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Published March 26, 2015

Did you, a parent or grandparent fight in World War II, work in a factory to support the war effort, or plant a “victory garden” to feed the family when wartime rationing made things scarce?


If the answer is yes, then we want you, or them.


World War II ended 70 years ago this year with the formal surrender of Japan on Sept. 2, 1945. On May 8, the world will recognize the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, which marked the end of the war in Europe.

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Published March 26, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For more than 300 same-sex couples across the state of Michigan, March 22, 2015, was a very special day, for it marked the one-year anniversary of their weddings.

Their marriages took place in the brief window of time last year after a federal district court judge struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban, but before the state appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court and had that decision put on hold.

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Published March 25, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Since 1976, Habitat for Humanity has been an international staple when it comes to providing low-income families with decent, affordable housing.

And the one constant since 1976 and the present is that there are always people less fortunate in need.

That is part of the reason why the Macomb County Habitat for Humanity affiliate — officially formed in 1993 — continues to reach out to those who cannot only provide monetary aid, but also spread the word that people from all walks of life need help.

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Published March 25, 2015

Fred Schott established a grocery and dry goods store on Utica Road, south of 14 Mile Road, in the early 1930s. His son, Alfred, later took over the business. Pictured is a winter scene of the Schott family by their Fraser home.

 

Photo and caption submitted by Alan Naldrett, Fraser Historical Society


 

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Published March 25, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” the revered poet and playwright said that “all the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”


More than 400 years later, that quote can be attributed to something more traditional and commonplace: interior design and real estate.


Home staging is arguably more popular than it’s ever been before. The process of preparing a home to make it more appealing to potential buyers has become vital to those who sell homes.

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Published March 25, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Let’s face it: When it comes to snapping prom photos, seniors are probably more concerned with what their Instagram feed will look like than how the actual printed photos will turn out.

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Published March 24, 2015

LANSING — Third time’s the charm.


At least that’s what Matthew Falk is hoping when it comes to Logan’s Law, a bipartisan bill his own dog helped to inspire.


Michigan Rep. Paul Muxlow, R-Brown City, reintroduced the legislation to the Michigan House of Representatives on March 17 in hopes of getting support from the House and eventually the Senate to create a registry database for convicted animal abusers.

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Published March 24, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. never gave up on his dream of working in the music business.


Although he tried boxing as a career and spent a brief moment on Detroit’s automobile assembly line in the 1950s, neither was fulfilling.


“That wasn’t who he was,” said Coraleen Rawls, curator at the Motown Museum in Detroit.  “He was trying to be a square peg fitting into a round hole.”

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Published March 23, 2015

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Published March 23, 2015

The spring starts a new season of construction, but awareness could keep drivers from being barraged by sights of barrels during their commutes — or at least let them plan for a longer drive.

Oakland and Macomb counties’ road commissions have announced several upcoming projects for the spring and beyond.

According to Bob Hoepfner, director of the Macomb County Department of Roads, his agency plans to do about $42 million in roadwork this construction season.

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Published March 17, 2015

Lego lovers rejoice.

Michigan’s first and only attraction based on the world-famous Lego brick is coming to Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills next year.

The schedule calls for construction to begin this summer on Legoland Discovery Center Michigan and for the project to be completed in spring 2016, according to an announcement by Merlin Entertainment, which operates Legoland attractions worldwide.

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Published March 16, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP —   For another year and another budget, local leaders in Clinton Township aim to continue to make their community a desirable place to work and live.


The 2015-16 budget was unanimously passed by the Board of Trustees at the March 9 meeting, two weeks after the budget was first introduced.


The duration of the budget is from April 1, 2015, to March 31, 2016.


It’s not all about numbers and statistics, though.

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Published March 16, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — When a high-ranking public official steps toward a news camera or a podium, he or she often utters words that have been scribed by someone else.


Publicity is scarce for the lonely speechwriter who feels the pressure of pushing out eloquent yet pragmatic words of wisdom, all for the benefit of a politician’s career and, hopefully, an evolving America.


Brian Forest has lived that life, jotting down words for speeches that reach the masses.

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Published March 16, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — A date has been set to proceed with the case involving Clinton Township resident Matthew Magdowski and the death of his friend, Joseph Saroli.


Magdowski faces charges of manslaughter with intent but without malice. The crime carries a possible 15-year prison sentence.


During an arraignment on March 9 at Macomb County Circuit Court, Magdowski was present in prison garb in front of Judge Diane Druzinski.

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Published March 16, 2015

ROCHESTER — After years of fading into the background, the sounds of bells, whistles, digitized music and flippers hitting pinballs are coming back.


That old arcade mainstay has seen breaths of new life during the past few years, and enthusiasts around metro Detroit are helping put pinball machines back into the spotlight with local leagues running throughout the year, and a four-day annual event — the Michigan Pinball Expo — scheduled for April.

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Published March 16, 2015

A car with chipping, scratches, fading or worse cannot hide under winter grime forever, but repainting options exist just in time for a spring makeover. 

Allan Edwards, owner of Maaco Collision Repair & Auto Painting in Shelby Township, said drivers get their cars repainted for a number of reasons, such as collision work, corrosion restoration or a simple refreshing.

“A lot of times, they’ve just got older cars looking pretty bland,” he said. “Sometimes they want to do a totally different color.”

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Published March 11, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Volunteers were out in full force on Feb. 20 as part of a food drive hosted by Paragon Properties, in association with Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.


It was a joint effort that was stimulated by Paragon’s urge to participate in community endeavors — as it has done consistently over the years — though it was the first time that individuals physically volunteered at Gleaners locations.

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Published March 11, 2015

FRASER — Dorothy and her companions traveled down the yellow brick road to see the Wizard of Oz, and local students recently brought the fairy tale to reality for a young girl’s birthday party.


On Feb. 28 at a clubhouse at Rudgate Clinton, about 27 kids and 20 adults gathered to see a performance of “The Wizard of Oz” that was acted out by students in Fraser High School’s Performing Arts club.


The play and guests were all a part of Olivia’s 6th birthday celebration.

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Published March 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — A few years ago, when Jason Davidson’s hair was completely shaved off during the St. Baldrick’s Foundation cancer fundraiser, a young girl battling the illness came up to him and said “thank you.”


Touched by her words, “It was hard to come up with a response,” Davidson said.

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