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Published April 8, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — Waving goodbye to the snow and ice of winter isn’t hard for most people to do come spring, but county officials want residents to know that as the temperatures increase, so do the chances for severe weather.

Last year, there were 112 storm-based warnings issued in southeast Michigan, three of which were recorded tornadoes. County officials said the recent tornado that touched down in Rochester Hills serves as a reminder of how destructive tornadoes can be and why it is vital to have a severe weather plan.

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Published April 8, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — More than 100 Macomb County schools were recognized by the Macomb County Board of Commissioners for their efforts in “going green” at the seventh annual Macomb County Green Schools program on April 1.

The Green Schools program began statewide in 2006, and the Board of Commissioners has facilitated the program for seven years. With 120 schools being recognized this year, board Chair Dave Flynn said Macomb County’s participation is probably growing at the fastest rate throughout the state.

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Published April 6, 2015

A greener, warmer Michigan might signal the end of winter driving, but the end of winter advisory alerts doesn’t mean that drivers can let down their guard.

According to AAA Public Affairs Director Susan Hiltz, many people take road trips around this time of year. But she said some vehicles may need to prepare for a transition between local cold winter driving and driving over the next couple of months.

Road trips also require careful attention to surrounding traffic, she said.

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Published April 3, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP— The case of a 76-year-old Macomb Township resident charged in a fatal shooting has been bound over to Macomb County Circuit Court.

Donald Miller faces charges of second degree murder in the Feb. 16 death of a 31-year old Pontiac man. Miller’s preliminary exam ended April 2 at Shelby Township District Court 41-A on April 2.

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Published April 1, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Elegance and simplicity are essential elements of award-winning home design.

“Our clients want quality architectural details,” said John VanBrouck, of Luxe Homes, one of the winners of the Detroit Home Design Awards, held March 24 at The Fillmore Detroit. “They are looking for something that is different, unique and creative with classic styling.”

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Published April 1, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With spring right around the corner, it won’t be long before farmers markets open up, ready to bring shoppers the locally grown produce that may not have all the chemicals that larger grocers might sell.

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Published April 1, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Jake Hill’s grandparents lived it, and now he’s going to be acting it.

Hill, a junior at Dakota High School, will be playing the character of Tony Wyzek in the school’s production of “West Side Story.”

The musical is centered around a pair of rival teenage gangs, a Caucasian gang called the “Jets,” and a Puerto Rican gang called the “Sharks.” The production is set in the upper west side of New York City in the 1950s.

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Published March 31, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — During the clerk’s comments section of a Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting on March 25, Township Clerk Michael Koehs discussed the expiration of a six-month moratorium on oil and gas well drilling in Macomb Township.

The moratorium expired on March 10, and Koehs recommended that the board take action to address the issue.

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Published March 30, 2015

Most auto owners want their cars to go the distance on durability, but it often requires driver diligence to succeed, according to some auto repair businesses.  

According to Hal Collins, owner of Hal’s Auto Clinic in Farmington Hills, his business sees lots of cars with around 200,000 miles on their odometers.

“The manufacturers have done a great job of making the cars more durable,” he said.

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Published March 27, 2015

WARREN — It has become a tradition flanked with its own Paris-like runway. 

Every year, Regina High School parents, students, alumni and friends gather for the school’s annual fashion show that the Regina Mothers Guild sponsors. The goal is to raise money for the school.

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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

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb Township resident Tony Aued long thought about diving into novel writing, but other commitments prevented him from following through with the idea.

Raising a family and a 25-year career in the automotive industry that was sandwiched by stints as an English teacher kept Aued plenty busy, but the events surrounding a family tragedy caused him to finally write his first novel a decade ago.

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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 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 18, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — As the first week of consistent above-freezing temperatures arrived last week, so did the emergence of fresh potholes on Macomb Township roadways.

Although the Macomb County Department of Roads has already begun dispatching its patching crews throughout the county to repair potholes, addressing underlying problems with area roads will have to wait until the underground frost leaves, said Macomb Township Clerk Michael Koehs.

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Published March 17, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — “It’s not your grandpa’s factory anymore.”

That was one of many messages delivered by U.S. Rep. Candice Miller and leaders of PTI Engineered Plastics during a visit from Miller on March 11.

Miller was on hand to tour PTI’s plant in Macomb Township and present a certificate of special congressional recognition to the company for several accomplishments, including the creation of its technical academy for high school students.

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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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