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Published February 14, 2012

ROSEVILLE — The brightly woven canvases on display at the Roseville Public Library this month are much more than just colorful pieces of art — they’re stories.

They’re forgotten stories of how slaves rose up against adversity to create an identity when society was determined to keep them from having one.

They’re the stories Roseville resident Virginia Bryant-Hernandez grew up listening to her father tell and the stories of her people that were passed down from generation to generation.

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Published February 3, 2012

EASTPOINTE — Immobile seniors living in the upper levels at Chester Berry Manor in Eastpointe were still stranded in their homes as elevator repairs continued last week.

The elevator has been out since Jan. 24, when during an annual load inspection, it was discovered that one of the pistons was leaking and rusted. The piston was removed Jan. 30 and work continued as scheduled through press time.

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Published February 3, 2012

ROSEVILLE — At a Jan. 31 assembly, students at Eastland Middle School in Roseville got a small lesson in recent history and learned a lot about compassion and kindness.

“Rachel’s Challenge is all about the life of Rachel Scott, who was the first student killed during the Columbine shooting in 1999, on April 20,” said speaker Bill Sanders. “After she died, her family found six diaries that she had left, and they were just amazed and overwhelmed with the wisdom they found in those diaries.”

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Published January 31, 2012

EASTPOINTE — They meet once a month to show off their latest projects.

They trade tips, share techniques and offer feedback.

They’re a club — the Warren chapter of the International Plastic Modelers Society — and at monthly meetings, their work is appreciated, not just for the outcome, but the time and detail that went into it.

For many members, though, they’re more than just a club — over the years, they’ve become more like a brotherhood, a group of old pals, always there to welcome each other with a friendly smile.

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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 January 23, 2012

EASTPOINTE — Tucked away in the basement of an office building at Stephens and Gratiot, the little Polish folk art store isn’t often busy.

Most days are pretty quiet with only a handful of longtime supporters and a few local dance groups making up the majority of customers.

The volunteers who keep this place running love it when customers do stop in, but even on days when there are none, they keep pretty busy.

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Published January 18, 2012

EASTPOINTE — Eastpointe held its annual State of the City address during a luncheon sponsored by the Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce Jan 9 at Eastpointe Manor.

Despite tough economic times, speakers at the luncheon remained optimistic about the city’s future while telling the story of its struggles.

Mayor Suzanne Pixley spoke first.

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Published January 11, 2012

Long before Lassie and Rin Tin Tin stole the hearts of Americans everywhere, there was Owney the Mail Dog.

He wasn’t a television star — he predated TV, actually — but he saw fame across the country and was met with news photographers almost everywhere he went — and he went a lot of places.

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Published December 19, 2011

ROSEVILLE — It’s a new bakery in a remodeled ice cream parlor. The décor is clean, yet inviting, and the sweets that line the shelves of the display counter add a splash of color that stands out against the black-and-white checkered floor.

Here, the cakes and cupcakes look as good as they taste. Some of them could be straight out of a Dr. Seuss book with brightly colored, smooth fondant finishes topped with edible flowers, colorful swirls, crumb sprinkles and more.

But this isn’t one of those fancy designer bakeries.

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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 7, 2011

EASTPOINTE — Inside the tight-knit world they share, they know all of each other’s stories. All of each other’s triumphs and failures, laughter and tears.

They’re just like a family.

They hug each other. They tease each other. They love each other.

To Tara Stephen, they are a family. She’s not related to them by blood or name, and she doesn’t live with them, but they know her better than anyone else, and they show her more love and support than anyone else.

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Published December 7, 2011

ROSEVILLE — Finishing 2010-11 9-17, 0-7 in the Macomb Area Conference, seems to be a distant memory for Roseville High School wrestlers and coach Davon Gray.

“Everybody knows last year was a transitional year,” said Gray, in his second year at the helm. “They didn’t know what to expect from me and vice versa, and I think that played a role in how we did last year.”

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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 November 7, 2011

ROSEVILLE — Speaking into a megaphone, Bobbie Wilson gave the two-minute warning. “Get your pumpkins ready,” she said. “We’ll be starting soon.”

The 50 or so people who were not already perched at the top ran up the hill, while the families that were already there stood bundled in winter gear, wearing excited smiles and waiting for Wilson to give the OK to start.

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Published November 2, 2011

EASTPOINTE — Large crowds filtered through East Brooke Commons on Saturday, Oct. 22, for the annual Harvest Festival in Eastpointe.

“We’ve had 400-plus kids come through here in five hours,” Paul Hemeryck said while taking a moment to observe the large crowds still coming through the festival just a half-hour before its scheduled end at 3 p.m. “It takes a lot of planning, but it’s worth it.”

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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 October 12, 2011

ROYAL OAK — Alvin and Henrietta Weisberg have been strong supporters of Beaumont Health System for a number of years, but it was one incident in particular that led them to open up their pocket books to support its programs for the elderly.

“Alvin would be the first to tell you, Beaumont saved his life,” said Margaret Casey, Beaumont Foundation president. “He was in an orthopedic unit, and while recovering from surgery had heart failure. They immediately did a Code Blue on him and saved his life.”

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Published October 12, 2011

ROSEVILLE — He was only there for an hour and the assembly ran just half of that time, but it didn’t take Brian Sikorski long to make an impact on the children at Dort Elementary.

He told them the same things their parents and teachers are constantly telling them — to stay in school and work hard — but hearing it from a professional baseball player had an almost mystical impact on the kids who sat starry-eyed on the gym floor.

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