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Published July 1, 2015

AUBURN HILLS — Oakland Community College Orchard Ridge chef Susan Baier never made a turkey burger until her daughter requested them for her wedding reception in 2011.

“I said, ‘OK,’ and I made up these turkey burgers, and they’re loaded with all this stuff — red peppers, spinach, feta and all that good stuff — and everybody loved them,” she said.

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Published June 30, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — Where there’s smoke, there’s fireworks — at least around this time of the year — and city officials want to make sure people light up the night with caution and care.

“We’re not going to stop people from doing it. We just want it to be supervised and (people to) have common sense,” Farmington Hills Fire Lt. James Neufeld said. “The main thing is people should be aware before, during and after (lighting fireworks) for safety. And not (be) under the influence of anything.”

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Published June 30, 2015

With summer heating up, local experts offered advice to save money on energy bills by maximizing efficiency in the home.

“There’s a lot of very simple measures to be more energy-efficient that don’t have to cost a lot of money,” Consumers Energy spokeswoman Deb Dodd said. “You don’t necessarily have to buy new windows or (energy-efficient appliances).”

One measure, Dodd said, is a programmable thermostat, which can reduce air conditioning costs while a home is unoccupied.

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Published June 30, 2015

The fellow in the cubicle next to you has been coming in each morning with red, tired eyes. He’s rubbing his throbbing temples throughout the day and always has a stash of Ibuprofen on hand.

There’s a good chance your cube pal isn’t an all-night partier, but rather, a daily sufferer of seasonal allergies. And he’s not alone. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, as many as 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children in the United States are affected by nasal allergies.

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Published June 30, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — When Farmington Hills resident Bridget Millar realized she couldn’t keep up with the demands of documenting and preserving her children’s memorable sayings and milestones, she decided there needed to be an app for that.

So the work-from-home marketing consultant began developing an app, For Keeps, two years ago to preserve memories by creating printed photo books from cellphone photos.

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Published June 30, 2015

FARMINGTON  — Two countries are joining forces to celebrate a three-term Michigan governor who was born 150 years ago — three months after President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.

To honor the late Gov. Fred Warner’s birthday, the Governor Warner Mansion is throwing a birthday bash from 7-9 p.m. July 9. The event precedes a July 20 celebration at his birthplace in Hickling, Nottinghamshire, England.

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Published June 29, 2015

The urge to hurry can put a driver at risk of a speeding ticket or even a traffic accident. But even if a speed limit seems like an inconvenience, there is often a carefully considered reason behind the numbers, according to road and safety experts.

According to a document from the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning called “Establishing Realistic Speed Limits,” speed limits are designed to keep all drivers as safe as possible while staying within realistic boundaries of “reasonable and proper” public driving habits.

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Published June 27, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Although their eyes were stinging a bit and the smell wasn’t the most appealing, Rochelle Niemiec and Justin Updyke got the job done.

The pair chopped up a tray full of onions on the morning of June 23 as they prepared a delicious lunch from scratch alongside their classmates in the culinary/pastry arts summer teen academy at Macomb Community College’s Center Campus.

Every summer, the school offers a number of week-long academies in different fields to give local teenagers the opportunity to explore various careers.

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Published June 26, 2015

According to researchers, the annual bloom of harmful algae on Lake Erie is on track to be on par with the 2009-10 blooms, though still smaller than last year’s bloom that saw the shutdown of the Toledo water system.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its preliminary report June 15 on what it expects from Erie’s bloom this year, with a more accurate one coming in early July.

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Published June 24, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — Steve Brock will soon leave Farmington Hills after clocking 26 years on the job to take a bit of time for himself.

Brock, who was hired as Farmington Hills city manager 18 years ago, said he plans to retire in mid-July.

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Published June 24, 2015

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Residents’ visions for redevelopment at Orchard Lake and 10 Mile roads came to life during an open house June 17 at Farmington Hills City Hall.

Residents, city staff and representatives from the Michigan Municipal League and Lawrence Technological University were asked to help reimagine the Farmington and Farmington Hills area of Orchard Lake and 10 Mile through a survey sent to businesses and residents, as well as a design session. Many stakeholders were interested in pedestrian- and bike-friendly paths.

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Published June 24, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Tick bites can have long-lasting consequences.

A specific species of the bloodsucking arachnid, the blacklegged tick — also known as the deer tick — can spread Lyme disease, a bacterial infection that, if left untreated, can cause issues for months or years after the initial bite.

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Published June 24, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The housing market in metro Detroit is still flooded with buyers and sellers, but things may get a little more difficult for sellers as interest rates have started trending upward and more buyers are looking to get into new builds.

Keller Williams real estate agent John Kurczak, based in Sterling Heights, said that just as things have changed in the types of homes that buyers are looking at, so too has the way that homes are sold.

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Published June 24, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Hot, humid days spent sizzling under the summer sun are one of the few antidotes to a long Michigan winter.

Soaking up the heat is fine, of course, as long as it’s not your food that’s doing the sweating.

The Oakland County Health Division recently released a list of food safety reminders as residents get ready to head out for summer picnics. Tony Drautz, environmental health administrator for the division, said they like to give cooks a brush-up on the basics this time of year, when meals tend to migrate outdoors.

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Published June 24, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After the YMCA helped set a Guinness World Record last year for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson, you’d think they’d take a year off.

Think again.

Last week, the nonprofit teamed up again with World’s Largest Swim Lesson — a coalition of national water safety experts and trainers — to try to set the record for the world’s largest swim lesson in 24 hours. Currently, Team WLSL holds the Guinness record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson, with 36,564 participants in 22 countries around the world.

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Published June 22, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Sixteen people around metro Detroit have been charged in what the federal government is calling the largest Medicare fraud takedown in history.

Nationwide, 243 arrests were made as part of the investigation, including doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals for their alleged participation in schemes to defraud Medicare of $712 million through false billings. The investigation also led to the suspension of a number of health care providers.

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Published June 22, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — City Councilwoman Samantha Steckloff will never forget the day she was door-to-door campaigning for a City Council seat when someone asked her, “What is the meaning of life?”

“I said, ‘To leave this world a better place than when you entered it,’” Steckloff said recently. “Many people believe in legacy, in family, their career — I’ve always thought of it as changing a life, and that is really what keeps me going and positive.”

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Published June 22, 2015

A stretch of Van Dyke Avenue in Warren is seeing signs of redevelopment as General Motors and a local dealership have committed to investing in the area.

In May, GM announced that its Warren Technical Center in Warren is poised to undergo an estimated nine-figure investment toward renovation and expansion.

GM spokesman Dan Flores said the automaker opened the Tech Center in the 1950s, and it has served as a core hub of vehicle development and design as well as research and development.

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Published June 19, 2015

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — With the Pride of Michigan floating in the background, local officials and business leaders touted the impact that the lake continues to have on the local economy during the second annual State of Lake St. Clair address on June 10.

County Executive Mark Hackel said Macomb County’s Blue Water Economy initiative is the reason for numerous accomplishments since its inception in 2013.

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Published June 18, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Dozens of prisoners at the Macomb County Jail were released the evening of June 17 and the morning of June 18 due to overcrowding, sheriff’s officials reported.

According to Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, an overcrowding state of emergency was declared on June 2 after the jail population exceeded the rated design capacity (RDC).

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