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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After a strong summer, the housing market in metro Detroit shows no signs of regressing heading into the fall, although buyers and sellers both could take extra precautions in getting in or out of a house.

For the buyer, real estate agent Jan Hays, with Max Broock in Birmingham, said the market will still look to be a sellers market in the fall, so buyers should be ready to make a bid when going to look at a house and not be afraid to make the call.

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Published September 4, 2015

Summer may be ending soon, but the construction schedule for two counties’ road commissions will still mostly be ongoing through the fall.

According to Craig Bryson from the Road Commission for Oakland County, a few major road undertakings within the C & G Newspapers readership area are underway but not complete.

The biggest project, he said, concerns the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of 14 Mile and Orchard Lake roads as well as its surroundings.

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Published September 4, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Nearly 80 years ago, on Sept. 27, 1935, the St. Clair Shores Public Library opened its doors.

Tucked in a room of the old Municipal Building, on the site currently occupied by the 40th District Court, the library was staffed by volunteers from the St. Clair Shores Study Club and contained more than 500 books that had been donated or purchased, including 60 bought with a donation from Edsel Ford.

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Published September 4, 2015

The state of Michigan and Macomb County Health Department have confirmed the first human cases of West Nile Virus in Macomb County since 2013.

Michigan health officials said that human cases of the virus have been confirmed in Macomb, Monroe and Ottawa counties this week, and warn residents to take care to protect themselves from mosquitos that may carry the virus.

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Published August 31, 2015

METRO DETROIT — An invasive, tree-killing insect working its way across the U.S. is closing in on Michigan, and the Department of Natural Resources is asking residents to be watchful.

The Asian longhorn beetle, first found in New York back in 1996, bores into trees to lay its eggs, which then hatch and bore deeper to the heart of the tree, according to DNR spokeswoman Joanne Foreman.

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Published August 29, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Although it may seem as if summer’s warmth may never end, the kids will be back in school within the next week, welcoming new friends, new principals and new technology.

In Lake Shore Public Schools, high demand means another Great Start Readiness preschool class will be added at Rodgers Elementary, bringing the total to four classes of the program.

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Published August 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum Director John Lind said booking a 1940s-era swing dance on Patriot Day, the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, was certainly not a coincidence.

“It’s a celebration of the American spirit,” Lind said. “It’s a celebration of our veterans, a celebration for our working men and women, past and present. It’s a victory celebration.”

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Published August 28, 2015

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development issued a consumer advisory Aug. 24 regarding products sold at farmers markets and festivals that could pose a potential health risk.

Although no illnesses have been identified, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development spokeswoman Jennifer Holton cautioned consumers to dispose of all products labeled under the brands Brandy’s “Jam”boree-N-More, Brandy & Dutch Weigand or Pier III.

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Published August 27, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Twelve-year-old Aiden Toby was on the lookout for Corvettes at this year’s Shorewood Kiwanis Harper Charity Cruise, held the evening of Aug. 26.

It’s his favorite car because of “the really slick look of it.”

Toby, of Allen Park, and his brother, Ethan Toby, 5, sat alongside their grandfather, Robert Pisha, to watch classic cars, hot rods, muscle cars and a few unique trucks cruise Harper Avenue from Old Eight Mile Road up to Bayside Street, near 11 Mile Road.

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Published August 26, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Now in its fourth year, the Jefferson Middle School Community Giving Garden is more popular than ever.

“So far, this has been our best season for our garden,” said Sarah Bowman, who teaches the Project Science class at Jefferson Middle School with Lisa Beckman.

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Published August 17, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — While the summer may be winding to its end, there’s still one tradition yet to come that gives visitors a chance to have fun in the sun and see the history of the automobile cruise down Harper Avenue.

The Shorewood Kiwanis Harper Charity Cruise will hit the road from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 26 along Harper Avenue, from Old Eight Mile Road up to Bayside Street, bringing thousands of people to St. Clair Shores, said Dr. Carl Papa, of Shorewood Kiwanis.

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Published August 17, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The same week that Shorewood Kiwanis hosts its major fundraising event, the Harper Charity Cruise, it will be taking part in a huge gathering of other Kiwanians to celebrate 100 years of Kiwanis International.

To be held at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, the Michigan District of Kiwanis International will gather Aug. 27-30 for its annual convention.

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Published August 17, 2015

Even the lowest oil prices in around six years do not guarantee a cheaper August road trip in Michigan, and experts are blaming it on reports of technical problems at an Indiana refinery.

On Aug. 12, the price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil hovered around the $43 per barrel mark. Nevertheless, AAA Michigan reported a major recent swing in gas prices — although the state’s gas prices averaged around $2.48 per gallon Aug. 11, that increased to $2.58 per gallon Aug. 12 and to around $2.81 per gallon Aug. 13.

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Published August 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — President Barack Obama unveiled his Clean Power Plan on Aug. 3, tasking the Environmental Protection Agency with setting goals for carbon emission reduction from power plants and leaving the states to figure out how to reach those targets.

With the reductions, the president hopes to slow carbon pollution into the atmosphere and reduce the severity of global warming in the long term.

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Published August 14, 2015

DETROIT — U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, unveiled a bill in Detroit on Aug. 10 that would require an international review of a Canadian power company’s proposal to bury nuclear waste less than a mile from the Lake Huron shore.

If passed, the legislation would invoke the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 between the U.S. and Canada, which would require the International Joint Commission to study the risks to the Great Lakes watershed and the State Department to negotiate with Canada to wait for those study results before approving a waste site.

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Published August 12, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Back and bigger than last year’s event, GreekFest is a chance for Assumption Cultural Center to open its doors to the community for fun, food and more.

“When you’re coming to a GreekFest, you don’t have to be Greek. The food is just unbelievable, the music, watching the dancers, especially the little ones in their authentic costumes from Greece,” said festival co-chair George Dallas, of St. Clair Shores.

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Published August 10, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A “tribute to our armed forces and their families” is planned for Aug. 19 at Veterans Memorial Park.

Lac Ste Claire Kiwanis will host a Military Memorial Concert to raise money for several military support groups beginning at 7 p.m. at the park, located on Jefferson Avenue at Masonic Boulevard, with the Plymouth Fife & Drum Corps as well as honor guards representing each branch of service.

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Published August 10, 2015

It typically brings in more than a million people each year, and this year’s Woodward Dream Cruise promises to be no different.

On Aug. 15, car connoisseurs and casual fans will flock together to watch classic cars careen down Woodward Avenue. from Ferndale to Pontiac. Also in attendance will be auto clubs, many of which bring some of their favorite vehicles to the event.

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Published August 7, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum in St. Clair Shores will remember the final end of World War II on Aug. 15 with an event showcasing rare photographs, artifacts and a chance to meet veterans who fought in the Pacific.

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Published August 6, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Nutrition facts labels may receive a face-lift in the future.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed July 24 that food companies include the percentage of the daily value for added sugars on labels of packaged food. The proposal comes after the FDA recommended March 3, 2014, that added sugars, in addition to the sugar content, be displayed separately on labels.

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