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Published September 16, 2015

Did you know that the Marines fought in one of the most decisive battles of the War of 1812 aboard a frigate ship on Lake Erie?

Had they lost to the British, the Michigan territory would have been designated as an Indian territory for the British, and not part of the U.S.

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Published September 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The school year kicked off Sept. 8, filling the roads and sidewalks once again with buses and children traveling to and from school.

With more traffic on the roads and more children walking outside, AAA Michigan is reminding motorists to stay alert in neighborhoods and school zones as part of its School’s Open — Drive Carefully awareness campaign.

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Published September 15, 2015

While the city and Grand Sakwa Properties have settled on the cost of the property that the Troy Multi-Modal Transit Center sits on, who will reimburse the city for the additional cost is not yet clear.

While the city paid Grand/Sakwa $3.1 million Sept. 3 and the lawsuit was dismissed, Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Leo Bowman must sign the final order dismissing the case, which had not been filed at press time.

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Published September 10, 2015

Police are searching for a man who robbed the TCF Bank at 2138 E. Big Beaver Road at 11:15 a.m. Sept. 10.

They believe it is the same man who robbed the TCF Bank at 1484 Coolidge Road at 11 a.m. April 16.

The suspect is described as a white man in his 40s. He was wearing a black baseball cap with tape over the logo, a gray hooded sweatshirt with black tape over the chest logo, gray pants and possibly black loafers.

He reportedly entered the bank Sept. 10 and demanded money.

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Published September 9, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — The price of water has been a long-debated topic in metro Detroit, and recent meetings involving community leaders and members of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, or DWSD, have shed some light on the issue.


Macomb Area Communities for Regional Opportunities, or MACRO, has held meetings with DWSD representatives to discuss forthcoming contracts in relation to the Great Lakes Water Authority, or GLWA — an arrangement enacted in November 2014 that involves Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties paying annual lease payments.

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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration announced Sept. 1 that the state would develop its own carbon implementation plan to meet the power plant carbon emissions guidelines set for it in President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan.


The Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce power plant greenhouse gas emissions by a third of 2012 levels by 2030, allows states to develop their own plans to reach their respective targets.

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Published September 9, 2015

In an effort to aid U.S. troops — both stateside and overseas — the Michigan Military Moms group is collecting items for care packages to ship to soldiers from Michigan.

Merrill Griffin, president of Michigan Military Moms, said the group plans to send more than 100 care packages.

The care package drive will be held at White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery through Sept. 18.

Some of the items requested include the following snack foods in individual-sized packages:

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Published September 9, 2015

Graduate students at Walsh College spent two weeks immersed in commerce and culture in Paris, Milan, London, and Zurich, then came home to get their hands dirty at an urban farm as part of the college’s study abroad program.

Linda Hagan, professor and chair of Walsh’s business communication department, explained that C&A, a global clothing retailer focused on sustainability and based in Zurich, charged the business students to take a 75-euro grant and put it to the best use in the community.

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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After a strong summer, the housing market in metro Detroit shows no signs of regressing heading into the fall, although buyers and sellers both could take extra precautions in getting in or out of a house.


For the buyer, real estate agent Jan Hays, with Max Broock in Birmingham, said the market will still look to be a sellers market in the fall, so buyers should be ready to make a bid when going to look at a house and not be afraid to make the call.

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Published September 8, 2015

Although the Troy School District Board of Education passed a $137 million budget in June that included a $3 million shortfall from the 2014-15 budget, district officials learned after the books closed out that the shortfall was far less.

The 2014-15 budget included a $1 million drawdown from the reserve fund, leaving it at 16 percent.

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Published September 4, 2015

Summer may be ending soon, but the construction schedule for two counties’ road commissions will still mostly be ongoing through the fall.

According to Craig Bryson from the Road Commission for Oakland County, a few major road undertakings within the C & G Newspapers readership area are underway but not complete.

The biggest project, he said, concerns the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of 14 Mile and Orchard Lake roads as well as its surroundings.

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Published September 2, 2015

When the Troy Garden Club, a local branch of the Woman’s National Farm & Garden Association, was asked to host the national group’s yearly International Tea Aug. 27, Meadow Brook’s gardens presented the perfect setting. 

The association is commemorating its 100th year, and Matilda Dodge Wilson, who created and designed Meadow Brook and the gardens now on the grounds of Oakland University in Rochester, served as national president of the group.

She hosted an International Tea at Meadow Brook in the ’60s.

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Published September 2, 2015

Figuring that 40 was a nice round number, Troy Fire Chief William Nelson has announced plans to retire later this month.

Nelson, who marked his 40th year serving in the Troy Fire Department this year, said he wants to spend more time with his wife, Doris. The couple plans to spend time with their children and grandchildren, who have all returned to Michigan to live after relocating to other states in past years.

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Published September 2, 2015

The Rev. Edward Belczak, 69, pastor of St. Thomas More Catholic for 29 years,  pleaded guilty to mail fraud in U.S. District Court Sept. 1.

He pleaded guilty to devising and executing a scheme to steal $572,775 from St. Thomas More Church over several years and creating yearly false financial reports that were mailed to the Archdiocese of Detroit that concealed his theft of the money for his own benefit.

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Published September 1, 2015

After listening to 28 residents weigh in on a request that a permanent street barricade be removed, the Troy City Council unanimously decided to put an emergency vehicle access barricade in its place.

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Published August 31, 2015

METRO DETROIT — An invasive, tree-killing insect working its way across the U.S. is closing in on Michigan, and the Department of Natural Resources is asking residents to be watchful.


The Asian longhorn beetle, first found in New York back in 1996, bores into trees to lay its eggs, which then hatch and bore deeper to the heart of the tree, according to DNR spokeswoman Joanne Foreman.

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Published August 26, 2015

All Troy School District students in grades three through eight will have something else to remember to bring to school each day — their fully charged iPad. 

Third- and sixth-grade students used the iPads last year. This year, students in grades three, five, six and eight already have or will receive their iPads, and those students who received them last year will use the same devices, with upgrades to accommodate the fourth- and seventh-grade curriculum.

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Published August 26, 2015

Troy library patrons of all ages have read books; downloaded music, magazines and e-books; and attended library programs as part of the summer reading program June 13-Aug. 8.

Constance Doherty, head of adult information services for the Troy Public Library, said 80 patrons registered for the adult program to win prizes; 254 books were read and reviewed; patrons downloaded a total of 256 e-books, magazines and music; and 391 people attended five events as part of the program.

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Published August 26, 2015

Did you know that we have, on average, 70,000 thoughts each day?

Or that your brain is an oxygen hog, taking 20 percent of each breath you take?

Participants in the Senior Living and Learning Expo, titled Brainstorm: A Workout for the Mind, learned these facts and several tricks to shake up their brains. The event was sponsored by the Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan and was held at the Troy Community Center Aug. 19.

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Published August 25, 2015

A shoplifting call ended in a wild pursuit and officer injures at Oakland Mall last week.

Police responded to a store at Oakland Mall just after 8 p.m. Aug. 19 after a 36-year-old Cleveland, Ohio, man reportedly attempted to shop lift there.

Police believe Reginald Murphy stole items at the Victoria’s Secret store at Somerset Collection earlier that day, as well as previously in Chicago and from other malls in the region.

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