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Published October 2, 2013

WEST BLOOMFIELD — “Show the Laker Pride,” a group of West Bloomfield cheerleaders shouted while celebrating the district’s Family Fun Night Friday, Sept. 20.

Because of the rain and cold, the event honoring the U.S. military, police and fire heroes was relocated indoors, and residents of West Bloomfield packed the hallways and gym, showing their support.

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Published September 25, 2013

WALLED LAKE — With families’ donations to the Wixom Elementary PTA, the school unveiled a new paved walking path at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 6.

“The whole school of 550 students attended, and then we probably had about 20 parents and dignitaries. We also had the Western High School cross country team as our special guests,” said Principal Alec Bender.

Guest speakers at the ceremony included Walled Lake Schools Superintendent Kenneth Gutman, PTA President Jennifer Ludwig and Walled Lake Western High School cross country coach Brad Scheck.

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Published September 5, 2013

WEST BLOOMFIELD — With more than 26 new classes debuting at West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation this season, as well as a new lineup of nature programs, boredom is not an option this autumn.

Naturalist Lauren Azoury, who joined the Parks and Recreation staff in July, said she is excited to get the nature programs up and running again.

“There are so many beautiful parks and a very diverse ecosystem in West Bloomfield, and I’ve really enjoyed exploring the wetlands and unique trails,” said Azoury.

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Published August 28, 2013

By Cari DeLamielleure-Scott
C & G Contributing Writer

SYLVAN LAKE — A local history group is hoping some new signs will shed light on the area’s past.

As part of the MotorCities National Heritage Area’s Wayside Exhibit Program, the city of Sylvan Lake dedicated a series of historical signs at the annual Sylvan Lake Garden Club ice cream social Aug. 15.

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Published August 28, 2013

DETROIT — With its exotic blooms and tranquil atmosphere, stepping inside the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Belle Isle is like stepping into a world of natural wonder.

There, visitors will find an acre of cacti, blooming plants, tropical trees, ferns and unusual orchids in the World of Horticulture alone, along with the elegant formal perennial garden and lily pond gardens.

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Published August 28, 2013

OAKLAND COUNTY — The Oakland County Art Authority has sent a strong statement to those handling the city of Detroit’s bankruptcy: hands off the DIA.

During the most recent meeting of the Oakland County Art Authority Aug. 20, the five-member board voted unanimously to pass a resolution that would cancel their existing contract to financially support the Detroit Institute of Arts if the museum’s collection is affected by the city’s bankruptcy process.

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Published August 15, 2013

KEEGO HARBOR — Fine dining, as defined by hard-to-pronounce dishes and exorbitant prices, might be a thing of the past, chef Jeremy Grandon, of Jeremy Restaurant & Bar, said. But excellent food and an appreciation for the art of cooking are not.

People looking to explore that art and learn to make gourmet meals at home are filling up local cooking classes this summer.

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Published August 7, 2013

WALLED LAKE — Of all the comforts of home that overseas troops miss, a warm, clean shower ranks high on the list.

So when Steve Sapienza learned from his son, Staff Sgt. Christopher McAleer, that his unit, stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan, was experiencing water-quality problems, he immediately began searching for ways to help.

“He told me that when the power goes on their base, it causes breaks in the water system,” said Sapienza, a Summit Sports Inc. of Sylvan Lake customer.

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Published August 1, 2013

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Summer is a time for treats — but for those with food allergies, finding palatable alternatives to classics like ice cream, frozen yogurt and cake can be a challenge.

But some local businesses have put sweets back on the table for people with food allergies and sensitivities.

In addition to self-serve frozen yogurts and custards, including customer favorites such as cake batter and salted caramel corn, Just Peachy! Frozen Yogurt & Custard owner Steve Morris said he is proud to offer a dedicated allergy-free yogurt machine.

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Published July 19, 2013

KEEGO HARBOR — A relative of two West Bloomfield children who died after a boating incident in Keego Harbor is looking to God for encouragement while dealing with the deaths and looking for the recovery of a third sibling.

