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Published August 28, 2013

OAKLAND COUNTY — The Oakland County Art Authority has sent a strong statement to those handling the city of Detroit’s bankruptcy: hands off the DIA.

During the most recent meeting of the Oakland County Art Authority Aug. 20, the five-member board voted unanimously to pass a resolution that would cancel their existing contract to financially support the Detroit Institute of Arts if the museum’s collection is affected by the city’s bankruptcy process.

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Published July 31, 2013

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A lot can change in nine years — at least in the garden.

That’s how long it’s been since Karen Crouchman’s Ridgeway home was last featured as part of the St. Clair Shores Yardeners Garden Tour, which this year is set for Aug. 3.

“I put in a new, short, picket-type fence along the driveway,” she said. “I put in an arbor along the gate … a lot of new flower beds, a lot of new plants. I still have a pond, but I’ve changed the flowering around that,” she said.

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Published July 15, 2013

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Meant to evoke waterfront entertainment synonymous with Venice, Italy, the Nautical Mile Merchants Association has resurrected the Venetian name for its summer festival.

The mid-July event had been called the Venetian Festival more than a decade ago, but changed to Aquafest five years ago. This year, Nautical Mile Merchants Association President Donna Flaherty said they decided to return to the prior name.

“We have a lot of events developing,” she said. “I’m really excited about this festival this year.”

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Published July 12, 2013

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Hoping to protect community health, air and waterways from pollution, three state lawmakers came together July 11 to announce new legislation they hope will put the reigns on companies drilling for natural gas using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Michigan.

“Fracking is a growing practice here in Michigan and we just want to make sure it’s properly regulated,” said state Rep. Sarah Roberts, D-St. Clair Shores.

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Published July 3, 2013

For many homeowners, remodeling their kitchen is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“People are really thinking it through,” said Barb Baker, of Elder Living Construction in Farmington Hills. “They are investing in a little higher quality. They are taking the time to understand the different wood qualities, and they are spending the money to make upgrades.”

Baker said her customers want new cabinets that will look good and last for a long time. They are also looking at new ways of hiding electrical outlets for a smooth, uninterrupted backsplash.

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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 19, 2013

Local students are getting their hands dirty in an effort to help the community with the fruits — and vegetables — of their labor.

Just days away from the end of the school year, a half dozen students at Jefferson Middle School stayed after the final bell to plant beans, peas, cucumbers, squash, eggplant, onions, tomatoes and watermelon with their teachers from Project Science class, Lisa Beckman and Sarah Bowman.

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Published June 12, 2013

It kicked off just after noon, windy, blustery but full of enthusiastic participants planning to spend 24 hours in Blossom Heath Park.

But the 2013 St. Clair Shores Relay for Life ended just a few hours later — a victim of Mother Nature and several strong storms threatening the area. Nevertheless, organizers said the 42 registered teams still raised almost $93,000 and they are confident they will raise more by the end of the summer.

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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 28, 2013

The call of the wild can be heard in honks echoing through St. Clair Shores parks.

An ongoing issue, the Canada geese are back and mating along the lakefront, which Mayor Kip Walby says is an issue because the city hosts many events at Blossom Heath and Veterans Memorial parks over the summer. He doesn’t want geese and the mess they make to be visitors’ impressions of the facilities.

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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 May 21, 2013

With a food truck roundup, a bounce house and activities for kids, plus more participants than in the past six decades, the 61st annual St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade will have something for everyone.

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Published May 17, 2013

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Stopping for a weekday lunch at the Chip Shots restaurant at the St. Clair Shores Golf and Country Club, Cindy Powers said it was a nice treat to see local artwork decorating the facility.

“I think it’s wonderful because, normally, I wouldn’t be seeing it, so it was nice to,” said the St. Clair Shores resident. “Especially this time of year.”

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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 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.