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Published May 18, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — The Paint Creek is one of the few remaining coldwater-designated trout streams in southeast Michigan, and it’s a popular spot for fly-fishing enthusiasts.

To protect, enhance and promote the natural resource, the Clinton River Watershed Council has teamed with several organizations to create the Clinton River Coldwater Conservation Project.

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Published May 18, 2016

METRO DETROIT — In large part, the days of calling the golf course clubhouse, asking for a tee time and hoping there’s an opening have faded into the past.

For many golfers, the decision of where to go, how much to pay and what time they’re teeing off is now just a few clicks away.

GolfNow was founded in 2001 and has become the leader in discount golf. The service (www.GolfNow.com) is affiliated with the Golf Channel and is a member of the NBC Sports Group.

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Published May 18, 2016

ROCHESTER — Unlike past years, the city of Rochester has embarked on a zero-based budget this year with new City Manager Blaine Wing.

The council approved the 2017 budget May 9.

“We basically brought everything down to zero and then we built everything up in every department, and we basically had to justify how we were going to spend everything,” Wing said.

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Published May 18, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Last year, three local nonprofit organizations received thousands of dollars in cash donations and advertising as part of C & G Newspapers’ inaugural Community GiveBack contest, and now C & G is teaming up with Suburban Hyundai in Troy once again to offer the program for a second year. 

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Published May 17, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — A Flint man has confessed to a Nov. 17, 2015, home invasion involving a 77-year-old woman who was threatened with a gun and bound with duct tape at her home in the 2800 block of Crooks Road. 

According to a police report, DNA evidence linked the suspect to the home invasion.

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Published May 17, 2016

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS — The Friends of the Clinton River Trail are kicking off the start of the official trail season with a spring open house event May 24.

Friends President Fred Phillips said the event is a chance for the public to learn more about Detroit’s comeback as a bike city, as well as the many things happening locally on the Clinton River Trail.

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Published May 17, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — A suspicious man driving a black sedan approached a 14-year-old boy at 9:48 p.m. May 12 in the 2700 block of Invitational Drive, near Buell and Rochester roads, a police report states.

According to the report, the car approached the teen, and the driver said, “Come help me, can you come to my car?” After the approach, the boy ran into his house to get his house sitter. Once the sitter approached the car, it drove away.

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Published May 17, 2016

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Recent testing has revealed elevated levels of copper at Rochester Community Schools’ Delta Kelly Elementary School.

In the wake of the Flint water crisis, RCS Superintendent Robert Shaner said, he engaged independent environmental consulting firm Nova Environmental Inc. to take random samples of the drinking water within each of the district’s 21 schools and facilities in February.

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Published May 17, 2016

ROCHESTER — Each year, Rochester-Avon Historical Society member Rod Wilson places a top hat upon his head and hits the streets of downtown Rochester with a crowd of followers in tow.

Wilson kicked off the 13th season of the Historical Society’s historic walking tour series May 16, sharing stories of Rochester’s past with all who came to listen. The walking tours, which last approximately 2 1/2 hours each, are held each month. Upcoming tours will begin at 7 p.m. June 14, July 20 and Aug. 19, and at 1 p.m. Sept. 17 and Oct. 16.

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Published May 11, 2016

Michigan traffic fatalities were up in 2015, keeping in line with what is a national trend. The first months of 2016 also appear to show an increase in traffic deaths, but the provisional numbers change daily.

The harder question to answer is what caused the increase in traffic deaths.

“Things have changed so quickly that we’re just now kind of catching up on the data side,” said Anne Readett, communications manager for the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. “We still have a lot of ground to cover and a lot of progress to make.”

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Published May 11, 2016

ROCHESTER — Daffodils and tulips aren’t the only things popping up this spring in downtown Rochester. A number of new businesses have opened their doors over the past few months.

East Street Home, at 300 East St., is a home décor and interior design studio that opened at the end of January. Merry Stephenson, who owns the store with her husband, Bob, said the couple wanted to open a neighborhood shop close to home that blends reclaimed antique goods with modern homewares and accessories.

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Published May 10, 2016

ROCHESTER — When Michael Platt joined the Royal Park Hotel as its new general manager, he knew he wanted to make a few changes.

After years of the hotel not allowing four-legged friends inside, Platt decided to adopt a pet-friendly atmosphere at the Royal Park Hotel this year.

“A lot of people like to travel with their pets and I thought, ‘Why would we not welcome a four-legged guest, along with our regular people guests?’” Platt said.

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Published May 10, 2016

ROCHESTER — The season for decking the halls is long gone, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to be over.

Downtown Rochester is once again partnering with local and national artists to “deck out” area businesses with uniquely designed skateboard decks for the 2016 Deck Art competition.

What began as a small skateboard art competition six years ago now draws artists from all over Michigan and even across the country, according to Deck Art founder Linda Gallaher, of South Street Skateshop.

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Published May 10, 2016

ROCHESTER — Volunteers across Rochester will pitch in this month to make sure a couple of the city’s parks are in tip-top shape.

On May 14, volunteers of all ages can do their part to help make sure the city they live in stays beautiful during the 2016 Rochester Make a Difference Day. This year’s project, organized by the Rochester City Beautiful Commission, is called Mulch-a-Palooza.

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Published May 10, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — South Boulevard was slated to be closed to all traffic at Rochester Road May 10 through early July, according to Road Commission for Oakland County officials.

Rochester Road will be reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction at the South Boulevard intersection. According to Rochester Hills Department of Public Services Director Allan Schneck, the project will have “significant impact” on motorists.

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Published May 9, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — The “economic renaissance” in Oakland County will continue to get better at a moderate, but still healthy and sustainable, rate of growth into year seven of the economic recovery, according to University of Michigan economists.

Job growth in Oakland County is expected to increase 2 percent each year for the next three years, skewed toward jobs on the higher end of the pay scale — with annual wages of $75,000 or more accounting for 35 percent of the increase.

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Published May 4, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Tiny pieces of plastic are able to cause a huge headache in the Great Lakes, and they primarily are coming from discarded litter found on the street.

Microplastics are remnants of larger pieces of plastic — like bags, utensils and bottles — that have degraded due to environmental factors into smaller and smaller pieces, according to International Joint Commission Commissioner Dereth Glance.

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Published May 4, 2016

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Community Schools district was recently named among the nation’s Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation.

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Published May 4, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — A new program aims to fill the township’s unpaved road potholes with limestone.

Many of the township’s gravel roads are treated with limestone for a smoother and stronger surface. In the past, potholes on those roads were filled with gravel. 

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Published May 4, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Bees may soon be buzzing at Cranberry Lake Park, thanks to a new beekeeping program slated to begin on park grounds in May.

The program will include hives and a regular schedule of beekeeping classes, led by Preston Zale, of Popz Beez.

“There is plenty of room to put bees in, and it just seemed like a natural fit to give people an educational opportunity,” Zale said at the April 26 Oakland Township Board of Trustees meeting. “It would be a good way to mesh the whole Cranberry Lake experience.”

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