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Published October 5, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Lynne Smyles is back where it all began.

The Clinton Township resident retired in 2005 after teaching first- through third-graders for 37 years in Lakeview Public Schools in St. Clair Shores. She continued substitute teaching until 2010.

“Then it was like, OK, now what am I gonna do?” Smyles said.

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Published October 5, 2016

Sterling Heights police are warning the public to be cautious if they see scary clowns in the area.

A pair of Oct. 4 incidents involving suspects wearing clown costumes have reportedly terrorized people in the city and caused a minor injury to a child.

The first sighting occurred around 6:48 p.m. in the 43000 block of Normandy, near 19 Mile Road and Van Dyke, police said.

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Published October 4, 2016

FRASER/WARREN/ROSEVILLE — A Roseville man has been charged with armed robbery following a police pursuit involving multiple departments.

Kenneth James Ervin, 41, was arraigned Oct. 3, in 39th District Court in Roseville. His bond was set at $250,000 without 10 percent cash or surety.

The incident occurred around 11 a.m. Oct. 2 at the Walgreens near 13 Mile Road and Groesbeck Highway in Fraser.

Ervin allegedly walked into the store and approached two female clerks. He allegedly implied he had a gun.

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Published October 3, 2016

DETROIT — About a year ago, Flower House was in full bloom.

Lisa Waud, owner of Pot & Box floral design, launched a large-scale floral installation that brought leading florists from across the state together to fill an abandoned Detroit home from floor to ceiling with gorgeous fresh flowers.

But the experience, Waud says now, was something of a whirlwind.

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Published October 3, 2016

FRASER — Thousands of individuals in Macomb County will soon have to find a new food pantry.

Hope Center Macomb, 33222 Groesbeck Highway in Fraser, will close its doors Nov. 1. The last day for clients to use the center’s services will be Oct. 28.

Executive Director Steve Gibson said he found out the news around mid-September, from Board of Directors Chairman Matt Boone — who could not be reached by press time.

Gibson issued a personal statement on the center’s website.

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Published September 29, 2016

Two men have been arrested in possession of stolen checks and credit cards, and police say they may be responsible for stolen mail in several metro Detroit communities.

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Published September 28, 2016

FRASER — Nearly three decades after its inception, Fraser’s paid on-call Fire Department’s open house is still giving thrills to community children.

The open house operates in conjunction with Fraser Parks and Recreation’s Fall Fest. This year’s event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Steffens Park. The park is located near the intersection of 14 Mile and Garfield roads, near Fraser City Hall.

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Published September 28, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — At the township’s Sept. 6 Board of Trustees meeting, Assistant Finance Director Mary Hein gave a presentation on water and sewer rates. She explained what factors impact water and sewer rates, including the increased cost of water and sewer treatment, operations, debt payments and the township capital needs through its Water and Sewer Fund.

Water usage rates are increasing 18 cents per month, from $2.87 per unit to $3.05 per unit. Sewer usage charges are increasing 17 cents, from $5.35 to $5.52.

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Published September 28, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Freedom of Information Act helps keep citizens in the know in regard to local and federal government entities.

One recent complaint turned a normal board meeting into a lively debate.

It happened at the Clinton Township Board of Trustees meeting Aug. 22, after three board members — Paul Gieleghem, Bill Sowerby and Jenifer “Joie” West — requested an agenda item be placed in regard to the township’s FOIA guidelines.

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Published September 28, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Chippewa Valley School District has begun reviewing potential options for school improvement projects over the next six years.

In order to fund those projects, the district is going over the possibility of asking voters to support a millage increase to levy a bond which could fund up to $117 million worth of work.

The district would have to go before the Michigan treasury department in January in order to get an item on the ballot for this upcoming May election.

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Published September 28, 2016

Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series. Interviews included in this series have been collected over a period of two years.

METRO DETROIT — The Great Lakes Water Authority provides water to 126 municipalities and is known as a “wholesaler.” Its responsibility involves the production of treated water to meet all water requirements, and this water is delivered to one’s doorstep — via treatment facilities to metered points of connection.

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Published September 28, 2016

FRASER — Fraser Public Schools recently received a grant to help implement several initiatives to increase literacy for early-grade elementary students.

The district received $60,000 through an Additional Instruction Time Grant from the Michigan Department of Education. The grant is for the 2016-17 school year and will benefit students in developmental kindergarten through second grade at each of the district’s six elementary schools.

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Published September 28, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MARYSVILLE — A search is underway to locate a man who escaped from police during a custody exchange.

The escapee is Nicholas Ian Mosher, 21.

Clinton Township Police Capt. Bruce Wade said the original incident occurred around 12:15 p.m. Sept. 24. The department responded to a call of a suspicious person in the area of 15 Mile Road and Groesbeck Highway.

“What happened was, somebody has a business on 15 Mile Road and behind the business is a boat park,” Wade said. “(Mosher) was sleeping in a boat.”

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Published September 21, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Art lives forever, and plenty of art of all forms has been displayed at Clinton Township’s annual Festival of the Senses.

The festival has come a long way, celebrating its 10th year with another wide array of painters, musicians, magicians and everyone in between.

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Published September 21, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Riding around on two wheels can take someone almost anywhere.

That’s the big theme of the fourth annual Bike PATH: Ride for Recovery event on Saturday, Sept. 24, put on by CARE of Southeastern Michigan and a handful of sponsors.

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Published September 21, 2016

FRASER — On Aug. 12 and 13, Fraser Public Schools put on the musical production “Disney’s The Lion King Jr.”

Every summer Fraser does a summer musical referred to as “eight day theater camp.” More than 120 district students from grades three through eight participate in such productions, with 2016 being the sixth year of the summer theater program.

The camp’s goal is to create a tradition where the love of theater coalesces with generational divides.

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Published September 21, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Chippewa Valley Schools administrators came away pleased with the results of the district’s scores on the M-STEP and SAT exams administered late last spring.

Overall, test data shows the district outperformed county and state averages in every grade and every content area.

“I think overall we’re doing really well comparatively to other districts, but we always want to do better,” said Pam Jones, the director of curriculum and assessment. 

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Published September 21, 2016

FRASER/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Data from the second year of M-STEP testing shows that 21 Macomb County districts are mostly trending upward academically.

Results were recently released by the Macomb Intermediate School District, detailing scores and statistics in particular subject areas — as well as results from SATs, which for the first time were administered to all 11th grade students.

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Published September 14, 2016

Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series, check upcoming editions and candgnews.com for more.

METRO DETROIT — The availability of water is seen either as an inalienable human right or a paid-for privilege, depending on who you ask.

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Published September 14, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A reality of war is that not every serviceperson comes back alive.

Sometimes, people don’t come back at all.

Groups like Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154 are completely cognizant of this, because the members of the chapter have lost friends and family members, and even those they fought with but maybe did not know personally.

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