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Published September 23, 2015

FARMINGTON — Did you know that people in Victorian times draped mirrors and portraits with black cloth after a death because they believed the dead spirit could capture a living person’s spirit?

Learn about Victorian mourning customs, take in a vintage vampire film made in the silent era, and see presentations from the Michigan Ghost Watchers at the Governor Warner Mansion Oct. 17 during Ghost Night at the Mansion.

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Published September 22, 2015

FARMINGTON — Parents in Farmington Public Schools have circulated a petition to save Warner Upper Elementary School and Dunckel Middle School from closure; however, FPS officials stressed that the petition is based on a misconception, as both schools will not be closed.

If the Board of Education were to agree to a closure, only one of the two schools would be selected.

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Published September 16, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — The Farmington Hills Fire Department will kick off Fire Prevention Week with the annual Fire Prevention Open House 3-7 p.m. Oct. 2.


The National Fire Prevention Association selected the theme “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm” for the 2015 Fire Prevention Week, and Stan Barnes, fire inspector, said firefighters will educate the public about smoke alarm installation, the proper place to put smoke alarms, and using their test buttons.

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Published September 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The school year kicked off Sept. 8, filling the roads and sidewalks once again with buses and children traveling to and from school.

With more traffic on the roads and more children walking outside, AAA Michigan is reminding motorists to stay alert in neighborhoods and school zones as part of its School’s Open — Drive Carefully awareness campaign.

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Published September 14, 2015

FARMINGTON — Most parents are no strangers to the struggle of waking kids up early for school those first few weeks of class.


But for the children in our communities who don’t have the basic essentials they need to get a good night’s sleep, that battle can be even tougher — and the school day to follow can be nearly impossible to get through.

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Published September 10, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — The Oakland County Water Resources Commission, in conjunction with the city of Farmington Hills, held a reception Sept. 2 to kick off the next phase of the Middlebelt Transport and Storage Tunnel Project.

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Published September 9, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — “Getting older is inevitable. Aging is optional.”


Those are words that Huntington Woods resident Norine Zimmer lives by as a member of the Society of Active Retirees for the past six or so years.


“It is your choice — if you want to be inspired, spirited, interested and involved, that is wonderful,” Zimmer said. “If you choose not to be, that is not so wonderful. It is being engaged in life all the time.”

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Published September 9, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — The price of water has been a long-debated topic in metro Detroit, and recent meetings involving community leaders and members of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, or DWSD, have shed some light on the issue.


Macomb Area Communities for Regional Opportunities, or MACRO, has held meetings with DWSD representatives to discuss forthcoming contracts in relation to the Great Lakes Water Authority, or GLWA — an arrangement enacted in November 2014 that involves Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties paying annual lease payments.

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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration announced Sept. 1 that the state would develop its own carbon implementation plan to meet the power plant carbon emissions guidelines set for it in President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan.


The Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce power plant greenhouse gas emissions by a third of 2012 levels by 2030, allows states to develop their own plans to reach their respective targets.

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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After a strong summer, the housing market in metro Detroit shows no signs of regressing heading into the fall, although buyers and sellers both could take extra precautions in getting in or out of a house.


For the buyer, real estate agent Jan Hays, with Max Broock in Birmingham, said the market will still look to be a sellers market in the fall, so buyers should be ready to make a bid when going to look at a house and not be afraid to make the call.

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Published September 4, 2015

FARMINGTON — The sun is setting on summer, but that doesn’t mean the party is over in downtown Farmington. 


To usher in the autumn season, the Downtown Development Authority is holding the 11th annual Harvest Moon Celebration Sept. 17-18 at the Sundquist Pavilion in Riley Park.


“The event is really downtown Farmington’s way of honoring the entering of the autumn season,” Assistant to the City Manager and DDA Executive Director Annette Knowles said. 

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Published September 4, 2015

Summer may be ending soon, but the construction schedule for two counties’ road commissions will still mostly be ongoing through the fall.

According to Craig Bryson from the Road Commission for Oakland County, a few major road undertakings within the C & G Newspapers readership area are underway but not complete.

The biggest project, he said, concerns the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of 14 Mile and Orchard Lake roads as well as its surroundings.

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Published August 31, 2015

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington Hills resident Michael Brooks likes pepperoni pizza, chocolate and, most of all, becoming an East Middle School seventh-grader this fall.


These facts were uncovered in icebreaker events Aug. 27 during a seventh-grade Where Everyone Belongs orientation day for about 390 incoming students.

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Published August 31, 2015

METRO DETROIT — An invasive, tree-killing insect working its way across the U.S. is closing in on Michigan, and the Department of Natural Resources is asking residents to be watchful.


The Asian longhorn beetle, first found in New York back in 1996, bores into trees to lay its eggs, which then hatch and bore deeper to the heart of the tree, according to DNR spokeswoman Joanne Foreman.

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Published August 26, 2015

FARMINGTON — A Farmington High School cheerleading parent is ready for an upcoming trial involving a cheer coach who allegedly stole over $9,000 from the team. 


“We’re anxious to see this whole thing just finish and play out and be done,” FHS parent Stacy Smith said recently after a pretrial conference for Kandice Hernandez, 25, of Westland. “The girls have been really positive through the whole thing, and we want that to continue for them and have this distraction be in the rearview mirror.”

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Published August 26, 2015

NORTHVILLE — Jean Bemish, 78, of Northville, used to ride Charlie, her horse, throughout Maybury State Park when it was the William H. Maybury Sanatorium.


For 60 or so years, Bemish would ride up and down the trails on a trusty steed as the scenery changed and the park began to take shape. She stopped riding four years ago, but that never slowed her stride or love of the park.

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Published August 26, 2015

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — The American Legion Groves-Walker Post 346, of Farmington, along with the cities of Farmington and Farmington Hills, will honor and remember the fallen during the annual 9/11 Patriot Day ceremony at 6 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Walter Sundquist Pavilion in Riley Park, in downtown Farmington.

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Published August 24, 2015

FARMINGTON — With a number of power outages occurring throughout the year in Farmington, plans are underway to keep the city from going dark.


Katelyn Pendergast, DTE Energy distribution planning engineer, and other DTE officials told the Farmington City Council on Aug. 17 about plans to invest in Farmington to decrease the number of outages.


DTE officials did not disclose the number of recent outages in the area.

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Published August 19, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Farmington Hills resident Chris Britts’ green thumb blossomed as a child growing up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her mother in their garden at home.

“I did things with her, and every place we’ve lived, I’ve worked on plants one way or another,” the 71-year-old said, adding that her English grandfather instilled a love of gardening in her mother.

The longtime Farmington Hills resident said that her love of gardening has come with highs and lows, such as nature’s pets munching on her plants.

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Published August 17, 2015

Even the lowest oil prices in around six years do not guarantee a cheaper August road trip in Michigan, and experts are blaming it on reports of technical problems at an Indiana refinery.

On Aug. 12, the price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil hovered around the $43 per barrel mark. Nevertheless, AAA Michigan reported a major recent swing in gas prices — although the state’s gas prices averaged around $2.48 per gallon Aug. 11, that increased to $2.58 per gallon Aug. 12 and to around $2.81 per gallon Aug. 13.

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