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Published December 1, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — Steeped in the history of medieval southern England, wassail — a spiced ale or wine drunk to promote a good apple harvest for the next year — will be celebrated as in olden days at Oakland Community College’s Orchard Ridge Campus.

The 29th annual wassail dinner will be held 6-10 p.m. Dec. 10 at the campus, 27055 Orchard Lake Road. The cost is $65.

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Published November 30, 2015

FARMINGTON — Winter is here and the year is winding down, which means the annual Holly Days event is upon us.

“Holly Days is such a great family event, and a lot of the activities are free,” Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce Director of Communications and Events Kristin Curle Houchins said recently. “It is very nostalgic — a great way to enjoy the holidays and not spend a ton of money.”

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Published November 30, 2015

METRO DETROIT — About 20 members of the Osak family, their friends and supporters packed into vans and headed to the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly last December.

They went to honor Edward John Osak Sr., the family’s patriarch, a Warren resident who had served honorably as an infantryman in the U.S. Army during World War II. Osak had remained as sharp as a tack through the years. He’d kept his wit, was spry enough to bowl and continued to be an ardent supporter of veterans until his death, just days after his 90th birthday in September 2014.

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Published November 25, 2015

The Farmington Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing girl.

Authorities have identified the missing girl as 16-year-old Anitha Gardenia Barnes. She is described as 5 feet 2 inches tall and 155 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black-and-white checkered wool coat.

Barnes was last seen in the evening hours of Nov. 23 in the area of Hawthorne and Nine Mile roads.

Police believe she is frequenting the city of Detroit and said she recently shaved the sides of her head. Her nickname is Tookie.

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Published November 24, 2015

FARMINGTON — A group of Farmington elementary school children have teamed up to spread awareness about recycling plastic bags.

The group of kids, comprising students from Warner Upper Elementary School and Forest Elementary School, are part of a robotics team participating in the 2015 Trash Trek competition from the FIRST Lego League.

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Published November 24, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — It won’t be long before the Potters Market opens its doors for business.

Now in its 40th year, the Potters Market will feature around 35,000 pieces by 140 potters. They’re made to the show’s exacting standards, including many in the $5-$30 price range. It’s an event where you never know what you’ll see next, since the selection changes as items are sold and new items take their place. 

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Published November 18, 2015

FARMINGTON — Since 1965, the Farmington Art Foundation has been part of the community effort to bring artists together and to reach out to teach others about art.

This year marks the foundation’s 50th anniversary, and at the Farmington Hills City Council meeting Nov. 9, the group was given a proclamation by the council for its work in the community and the programs it offers for seniors and students.

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Published November 18, 2015

LANSING — During the Nov. 3 election that included races for many city, village and township decision-makers’ seats in Oakland and Macomb counties, only about 20 percent of registered voters cast their ballots across both counties, according to the respective county clerks’ offices.

Hoping to get a better turnout at the polls on election days, state Rep. Robert Wittenberg, D-Oak Park, introduced a resolution Nov. 3 that asks the U.S. Congress to make Election Day a national holiday. Such a move would give voters the day off from work and school.

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Published November 18, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — People searching for that perfect Christmas gift will have an opportunity to do so at Farmington Hills’ Holiday Shopping Expo.

The expo takes place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Costick Activities Center, 28600 11 Mile Road. The event is free and open to the public.

Farmington Hills Deputy Director of Special Services Bryan Farmer said the expo allows people to get a look at different types of crafts they might not find in a normal store.

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Published November 17, 2015

After what police have called an extensive investigation on a recent assault, officials have learned that the incident was fabricated.

According to a news release from the Farmington Hills Police Department, the alleged incident occurred at around 1 a.m. Nov. 8 in the area of Shiawassee and Hamilton roads.

A woman told police Nov. 10 that she was walking along Shiawassee when she was surprised by a male suspect who knocked her to the ground. According to an earlier report, the victim told police  the man fled the scene when the victim put up a fight.

