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Published March 30, 2016

Local literacy nonprofits provide adults with free services from trained volunteer tutors, and donations keep them viable.

On April 14 and 29, Macomb Literacy Partners and the Oakland Literacy Council will host fundraising events, respectively, to raise awareness of and support for their ongoing efforts to reduce adult illiteracy.

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Published March 29, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Officials estimate that the 24 Mile Road reconstruction work along the entire length of an approximately 7-mile water main project from east of Dequindre to Romeo Plank roads will be finished before the end of June.

On March 18, crews finished installing the new 42-inch water main that runs parallel to an existing 36-inch water main. The $3.3 million project began on the eastern Macomb Township end in October 2014.

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Published March 23, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Three Shelby Township firefighters received awards this month for accomplishments in 2015.

The Macomb County Fire Chiefs Association honored two on March 4, and Shelby Township Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski honored one at the March 15 township Board of Trustees meeting.

The Macomb County Fire Chiefs Association presented a Medal of Valor to probationary firefighter Jeff Shea for his actions on May 8, 2015 — the day of the triple-fatal, single-vehicle crash at Stony Creek Metropark.

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Published March 23, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At a March 15 public hearing, a planning consultant presented a new plan that, if approved by the Board of Trustees, would allow the Downtown Development Authority to expand its district and reset the base taxable value to capture more tax money.

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Published March 23, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On March 15, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution of support required to apply for a Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant for the next phase of Shelby’s Iron Belle Trail connection.

The plan is to obtain the $300,000 Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant and a $300,000 Transportation Alternatives Plan grant and use them to match each other, so the next phase of trail can be constructed at no cost to Shelby Township.

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Published March 23, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At 71, Shelby Township resident Marika Vorosmarty-Blumerick does not let anything slow her down. Last year, she was inducted into the Michigan Senior Olympics Hall of Fame and, recently, she received recognition from the National Senior Games Association.

In 1945, a bomb blast destroyed her hearing as an infant while her parents were fleeing Hungary during World War II. Her father, a high-ranking government official, opted to emigrate to protect his family.

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Published March 22, 2016

On March 22, Macomb County Circuit Court Judge James Biernat Jr. sentenced a 37-year-old Ann Arbor man to 24-480 months in prison for fleeing police.

On Feb. 16, Dennis Paquette pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree fleeing a police officer in connection to an incident that occurred Jan. 19 in Shelby Township.

At approximately 4:45 p.m. Jan. 19, a Shelby Township police officer attempted to stop Paquette on Hall Road, east of Schoenherr Road, for driving a blue Buick without a license plate.

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Published March 21, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The ornate and delicate art of decorating Ukrainian Easter eggs, or pysanky, is a tradition that one Shelby Township resident of Ukrainian heritage holds dear.

Cathy Wandrei learned how to decorate pysanky from her family and passed on the tradition to her two daughters, ages 25 and 26. Every year since 2007, Wandrei has displayed her large and varied collection of pysanky at the Shelby Township Library.

Wandrei said both of her parents share a Ukrainian background, and one of her grandfathers came from Ukraine to Ellis Island.

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Published March 16, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/ROCHESTER — As spring weather approaches, residents may be interested in checking out a new network of nearly finished trails located between Chief Gene Shepherd Park and Yates Cider Mill.

Last March, the Shelby Township Beautification Committee received permission from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to create two trails through its conservation easement — a park-to-cider-mill connection and a loop behind Yates.

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Published March 16, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — Because coyotes’ breeding season typically takes place between January and March, residents may spot or hear them in the area.

Experts say coyotes rarely pose a threat, but to avoid situations like the one on March 3, in which coyotes killed a small dog in a Shelby Township resident’s backyard, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources recommends taking precautions like placing pets on leashes and supervising them.

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Published March 16, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On March 7, state Rep. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township, visited the Shelby Township Fire Department headquarters to present tributes to battalion chiefs Brad Follis and Michael Gaydos, who retired from the department after 25 years.

