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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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Published April 22, 2015

Pictured is the front page of Warren Woods Tower High School’s The Legend student newspaper published in October 1984. The issue’s top stories — written by students — covered the approaching homecoming festivities, a feature on newly hired teachers at the school, and an update on the WWT yearbook staff.

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Published April 22, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/WARREN — Local high school students interested in certain careers are encouraged to check out the teen academies that Macomb Community College officials are providing this summer.

The academies — which include media and communication arts, biotechnology and robotics — are designed to give students the opportunity to perform hands-on activities taught by professionals in each field. There are two new academies this year: computer programming and apprenticeships.

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Published April 21, 2015

DETROIT — Local leading jazz musicians will be sharing a famous stage with some aspiring jazz greats of tomorrow when the University Liggett School Jazz Band opens for the Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra on April 30 at the Music Hall Jazz Café.

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Published April 21, 2015

WARREN — This Saturday, the hometown rockers will let Joe Sgroi know how they really feel about him.

On April 25, the local rock ‘n’ roll community will band together to roast Sgroi, a concert promoter who has been a staple on the metro Detroit music scene for the past 45 years. To celebrate the milestone, those who know Sgroi well will tell their best personal stories about him, reminisce, crack a few quips, and offer some “Sgroisms.”

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Published April 20, 2015

With the right frame of mind, drivers navigating a roundabout in metro Detroit can turn going in circles into a positive experience, according to road and driving safety representatives.

Construction recently began on an upcoming roundabout at 14 Mile Road at Orchard Lake Road at the border of West Bloomfield and Farmington Hills, according to Craig Bryson, spokesman for the Road Commission for Oakland County. The RCOC expects the project to be finished this autumn.

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Published April 18, 2015

WARREN — City officials are set to consider a tax break that could help land another huge General Motors investment in Warren.

The City Council was scheduled to meet April 21, after the Warren Weekly went to press, to discuss a tax abatement for an investment of more than $419 million in real property at the GM Tech Center north of 12 Mile, between Van Dyke and Mound. The figures were included in an application filed by GM with the office of Warren City Clerk Paul Wojno on Feb. 24.

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Published April 17, 2015

WARREN — A 28-year-old Warren man jailed on a child abuse charge earlier this month may soon be facing a more serious allegation.

Police said the 21-month-old girl that Gregory Lowe was accused of shaking died early April 16, five days after she was removed from life support at Detroit’s St. John Hospital.

Lowe was arrested April 4 at a home in the 21000 block of La Salle, north of Eight Mile and west of Gratiot, following an investigation that began with a 911 call from the child’s mother at 2:40 p.m.

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Published April 17, 2015

C & G Newspapers Staff Writer Kevin Bunch is one of 10 journalists nationwide selected for the University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting’s 17th annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists. Bunch writes about Eastpointe and Roseville for the Eastsider, and he has carved out a niche as C & G Newspapers’ science writer.

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Published April 17, 2015

Five members of the C & G Newspapers team took home awards at the Society of Professional Journalists Detroit Chapter’s annual Excellence in Journalism competition at the San Marino Club in Troy on April 15. The awards recognized work from 2014.

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Published April 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Ain’t progress grand? Our phones rarely keep us tethered to the wall anymore. Thanks to email, our messages are as fast as lightning and don’t require a stamp. With MP3 players, we don’t have to wait for the radio disc jockey to play our favorite tune.


With so many changes in our everyday lives, it only makes sense that other activities we’re used to — like camping — would evolve with the times, too.

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