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Published November 13, 2015

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP —Hundreds of veterans came out to take a stroll through history — and to be recognized for their contributions to it — during a Veterans Day event at Stahls Automotive Museum in Chesterfield Township.

Veterans of the U.S. armed forces, accompanied by family members, friends and supporters, toured the museum on Nov. 11 during special hours set aside to honor those who served their country in times of conflict and peace.

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Published November 11, 2015

FARMINGTON — Underneath the lights adorned in downtown Farmington, once again the city will host the second annual Light Up the Grand: A Holiday Lighted Parade.

Presented by the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce, the parade begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, and will travel along Grand River Avenue, beginning at Warner Street and ending at Wilmarth Street.

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Published November 10, 2015

Two troopers from the Michigan State Police Metro Post have been released from the hospital following a crash involving a drunken driver.

According to Public Information Officer Lt. Michael Shaw, the crash occurred at around 3:05 a.m. Nov. 8.

Two troopers had just completed a traffic stop on the shoulder of westbound I-696, east of Orchard Lake Road, when a vehicle struck them from behind.

Shaw said a 33-year-old Farmington resident driving a 2009 Jaguar drifted out of the travel lanes on the interstate and struck the rear of the patrol car.

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Published November 5, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After months of tussling with partisan plans for fixing the state’s troubled roads, Michigan lawmakers moved swiftly on Election Day to approve a package of bills that supporters claim will raise $1.2 billion annually for repairs.

Proponents of the plan, which cleared the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives on Nov. 3, mostly along party lines, say it will fund repairs through $600 million in increased fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees, tempered with tax credits and $600 million in unspecified cuts to the state’s general fund.

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Published November 4, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — The nonprofit Peace, Love and Planet is offering “Go Green” minigrants to students in southeastern Michigan looking to lead an environmental change at their school.

Students can apply for grants from $50 to $400 to help fund a green initiative that can benefit their school and the environment.

Peace, Love and Planet Executive Director Gina Adams-Levy said the group started giving out the grants last year after Farmington Public Schools was unable to offer them anymore.

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Published November 4, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — Rebuilding Together Oakland County is planning two orientation sessions for people looking to volunteer with the organization and help rejuvenate the homes of people in the region.

The meetings will take place 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, and 9-10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at the RTOC office, 1700 W. 12 Mile Road, Suite 201, in Farmington Hills.

Executive Director Al Kaczkowski said the sessions are designed to encourage individuals to come in and volunteer with the organization, but people don’t need to make any commitment if they attend.

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Published November 4, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — The Farmington Hills Department of Special Services Cultural Arts Division received a grant of $3,750 from the state of Michigan that will help fund the Farmington Hills Youth Theatre’s performance of “The Wizard of Oz.”

The award comes from the state’s Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, or MCACA, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Published November 3, 2015

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Voters said yes to two millages in the cities of Farmington and Farmington Hills Nov. 3.

An operating millage renewal proposal for the Farmington Public Schools district received more than 67 percent of the vote, while a public safety millage was overwhelmingly approved, with more than 83 percent of the vote.

FPS voters approved a 10-year, up to 13.57-mill levy on homes and up to 18 mills on businesses.

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Published November 3, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — After serving the past 12 years on the Farmington Hills City Council, including his three terms as mayor pro tem, Ken Massey has been elected mayor of Farmington Hills.

With all 23 precincts reporting, Massey received a little more than 68 percent of the vote, totaling 9,112 votes, defeating his opponent and fellow Councilman Michael Bridges, who received a little more than 31 percent, or 4,232 votes.

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Published October 30, 2015

DETROIT — Huge crowds routinely turn out in the chilly November air to cheer colorful floats, marching bands and enormous balloons that line Woodward Avenue for America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit.

The spectator turnout is nowhere near as robust when thousands of veterans, their family members, friends and supporters parade down Jefferson Avenue on the Saturday before Veterans Day.

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