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Published April 10, 2013

After almost 21 years together, the Luddites still haven’t suffered the ubiquitous “creative differences” that have shattered bands less than half their age.

The 11-piece acoustic group will celebrate the release of their fourth CD, “Twisted In,” with a concert starting at 9 p.m. April 13 at PJ’s Lager House. Bass player David Giovannucci, one of the original Luddites from those early days in August 1992 when they started as a five-piece acoustic act, said friendship and mutual respect have kept them going all these years.

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Published April 10, 2013

In the bin

Come garbage day, most curbside recycling bins are stuffed with paper, plastic and glass bottles, cans, and cardboard, but there’s a whole lot more that can be added to the heap.

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Published March 27, 2013

Though spring seems to have lost its way en route to Michigan, it won’t be long before temperatures finally rise and the ground thaws to welcome new plants and flowers into eagerly awaited gardens around metro Detroit.

Just like in fashion boutiques, there will be lots of trends that customers will be clamoring for at their local nursery this year as they plan their landscape design. According to Erma Rhadigan, co-owner of Ray Wiegand’s Nursery in Macomb Township, this year’s most popular bloom choices are going to be bright, warm colors.

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Published March 27, 2013

With spring here — at least according to the calendar — many homeowners look to the state of their houses after the long, dirty winter and aren’t happy with what they see.

Carpets are soiled by salty boots; driveways start cracking from the months-long freeze/thaw cycle; and muddy messes are exposed in backyards that will be used for entertaining, come summer.

Now is the time to fix those problems, according to local contractors, before warm-weather fun beckons and the summer home- improvement rush begins.

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Published March 22, 2013

WARREN — “The attitude was blacks would not fly for the U.S.,” Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Washington Ross said. “Senator (Harry) Truman, Eleanor Roosevelt, the black press The Amsterdam News put pressure on Congress to let blacks take aviation training.”

On March 14, the World War II fighter pilot shared his story with about 40 audience members during a presentation at the Macomb Community College South Campus library.

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Published August 8, 2012

Can do

Eileen Haraminac will teach several upcoming food preservation courses at the Macomb MSU Extension office at 21885 Dunham, Assembly Room A, in Clinton Township:
• Aug. 18: hot water bath jams and jellies.

Published June 8, 2012

WARREN — When it rains at Halmich Park, water will pour over an array of native perennial plants in a “rain garden” planned by an aspiring Eagle Scout.

The new garden, on the north side of the park near Chicago Road west of Ryan, was planted June 2 by scouts from Troop 1478, based at St. Anne.

Troop member Jonathan Chmura coordinated the effort as a service project required to attain the rank of Eagle Scout.

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Published June 1, 2012

WARREN — The bus ride from Warren’s Westwood Elementary to the Bunert One-Room Schoolhouse Museum was just over a mile, about as far as some kids would have walked to class — in all sorts of weather — 100 years ago.

But inside the historic school-turned-museum, student life once was about as far as you can imagine from what you’ll find in today’s classrooms.

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Published May 24, 2012

WARREN — Math and science can be fun. Just ask the students at Warren’s St. Anne Catholic Grade School, who finished the six-session A World in Motion program with presentations, a car show and treats May 22.

The program, started by the Society of Automotive Engineers, brought a team of volunteers, including several General Motors Co. employees, to the school, where they shared their love and knowledge of engineering concepts with fourth- and fifth-grade students.

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Published May 24, 2012

WARREN — Residents can still support efforts to add a little green space in south Warren, but they have to act quickly to do it.

Voting ends June 1 for the Let’s Save Michigan’s It’s About Place contest, featuring a plan to construct a “pocket park” on a small strip of land at Van Dyke and Essex, owned by Warren’s Tax Increment Finance Authority.

The project is competing against a list of other regional projects.

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Published May 24, 2012

WARREN — There’s an old saying: If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

That was the case at two Warren properties earlier this month, when Cpl. Matt Nichols of the Warren Police Department said a nefarious band of paving scammers recently “resurfaced,” and nearly took would-be beneficiaries of bargain prices for thousands in cash.

Linda Stepho said she’s operated Unique 1 Auto Sales on Van Dyke, north of 13 Mile, for the past seven months with her husband, Joe Yousif.

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Published May 7, 2012

DETROIT — Walking down a backstage hallway inside Orchestra Hall May 3, the melodic sounds of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians practicing led the way.

It was guaranteed to be a busy weekend for Paul Yee, the DSO’s retail sales manager and buyer.

“One of the great benefits of working here is hearing the orchestra,” the 1973 Center Line High School graduate said.

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Published May 1, 2012

WARREN — When Kennedy Elementary special education teacher Linda Dunn steps inside her classroom each morning, she doesn’t feel like she is going to work. She feels like she attending school.

“I’ve always loved school,” Dunn said. “I went into teaching because I love school and learning. I enjoy being a part of that learning community and working with others for a positive common outcome.”

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Published April 13, 2012

WARREN — Students preparing to enter college for horticulture, forestry, medicine or family and consumer sciences are eligible to apply for a little financial help from their friends at the Warren Garden Club.

The club, a branch of the Women’s National Farm and Garden Association, is again offering two scholarships in the amount of $500 each to Warren high school students.

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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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