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Published May 20, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Sure, you had planned on stopping at the driving range before teeing off, perhaps turn that slice into a gentle fade.

But then you missed a turn on the way to the golf course, or the babysitter was late, and suddenly the tee time that you’ve looked forward to is now a race to the first tee box instead of a relaxing start to the weekend.

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Published May 19, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The young boy who was shot in Clinton Township’s Normandy Park May 4 seems to be doing well, according to police late last week.

Clinton Township Capt. Richard Maierle said the boy, who was 3 years old at the time of the incident and recently turned 4, is alive and talking after being shot in the head.

“Our guys talked to him about two days after (the shooting),” Maierle said. “He’s fine.”

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Published May 16, 2015

FRASER/CLINTON TOWN-SHIP — On May 5, after numerous months and town hall meetings in which legislators attempted to inform the public of the proposed changes to the gasoline tax, the 80-20 results marked the most lopsided loss ever for an amendment to Michigan’s constitution.

Proposal1 was deemed as convoluted by many citizens, who felt that the proposal was about too many things other than the roads.

Now, state legislators will have to work together to find another way to fix the porous road system.

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Published May 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The Canadian joint review panel looking over a proposed nuclear waste site that would be less than a mile from Lake Huron recommended the project to Canada’s minister of the environment May 7 despite an outcry from communities on both sides of the border.

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Published May 13, 2015

FRASER — Niko the dog came from the Netherlands to fight crime with his human counterparts in Fraser.

Little did the dog and one particular officer know that they would develop a relationship that transcended bad guys and traffic stops. Almost a decade later, they are bound for life.

On May 1 at the Fraser Department of Public Safety (DPS), Jason Vandervord was officially sworn in by Fraser Clerk Kathy Kacanowski in front of family members, individuals from the DPS and others from the community.

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Published May 13, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP— It came as no surprise to Chippewa Valley Schools administrators that Proposal 1 failed in a statewide vote on May 5.

The complicated nature of the bill, uncertainty of where funding would be directed, and mistrust of Lansing government were blamed for reasons why administrators thought the bill failed.

“I think there’s a mistrust of the lawmakers in general,” Chippewa Valley school board President Frank Bednard said. “I think that’s what was brought forward (May 5) in the vote.”

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Published May 13, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Native fish like walleye, steelhead, lake trout and, to an extent, yellow perch populations are doing well, leading to a positive fishing outlook on the Great Lakes this year.

Todd Grischke, Lake Huron Basin coordinator with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, said that while specific fishing is different across the north-south areas of the lake, walleye populations are booming to near record levels.

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Published May 13, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For both the interiors and exteriors of homes, customers are opting to go back to classic color schemes and neutrals, according to experts in the field.

The return to basics is, in some cases, a nostalgic choice and, in other cases, a more strategic move to increase home value and appeal to a wider audience.

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Published May 13, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Once upon a time, there were just a few types of summer camps: sports for the jocks, Scouts for the adventurers and math camp for those who would just rather be back in the classroom.

How times have changed. Now, there’s a daytime summer escape to suit every child and any taste.

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Published May 12, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Brian Bobek joined the United States Army in 1966 and found himself in the jungles of Vietnam one year later.

Now, as the president of Chapter 154 of the Vietnam Veterans of America, or VVA, Bobek said those days were instilled with fury due to the rousing anti-war sentiment from those back home.

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Published May 12, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Clinton Township Police Department is asking for the public’s help in a larceny that occurred in the early morning hours of May 12.

The incident reportedly occurred at WOR Powersports, which is the old Mumbly’s Off Road building at Gratiot Avenue and 14 Mile Road.

Det. Joseph Burns said that around 1:20 a.m., two suspects arrived at the business and cut a hole in a fence on the perimeter. They proceeded to take two ATVs and drove through a field to unload them at an unspecified location.

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Published May 11, 2015

Auto safety experts are inviting parents to sit down and review the facts of properly securing small children in the back seat to avoid accident-related injuries.

Alyson Kechkaylo, occupant protection program coordinator for the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, is also a certified child passenger safety technician.

She said Michigan law basically requires kids to be secured in a car seat until they are at least 8 years old or 4 feet 9 inches tall. But parent compliance often varies depending on the child’s age, she explained.
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Published May 7, 2015

METRO DETROIT — May is Asthma Awareness Month, and local doctors and the American Lung Association are urging the approximately 25 million people in the United States who suffer from asthma to learn how to take control of the disease.

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Published May 6, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Embarking on the search for a new home can be daunting, especially for first-time buyers, so C & G Newspapers asked several experts, including real estate agents and a representative from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, for guidance.

John Kurczak, a Keller Williams Realtor, said the best way to start is to find out what you can afford.

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Published May 6, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Mother’s Day is just around the corner. But when a special lady in your life has given you cherished memories or sage advice to take with you through the years, isn’t every day Mother’s Day just a little bit?

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Published May 5, 2015

Michigan roads are a disaster. That’s no surprise, as residents in C & G Newspapers’ coverage area have voiced their concerns about the dilapidated roads and growing potholes.

Voters were asked to decide on a proposal to amend the Michigan Constitution, increasing the sales/use tax from 6 percent to 7 percent. And on May 5, 80 percent of voters turned down Proposal 1, 1,405,716 votes to 349,813 votes, according to the state of Michigan’s unofficial election results.

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Published May 5, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A fluctuating economy coupled with individual hardships has left many residents wondering where their next meal will come from or where they will sleep at night.

On the flip side, there are places that can help the less fortunate get back on their feet and look forward to a more promising tomorrow.

Such is the case with the food pantry at St. Paul of Tarsus, in Clinton Township.

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Published May 5, 2015

DETROIT — The Detroit Jazz Festival has been attracting some of the top jazz players in the world for years, but the 36th annual festival scored a particular coup this year with artist-in-residence Pat Metheny.

The jazz guitarist and composer, who has won 20 Grammy Awards and has sold more than 20 million records, will be performing with a number of other jazz greats — including Kenny Garrett, Ron Carter and the Gary Burton Quartet — during the festival, which takes place over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4-7, in downtown Detroit.

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Published May 4, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Military service is a distinct area of American life, and local veterans are doing their best to make sure they are being honored the right way.

At Clinton Township’s April 20 board meeting, Commander Larry Pretzer, adjutant Joseph Didia, Chaplain Charles Larsen and John Smeekens presented Supervisor Bob Cannon and the Board of Trustees with a Purple Heart plaque and a flag to be placed inside the Civic Center.

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Published May 4, 2015

Last year’s magic number was 300,000.

That was approximately how many pounds of food Macomb County residents donated during the National Association of Letter Carriers and U.S. Postal Service “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive held in 2014.

Macomb Food Program coordinator Linda Azar said the donations fed more than 140,000 Macomb County residents and that without the Postal Service’s food drive, “I don’t know what we would do.”

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