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Published July 3, 2013

METRO DETROIT — Next weekend, metro Detroiters will follow their noses to Romeo for the 11th annual Michigan Lavender Festival July 12-14 at Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill.

There’s just something about the sight and scent of lavender that can evoke the excitement of summer and instill a feeling of serenity. And like so many seasons before, many Michiganders are once again on the hunt for the herb to use for cooking, cleaning or just plain sniffing.

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Published June 5, 2013

As kids anxiously await the arrival of summer, parents are weighing their summer child care options. From day camps to sitters, there’s a lot to consider when choosing who your youngster will spend their summer break with.

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Published May 29, 2013

Impatiens, a top choice for homeowners planting colorful annual flower displays, will not be available at most nurseries this year.

“There is a downy mildew problem with impatiens,” said Carl Eckert, owner of Eckert’s Greenhouse on Ryan in Sterling Heights. “We didn’t grow them this year, and most other nurseries also didn’t.”

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Published May 22, 2013

Michigan Week is in full swing, giving residents just one more excuse to revel in all the wonderful things there are to do and see in the Mitten State.

Whether you’re a beer buff or a beach babe, there’s a place for you in Michigan. But with so many regional specialties, it’s hard to choose which area of the state is best for the stay- or play-cation of your choice.

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Published April 30, 2013

DETROIT — The Labor Day weekend is still a few months away, but already it’s promising to be another great one for jazz lovers and the city of Detroit.

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Published April 10, 2013

After almost 21 years together, the Luddites still haven’t suffered the ubiquitous “creative differences” that have shattered bands less than half their age.

The 11-piece acoustic group will celebrate the release of their fourth CD, “Twisted In,” with a concert starting at 9 p.m. April 13 at PJ’s Lager House. Bass player David Giovannucci, one of the original Luddites from those early days in August 1992 when they started as a five-piece acoustic act, said friendship and mutual respect have kept them going all these years.

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Published April 10, 2013

In the bin

Come garbage day, most curbside recycling bins are stuffed with paper, plastic and glass bottles, cans, and cardboard, but there’s a whole lot more that can be added to the heap.

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Published March 27, 2013

Though spring seems to have lost its way en route to Michigan, it won’t be long before temperatures finally rise and the ground thaws to welcome new plants and flowers into eagerly awaited gardens around metro Detroit.

Just like in fashion boutiques, there will be lots of trends that customers will be clamoring for at their local nursery this year as they plan their landscape design. According to Erma Rhadigan, co-owner of Ray Wiegand’s Nursery in Macomb Township, this year’s most popular bloom choices are going to be bright, warm colors.

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Published March 27, 2013

With spring here — at least according to the calendar — many homeowners look to the state of their houses after the long, dirty winter and aren’t happy with what they see.

Carpets are soiled by salty boots; driveways start cracking from the months-long freeze/thaw cycle; and muddy messes are exposed in backyards that will be used for entertaining, come summer.

Now is the time to fix those problems, according to local contractors, before warm-weather fun beckons and the summer home- improvement rush begins.

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Published March 25, 2013

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — After helping his son through struggles with an addiction to synthetic narcotics, such as K2 and Spice, Bill Miskokomon isn’t going to sit back and wait for help any longer.

Miskokomon, of Shelby Township, started a community group to support those addicted to synthetic narcotics or any other illicit drug, called People Against Illicit Drugs, or PAID.

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Published August 8, 2012


Can do

Eileen Haraminac will teach several upcoming food preservation courses at the Macomb MSU Extension office at 21885 Dunham, Assembly Room A, in Clinton Township:
• Aug. 18: hot water bath jams and jellies.

Published July 2, 2012

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — As Township Clerk Stanley Grot opened the June 26 Citizens Advisory Committee meeting with an invitation for open discussion, the meeting erupted with, well, fireworks.

It wasn’t the drama usually associated with Board of Trustees meetings, but tempers were hot as residents conveyed their displeasure with the nightly chorus of booms and blasts that have become routine since the adoption of Michigan’s Fireworks Safety Act.

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Published April 23, 2012

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — When the Michigan Nature Association returns to “celebrate its roots,” the phrase takes on several meanings.

When the MNA hosted a hike through the Wilcox-Warnes Nature Sanctuary in Shelby Township April 18 as part of its 60th anniversary odyssey tour, it was a unique opportunity for the group that was founded by bird aficionados who frequented what was then known as Metropolitan Beach Metropark in Harrison Township.

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Published April 16, 2012

UTICA — To celebrate the Fourth of July and its riverfront, the city of Utica will have “bombs bursting in air.”

After a unanimous vote by the City Council April 10, the city will have fireworks shows July 6 and 7 as part of the 2012 Riverwalk Festival. The shows will be done by ACE Pyro, which also provided fireworks for the 2012 ice festival in downtown Utica.

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Published March 21, 2012

As pet lovers snuggle up with their furry friends, many may not think about where their animals came from before they found them listed online or at a pet store. But the Michigan Humane Society estimates that 99 percent of pet store puppies are bred by large-scale breeders, or puppy mills, some of which are known for their cruel and inhumane treatment of animals to maximize profit.

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Published March 14, 2012

An electronic sign on the wall reads “10 days, 14 hours, 15 minutes and 4.32 seconds.”

“That’s the countdown until the end of my life,” laughed Melisa Valentine, 25, of Ferndale, a bartender at the Blarney Stone Pub in Berkley.

She’s kidding of course. The countdown marks the time left before St. Patrick’s Day, the annual holiday many celebrate by bellying up to the bar. But for those tasked with handling the crowds and their beverage orders from behind the bar, it’s a far different experience.

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Published March 7, 2012

Bullying hurts.

It can make someone feel small, rejected, disrespected, stupid, ugly, unloved and unimportant.

While not a new concept — the bullies and bullied have been around for years — it seems to have entered a new realm as an alarming number of youth have responded to bullying in more dramatic ways than society has been accustomed to. Suicide. Violence. Murder.

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Published March 6, 2012

UTICA — To many of their clients, the Messier family and the staff at Real Estate Professional Services in Utica are God’s gift to real estate.

Real Estate Professional Services, or REPS, has been selling professional properties since 1971 and speciaizes in churches, helping all manner of denominations find new homes and say goodbye to old ones.

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Published February 29, 2012

DETROIT — Prep your paws for a whole lot of petting as the annual two-day celebration of all things dog arrives March 3 and 4 with the annual Detroit Kennel Club Dog Shows at Cobo Center.

More than 2,000 dogs representing 167 breeds will be on hand to interact with the public, demonstrate their skills and compete for top prizes.

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Published February 1, 2012

ROYAL OAK — On a hot summer day, the Heritage Park Splash Pad in Farmington Hills is a popular place for families.

Royal Oak residents could have their own place to cool down in warm weather as early as 2013, if a proposal to build a splash park and two picnic shelters in Grant Park is approved.

The Rehabilitation Board of Appeals will host a public hearing in late February to get input on a proposal to use Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to build a splash pad water park and pavilions at the north side of the park, located on Fourth Street.

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