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Published February 9, 2011

ROYAL OAK — The Arnold Klein Gallery has a strong connection to Valentine’s Day. It was 40 years ago on that holiday that it first opened.

“I know it’s a commercial holiday, but there’s always been something charming about Valentine’s Day for me,” said Karen Klein, who, along with husband Arnold, operates the gallery. “I always make valentines for people.”

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Published February 1, 2011

Asked to reveal words of wisdom after 50 years of marriage, Ed Lewandowski was quick to reply in exactly the way his wife, Sharon, predicted.

“I don’t have any wisdom,” he quipped. “I’m married.”

But contrary to his claims, the St. Clair Shores resident and his wife, along with other local couples, recently shared some of what they’ve learned along the way as they’ve faced life’s challenges —together.
 

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Published February 1, 2011

The right neighborhood. The right price. The right layout, lot and size. It’s the perfect home — or not.

There are a number of major issues that could be lurking under the cosmetically pleasing surface of a home, many of which can be very costly.

That — and liability issues on the seller’s end — is why getting a home inspection has become an essential part of the home-buying process since the late 1970s nationally and the early ‘80s in Michigan, according to Jon Ormiston, president of All Points Inspection in Rochester.

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Published February 1, 2011

ROYAL OAK — For eight years, Camp Casey, a nonprofit organization aimed at giving kids with cancer an unforgettable time horseback riding, was organized out of wherever the group’s members could meet.

“We would meet at coffeehouses all the time, but it was really hard to manage with paperwork and files,” said Molly Reeser, the group’s founder and executive director.

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Published January 19, 2011

Hibernating is for the bears.

Winter weather doesn’t have to force us to stay indoors and under the covers, counting the minutes until spring. As the flakes fall, Michigan offers healthy opportunities statewide to get out and enjoy the season, with activities from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to ice fishing.

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Published January 5, 2011

“Tough” is an understatement when describing the local housing market since 2005.

The ripple effect that unemployment and the ensuing foreclosure crisis has left — and is expected to continue leaving — an unprecedented number of homes on the market, crippling home values and sales across the state.

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