“This is the first time in my career that we’ve had someone at the state level take interest in the individual achievements of our firefighters, especially on big incidents like the Crystal Lake fire to the Stony Creek incident,” Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski said.

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Published March 15, 2016

UTICA — On March 8, the city of Utica swore in four new Utica Fire Department recruits. The new hires will bring the number of firefighters in the city from 26 to 30, Fire Chief Kevin Wilseck said.

The four new hires are Brittany Weitz, 23, of Utica; David Hovis, 23, of St. Clair Shores; Joseph Blevins, 25, of Warren; and Thomas Webb, 28, of Shelby Township.

Wilseck said he felt fortunate to be able to hire four new members and that the city is still looking to recruit more firefighters.

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Published March 14, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On March 7, a 36-year-old Clinton Township man was arraigned at the 42-1 District Court in Romeo on charges of impaired driving, possession of marijuana, fourth-degree fleeing and eluding, operating an unregistered vehicle, and unlawful use of a license plate.

At approximately 5:35 p.m. March 6, a Michigan State Police trooper attempted to stop Stravansky Nycassio Hinds, who was driving a Lincoln Continental, for having an improper license plate on southbound M-53, near 30 Mile Road, in Washington Township.

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Published March 10, 2016

On March 9, Shelby Township police confirmed that the Macomb County Medical Examiner’s office had positively identified the bones found near 25 Mile and Dequindre roads as belonging to a missing Rochester man.

George Vanderweit, 70, of Rochester, was reported missing July 5, 2013. A thorough, several-day search involving multiple law enforcement and governmental agencies, K-9 and air units, and a large number of volunteers was unable to locate him.

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Published March 9, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On March 1, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees renewed a five-year resolution to allow private landowners to apply for permits for Michigan Department of Natural Resources programs to destroy Canada goose nests and/or relocate birds.

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Published March 8, 2016

On the afternoon of Saturday, March 5, police responded to a wooded area in the 2000 block of Barberry Court, near 25 Mile and Dequindre roads, after a man walking near the creek found what appeared to be a human bone.

Detective Lt. Jason Schmittler, of the Shelby Township Police Department, said police recovered a skull and some other bones and sent them to the Macomb County Medical Examiner’s office.

In a March 7 interview, Schmittler said police were hoping to have identification of a person from the medical examiner in the next couple of days.

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Published March 8, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On March 2, the Shelby Township Community Center Advisory Board hosted two town hall meetings — at the senior center and library — to collect information that could help find a solution to the overcrowding at the Community Center.

Township Trustee Doug Wozniak said the committee’s current recommendation is to expand the building for the sole use of the court and move the library, senior center, cable TV offices, and parks and recreation to the vacant 50,000-square-foot Ewell Elementary building at 23 Mile and Shelby roads.

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Published March 7, 2016

UTICA — For the first time, the sound of bagpipes will accompany runners as they dash through the starting line in front of Shamrock Irish Pub during Utica’s fourth annual Lucky Leprechaun Race March 12.

Runners can get into the Irish spirit with bagpipes and a DJ beginning at 9:15 a.m. The 5K run and “green mile” fun run will take place at 10:30 a.m., followed by the 5K walk and “green mile” walk at 10:33 a.m.

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Published March 6, 2016

WARREN — Nearly 3,000 people came to “Feel the Bern” March 5 at Macomb Community College’s Warren campus.

A mixed-age crowd poured into MCC’s Sports and Expo Center to see presidential Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, discuss his campaign initiatives.

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Published March 4, 2016

On March 3, 41-A District Court Judge Douglas Shepherd agreed to sentence Gregory Bobchick, 18, of Shelby Township, under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act in regard to his second minor in possession charge.

Under HYTA, if Bobchick complies with his sentencing guidelines and restrictions, the conviction will be erased from his record. The misdemeanor carries a $100 fine and/or 90-day jail sentence.

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