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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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Published October 12, 2011

ROSEVILLE — No one would describe her as young, but after five minutes with her, it’s hard not to describe her as possessing a certain youthfulness and passion that’s surprising for her age.

But in Eastpointe two weeks ago, it wasn’t her personality or her age that wowed guests at her debut art show — it was her talent.

She brought more than 100 pieces with her to display at Half-way School House. She left $1,000 richer and with only about half the paintings she had brought with her.

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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 14, 2011

ROSEVILLE — Whether it’s covered in dust in the back of a junk drawer or ready at a whim in a wallet or purse, pulling out your library card has an added incentive this month.

September is National Library Card Month.

To celebrate, the Suburban Library Cooperative has partnered with businesses across Macomb County to promote the value of being a library cardholder. Folks who carry an SLC library card, or who sign up for one, will be privy to discounts and/or freebies at participating businesses.

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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 September 7, 2011

EASTPOINTE — It’s not located in Detroit, but with 90 percent of students coming from south of Eight Mile, the 98 percent graduation rate that one east-side school boasts raises the bar for schools in the city and suburbs alike.

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Published August 31, 2011

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Public Library will remain open. The council voted unanimously Aug. 23 for a 1-mill tax levy that will go directly to the library.

Designating the mill in that way allows the city to free up much needed money in the general fund and secures the library’s place in the future, officials said.

“Generally, the other cities who have done this have had success,” said City Manager Steve Truman. “Their libraries have been in good shape despite the tough economic times.”

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Published August 31, 2011

ROSEVILLE — School started early at Eastland Junior High when staff and honor students joined together to welcome new students to the school last week.

More than 100 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders attended Eastland’s Jumpstart program Aug. 23-24 to get a sneak peek of what to expect this fall.

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