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Published May 31, 2016

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Police Department will conduct its annual open house June 4 with activities for people of all ages to enjoy.

The free event — to be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the department, 400 Sixth St. — will feature tours, demonstrations and a number of other attractions.

Rochester Police Chief Steve Schettenhelm said the event is a full experience of everything that happens on a daily basis at the police station.

“It’s a great opportunity for people to see all the different facets of the Police Department,” he said.

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Published May 31, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP —  A new veterans tribute will feature clear glass-etched markers rising skyward and encircling the American flag, lighted at night, on Adams Road, at Silverbell.

“We envision a tribute that is not made of granite and brass,” said Timothy Reese, one of three Oakland Township residents heading the tribute plan. “We wanted to do something a little different.”

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Published May 25, 2016

ROCHESTER — Local galleries, studios and businesses will give the public a glimpse of what’s going on in the world of art during the Paint Creek Center for the Arts’ Spring Gallery Stroll 5-8 p.m. June 3.

The twice-yearly gallery strolls, typically held in the spring and the fall, give art lovers a chance to stroll from gallery to gallery, admiring artwork, mingling with artists and becoming better acquainted with downtown Rochester.

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Published May 25, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Once the oak wilt fungus enters an oak tree’s system, an infected tree can be dead within a month. 

“Even the biggest trees,” said David Roberts, senior academic specialist at Michigan State University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. 

Roberts has been studying the oak wilt fungus for the past 30 years. 

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Published May 25, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — The first phase of a multiyear Dequindre reconstruction project is slated to begin sometime this year between Burning Bush and Utica Road.

“This is right near Beaumont Hospital, traveling north through the intersection of South Boulevard, underneath the viaduct to Burning Bush to the north,” said Rochester Hills Department of Public Services Director Allan Schneck.

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Published May 25, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — The city plans to purchase five new ambulances featuring heavy-duty chassis systems and improved lifting mechanisms.

“The last major investment in ambulances was made in 2009,” Rochester Hills Fire Chief Sean Canto said. “Since the purchase of those units, the department has encountered numerous mechanical and service issues resulting in approximately $225,000 in cost and repairs. Unfortunately, these units were not designed very well, and it was not taken into consideration the workload they would be encountering.”

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Published May 24, 2016

ROCHESTER — A fawn was reunited with its mother May 16 after Rochester police freed the animal from a pine tree.

Police were dispatched to the area of Washington and Dunham roads at 9:30 p.m. May 16 after a resident overheard the fawn’s cries while out for a walk with his family.

Sgt. Keith Harper and officer Ken Buchan arrived on the scene to find a mother deer running around a pine tree, desperately trying to free her distressed fawn.

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Published May 24, 2016

ROCHESTER — Families can travel back in time Memorial Day weekend during the Greater Rochester Heritage Days Festival.

The festival, according to event steering committee member Liz Golding, is designed to provide entertainment for the community and educate people on the heritage of the area, and it also serves as a fundraiser for many local nonprofits, which benefit from various sponsored food and vendor sales.

“There are really so many events that are going on. It’s a really family-friendly festival,” Golding said.

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Published May 18, 2016

ROCHESTER — Rochester and its Downtown Development Authority captured three awards at the recent Main Street Oakland County Main Event celebration.

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Published May 18, 2016

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — The Older Persons’ Commission is giving community members of all ages, not just seniors, a chance to reconnect with their minds, bodies and spirits this weekend.

The community senior center’s first Mind-Body-Spirit Day, which will begin at 8 a.m. May 21, is a special event featuring health and wellness activities such as tai chi, yoga, and breathing and relaxation techniques. Residents of all ages from Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township are invited to sample the activities.

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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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