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Published February 3, 2016

Have you thought about brewing your own beer but have no idea how to get started?

The Troy Public Library will offer a program presented by Nicole van Schagen and Matthew Kris, owners of Michigan Brew Supply in Midland, at 6 p.m. Feb. 16.

Connie Doherty, head of adult information services at the Troy Public Library, said another library recommended the program.

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Published February 2, 2016

At the request of the Troy City Council, a police service aide and a Michigan Department of Natural Resources representative presented a program at the Jan. 25 council meeting about the coyotes in Troy.

Troy Mayor Pro Tem Ed Pennington said that a coyote attacked his neighbor’s dog.

“It’s a problem we’ve never had before,” Pennington said. 

“This has been a topic in the city,” Mayor Dane Slater said.

Troy Police service aide Steve Vaillancourt estimates that there are 40-50 coyotes in Troy.

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Published February 2, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Sometimes people balk at the cost of adopting an animal. A rescue may charge $200 for a dog, but they might have already spent hundreds more on spaying or neutering, dental care, food and more. Treating heartworm alone can cost $400. And then there are cases where an animal has mange, broken limbs or other ailments that require immediate treatment.

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Published January 27, 2016

Troy School District seniors’ scores on a new assessment test soared above county and state numbers.

After 44 years of the Michigan Educational Assessment Program test, 80 percent of Michigan students across the state sat down in front of computers to take the first-ever Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, or M-STEP. A paper-and-pencil option also was available, which was how Troy School District students took the test.

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Published January 27, 2016

The Troy City Council took a long look between the stacks at the Troy Public Library Jan. 12 during a special study session.

“The purpose of the tour was to show the council what we have done and what building issues need to be done this year,” said Assistant Library Director Phillip Kwik.

Mayor Dane Slater said the best use of the Troy Civic Center, which includes the library, will be a topic the council, the Planning Commission, the Downtown Development Authority and city leaders will discuss at an upcoming retreat at the end of February.

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Published January 27, 2016

Did you know that a fly the size of a pinhead is responsible for your favorite chocolate treats?

Before she became a naturalist, Laurel Zoet worked as a professional pastry chef. She will bring this unique perspective to the Troy Public Library for a talk on chocolate at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 — and she will bring chocolate for tasting.

“We thought it would be great for Valentine’s Day,” said Margaret Forrest, adult information librarian at the Troy Public Library. “Everybody loves chocolate.”

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Published January 26, 2016

Firefighters were called to a house fire on Jeffrey, near John R and Square Lake roads, just before 12:30 p.m. Jan. 25.

Two residents were in the home when the fire started and smoke alarms sounded. One resident got out of the home and called 911, according to reports. Before firefighters arrived, the second person in the home, a man, walked out of the home. He was transported for treatment.

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Published January 26, 2016

Those who travel Wattles Road on the far west side of the city will have to find a different route until this spring as work begins on a sanitary sewer.

Wattles Road between Beach and Adams roads is closed, and Chestnut Hill Court, south of Wattles Road, will also be closed for work on the North Evergreen Interceptor, part of the Evergreen-Farmington sanitary disposal system. Residents on those roads will have access to their homes from Adams Road and will be contacted in advance when driveway closures are scheduled.

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Published January 25, 2016

Construction that began in September 2014 on what looks like a Lego house across from Troy City Hall, on Big Beaver, is finished and awaiting young patients.

Doctors, nurses, administrators, therapy dogs and volunteers were on hand to show the new Detroit Medical Center Children’s Hospital of Michigan–Troy to about 3,000 visitors Jan. 23.

The center is set to open its 24/7 emergency room facilities Feb. 1. The subspeciality facilities on the second floor will open the following week, and the third-floor surgical center will open the week after that.

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Published January 22, 2016

WARREN — In the summer of 1950, less than five years after the guns of World War II fell silent in the Far East, armed conflict erupted on the Korean peninsula.

