year-old man after he allegedly stole a car out of Mount Clemens and led sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase through the streets of the city Nov. 12.

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Published November 16, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — A new date for the Macomb County Santa Parade means the event will be a little bit longer this year and there will be more new floats and participants, one organizer said.

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Published November 15, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/HARRISON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — L’Anse Creuse Public Schools’ performing arts program has quite a treat in store with its upcoming production of “Mary Poppins” Nov. 20-21.

Director Kirk Erickson said the show is so large and entails so much “magic” that they began preparing for it at the start of the school year.

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Published November 13, 2015

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP —Hundreds of veterans came out to take a stroll through history — and to be recognized for their contributions to it — during a Veterans Day event at Stahls Automotive Museum in Chesterfield Township.

Veterans of the U.S. armed forces, accompanied by family members, friends and supporters, toured the museum on Nov. 11 during special hours set aside to honor those who served their country in times of conflict and peace.

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Published November 13, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — On the morning of Nov. 11, 1918, after four years of war, Allied and German powers met in Rethondes, France, to sign an armistice that halted the hostilities of World War I.

The agreement was signed and went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month that year, bringing to an end the carnage of what has been referred to as the Great War (the war that many thought to be the war to end all wars).

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Published November 13, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — A known felon from Clinton Township was arrested Nov. 9 after he allegedly brandished what turned out to be a stolen gun on school property.

Macomb County Sheriff’s Lt. John Michalke said deputies were called to Mount Clemens High School, 155 Cass Ave., at 1:45 p.m. after receiving a call about a man with a pistol.

The caller told deputies that the man was in a white Chevy Astro van and that it was parked near the football field. Upon arriving at the school, deputies located the van occupied by a man and a woman.

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Published November 11, 2015

TROY/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A singing piano man, a group of dancers chasing their dreams, and a peaceful, easy feeling set the tone for three upcoming shows.

On Nov. 15, Warren resident Marcello Rossi will perform live at the American Polish Cultural Center, 2975 E. Maple Road in Troy. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the show opens at 5:30 p.m. with music from Black Satin.

Rossi’s show begins at 6 p.m., and singing with him will be Broadway singer Nancy Ingles. There will be one intermission, and the show should last until 8 p.m.

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