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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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Published December 7, 2011

This holiday season, the population of Casey and Tara Colussi’s household tripled.

For five days over Thanksgiving, the Troy couple, who has two children, hosted Casey’s parents, sister, brother-in-law, two nephews and two family friends.

It was the second installment of what’s become a holiday tradition for the Colussis, and though their recent move to a larger home eased the congestion somewhat, “even with the extra space, it’s a pleasant chaos, is always the best way to describe it,” laughed Casey.

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Published October 26, 2011

In Stephen King’s horror novel “The Shining,” a small, dysfunctional family moves into an old and insidious hotel for the winter after the family patriarch, Jack Torrance, is hired as the caretaker during the off-season.

No spoilers here, but anyone who has read the book or seen the Stanley Kubrick movie knows the disturbing and tragic things that occur during the course of the family’s stay.

It’s a perfect story for anyone who likes a good scare.

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Published October 13, 2011

What’s your favorite apple?

“The last one I ate.”

Ed Robinette doesn’t even hesitate to give that cheeky yet appropriate reply to what is surely one of his favorite questions. He is, after all, raising 23 varieties of apples on his family farm in Grand Rapids. That’s a lot of options. But it barely breaks the surface.

“There’s so much diversity in the apple crop in Michigan — there are literally thousands of varieties,” Robinette said.

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Published September 26, 2011

MOUNT CLEMENS — When she was younger, Loretta Clark didn’t really enjoy learning history. But now that she’s retired, she can’t get enough of it.

“I just find it so interesting,” she said. “In school, I didn’t think to have that type of interest in history, and now, I have that interest.”

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Published September 14, 2011

Everyone needs it. Most don’t get enough of it. And for those it eludes, it may become an obsession.

With the end of summer, students back in school and shorter days, people’s routines may be a little light on a valuable commodity: sleep.

Less than half of people get it in the quantity and quality their bodies need, said Dr. Gary Trock, and disorders minor and severe can hinder what should be an act that occurs effortlessly and in abundance.

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Published September 13, 2011

PONTIAC — Franklin-Bingham Fire Chief Tony Averbuch was overcome with emotion during his speech at the Oakland County Sept. 11 Remembrance Ceremony Sept. 11.

Averbuch, who’s been in the fire service for two decades, was a part of a disaster response unit that deployed to ground zero in New York City in the days immediately following the terrorist attacks.

Only a few words into his keynote address during the ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks, Averbuch broke down.

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Published August 24, 2011

DETROIT — There’s nothing quite like the thrill of seeing a show on Broadway in New York, but for the last five decades, the Fisher Theatre has come awfully close to replicating that experience.

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Published July 18, 2011

MOUNT CLEMENS — Mount Clemens Community Schools officials are making it pretty tough for local parents to not want to send their children to school in the district for the 2011-2012 year.

According to interim Superintendent Phil Easter, the district is adding more bus routes to its plan to try to accommodate as many current and future students as possible.

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