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Published April 15, 2015

ROCHESTER — The massive green festival that has taken over downtown Rochester annually for the past 10 years is moving to the parking lot near the south entrance of Rochester Municipal Park this year.

“We have a larger area than we had last year, so we are going to have more exhibitors and more room for programming, and also we are connected very nicely to the natural features of the park, the trail and the park, so it’s a beautiful setting,” said festival manager John Batdorf.

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Published April 15, 2015

ROCHESTER — Cold weather has delayed construction on the Rochester Hills Public Library’s 6,600-square-foot addition, pushing the project completion date into May.

The work began on the $1.6 million addition in September, and officials had initially hoped to wrap the project up by the end of April. But frigid temperatures delayed the exterior brickwork by about three weeks, Library Director Christine Lind Hage explained.

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Published April 15, 2015

ROCHESTER — Through the magic of books, the Rochester-based Authors in April program has been connecting children with famous authors and illustrators for over 30 years.

This year’s Authors in April program will take place April 20-24, bringing four nationally acclaimed authors to the Rochester area — Daniel Kirk, Lynne Jonell, Chris Grabenstein and Nora Raleigh Baskin. 

Authors in April executive board member Lisa Wattai said the program has been important in the community for 32 years.

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Published April 15, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Children who enjoy live theater are invited to check out two productions coming to the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts this month.

“My Heart in a Suitcase” is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. April 21.

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Published April 13, 2015

Whether it’s for planning a long road trip or to have some backup wheels while their main ride is in the shop, securing a rental car will likely become a favorable option for most drivers sooner or later.

However, businesses that loan vehicles to drivers often have their own requirements and guidelines for renting vehicles and taking care of those vehicles.

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Published April 13, 2015

NOVI — While some actors might regret being typecast due to a certain role, that is not the case for Robert Englund.

The California native — probably best known for scaring filmgoers as Freddy Krueger in several “A Nightmare on Elm Street” movies  —  said the frightening character he played actually opened many more doors for him in the U.S., Canada, Israel, Africa and Europe, where he has found steady work.

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Published April 9, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — For over three years, Terri and Sean Compton, both of West Bloomfield, tried to conceive.


During that time, Terri had two miscarriages, two ectopic pregnancies and lost their son, Patrick, when she was 17 weeks pregnant.


“I was one of those people who could get pregnant very, very easy. … I just couldn’t carry,” Terri said.


Four-year-old Brin was Terri and Sean’s sixth pregnancy and their little miracle.

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Published April 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For people with space challenges and unfavorable soil conditions, container gardens may be a simple, colorful solution.


Mary Gerstenberger, Macomb County Michigan State University Extension consumer horticulture coordinator, and Karen McCuen, president of the Shelby Gardeners Club, agree that whether people are planting vegetables or flowers, the first step is to select the right container.

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Published April 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Most people don’t notice awnings until they decide to buy one.


The main reason most homeowners decide to purchase an awning is for shade. Also, they wish to cut the cost of cooling their home and keep the patio cool in the summer, said Lorraine Strachan, office manager for Signature Awning in Livonia, which serves all of metro Detroit.


“The biggest reason is shade,” Strachan said.

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Published April 8, 2015

DETROIT — Go Comedy! Improv Theater is packing up the laughs and taking them down the road.


The Ferndale-based improvisational comedy group will be bringing its award-winning All-Star Showdown to Detroit’s Elizabeth Theater for special performances April 18 and May 16.

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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

ROCHESTER HILLS/AUBURN HILLS — A robot crafted entirely by a team of middle school girls from the Avondale School District will compete for the first time in next year’s Oakland County Robotics Competitive Association’s Middle School VEX championship.

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Published April 7, 2015

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — The tall perennial grass phragmites chokes out native plants, obscures scenic views, becomes a fire hazard and is difficult to eliminate.

Township officials are attempting to control invasive phragmites with prescribed burns this spring, after chemical eradication treatments last fall. Gallagher Creek Park on Silverbell near Adams and O’Connor Nature Park at Rochester and Mead roads received prescribed burns March 20.

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Published April 6, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — Oakland County residents are leading healthier lives, ranking No. 2 in the state for a second year in a row for health behaviors among 82 counties, according to a County Health Rankings Report.


​“We measure up well for many key factors that affect health,” Kathy Forzley, Oakland County Health Division manager/health officer, said in a press release. “These results reflect our commitment to improving the overall health and quality of life for our residents.”

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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 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

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — New Township Manager Warren Brown believes his job is to serve the residents.

“The constituency is the ultimate employer,” he said. “It is about the taxpayers.”

Brown — a former Sandusky County, Ohio, administrator — replaces Ann Capela as Oakland Township manager. After just two weeks on the job, Brown said he welcomes the challenges of the growing community.

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Published March 31, 2015

ROCHESTER — The $12 million parking platforms being built in downtown Rochester will not have surveillance cameras when they open later this year, and some Rochester residents and business owners aren’t happy about that.

Rochester Mayor Jeffrey Cuthbertson said the City Council has debated the issue twice, and each time, has opted to leave surveillance cameras out of the equation.

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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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