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Published November 25, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — When he was in fifth grade, Adam Majestic wrote that one of his goals was to become an Eagle Scout.

The following year, in 2009, he began to pursue that goal by joining the Boy Scouts.

Nearly 30 merit badges and 52 nights of camping over the past six years led him to accomplish his goal this fall.

“This was my ultimate goal,” said Majestic, who is also using the honor as an edge in applying for colleges.

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Published November 24, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Parks and Recreation Department for Macomb Township is preparing to host its 11th annual holiday tree lighting ceremony.

The free event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Township Hall building, as well as at the Recreation Center.

“We encourage families to continue this tradition or start a new tradition, and kick off their holiday seasons with us,” said Recreation Programmer Michelle Duda.

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Published November 24, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — It won’t be long before the Potters Market opens its doors for business.

Now in its 40th year, the Potters Market will feature around 35,000 pieces by 140 potters. They’re made to the show’s exacting standards, including many in the $5-$30 price range. It’s an event where you never know what you’ll see next, since the selection changes as items are sold and new items take their place. 

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Published November 20, 2015

During a Nov. 20 press conference, Crime Stoppers of Michigan announced a cash reward for information leading to an arrest in the hit-and-run death of a freshman student at Central Michigan University who was from Macomb Township.

Ryan Tsatsos, a 2015 Warren De La Salle graduate, was killed the night of Nov. 1 while walking with friends northbound on Crawford Road in Union Township, which connects an off-campus housing area south of the CMU campus with on-campus dorms.

Several family members, close friends and law enforcement officials also spoke at the press conference.

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Published November 18, 2015

LANSING — During the Nov. 3 election that included races for many city, village and township decision-makers’ seats in Oakland and Macomb counties, only about 20 percent of registered voters cast their ballots across both counties, according to the respective county clerks’ offices.

Hoping to get a better turnout at the polls on election days, state Rep. Robert Wittenberg, D-Oak Park, introduced a resolution Nov. 3 that asks the U.S. Congress to make Election Day a national holiday. Such a move would give voters the day off from work and school.

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Published November 18, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Michigan State University Extension is in the midst of meeting with residents statewide to learn which pressing issues and topics they would like to see in educational programming offered at sites locally or statewide.

During a forum held Nov. 12 at the North Branch of the Clinton-Macomb Public Library, a cross section of about 15 individuals ranging from public officials to residents took part in discussing and identifying those potential topics.

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Published November 16, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The scores for Chippewa Valley Schools students on the ACT are on the rise, according to a presentation during a Board of Education meeting earlier this month provided by Ed Skiba, director of secondary education for the district.

Across the district, 1,285 ACT exams were taken by CVS students in 2015, with an average score of 21.1, which is higher than the state average of 20.1

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Published November 13, 2015

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP —Hundreds of veterans came out to take a stroll through history — and to be recognized for their contributions to it — during a Veterans Day event at Stahls Automotive Museum in Chesterfield Township.

Veterans of the U.S. armed forces, accompanied by family members, friends and supporters, toured the museum on Nov. 11 during special hours set aside to honor those who served their country in times of conflict and peace.

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Published November 11, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — It didn’t matter how the team was doing, Ryan Tsatsos always had a smile on his face and words of encouragement for his teammates.

That’s how recently retired Warren De La Salle football coach Paul Verska remembered Tsatsos, who was killed in a hit-and-run crash shortly after midnight on Nov. 1, just off the campus of Central Michigan University.

Tsatsos, of Macomb Township, graduated from De La Salle last spring, and was a freshman at CMU this fall.

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Published November 6, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — Austin Catholic High School seniors Hannah Burke and Tiffany Lacap had been working on this since school began in August.

Their senior Christian service project, a requirement to graduate from Austin, took place on Halloween morning when they hosted students with special needs for a Halloween party on the school’s grounds.

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Published November 5, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After months of tussling with partisan plans for fixing the state’s troubled roads, Michigan lawmakers moved swiftly on Election Day to approve a package of bills that supporters claim will raise $1.2 billion annually for repairs.

Proponents of the plan, which cleared the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives on Nov. 3, mostly along party lines, say it will fund repairs through $600 million in increased fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees, tempered with tax credits and $600 million in unspecified cuts to the state’s general fund.

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Published November 4, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — According to a recent study by the Traffic Improvement Association of Michigan, Macomb Township did not feature any road intersections that placed in the top 10 in Macomb County for traffic accidents so far in 2015.

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Published October 30, 2015

DETROIT — Huge crowds routinely turn out in the chilly November air to cheer colorful floats, marching bands and enormous balloons that line Woodward Avenue for America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit.

The spectator turnout is nowhere near as robust when thousands of veterans, their family members, friends and supporters parade down Jefferson Avenue on the Saturday before Veterans Day.

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Published October 30, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb/St. Clair Autism Society is raffling off two tickets to tour the top of the Mackinac Bridge.

Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Autism Society.

Tickets cost $10 each, and only 1,000 tickets will be sold. There is no limit on the number of tickets an individual may purchase. 

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Published October 28, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Eric Joye had gone through all of the steps necessary to begin a project that would help him earn the distinction of Eagle Scout when suddenly he realized that he would have to start all over.

His original plan, which needed to be fully fundraised and approved by his troop’s leaders, was to build picnic tables for the Macomb Township Parks and Recreation Department.

However, the wood that was purchased for the tables was too flexible, and wasn’t suitable for the project.

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Published October 28, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Based on the approval of a resolution by the Macomb County Board of Commissioners on Oct. 22, the Macomb County Circuit Court will be adding two new judges in the next four years.

The first judge will begin in January 2017 after the 2016 election, and the second judge will start in January 2019 following the 2018 election. A judge position that was temporarily eliminated in 2009 due to the economic downturn will also return in 2017.

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Published October 21, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A road construction project related to a water main break in February has been slated for an area of North Avenue just north of 21 Mile Road.

The repaving construction will begin Oct. 26 and last about a week, according to Macomb County Department of Roads Director Bob Hoepfner.

“The damage goes across four lanes — it’s extensive, and we have to do it in stages,” Hoepfner said.

Hoepfner said the road will remain open to traffic, but crews will likely shut down two lanes at a time.

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Published October 16, 2015

A 46-year-old Clinton Township man walked away from a plane crash with only small lacerations on his face after the plane he was piloting crashed while approaching Ray Community Airport Oct. 15.

According to a report from the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched at 6:10 p.m. to 59819 Indian Trail, the airport’s address, for a report of a plane crash. When deputies arrived, Ray Township Fire and MedStar Ambulance personnel were on the scene and treating the pilot.

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Published October 16, 2015

During the evening Oct. 13, parents of children who attend Atwood Elementary School on North Avenue in Macomb Township reportedly saw a man walking through the school’s parking lot and exposing his bare backside.

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Published October 14, 2015

DETROIT — A group of Glen Peters School students got front row seats of a Detroit Symphony Orchestra performance when they attended a practice Sept. 24 at Orchestra Hall.

The event not only gave the special-needs students the opportunity to see the DSO front and center, but it honored classmate Nathan Suida, who died in June. The Macomb Township resident was 18.

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