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Published December 21, 2011

BERKLEY — There’s much a soldier stands to lose when he goes off to war.

For Tom Coward, he lost his leg. John Todd returned home without his sight, and much of his hearing.

But while disabled, these men are not broken.

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Published December 14, 2011

After Shelby Township crafter Margie Conn waged a successful battle against breast cancer, she decided to use her skills to help others.

“I had to give back,” she said. “I got involved with Relay for Life. I am always looking for a way to contribute.”

The winner of the first C & G Newspapers Holiday Craft Contest, Conn received 245 votes for her repurposed cigar box, decorated with keys and memorabilia. Crafting the decorative storage boxes involves weeks of work layering paints and resin.

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Published December 7, 2011

Despite numerous calls for Troy Mayor Janice Daniels to resign due to a June Facebook post slurring gay people, Daniels asked for forgiveness and said she plans to move forward as mayor.

“I made a comment in a moment I will regret for a lifetime,” Daniels said.

The issue came to light Dec. 2, and the post reportedly stated, “I think I am going to throw away my ‘I love New York’ bag now that queers can get married there.”

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Published December 7, 2011

Looking for a few more gifts on your holiday shopping list? Choosing a Michigan-made item or purchasing from a small, local business can be a win-win — recipients get to unwrap something unique, while shoppers help boost Michigan’s economy.

“If we’re going to make an impact with our dollars, this is the biggest impact we can have — at this time of the year,” said Lisa Diggs, founder of Buy Michigan Now.

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Published December 7, 2011

This holiday season, the population of Casey and Tara Colussi’s household tripled.

For five days over Thanksgiving, the Troy couple, who has two children, hosted Casey’s parents, sister, brother-in-law, two nephews and two family friends.

It was the second installment of what’s become a holiday tradition for the Colussis, and though their recent move to a larger home eased the congestion somewhat, “even with the extra space, it’s a pleasant chaos, is always the best way to describe it,” laughed Casey.

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Published November 9, 2011

Leonard Elementary fifth-grader Aarushi Malhotra likes that there’s something different in the fruit and vegetable lunch line at school each day. Fifth-grader Greg Mayernik said he doesn’t notice a difference between the skim chocolate milk and the higher-fat variety the school used to offer.

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Published October 27, 2011

T.J. Bouque, 11, is a bit different from his sixth-grade classmates at Boulan Park Middle School.

He’s not so crazy about video games, but he is crazy about singing.

He and 11-year-old Annie Youngs, who attends Avondale Middle School, travel to downtown Detroit to practice and perform with the Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus up to four times a week, for up to four hours at a time.

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Published October 27, 2011

Crews will aim to clear snow from all roadways in Troy within 24 hours after a snowfall of more than 4 inches this winter.

Under a contract the Troy City Council unanimously approved with the Road Commission for Oakland County Oct. 17, the city will clear county roadways for $249,691, of which 35 percent will be paid to the city in December and the remaining 65 percent in March.

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Published October 26, 2011

In Stephen King’s horror novel “The Shining,” a small, dysfunctional family moves into an old and insidious hotel for the winter after the family patriarch, Jack Torrance, is hired as the caretaker during the off-season.

No spoilers here, but anyone who has read the book or seen the Stanley Kubrick movie knows the disturbing and tragic things that occur during the course of the family’s stay.

It’s a perfect story for anyone who likes a good scare.

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Published October 13, 2011

What’s your favorite apple?

“The last one I ate.”

Ed Robinette doesn’t even hesitate to give that cheeky yet appropriate reply to what is surely one of his favorite questions. He is, after all, raising 23 varieties of apples on his family farm in Grand Rapids. That’s a lot of options. But it barely breaks the surface.

“There’s so much diversity in the apple crop in Michigan — there are literally thousands of varieties,” Robinette said.

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Published September 28, 2011

Judge Rae Lee Chabot described the July 2, 2010, shooting of Saif Jameel, 33, by his uncle, Hayes Bacall, at the BP gas station on Big Beaver as needless before she imposed the mandatory life sentence for first-degree murder.

