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Published April 2, 2012

WARREN — Learning how to create electricity using alternative energy is just one of the many components of Lincoln High School’s green technology small learning community, offered for the first time this year.

Students enrolled in the green technology program, which is held inside the new Lincoln Career and Technology Mark A. Kedzior Center on the LHS grounds, are getting their feet wet and soaking up all they can about the green movement. LHS is part of Van Dyke Public Schools.

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Published March 28, 2012

WARREN — As the spring weather continued to shatter records last week, preparations were ongoing for a wave of repairs to a long list of bumpy local streets.

Exactly which projects would begin this spring and when remained unclear at press time, but Mayor Jim Fouts said work on a list of targeted roads should begin in April. The work will be funded by an influx of cash from the city’s residential streets millage, which passed last year.

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Published March 28, 2012

WARREN — The food pantry outreach at south Warren’s Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church has been around since 1968, established during a strike at Chrysler to support neighborhood families by putting food on the table.

The organizers have since only occasionally been able to offer fresh produce — sometimes vegetables donated by local growers — to supplement the dry goods and canned food collected and offered through the pantry to members of the community who need them.

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Published March 28, 2012

WARREN — Sometimes it’s the little things that bring a smile to a small child’s face: his first belt, or her first pretty dress.

The Salvation Army, the Our Lady Queen of Martyrs parish of Beverly Hills and the Our Lady of Sorrows parish of Farmington are getting ready to provide those things and more for children in need in time for Easter through the Dress an Angel program.

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Published March 21, 2012

As pet lovers snuggle up with their furry friends, many may not think about where their animals came from before they found them listed online or at a pet store. But the Michigan Humane Society estimates that 99 percent of pet store puppies are bred by large-scale breeders, or puppy mills, some of which are known for their cruel and inhumane treatment of animals to maximize profit.

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Published March 14, 2012

An electronic sign on the wall reads “10 days, 14 hours, 15 minutes and 4.32 seconds.”

“That’s the countdown until the end of my life,” laughed Melisa Valentine, 25, of Ferndale, a bartender at the Blarney Stone Pub in Berkley.

She’s kidding of course. The countdown marks the time left before St. Patrick’s Day, the annual holiday many celebrate by bellying up to the bar. But for those tasked with handling the crowds and their beverage orders from behind the bar, it’s a far different experience.

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Published March 7, 2012

Bullying hurts.

It can make someone feel small, rejected, disrespected, stupid, ugly, unloved and unimportant.

While not a new concept — the bullies and bullied have been around for years — it seems to have entered a new realm as an alarming number of youth have responded to bullying in more dramatic ways than society has been accustomed to. Suicide. Violence. Murder.

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Published March 2, 2012

WARREN — A prisoner’s recent trip and fall, and an attempt to bolt by a man facing jail time have again raised red flags for officials at the 37th District Court.

“It shows the deficit of the structural design of the court,” 37th District Court Judge John Chmura said last week. “It’s not something that can be fixed by putting a new roof on the court. It’s not something that can be fixed by adding more police and security officers. You have to redesign the building from the ground up again to fix the problem.”

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Published February 29, 2012

ROCHESTER — Two new exhibits, “Eye Teeth: A Satire on the American Way of Life,” and “Tom Humes: Recent Works,” will open at the Paint Creek Center for the Arts with a joint reception from 7-9 p.m. March 2. Both will be on display at the PCCA, 407 Pine St., through April 7.

The PCCA is turning its main gallery over to a group of artists for “Eye Teeth,” which involves critical and satirical responses to the American social and cultural way of life, according to show curator Ryan Standfest.

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Published February 29, 2012

DETROIT — Prep your paws for a whole lot of petting as the annual two-day celebration of all things dog arrives March 3 and 4 with the annual Detroit Kennel Club Dog Shows at Cobo Center.

More than 2,000 dogs representing 167 breeds will be on hand to interact with the public, demonstrate their skills and compete for top prizes.

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Published January 25, 2012

Public schools keep religion out of the forefront of education, but many parents want to see religious education, traditions and beliefs at the center of their child’s learning environment.

Those parents can choose schools that keep faith the focus.

Religious schools take several steps to ensure faith ideals are conveyed inside and outside the classroom, including daily religious services.

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Published January 18, 2012

WARREN — A statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary nestled on a mass of rocks overlooking a calming pond with koi fish has quickly became a main attraction on the Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church grounds.

The grotto is one of the many welcoming changes at the parish since Our Lady of Grace, formerly of Eastpointe, merged with St. Cletus Catholic Church at 26256 Ryan Road, south of the I-696 service drive.

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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

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 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 October 5, 2011

WARREN — Translated from dog speak, the phrase “ruff ruff” could simply mean “thank you.”

It would certainly be appropriate based on the reported success of the Ruff and Stuff Pet Fest, held at Warren’s Halmich Park on Sept. 17.

According to Joanna Noble, director and producer for K10 Project Reputation Rescue, which hosted the event with Michigan Pug Rescue and Purina Pro Plan Rally to the Rescue, 32 animal rescues and shelters benefited from donations collected at the festival.

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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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