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Published July 15, 2015

A bucket list is typically defined as a list of experiences or goals one hopes to accomplish in their lifetime.

Oakland County Parks and Recreation is scaling that theme down a bit with its new bucket list: a number of activities that county residents should take advantage of outside at local parks before the warmth of summer falls away.

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Published July 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — ’Tis the season for summer and fall home repairs.


But as homeowners work rapidly to complete projects before the winter months, scam contractors might slip right under their noses.

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Published July 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Leslie McMahon has always had a connection to law enforcement.


Her late father, Arthur Dickinson, was an associate member of the Fraternal Order of Police No. 130 in Ferndale, and her late grandfather, E. Parker Dickinson, was a reserve officer in downtown Detroit.


So it’s fitting that McMahon is the president of the Professional Law Enforcement Association (PLEA) Foundation, a nonprofit organization that donates equipment and training to law enforcement professionals, including K-9 officers.

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Published July 15, 2015

ROCHESTER —  For over 40 years, the Rochester Community House has opened its doors to the public, serving as a hub for classes, events and celebrations of all types for the local community.

Longtime Director Mary Lee Kowalczyk was instrumental in starting the Rochester Community House by first approaching the city of Rochester about using the 1940 Avon Pavilion — a 30-by-60-foot log building with a fieldstone fireplace in what is now Rochester Municipal Park — so local service groups could meet.

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Published July 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — No two parenting styles are alike. You’ve got your helicopter parents, your attachment parents, your free-range parents — the options are seemingly endless.


But one thing most moms and dads can agree on is that raising a kid ain’t cheap. Learning how to save a few bucks can become an important component of everyday life.

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Published July 14, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — Oakland University’s new autism clinic aims to break through the barriers that autism spectrum disorders create.

The new applied behavioral analysis clinic tackles autism on three levels, said clinic director Jessica Korneder during the July 6 opening at OU’s Pawley Hall.

“We will teach preschoolers with autism — we’ll have graduate students from our special education department and undergraduate students in psychology and social work,” she said.

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Published July 13, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY —  The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and local officials are reminding residents to take precautions before taking vessels on the lakes.


Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a press release that boats and personal watercraft are more reliable these days; however, the operator must have a basic understanding of the mechanical system and how to operate the vessel.


Just because a person can drive a car doesn’t mean he or she can operate a boat or personal watercraft.

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Published July 13, 2015

Following the course of the calendar, local dealerships’ summer clearance season typically marks the transition of “out with the old, in with the new” as far as vehicle models are concerned.

According to some local auto dealers, many dealerships start trying to move the current model year’s inventory in the summer in order to make room for the next year’s model. In this case, that means selling off the 2015 models in anticipation of the arrival of 2016 ones.

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Published July 12, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — Data collected from the Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit placed the intersection of Groesbeck Highway and Cass Avenue at the top of Macomb County’s most dangerous lists.

The bustling intersection that resides in both Mount Clemens and Clinton Township ranked No. 1 for the most accidents involving vehicle damage, and No. 1 for the most reported injury or fatality crashes in 2014.

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Published July 10, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Water levels on the Great Lakes have not only recovered over the past two years, but as of June, they are higher than they have been since the 1990s.


All five Great Lakes and Lake St. Clair have passed their long-term averages as of October of last year — breaking more than a decade of low water levels — and they have continued to rise over time. The measurements come from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Environment Canada.

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Published July 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — When disaster strikes a home in the form of a fire, storm damage, flooding or unforeseen reconstruction needs, the damage needs to be addressed immediately.


Lt. Scott Trumbo, of the Shelby Township Police Department, said that if the emergency situation requires immediate utility shutoffs, first responders contact the appropriate utility company to mitigate the hazardous conditions.

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Published July 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — You know that itch you’ve had to get outside and burn off some of that extra energy? Well, guess what? Your pooch feels the same way.


Plenty of people have gotten into the habit of not just walking their dogs around the block, but including them in their own exercise regimen. Just like people, pets can definitely benefit from a good workout.

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Published July 8, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — More than 60 volunteers from throughout Macomb County were honored by the Macomb County Board of Commissioners on June 25.

In order to be recognized, volunteers were required to donate at least 150 hours toward organizations throughout the county and region.

“As we all know, volunteers are the heart of our community. Contrary to many aspects of our lives, volunteers do not have to do anything. Instead, they offer their time, their talent and their resources because they want to help others,” board Chair David Flynn said during the event.

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Published July 8, 2015

ROCHESTER — Low-income families can double their money to buy more locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables at the Downtown Rochester Farmers Market this year.

Rochester Downtown Development Authority Marketing Coordinator Nancy Voges said this is the first time the market has participated in the Double Up Food Bucks program, which strives to provide affordable fresh produce for residents who receive food assistance.

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Published July 7, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — Aiming to maximize the potential of the Clinton River, the city has entered a partnership with the Clinton River Watershed Council as a WaterTown.

WaterTowns is a CRWC initiative designed to help cities create water-oriented community development. The Clinton River watershed covers approximately 760 square miles over four counties. The river and its tributaries flow through 60 rural, suburban and urban communities that have a combined population of more than 1.4 million people.

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Published July 7, 2015

ROCHESTER — This winter, longtime Rochester residents Rod and Susan Wilson will lead the 64th annual Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade as its grand marshals.

“We feel this is one of the highest honors anybody in the community could receive, and we feel very honored to be selected,” said Rod Wilson.

“It’s a huge honor,” Susan Wilson added.

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Published July 7, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Noise pollution could be a contributing factor for cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks and hypertension, but regulations are limited to what local municipalities have set up and can enforce.


Richard Neitzel, assistant professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Michigan, said that while most people would think of hearing loss as the first, and possibly only, health impact from noise pollution, there have been a number of studies linking it to an increased risk of cardiovascular problems.

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Published July 6, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY —  To prevent storm sewer catch basins and roadside ditches from clogging, officials are reminding residents, businesses and mowing contractors to keep grass and tree debris out of the roadways and ditches.


Catch basins and roadside ditches provide stormwater drainage, but when they become plugged, the debris can cause the roads to flood. Water can have an impact on the condition of the roads and cause premature deterioration, said Craig Bryson, Road Commission for Oakland County public information officer.

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Published July 6, 2015

When temperatures climb into the 90s and triple digits, prepared drivers with properly maintained cars are less likely to lose their cool.

According to Al Laity, service director at Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge, auto owners should make sure that they or a qualified mechanic check several car components in order to keep the vehicle humming through the summer.

First of all, to prevent the car engine from overheating, make sure the cooling system is in good shape. Check the condition of the engine’s belts and hoses.

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Published July 2, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Ah, the lazy days of summer.

That means afternoon dips in a pool, camping trips, outdoor activities and bonfires to close out the night.

But with the onset of summer, it’s important to remember the various ailments that can arise from a day of fun in the sun. Local doctors have several tips for children, adults and senior citizens to help them stay safe and healthy.

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