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Published July 27, 2016

TROY — It’s a worldwide scavenger hunt, not for treasure, but for bragging rights, and there are 3 million objects to find. 

Geocaching started in 2000.

Using GPS coordinates, geocachers search for containers, which can be as large as paint cans or as small as pill bottles, sign a log to prove they have found it, and put it back. 

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Published July 27, 2016

TROY — A Troy-based machine tool company is the first manufacturer in Michigan to finance energy upgrades through a 2010 state-authorized program that allows municipalities to fund energy-efficiency improvements through a special assessment on a property. 

This past February, the Troy City Council voted unanimously to join Lean & Green Michigan’s Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, program. 

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Published July 21, 2016

In what police believe was a ruse to draw them away from a robbery at Somerset Collection, officers responded to a single call reporting shots fired at the main doors of Oakland Mall just after 7:15 p.m July 20.

Troy police Capt. Bob Redmond said police responded quickly while exercising caution in the recent wake of ambushes against police, but they discovered nothing.

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Published July 20, 2016

In the Aug. 2 primary election, voters in Troy will consider candidates vying to serve as U.S. and state representatives, as well as county commissioners and other county offices. 

Questionnaires were only sent to contested parties. Unopposed candidates will simply be listed by name, with further coverage closer to the Nov. 8 general election.

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Published July 20, 2016

Troy resident Ed Holter had searched for his award-winning 1953 Firedome two-door DeSoto for 20 years before he found it listed in an Auto Trader magazine he picked up in Iowa on vacation seven years ago.

“They’re very rare,” he said. “Only a handful exist.”

He said his grandfather had one, and Holter wanted the same model.

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Published July 20, 2016

Do you enjoy hearing live music in an outdoor venue?

Bring your lawn chair or blanket and head to Boulan Park to grab a bite to eat and hear music tuned to a wide range of tastes when the Troy Summer Sensation Concert Series returns.

The concerts were held on the grounds of the Troy Civic Center campus for the last two years, but will be held at Boulan Park this year.

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Published July 20, 2016

The Troy Planning Commission sent a developer back to the drawing board after taking a first look at plans July 12 for a six-story, 152-unit apartment building on a 2.5-acre parcel on McClure, just north of Big Beaver Road, east of Crooks Road.

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Published July 20, 2016

You can keep your turf green and ensure the city doesn’t get charged higher water rates by using irrigation systems after dark. 

The city secured a lower rate structure for water from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department in 2008 based on restricting underground sprinkler usage during peak times. To that end, the City Council adopted an ordinance that restricts irrigation system usage to 11 p.m.-5 a.m.

This only applies to irrigation systems, not hand watering or using a garden hose, explained Paul Trosper, Troy superintendent of water.

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Published July 20, 2016

The space at the library devoted to teens was hard for them to find and not very inviting.

“They would grab things, then go to the kids area to hang out,” said Raagini Chandra, president of the Troy Public Library Teen Advisory Board.

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Published July 20, 2016

Plans for a free bus or trolley that would run on Big Beaver Road weekdays and possibly for special events on weekends will move forward.

The Troy City Council held a study session July 11 to talk about a shuttle service that would run on eastbound and westbound Big Beaver Road, from John R to Somerset Collection.

The initiative would be a partnership between the city of Troy and the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART), with the aim to connect people with hotels, restaurants and shopping destinations.

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Published July 20, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS/TROY/BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP/AUBURN HILLS — Voters will consider two Avondale Schools millage proposals when they head to the polls Aug. 2.

“Both of the millages are essentially once-in-a-decade renewals,” said Avondale Schools Superintendent James Schwarz.

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Published July 14, 2016

The Macomb County Health Department confirmed July 16 the death of a Macomb County woman who recently contracted bacterial meningitis.

Kristy Malter, 21, a junior at Central Michigan University and a Notre Dame Prepratory School alumna, recently served as a day camp instructor at Life Time Fitness in Rochester Hills, working with children between the ages of 5 and 12.

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Published July 13, 2016

TROY — Plans will proceed after the Troy Planning Commission approved designs for a new fire station on Maple Road, east of John R Road.

The commission unanimously approved the site plan for Station 4 at its June 28 meeting. 

Troy City Planner R. Brent Savidant said that the old fire station will remain open while construction on the new 10,500-square-foot structure is completed, then the old station will be demolished. 

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Published July 13, 2016

TROY — Five Little Free Libraries stocked with books for children, teens and adults stand ready for reading throughout the neighborhood near Hill Elementary School — and there are four more to come.

Families toured the neighborhood by bicycle to check out the recently finished libraries July 10. 

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Published July 13, 2016

TROY — The mild winter put money back in the city budget for needed road improvements this summer. 

Each year, the city of Troy removes snow on county roads through an agreement with the Road Commission of Oakland County. The city has approved contracts with the RCOC to plow county roads for the past 14 years. 

Last October, the Troy City Council unanimously approved a contract whereby the RCOC would reimburse the city $274,660 for work completed. 

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Published July 13, 2016

TROY — Each year, fifth-graders in the Troy School District are challenged to complete home fire safety checklists to ensure their homes have working fire detectors, a designated outside meeting spot and a family escape plan, and that they practice fire escape drills at home. 

The students are also challenged to complete home fire safety checklists for homes of friends, family and neighbors. 

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Published July 13, 2016


That is the message that Farmington Hills resident and artist Michele Sapp, 62, tells people who are interested in creating art of their own.

“If you feel like you want to make something, make it for the sheer enjoyment of (it), and learn your craft,” Sapp said. “That could be taking classes, reading, learning new techniques. You’ve got to love what you do.”

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Published July 8, 2016

A despondent gunman caused the evacuation of Heritage Park and a barricade of the surrounding area just before noon July 8. Farmington Hills Assistant Police Chief David Stasch said that the situation is under control and it appears that a man has committed suicide.

Police barricaded the area and evacuated families and children from the park, located in the area of Farmington Road and 11 Mile, after a call came in about a despondent man in a vehicle in the park.

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Published July 6, 2016

Officials from the Oakland County Health Division are reminding residents to take proper precautions against West Nile virus this summer, as a pool of mosquitoes recently tested positive for the disease.

“We have traps set in Oakland County, and we routinely go through and check the traps for mosquitoes and test them for West Nile,” Kathy Forzley, manager of the Oakland County Health Division, said. “We had our first positive.”

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Published July 5, 2016

Following the retirement of Tim Richnak, Kurt Bovensiep, 36, has been chosen as the new director of the Troy Department of Public Works.

He continues a family legacy.

His father, Rod Bovensiep, worked for the city of Troy for 38 years, first in the Engineering Department. He later joined the Fire Department, earning the rank of lieutenant before he retired.

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