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Published May 23, 2015

This weekend, it’s all about the music, with two local concerts that promise to entertain.

For those who prefer their music loud, raw and aggressive, get your eardrums prepped for the second annual “Get Into the Pit” Michigan metal festival at the Diesel Concert Lounge and Theatre in Chesterfield Township from May 29-30.

But if piano pop with some jazz and trumpet sounds is more your speed, Warren resident Marcello Rossi brings his original style of music May 31 to the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy.

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Published May 23, 2015

UTICA — Utica Mayor Pro Tem Russell Barthelmeh had a presence that was hard to miss, with his deep, booming voice and bushy gray mustache, and those who knew him said he did his best to represent the people of the city he had called home since 1973.

Barthelmeh died at the age of 70 on May 6 after a battle with adrenal cancer.

Barthelmeh’s son, Paul, recalled his father as the ultimate family man who always told Paul and his wife, Cathy, that they were his life and he would do anything for them and his grandsons, Gavin, 7, and Landon, 5.

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Published May 22, 2015

On May 8, Shelby Township police received a call about a larceny from a home on Kramer Drive, near 21 Mile and Schoenherr roads, following a visit from a man who said he was with “a water department” and that he needed to check the residents’ water for “poison.”

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Published May 22, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Township officials and residents breathed a collective sigh of relief when West Bay Exploration Co. gave word that the controversial well site near 25 Mile and Dequindre roads proved to be not commercially viable.

Since last July, the oil and gas company’s presence near a residential neighborhood caused widespread contention. After two weeks of testing the well, West Bay planned to plug the well, return the site to its former state and vacate the area.

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Published May 21, 2015

Furry friends who are going for a ride need to stay cool and buckled up just like other passengers, according to pet safety advocates.

Michigan Humane Society spokesman Ryan McTigue said the No. 1 thing that pet owners need to remember as the weather starts getting hot is to not take their animals with them on unnecessary trips.

“The best thing to do is leave them at home where they’re safe,” he said. “Temperatures can climb really high (in a car) even on a relatively cool day, even if you crack the window.”

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Published May 20, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Sure, you had planned on stopping at the driving range before teeing off, perhaps turn that slice into a gentle fade.


But then you missed a turn on the way to the golf course, or the babysitter was late, and suddenly the tee time that you’ve looked forward to is now a race to the first tee box instead of a relaxing start to the weekend.

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Published May 20, 2015

UTICA — The Utica Police Department awarded a number of its members, as well as a Utica resident, with lifesaving awards and letters of commendation for quick thinking and actions credited with protecting lives and streamlining processes.

Deputy Chief Sean Coady, who was in charge of the award committee, bestowed the awards at the May 12 Utica City Council meeting, which coincided with National Police Week from May 11-15.

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Published May 19, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Paslin Company, a turnkey systems integrator focused on robotic automation in the automotive and heavy industries market, hosted a grand opening at its newest location in Shelby Township on May 8, where manufacturing work has already begun.

Officials said the building was just an idea 10 months ago, but because of a hardworking team of developers, builders and government departments working together closely, much of the usual red tape involved in such projects was virtually nonexistent.

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Published May 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The Canadian joint review panel looking over a proposed nuclear waste site that would be less than a mile from Lake Huron recommended the project to Canada’s minister of the environment May 7 despite an outcry from communities on both sides of the border.

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Published May 14, 2015

On May 14, Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham told C & G News that investigators planned to interview the two survivors of the May 8 Stony Creek crash in which three teens died.

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Published May 13, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — In January, members of the long-standing Shelby-Utica Kiwanis Club came together to form the Wm. Hoehn Golden K Kiwanis Club for the specific purpose of meeting seniors’ needs in the community.

President Raymond Pini said he and Bill Hoehn were planning on launching the Golden K club together, but Hoehn died while visiting his son in Phoenix on Jan. 11. Pini called members of the existing club, and they collectively decided to form the club and name it after Hoehn.

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Published May 13, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Native fish like walleye, steelhead, lake trout and, to an extent, yellow perch populations are doing well, leading to a positive fishing outlook on the Great Lakes this year.


Todd Grischke, Lake Huron Basin coordinator with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, said that while specific fishing is different across the north-south areas of the lake, walleye populations are booming to near record levels.

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Published May 13, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For both the interiors and exteriors of homes, customers are opting to go back to classic color schemes and neutrals, according to experts in the field.


The return to basics is, in some cases, a nostalgic choice and, in other cases, a more strategic move to increase home value and appeal to a wider audience.

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Published May 13, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Once upon a time, there were just a few types of summer camps: sports for the jocks, Scouts for the adventurers and math camp for those who would just rather be back in the classroom.


How times have changed. Now, there’s a daytime summer escape to suit every child and any taste.

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Published May 12, 2015

At approximately 11:50 a.m. May 10, first responders received initial reports of a head-on collision on 26 Mile Road, between Schoenherr and Hayes Roads.

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Published May 11, 2015

Auto safety experts are inviting parents to sit down and review the facts of properly securing small children in the back seat to avoid accident-related injuries.

Alyson Kechkaylo, occupant protection program coordinator for the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, is also a certified child passenger safety technician.

She said Michigan law basically requires kids to be secured in a car seat until they are at least 8 years old or 4 feet 9 inches tall. But parent compliance often varies depending on the child’s age, she explained.
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Published May 9, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At 6:15 p.m. May 8, the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office emergency dispatch center received initial reports of a single-vehicle crash at Stony Creek Metropark.

A black 2008 Jaguar S-type four-door sedan had been traveling northwest on the park road near Eastwood Beach at what investigators believe were high speeds. The driver lost control, crossed the center line and struck a guardrail. The vehicle overturned and eventually ended up on its side in the Stony Creek Spillway, near the south dam.

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Published May 7, 2015

METRO DETROIT — May is Asthma Awareness Month, and local doctors and the American Lung Association are urging the approximately 25 million people in the United States who suffer from asthma to learn how to take control of the disease.

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Published May 6, 2015

Michigan voters crushed Proposal 1 with 80 percent of voters against it and 20 percent for it. In Macomb County, the percentages were even more lopsided — 87.2 percent against it and 12.8 percent for it.

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Published May 6, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Embarking on the search for a new home can be daunting, especially for first-time buyers, so C & G Newspapers asked several experts, including real estate agents and a representative from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, for guidance.


John Kurczak, a Keller Williams Realtor, said the best way to start is to find out what you can afford.

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