The Korean War, also known in the United States and Canada as “The Forgotten War,” would eventually result in more than 36,000 American combat deaths. More than 100,000 Americans were wounded. Theater-wide, the numbers were staggering, with more than 5 million people killed, nearly half of them civilians.

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Published January 20, 2016

The Troy Chamber of Commerce once again recognized investments in bricks and mortar that make Troy stand out. All the winners of the Best of Troy Awards are renovations of existing buildings with the exception of the Troy Multi-Modal Transit Center.

This year’s winners are: Estia Greek Street Food, the Kresge Foundation, Magna International Inc., Maplelawn Professional Center, Peter-Lacke USA, Simons Michelson Zieve Advertising and the Troy Multi-Modal Transit Center.

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Published January 20, 2016

The groom gamely drinks Turkish coffee laced with a liberal amount of salt without complaint to show his future wife that he will “tolerate anything that comes from her.”

Sumeyra Yildiz explained this and the Henna Night ritual that takes place the night before a wedding when the Turkish American Society of Michigan presented a live demonstration of a traditional Henna Night ceremony, henna tattoos and Turkish cuisine at Turkish Henna Night at the Balkan American Community Center in Troy Jan. 16.

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Published January 19, 2016

A 21-year-old Center Line man reportedly took a kitchen knife to church with the intent to enter during services and stabbed a volunteer who intervened just after noon Jan. 17.

Police received a 911 call at 12:08 p.m. of a stabbing at Christ the King Syriac Church at 2300 John R Road.

According to reports, Brian Boulus arrived at the church with a small kitchen knife and approached the church door during services.
Troy police Sgt. Meghan Lehman said that parishioners at the church originate from Iraq and Syria.

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Published January 19, 2016

Newly released guidelines from the United States Department of Agriculture are lengthy and may be hard to digest for those who are not health professionals.

However, Beaumont health experts helped to boil things down to basics — and eggs are OK.

Consumer-based 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines can be found online at USDA information more geared toward health care professionals is available online at

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Published January 15, 2016

Police are urging officials at local houses of worship to be cautious and aware that there has been suspicious activity reported at a church in Troy.

“Presently, the Troy Police Department is investigating two incidents of suspicious activity at a local church,” police said in a statement released Jan. 14.  “On two different occasions in the past two months, church security intercepted individuals that appeared to be scoping out the church facility and were uninvolved in worship activity.”

Police did not name the specific church.

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Published January 13, 2016

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation Jan. 5 that eliminated straight ticket voting in Michigan.

Senate Bill 13, which was sponsored by state Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, updates state election law and disallows constituents from voting for single parties with the check of one box in polling places.

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Published January 13, 2016

Want to take a step back in time to when the primary source of home entertainment was the radio?

Jeffrey Lilly, vice president of the Michigan Antique Radio Club, will bring vintage radios, including a Philco Model 41-285, to the Troy Public Library 6-8 p.m. Jan. 25. For the program, “The Best Old-Time Radio Shows,” Lilly will play original shows that aired in the late 1940s and early ’50s.

He explained that radio shows from earlier periods simply are not available.

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Published January 13, 2016

Mark Fancher, staff attorney for the Racial Justice Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, said he intends to urge people out of the “very comfortable place where society has taken us with respect to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”

Fancher will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 “MLK — A Celebration of Freedom,” a tribute to the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Athens High School Jan. 18 that is open to all.

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Published January 12, 2016

A 91-year-old Troy man is expected to recover from injuries he sustained in a car crash on Dequindre Road, just south of Long Lake Road, before 2:30 p.m. Jan. 11.

Police said the man intended to pull into a gas station and turned left in front of oncoming southbound traffic on Dequindre.

According to Troy Police Capt. Bob Redmond, the man was not wearing a seat belt and struck his head on the pillar of the window of his 1998 four-door Mazda.

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Published January 12, 2016

A 36-year-old Dryden man remained in jail Jan. 12 after he was charged with bank robbery for an incident at the BestBank inside the Kroger store at 3125 John R.

Police said Robert Perry went to the bank at approximately 3 p.m. Jan. 7 and gave the teller a note demanding money.

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