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Published June 5, 2013

As kids anxiously await the arrival of summer, parents are weighing their summer child care options. From day camps to sitters, there’s a lot to consider when choosing who your youngster will spend their summer break with.

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Published May 29, 2013

Impatiens, a top choice for homeowners planting colorful annual flower displays, will not be available at most nurseries this year.

“There is a downy mildew problem with impatiens,” said Carl Eckert, owner of Eckert’s Greenhouse on Ryan in Sterling Heights. “We didn’t grow them this year, and most other nurseries also didn’t.”

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Published May 22, 2013

Michigan Week is in full swing, giving residents just one more excuse to revel in all the wonderful things there are to do and see in the Mitten State.

Whether you’re a beer buff or a beach babe, there’s a place for you in Michigan. But with so many regional specialties, it’s hard to choose which area of the state is best for the stay- or play-cation of your choice.

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Published April 30, 2013

ROCHESTER HILLS — When a doctor first told Sheri Navetta that her 22-month-old son Andrew had type 1 diabetes, the young mother of twin boys was confused and in shock.

“The doctor said Andrew had to go to Royal Oak Beaumont for three days,” Navetta said. “Separating the twins for three days — I couldn’t imagine it.

“It was pretty scary at first,” she said about the diagnosis. “But once you get into it, it becomes routine and it is not so bad.” 

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Published April 30, 2013

DETROIT — The Labor Day weekend is still a few months away, but already it’s promising to be another great one for jazz lovers and the city of Detroit.

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Published April 10, 2013

After almost 21 years together, the Luddites still haven’t suffered the ubiquitous “creative differences” that have shattered bands less than half their age.

The 11-piece acoustic group will celebrate the release of their fourth CD, “Twisted In,” with a concert starting at 9 p.m. April 13 at PJ’s Lager House. Bass player David Giovannucci, one of the original Luddites from those early days in August 1992 when they started as a five-piece acoustic act, said friendship and mutual respect have kept them going all these years.

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Published April 10, 2013

In the bin

Come garbage day, most curbside recycling bins are stuffed with paper, plastic and glass bottles, cans, and cardboard, but there’s a whole lot more that can be added to the heap.

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Published March 27, 2013

Though spring seems to have lost its way en route to Michigan, it won’t be long before temperatures finally rise and the ground thaws to welcome new plants and flowers into eagerly awaited gardens around metro Detroit.

Just like in fashion boutiques, there will be lots of trends that customers will be clamoring for at their local nursery this year as they plan their landscape design. According to Erma Rhadigan, co-owner of Ray Wiegand’s Nursery in Macomb Township, this year’s most popular bloom choices are going to be bright, warm colors.

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Published March 27, 2013

With spring here — at least according to the calendar — many homeowners look to the state of their houses after the long, dirty winter and aren’t happy with what they see.

Carpets are soiled by salty boots; driveways start cracking from the months-long freeze/thaw cycle; and muddy messes are exposed in backyards that will be used for entertaining, come summer.

Now is the time to fix those problems, according to local contractors, before warm-weather fun beckons and the summer home- improvement rush begins.

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Published August 8, 2012


Can do

Eileen Haraminac will teach several upcoming food preservation courses at the Macomb MSU Extension office at 21885 Dunham, Assembly Room A, in Clinton Township:
• Aug. 18: hot water bath jams and jellies.

Published June 7, 2012

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — In an ongoing effort to restore the historic buildings at Cranberry Lake Park, a silo roof will be replaced.

“The silo was built in 1930,” said Tammis Donaldson, principal architect for Ekocite Architecture of Royal Oak.

“The pieces of interlocking concrete were pre-cast in a conical shape,” Donaldson said. “They imploded and fell in the silo. We have all the pieces and will use them as a template.”

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Published May 23, 2012

ROCHESTER HILLS — Approximately 20 people from St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Rochester Hills helped forever change the life of a Pontiac family by volunteering their time during a recent Rebuild Day.

The team was among a group of more than 1,400 volunteers organized by Rebuilding Together Oakland County to participate in the nonprofit’s annual Rebuild Day April 28, which treated 50 homes in 11 Oakland County communities to some upgrades.

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Published May 2, 2012

ROCHESTER — Approximately 800 TV producers, directors, celebrities and guests brought a small piece of Rochester home from the 33rd annual Sports Emmy Awards in New York City April 30.

Rochester-based gourmet chocolate shop Capies Candies was one of 30 small businesses across the country — and the only one from Michigan — featured in the gift bags that were handed out during the Sports Emmy Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in sports TV coverage.

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Published May 2, 2012

ROCHESTER — If you ask Paint A Miracle Executive Director Shelly Tyshka, the Images of Inspiration luncheon is “one of the most inspirational afternoons of the year.”

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Published April 25, 2012

ROCHESTER — Two new exhibits opened at the Paint Creek Center for the Arts last weekend.

“Works on Paper” and “Robert Tucker: Torn and Painted in the Desert” will be on display at the PCCA, 407 Pine St., through May 25.

Exhibition Director Mary Fortuna said the PCCA’s main gallery upstairs currently houses “Works on Paper,” a four-person group show that features drawings, collages and objects made of paper — selected by the PCCA Exhibition Committee.

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Published April 11, 2012

METRO DETROIT — Last year, more than 450 Michigan students shared what their school was doing to be green as part of the first annual My Green School Art Contest offered by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Detroit Regional Chapter of the Green Schools Committee.

“Last year we had a great response, so we are excited to do it again,” said Connie Lilley, a member of the Green Schools Committee and owner of ecoSTORE USA. “The kids were very enthusiastic about it, and the winners were very excited.”

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Published April 11, 2012

ROCHESTER HILLS — Work on the fifth floor of the Crittenton Hospital Medical Center south tower project is currently under way, with sights set on a fall 2013 project completion date.

“It is pretty much on schedule,” said Brian Birney, director of marketing and communications at Crittenton Hospital. “Especially with the unseasonably warm weather we have had this winter.”

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Published April 11, 2012

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — A grant could pave the way for a pedestrian bridge from the Paint Creek Trail to the Paint Creek Cider Mill, near Gallagher and Orion roads.

“It is not just a pedestrian bridge,” Oakland Township Parks and Trails Planner Mindy Milos-Dale said. “There are a number of items wrapped together in one grant, including a set of outdoor restrooms, drinking fountains, a fishing platform and connecting walkways.”

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Published March 21, 2012

As pet lovers snuggle up with their furry friends, many may not think about where their animals came from before they found them listed online or at a pet store. But the Michigan Humane Society estimates that 99 percent of pet store puppies are bred by large-scale breeders, or puppy mills, some of which are known for their cruel and inhumane treatment of animals to maximize profit.

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Published March 14, 2012

An electronic sign on the wall reads “10 days, 14 hours, 15 minutes and 4.32 seconds.”

“That’s the countdown until the end of my life,” laughed Melisa Valentine, 25, of Ferndale, a bartender at the Blarney Stone Pub in Berkley.

She’s kidding of course. The countdown marks the time left before St. Patrick’s Day, the annual holiday many celebrate by bellying up to the bar. But for those tasked with handling the crowds and their beverage orders from behind the bar, it’s a far different experience.

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