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Published November 12, 2014

METRO DETROIT — The chill of the season is in the air, but we’re still a few weeks off from the feasting frenzy of the holidays. It’s a culinary condition that calls for something comforting, quick and still nutritious — you guessed it, soup.

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Published November 12, 2014

METRO DETROIT — A natural woodland holiday theme brings the outdoors inside for a cozy, charming and modern effect.

“Each year, when we go to the buyers shows, we look for new trends,” said Casey Thomas, vice president of Sherwood Forest Garden Center in Oakland Township. “New this year are more natural looks with a woodland theme.”

The popular movie “Frozen” has also become a decorating trend, Thomas said.

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Published November 5, 2014

METRO DETROIT — Feel like you haven’t been getting enough Zs lately?

It’s not just you.

According to experts, the shift in seasons can change more than the color of leaves — it can change our sleep patterns.

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Published March 5, 2014

Starting plants like marigolds and tomatoes indoors from seeds helps beat the winter blues.

“It is nice to see things grow,” said Joni Makowski, store manager of Allemon’s Landscape Center in Detroit. “It is a good activity for the family. The longer the winter, everybody thinks about it. I have four kids. We always plant different seeds in eggshells.”

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Published February 19, 2014

The old saying goes that a little sugar and spice make everything nice. Well, there’s no doubt we’ve got the sugar thing down pat; but are we really taking advantage of the amazing flavors that spices can add to our cooking?

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Published February 13, 2014

OAKLAND COUNTY — The Michigan State University Extension is sponsoring a workshop for Oakland County lakefront property owners to create, restore and manage natural shorelines at the Cranbrook Institute of Science 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. March 8.

“This is an educational program to help homeowners that live along lakes … to understand the importance of a natural shoreline,” said Bindu Bhakta, extension educator with the MSU Extension.

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Published January 22, 2014

FARMINGTON HILLS — The buzz from dozens of rambunctious high school students acting, singing and providing musical accompaniment filled the auditorium with giddy energy.

At around 3 p.m. Jan. 17, more than 90 Harrison High School students were preparing for an eight-hour rehearsal for the “Peter Pan the Musical” production.

The musical is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24-25, and 2 p.m. Jan. 26 in the high school auditorium, 29995 W. 12 Mile Road.

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Published November 26, 2013

The lights, the songs, the anticipation! No, it’s not everyone tearing into their presents on Christmas morning as the holiday music plays in the background — it’s one of the many festive shows you’ll find around town.

And after all of the preparation, stress, spending, wrapping and running around, what better gift to give to yourself than an evening to sit back, relax and be entertained?

Here are just a few of this year’s highlights:

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Published November 20, 2013

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Excuse me, carbs and gluten, you’ve had your moment.

Now, some in the community are starting to avoid the often-addicting powers of technology that leave them feeling mentally stuffed and bloated. They’re going on a digital diet. 

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Published November 6, 2013

PONTIAC — A former Farmington Public Schools substitute teacher received a sentence of five years probation Nov. 1 after he pleaded no contest to a charge of assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct, second degree.

Andrew M. Howell, 59, stood before Judge Rudy Nichols in Oakland County Circuit Court during his sentencing. The charge can carry a punishment of up to 15 years in prison.

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Published November 5, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — The faces seemingly floated out on the ice, peeking out from underneath fluffy hats and winter headbands. The colorful sweatshirts and ubiquitous black skating pants dotted the crowded ice dance floor.

The women and girls didn’t just skate. They twirled and jumped, danced and swooped.

“What don’t I love about coming here?” Farmington Hills resident Chris Walker, 64, remarked about her home ice-skating spot, the Farmington Hills Ice Arena, 35500 W. Eight Mile Road.

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Published October 21, 2013

FARMINGTON — The full moon looked like it was just there for show.

It provided the perfect backdrop for the throngs of people who stood in line in mid-40 degree temperatures as a hearse flashed purple lights into the dark sky, a harbinger of unearthly things yet unseen.

The annual Ghost Walk 
Oct. 19 at the Governor Warner Mansion, 33805 Grand River Ave., drew attendees who learned about Victorian mourning and Gov. Fred Warner and his family, and heard ghost stories under the moon.

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Published October 16, 2013

FARMINGTON — The ghosts of Michigan’s 26th governor, Fred Warner, and his family will soon descend upon a sprawling mansion that was once their home.

The family will share tales of their lives, and hopefully, bring a tremor or two to those plucky enough to lend an ear.

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Published October 16, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — A Hare Krishna temple moving to Farmington Hills is ready to feed the next Steve Jobs, temple official Ganesh Kathiresan said recently.

“There could be so many (people like) Steve Jobs in Farmington Hills and around the place, and people are struggling with the basics of food. (Attendees) could come to the temple for a free meal,” said Kathiresan, referring to the entrepreneur who once relied on free meals at his local Hare Krishna temple.

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Published October 9, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — Peggi Tabor could be the envy of all college students.

While the Farmington Hills retiree takes multiple classes and soaks up everything taught to her, she does not have to take any tests or quizzes.

Tabor is a Society of Active Retirees member, a Farmington Hills-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization affiliated with Wayne State University created to mentally and socially engage seniors.

Tabor said that since joining the organization roughly six years ago as a volunteer faculty member, she became a student and was hooked on SOAR.

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Published October 9, 2013

FARMINGTON — Cheers and applause punctuated the early evening sky as dozens of people welcomed a new historic sign placed in front of Talmer Bank, 33205 Grand River Ave., in downtown Farmington Oct. 4.

The Wayside Historic Sign dedication event featured the new sign that showcases the history of Grand River Avenue, Brian Golden, Farmington Historical Society president, said during the event.

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Published September 18, 2013

FARMINGTON — Janice Hall didn’t plan to cry Sept. 11.

But the Farmington woman did, just before the rain came in, while the playing of taps rounded out the annual Patriot Day ceremony at the Walter E. Sundquist Pavilion.

“I never cry,” she said during the ceremony. “But hearing that sound …”

The sound was a solemn nod to remember the victims and honor the first-responders who died after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, in New York City.

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Published September 16, 2013

FARMINGTON — After a chimney fire destroyed a portion of John Cowley and Sons’ stove ventilation system and roof Sept. 6, the Cowley family is rebuilding and readying themselves for opening day in the next week.

“The restoration has come very quickly in these last couple of days,” general manager Maureen Cowley recently said at the pub, 33338 Grand Rive Ave.

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Published September 9, 2013

FARMINGTON — Farmington Public Schools staff members Hatty Ligon and Kimberly Buckley often see the effects of homelessness up close in the district.

They see the struggles of students who don’t have a bedroom to call their own, whose families’ homes have been foreclosed, leaving them scrambling for a place to live, all while trying to keep their children enrolled in school.

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Published August 28, 2013

DETROIT — With its exotic blooms and tranquil atmosphere, stepping inside the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Belle Isle is like stepping into a world of natural wonder.

There, visitors will find an acre of cacti, blooming plants, tropical trees, ferns and unusual orchids in the World of Horticulture alone, along with the elegant formal perennial garden and lily pond gardens.

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