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Published May 4, 2015

WARREN — The 70th anniversary of V-E Day, the end of World War II in Europe, will be celebrated locally with several special events planned for May 8-9.

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said the city anticipates that more than 200 veterans will attend an event at 2 p.m. May 8 recognizing all those who served in the military. Fouts, who has hosted several programs for veterans in the past, said the May 8 gathering would be a “final great tribute to World War II veterans.”

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Published May 4, 2015

WARREN — Like many veterans of World War II, Steve Scarsella speaks little about his military service, other than to say he did the job he was asked to do.

He was born in Italy and came to the United States in 1937. He was made a citizen when he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943. Eight months later, he landed in northern France to fight the Germans on D-Day.

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Published May 4, 2015

Warmer weather means it’s more likely for bikers to take their prized possessions for a ride on Michigan’s roads. And that means everyone on the road needs to be cautious, whether on two wheels or four.

AAA Michigan Public Affairs Director Susan Hiltz said drivers should never tailgate a motorcycle or abruptly change lanes in front of one.

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Published May 1, 2015

WARREN — Hawke Fracassa, a journalist-turned-mayoral-candidate known for his unabashed opinions and for wearing his heart on his sleeve, died suddenly April 30, sources confirmed at press time.

A career newspaperman who worked as a reporter and editor at The Detroit News, Fracassa, 55, had filed to oppose Mayor Jim Fouts in this year’s Warren election. He ran as a Republican for the Michigan Senate last year, and in the past also unsuccessfully ran for various seats, including the Warren City Council.

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Published April 30, 2015

Michigan’s no-fault insurance law, which has existed for around four decades, could face significant changes if the state Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder pass through pending legislation, according to activists on both side of the debate.

Senate Bill 248 passed the Senate April 16, and a state House version passed in a House committee April 23. A full House vote is expected to take place soon.

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Published April 30, 2015

The eyes of the nation were on the U.S. Supreme Court on April 28 as it heard arguments for and against same-sex marriage. The cases were brought forth by Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.  

The first issue, directly involving Michigan, is whether it’s constitutional to deny same-sex couples the right to marry. The other issue is whether all states must recognize same-sex marriages conducted in other states.

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Published April 29, 2015

Walking into a home without wall art would be almost as jarring as stepping inside an observatory and seeing no telescopes, or eating at a Mexican restaurant and not being served chips and salsa.

People sense the ambiance when standing inside a building. And no matter what the setting is or what is taking place in that particular environment, people often expect to see aesthetically pleasing and visually stimulating art.

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Published April 29, 2015

It’s so easy to honor a new graduate’s accomplishment with a gift card, a fancy tech device or even just some cash tucked into an envelope.

But there are other gifts you can give that student starting a new chapter in his or her life that involve a bit more thought and creativity. Those gifts, of course, mean so much more than their monetary value.

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Published April 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — As artillery and troops traveled overseas to fight in World War II, metro Detroiters who remained at home stayed productive by making the equipment needed to defeat the Axis powers.


Ron Lamparter, who owns the Defense Corridor Center for Collaboration and Synergy in Sterling Heights, said dozens of books and tens of thousands of pages have been written about Detroit’s role as the “Arsenal of Democracy” in World War II.

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Published April 29, 2015

Editor's note: This story about a local 'Rosie the Riveter' is one of a handful included in a full-length C & G Newspapers feature commemorating the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, the end of World War II in Europe. The war in Europe ended with the surrender of Nazi Germany on May 8, 1945. Click here for more V-E Day stories from our coverage area.

Blanche Skee, 94, Warren

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Published April 29, 2015

• Warren Mayor Jim Fouts will host an event recognizing all military veterans on the 70th anniversary of V-E Day. The program will begin at 2 p.m. May 8 in the atrium of Warren City Hall, north of 12 Mile Road and just east of Van Dyke Avenue. There will be several special guest speakers. All veterans from any city are invited to attend the program, but veterans of World War II can register in advance with the Mayor’s Office by calling (586) 574-4515.

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Published April 29, 2015

WARREN — “The American GIs were angels of mercy to us,” concentration camp prisoner Victoria “Olga” Lechniak said. “These are the men who freed us from death.” 

As the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day approaches, the 78-year-old Warren resident looked back on the horrors of World War II that she endured as a young child. She remembers death everywhere, bombs erupting, no food, no water.

“Wherever we go, the devil is greeting us all the time,” she said, and it was the Lord that got her through.

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Published April 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Not every American who fought for victory during World War II wore a uniform on foreign shores.

You won’t find their tales often in history books, but rather in journals and family photo albums.

The work done and sacrifices made by women during the war are heroic in their own right, though those ladies aren’t always given the full credit they’re due.

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Published April 28, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The most destructive war ever fought in Europe ended on May 8, 1945. That point in time will forever be known to history as V-E Day.

For those who lived through the war, it was both the end and the beginning.

Gone forever were millions of lives. Millions more were left grieving, homeless and hungry, struggling to pick up the pieces of their shattered world. Towns that had stood for centuries were obliterated. It was a cataclysm never before seen, the end result of maniacal nationalism and industrialized war.

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Published April 27, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The Detroit Zoological Society is seeking $55,000 through online donations to construct a “biodigester,” a device that would collect the methane from animal waste and turn it into electricity.


The money is part of the final effort needed to construct the digester, Detroit Zoo Chief Operating Officer Gerry Van Acker said. The zoo already has raised $900,000.

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Published April 27, 2015

Several of Michigan’s traffic intersections with the most total accidents or related injuries or deaths in 2014 were found in Oakland and Macomb counties, according to top 10 lists recently compiled by a law firm.

Using data from the Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit, the Michigan Auto Law firm’s website posted in March that the Michigan intersection with the most accidents last year was South State Road at West Ellsworth Road in Ann Arbor, with 170 accidents.

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Published April 27, 2015

WARREN — As expected, the list of candidates running for city offices in Warren swelled at the filing deadline April 22. But it remains to be seen who’ll run where, and who will ultimately be deemed eligible to run.

The answers to those questions now hinge on events scheduled for May 4.

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Published April 22, 2015

NOVI — Men, you might as well look away now.


There will be a lot to see and do during the 20th annual Michigan International Women’s Show from April 30-May 3 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.


“It has definitely grown,” Beth Anderson, executive show manager of Southern Shows, said. “It has changed, and we hope that everyone enjoys it as much today as they did 20 years ago when it first started at the Novi Expo Center.”

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Published April 22, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — State lawmakers and department heads are communicating to the public about Proposal 1 and how funds would be dispersed if voters approve the proposal.


On March 23, officials held a Proposal 1 town hall meeting at the Macomb Intermediate School District. Anyone from the public could attend and ask questions.


State Rep. Marilyn Lane, D-Fraser, helmed the meeting. She is the vice chairwoman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

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Published April 22, 2015

WARREN — With Arbor Day approaching April 24, students who attend Wilkerson Elementary School in Warren Consolidated Schools will again plant trees at home in an effort to support environmental awareness.

On April 15 and 16, students received an eastern white pine tree seedling to take home and plant. Fourth-grader Sophia Fantin, fifth-grader Frank Fantin and fourth-grader Cameron Carrier helped the students by placing the seedlings in a plastic bag with some mulch and water for each student to take.

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The events in our calendar were submitted prior to the coronavirus crisis. As efforts have increased to contain the spread of the coronavirus, many events have been canceled. Read More... On March 13, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order to cancel all events statewide that involve more than 250 people. It is recommended that you call ahead if you still intend to attend one of these events.
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