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Published July 11, 2013

WEST BLOOMFIELD — West Bloomfield resident Sarah Hirsch has her son’s picky eating habits to thank. Those habits led them both to the White House via a healthy-eating competition. 

Hirsch and her son, Jacob Hirsch, went to the White House July 9 to attend a state dinner with 53 other children who won a nationwide Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.

The challenge was to create a lunchtime recipe that is healthy, affordable, original and delicious, according to a White House press release.

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Published July 9, 2013

WEST BLOOMFIELD — If you don’t want it stolen, don’t leave it in your car.

That advice will protect you from unnecessary headache and keep your vehicle protected from larcenies, West Bloomfield Police Department Crime Prevention Officer Rick Trabulsy said recently.

“People are always leaving stuff in their cars,” he said. “Crime can be eliminated if we take a little bit of time to protect our goods. I don’t care what community you live in.”

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Published July 3, 2013

For many homeowners, remodeling their kitchen is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“People are really thinking it through,” said Barb Baker, of Elder Living Construction in Farmington Hills. “They are investing in a little higher quality. They are taking the time to understand the different wood qualities, and they are spending the money to make upgrades.”

Baker said her customers want new cabinets that will look good and last for a long time. They are also looking at new ways of hiding electrical outlets for a smooth, uninterrupted backsplash.

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Published July 3, 2013

METRO DETROIT — Next weekend, metro Detroiters will follow their noses to Romeo for the 11th annual Michigan Lavender Festival July 12-14 at Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill.

There’s just something about the sight and scent of lavender that can evoke the excitement of summer and instill a feeling of serenity. And like so many seasons before, many Michiganders are once again on the hunt for the herb to use for cooking, cleaning or just plain sniffing.

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Published June 26, 2013

WEST BLOOMFIELD — West Bloomfield Fire Marshal Patrick Riney is hoping that a law amended last year, which places time restrictions on setting off fireworks, will let Fourth of July revelers have fun, while still giving their neighbors peace of mind.

“We do have noise ordinances with the passing of the new law,” Riney told the Beacon recently. “There is a time to use them and not. It gives us a little more power to enforce prohibition of the fireworks during quiet time.”

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Published June 13, 2013

It’s all about character.

During the annual Sylvan Lake Home and Garden Tour 2013, eight homes and a variety of gardens will be on display 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 22. This year’s theme is “The charm of yesteryear, the vibe of today.”

“Every house is different,” said homeowner Robin Ginnard, who lives in the 1800 block of Woodland and will be featured in the tour. “(That is) the thing I like about this area, after you’ve always just lived in subdivisions.”

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Published June 11, 2013

ORCHARD LAKE — After three weeks excavating and searching for treasures untold, a Western Michigan University archaeological class left Apple Island with heavier suitcases — filled with items including animal bones, milk bottles, cutlery, and saucer and cup sets.

LouAnn Wurst, archaeological dig principal investigator at WMU, and 10 undergraduate students from an Anthropology in the Community class collected archaeological data from the 35-acre island as part of the Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society’s annual Apple Island Tours May 18-19.

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Published June 6, 2013

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Two West Bloomfield fathers, Ed Viksne, 53, and Jack Faett, 57, have another reason to cherish June 16 this year.

After they both survived prostate cancer, they decided to participate in the Michigan Institute of Urology Men’s Health Foundation’s fifth annual Run for the Ribbon on Father’s Day. The event supports prostate cancer awareness, education, treatment and research in southeast Michigan.

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Published June 5, 2013

As kids anxiously await the arrival of summer, parents are weighing their summer child care options. From day camps to sitters, there’s a lot to consider when choosing who your youngster will spend their summer break with.

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Published June 4, 2013

WEST BLOOMFIELD — In kindergarten, West Bloomfield resident Julianna Boye showed her teacher at Ealy Elementary School a special talent during show-and-tell.

“I was showing my kindergarten teacher how fast I can blink my eyes,” the Ealy fifth-grader said.

That memory, among many others, is one that the 10-year-old said she wishes she could bottle and take with her on her new educational path.

“If I could bring (my teacher) to Orchard Lake Middle School, that would be awesome,” she told the Beacon during a recent interview.

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