A jury rendered a guilty verdict in the case last month. Bacall said he shot his nephew in self-defense.

Chabot stipulated that Bacall have no contact with Jameel’s immediate family and ordered him to pay $28,500 in restitution.

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Published September 14, 2011

Everyone needs it. Most don’t get enough of it. And for those it eludes, it may become an obsession.

With the end of summer, students back in school and shorter days, people’s routines may be a little light on a valuable commodity: sleep.

Less than half of people get it in the quantity and quality their bodies need, said Dr. Gary Trock, and disorders minor and severe can hinder what should be an act that occurs effortlessly and in abundance.

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Published September 13, 2011

PONTIAC — Franklin-Bingham Fire Chief Tony Averbuch was overcome with emotion during his speech at the Oakland County Sept. 11 Remembrance Ceremony Sept. 11.

Averbuch, who’s been in the fire service for two decades, was a part of a disaster response unit that deployed to ground zero in New York City in the days immediately following the terrorist attacks.

Only a few words into his keynote address during the ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks, Averbuch broke down.

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Published August 24, 2011

DETROIT — There’s nothing quite like the thrill of seeing a show on Broadway in New York, but for the last five decades, the Fisher Theatre has come awfully close to replicating that experience.

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Published August 24, 2011

Lucy Kollin is not a fan of the water.

Although she and her husband, Adam, own a boat and take it out on Lake St. Clair with their three children, Aaron, 9, Wendy, 7, and Alex, 5, she is not a strong swimmer and didn’t swim at all as a child growing up in China.

Several people in Jixi, the city in northern China she lived in, drowned in the local lake.

She explained that even experienced swimmers got stuck in the sticky bottom of that lake, and her parents didn’t allow her or her siblings to go into the water.

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Published August 10, 2011

Hours of operation at the Troy Public Library won’t change, at least for now, following voter approval of a 0.7-mill, five-year dedicated library millage Aug. 2.

“The library will remain closed on Saturdays as staff regroups and determines what will and will not fit into the budget,” Phillip Kwik, head of library public services, said.

“We have a lot of housekeeping things to do,” he said.

Library staff will work to re-establish reciprocal agreements, which were severed in April, with different libraries in the area, Kwik said.

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Published July 13, 2011

Somerset Collection is expanding again, this time into temporary space in downtown Detroit.

Somerset Collection officials said retailers on board include Neiman Marcus, Anne Fontaine, Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry, Eddie Bauer, Eileen Fisher, Kate Spade, Max Mara, North Face, Restoration Hardware, Swarovski, Sweet Factory and Vera Bradley.

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Published July 6, 2011

Some people collect baseball cards as a hobby. Some people knit. And some people visit garage sales.

Some would say that Eastpointe resident Joy Yaklin has perfected her garage sale hobby. She uses Craigslist to search for specific items and her GPS to map out routes, and she’ll spend the day perusing sales to fulfill orders from her friends, family and co-workers.

“I’ve got everything I need at home,” she said. Yaklin no longer shops for herself. She now hunts bargains for others.

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Published June 15, 2011

The City Council took tentative steps to market Troy in an effort to relieve the “black eye” some say the city has sported since budget cuts were enacted due to plummeting property values.

“When we attend events and say we are from Troy, we hear expressions of sympathy,” Mayor Pro Tem Mary Kerwin said during a discussion at the June 6 City Council meeting. “Troy has had a black eye.”

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Published June 1, 2011

Combine talented artisans, good food, live entertainment and a little sunshine, and you have the makings of a great summer festival.

Beginning in June, such events are plentiful in metro Detroit. Here’s a sampling of just a few popular festivals that residents won’t want to miss this summer.

June 11-12
Clay, Glass and Metal Festival — downtown Royal Oak
In Royal Oak, one of the first big events of the season is the Clay, Glass and Metal Festival June 11-12.

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Farmers and crafters market
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Franklin Village Green
Rochester Hills
See new plays in staged readings
3 p.m.
Meadow Brook Theatre
Harrison Township
Learn about Great Lakes fur trade
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Lake St. Clair Metropark

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