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Published March 31, 2015

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — “It’s about safety. You hit a pothole, you’re at risk. You swerve around a pothole, you’re at risk and others are at risk.”

Michigan’s deteriorating roads, the dangers they pose and how they can be rectified were the premier topic of discussion during Gov. Rick Snyder’s speaking engagement at the Chamber Alliance of Macomb County’s annual luncheon at MacRay Banquet Center in Harrison Township on March 31.

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Published March 30, 2015

Most auto owners want their cars to go the distance on durability, but it often requires driver diligence to succeed, according to some auto repair businesses.  

According to Hal Collins, owner of Hal’s Auto Clinic in Farmington Hills, his business sees lots of cars with around 200,000 miles on their odometers.

“The manufacturers have done a great job of making the cars more durable,” he said.

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Published March 27, 2015

WARREN — It has become a tradition flanked with its own Paris-like runway. 

Every year, Regina High School parents, students, alumni and friends gather for the school’s annual fashion show that the Regina Mothers Guild sponsors. The goal is to raise money for the school.

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Published March 27, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — When the Second Horizon Club of Mount Clemens formed in 1981, there were more members than Mary Warnick can recall.

“At our highest, we had more than 100 members,” said Warnick, 92, a founding member. “It was very, very popular.”

And a lot of good times were had, with regular gatherings, parties to celebrate milestones or just because, and the Second Horizon Club, which soon became called the Mount Clemens Seniors, was a vibrant asset in the community, giving those involved an opportunity to stay both active and social.

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Published March 26, 2015

Did you, a parent or grandparent fight in World War II, work in a factory to support the war effort, or plant a “victory garden” to feed the family when wartime rationing made things scarce?


If the answer is yes, then we want you, or them.


World War II ended 70 years ago this year with the formal surrender of Japan on Sept. 2, 1945. On May 8, the world will recognize the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, which marked the end of the war in Europe.

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Published March 26, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For more than 300 same-sex couples across the state of Michigan, March 22, 2015, was a very special day, for it marked the one-year anniversary of their weddings.

Their marriages took place in the brief window of time last year after a federal district court judge struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban, but before the state appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court and had that decision put on hold.

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Published March 25, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Native Detroiter Carole Gist made history twice in 1990.

She became the first Miss Michigan to win the title of Miss USA and also the first African-American to win the national pageant held in Wichita, Kansas, that year.

On the morning of March 18, Gist talked about her pageant days to female students at Clintondale High School. She even brought her Miss USA crown and sash.

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Published March 25, 2015

This is a photograph of Del Reese, whose route to deliver dairy products for Miller Brothers Creamery included Mount Clemens and Utica.

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Published March 25, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” the revered poet and playwright said that “all the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”


More than 400 years later, that quote can be attributed to something more traditional and commonplace: interior design and real estate.


Home staging is arguably more popular than it’s ever been before. The process of preparing a home to make it more appealing to potential buyers has become vital to those who sell homes.

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Published March 25, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Let’s face it: When it comes to snapping prom photos, seniors are probably more concerned with what their Instagram feed will look like than how the actual printed photos will turn out.

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Published March 24, 2015

LANSING — Third time’s the charm.


At least that’s what Matthew Falk is hoping when it comes to Logan’s Law, a bipartisan bill his own dog helped to inspire.


Michigan Rep. Paul Muxlow, R-Brown City, reintroduced the legislation to the Michigan House of Representatives on March 17 in hopes of getting support from the House and eventually the Senate to create a registry database for convicted animal abusers.

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Published March 23, 2015

The spring starts a new season of construction, but awareness could keep drivers from being barraged by sights of barrels during their commutes — or at least let them plan for a longer drive.

Oakland and Macomb counties’ road commissions have announced several upcoming projects for the spring and beyond.

According to Bob Hoepfner, director of the Macomb County Department of Roads, his agency plans to do about $42 million in roadwork this construction season.

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Published March 19, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel is once again asking motorists to call 911 to report damage-causing potholes so the Department of Roads can get to them in a timely manner.

Hackel said the change in weather this time of year wreaks havoc on the county’s already deteriorating roadways. To help the transition of the seasons, as well as regular commuting, go more smoothly, he wants the potholes that are now popping up on area roadways to be taken care of immediately.

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Published March 18, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Three L’Anse Creuse High School North students have been given three years of probation, and each must attend sex offender management classes for their involvement in a sexting case involving a 15-year-old girl last year.

Macomb County Circuit Court Judge James Biernat told each of the three defendants that they could have spent many years in jail for their actions last November.

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Published March 17, 2015

Lego lovers rejoice.

Michigan’s first and only attraction based on the world-famous Lego brick is coming to Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills next year.

The schedule calls for construction to begin this summer on Legoland Discovery Center Michigan and for the project to be completed in spring 2016, according to an announcement by Merlin Entertainment, which operates Legoland attractions worldwide.

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Published March 16, 2015

ROCHESTER — After years of fading into the background, the sounds of bells, whistles, digitized music and flippers hitting pinballs are coming back.


That old arcade mainstay has seen breaths of new life during the past few years, and enthusiasts around metro Detroit are helping put pinball machines back into the spotlight with local leagues running throughout the year, and a four-day annual event — the Michigan Pinball Expo — scheduled for April.

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Published March 16, 2015

A car with chipping, scratches, fading or worse cannot hide under winter grime forever, but repainting options exist just in time for a spring makeover. 

Allan Edwards, owner of Maaco Collision Repair & Auto Painting in Shelby Township, said drivers get their cars repainted for a number of reasons, such as collision work, corrosion restoration or a simple refreshing.

“A lot of times, they’ve just got older cars looking pretty bland,” he said. “Sometimes they want to do a totally different color.”

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Published March 11, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — As of Feb. 23, L’Anse Creuse Public Schools has used five of the six allotted cancellation days for the school year. And there’s still one and a half weeks of winter left.

A mid-winter cold snap caused temperatures to plummet below zero, so students in L’Anse Creuse Public Schools got a five-day weekend from Feb. 19-23.

But if the district exceeds that maximum mark, it will be forced to make it up at the end of the year, just like last school year.

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Published March 11, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — A Detroit man sustained minor injuries after an alleged road rage incident on Interstate 94 Feb. 27.

According to Macomb County Sheriff’s officials, at approximately 10 p.m. that night, a Chesterfield Township couple got into an argument with the driver of a silver Dodge Charger, who was reportedly driving erratically and swerving in and out of lanes on eastbound I-94 in Roseville.

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Published March 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — A few years ago, when Jason Davidson’s hair was completely shaved off during the St. Baldrick’s Foundation cancer fundraiser, a young girl battling the illness came up to him and said “thank you.”


Touched by her words, “It was hard to come up with a response,” Davidson said.

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