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Published December 3, 2014

Sure, you can hear holiday tunes at the mall or on your car stereo, but if you really want to relax, unwind and get caught up in the holiday spirit, there’s nothing like a live show to chase seasonal stresses away.

From concerts to plays, audiences have plenty of options locally that are sure to dazzle little tykes and seniors alike.

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Published November 25, 2014

Fresh Cranberry Chutney
By chef Jim Oppat

• 1/2 cup dried apricots, or other dried fruit
• 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
• 1/2 cup golden raisins
• 1 cup water
• 3 cups fresh cranberries
• 1 diced fresh apple
• 1 teaspoon lemon rind
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Published November 19, 2014

Tips for a perfect pie

From the culinary experts at Achatz Pie Co. and Crust Baking Co.

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Published November 19, 2014

Shop local retailers
In 2013, the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development created a database of approximately 1,600 independent retailers throughout the county. It can be searched by category of merchandise or location. Visit
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Published November 12, 2014

METRO DETROIT — The chill of the season is in the air, but we’re still a few weeks off from the feasting frenzy of the holidays. It’s a culinary condition that calls for something comforting, quick and still nutritious — you guessed it, soup.

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Published November 12, 2014

METRO DETROIT — A natural woodland holiday theme brings the outdoors inside for a cozy, charming and modern effect.

“Each year, when we go to the buyers shows, we look for new trends,” said Casey Thomas, vice president of Sherwood Forest Garden Center in Oakland Township. “New this year are more natural looks with a woodland theme.”

The popular movie “Frozen” has also become a decorating trend, Thomas said.

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Published November 5, 2014

METRO DETROIT — Feel like you haven’t been getting enough Zs lately?

It’s not just you.

According to experts, the shift in seasons can change more than the color of leaves — it can change our sleep patterns.

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Published July 23, 2014

ST. CLAIR SHORES — When it first opened in 1947, Harper Sport Shop was at Harper Avenue and Cadieux in Detroit.

Catering to any athletic need a high school student would have, the nearly 67-year-old store moved to its current location at 23208 Greater Mack Ave. in St. Clair Shores in 1994.

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Published July 9, 2014

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Now in its third year, the free summer meal program in Lake Shore Public Schools is opening early, serving breakfast as well as lunch each day at Masonic Heights Elementary School.

“Since there is a need for it, we (thought) we would try it,” said Tina Morris, food service director at Lake Shore Public Schools.

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Published June 4, 2014

Stanley Kokuba spent D-Day protecting a seaport in Wales, but it wasn’t long until he was sent to join in the liberation of Europe.

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Published June 4, 2014

Thomas Meagher grew up on a farm in Port Austin, Michigan, and was drafted into the U.S. Army. He went ashore with the 2nd Infantry Division at Omaha Beach early on June 7, 1944, 24 hours after the liberation of Europe began.

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Published June 4, 2014

William Stafford was born in Detroit. He graduated from Southeastern High School the summer before the United States was thrust into World War II and knew he’d be called to serve after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.

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Published April 2, 2014

ST. CLAIR SHORES — By the summer of 2015, the parking lot at Kyte Monroe will be going green.

The city of St. Clair Shores, along with the city of Detroit, received a grant through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative from the Environmental Protection Agency.

With St. Clair Shores’ proximity to the lake, Mayor Kip Walby said it’s very important to keep pollutants from getting into Lake St. Clair.

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Published March 19, 2014

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Story time is a ubiquitous part of school life, and during the month of March — which is Reading Month — it’s no different.

But sometimes, it’s more fun for students to have someone come in from outside the school to open up the world of books.

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Published March 5, 2014

ST. CLAIR SHORES — This year will see more development coming to St. Clair Shores, according to Mayor Kip Walby.

He announced during his 2014 State of the City Address that officials have been working with the owner of the Shores Theatre, as well as Emagine Entertainment, to “use the building that sits there today, try to make it historical, make it look like the way it looked in the ’40s.”

“It is not an easy task,” he continued. “We all know that we would really love to bring that theater back again.”

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Published March 5, 2014

Starting plants like marigolds and tomatoes indoors from seeds helps beat the winter blues.

“It is nice to see things grow,” said Joni Makowski, store manager of Allemon’s Landscape Center in Detroit. “It is a good activity for the family. The longer the winter, everybody thinks about it. I have four kids. We always plant different seeds in eggshells.”

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Published February 26, 2014

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With tables pulled together in the back room of Ram’s Horn, the conversation ebbed and flowed, turning from who was still on their way, who couldn’t make it and their last get-together.

But while this group could have been a family or a gathering of old friends and acquaintances, it was instead members of the SCS Dinner Club, who have taken the “Shop the Shores” motto and expanded it to restaurants.

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Published February 19, 2014

The old saying goes that a little sugar and spice make everything nice. Well, there’s no doubt we’ve got the sugar thing down pat; but are we really taking advantage of the amazing flavors that spices can add to our cooking?

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Published February 17, 2014

WARREN — Taking time to showcase how business in Macomb County is excelling, a half-dozen companies were honored at the 2014 Home in Macomb Business Awards at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom Feb. 11.

Stephen Cassin, director of the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development, said this is the second year of the awards, which they give out as part of their Home in Macomb Program to retain and attract businesses to the county.

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Published November 26, 2013

Source: Cynthia Bieniek, librarian and archivist, St. Clair Shores Public Library
Photo Courtesy of the St. Clair Shores Historical Commission

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