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Published June 3, 2015

Caps and gowns are back in style at Utica Community Schools as the district gets ready to wave goodbye to a new wave of graduates.

This year, the school district’s main four high schools will hold their commencement ceremonies June 6.

According to UCS spokesman Tim McAvoy, 2,017 graduates are expected to be part of the Class of 2015 among the four major high schools. Of that total, Eisenhower High School has 619 graduates, Henry Ford II High School has 443, Stevenson High School has 569 and Utica High School has 386.

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Published June 3, 2015

The city of Sterling Heights recently celebrated a “tree-rific” accomplishment: securing a Tree City USA designation for its 30th year in a row.

At a May 19 meeting, the Sterling Heights City Council accepted a commemorative 2014 Tree City flag and acknowledged the city’s long-lasting legacy of promoting tree planting and forestry management.

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Published June 3, 2015

After months of anticipation, the threads of a fresh Sterling Heights city website have been spun together.

During a May 19 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, officials introduced the new website redesign, which officially went public at around 5 p.m. that same day.

At the meeting, Community Relations Director Bridget Doyle thanked the city’s information technology staff — as well as Mayor Michael Taylor, the City Council and City Manager Mark Vanderpool — for their contributions to making the overhaul happen.

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Published June 3, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Have you ever come home from a big trip out of town, looked around at all the daily chores you left behind and thought: “I need a vacation from my vacation.”

It’s for that reason, and so many others, that many families these days are opting to forgo a big summer excursion in favor of a more relaxed vacation at home. But just because you’re not packing your bags and draining your retirement fund to head out of state doesn’t mean you can’t take a quick break from your routine.

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Published June 3, 2015

METRO DETROIT — It may not be the sexiest topic when discussing a kitchen or bathroom remodel, but sinks have come a long way from function to fabulous.

Gone are the days when a divided sink was necessary. Multiple local experts agree that bigger is better when choosing a kitchen basin.

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Published June 3, 2015

WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS —Next time you visit the Sterling Heights Nature Center, your smartphone can be of assistance when learning more about specific animals.

High school students who are members of the Warren Consolidated Schools Macomb Mathematics Science Technology Center (MMSTC) Ecology Club recently created QR codes to make certain animal sites at the nature center more interactive.

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Published June 1, 2015

If you’re getting ready for the long haul about a career in truck driving, a local truck driving school says businesses are welcoming new talent.

Mike Arrigo, executive administrative assistant at Class ‘A’ Training Center in Romeo, said the truck driving industry still has a heavy demand for hires.  He said an entry-level truck driving position often gives employees a salary between $40,000 and $60,000, and wages may climb depending on experience and the number of routes.

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Residents with library cards can use them to get free passes to local attractions through the Michigan Activity Pass program that kicked off in May.

Sue Todd, librarian at the Eastpointe Memorial Library, said the program can help people gain free entry to attractions like the Michigan Military Technical & Historical Museum, Arts & Scraps, the Michigan Science Center and state parks.

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With gorgeous summer weather finally here, many of us are itching to get out and enjoy the warm breeze and sunny skies while the season lasts.

According to the League of American Bicyclists, biking is something of a favorite pastime for Michiganders. The state placed 18th out of 50 for bicycle-friendly states, based on legislation and enforcement, policies and programs, infrastructure and funding, education and encouragement, and evaluation and planning.

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Looking to create plush, peaceful outdoor spaces that also pop?

For The Great Outdoors program held at the Michigan Design Center May 14, interior designer Paul Feiten transformed the MDC’s lobby in Troy into virtual outdoor space that he said was inspired by a European veranda.

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Published May 26, 2015

The thrill of riding off road in a Jeep or truck might not have as many obstacles as some think.

Hollie Marlett, marketing assistant at Genesee County Parks, said The Mounds Off Road Vehicle Area in Mt. Morris Township is frequently used for off-road treks by Jeeps, trucks, ATVs and dirt bikes that fit under the umbrella of off-road vehicles, or ORVs.

She said the course is quite popular in the area and is one of the few larger areas with variety.

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Published May 24, 2015

METRO DETROIT  — While pizza is a favorite dish for many people, one local pizzeria has found a way to feed man’s best friend while at the same time helping other animals in need.

About a year ago, Buddy’s Pizza and the Michigan Humane Society teamed up to create a dog treat called Buddy Bones. The dog biscuits are made from leftover multigrain Buddy’s Pizza dough that otherwise would be tossed away.

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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 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 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 15, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — The inaugural Sterling Heights farmers market will be sprouting up soon, according to the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.

The farmers market will be held on Thursdays June 4-Oct. 29 at Dodge Park.

According to Recreation Manager Kyle Langlois, the farmers market’s buildup has been exceeding expectations since the idea was unveiled earlier this year at a strategic planning session.

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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

A group of Beck Centennial Elementary students were reportedly sent to seek medical treatment May 13 after a fog machine apparently made them feel ill at the school, according to a Utica Community Schools spokesman.

According to school district spokesman Tim McAvoy,  36 students were sent to receive medical treatment after being near the machine.

“We had a group of (fifth)-grade students who were sickened,” McAvoy said. “They were rehearsing for an upcoming performance when the fog machine was activated for a performance.”

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Published May 13, 2015

The Sterlingfest Art & Music Fair might not have the “Margaritaville” beach party theme of last year, but it will feature a Beach Boys tribute band and a broad mix of other musical acts, according to city officials.

The annual Sterling Heights festival will occur this year July 23-25 in the area around the Richard J. Notte Sterling Heights City Center.

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