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Published September 14, 2011

FRANKLIN — There aren’t many communities in metro Detroit that boast 10 or more historic barns — along their main drag, no less.

“People are always surprised that there are 10 barns … and they’re all on Franklin Road, kind of tucked away,” said Ann Lamott, president of the Franklin Historical Society, which is hosting its second annual Franklin Village Barn Tour at 1 p.m. Sept. 17.

“Each one has its own little unique story,” she said. “The people who lived there are even more interesting than the barn.”

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Published September 14, 2011

The Bingham Farms Village Council will welcome a newcomer and bid farewell to a seven-year trustee following the Sept. 13 election.

Three seats were up for grabs, and five candidates ran to fill the four-year terms.

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Published September 14, 2011

Students throughout the Birmingham-Bloomfield area returned to class Sept. 6, ushering in the new school year.

Lynn Jolley has seen a few first days of school in his time. He was at Bloomfield Hills Schools’ Way Elementary, 765 W. Long Lake, as his grandson, 5-year-old Lalo Tirso, enjoyed his first day of kindergarten.

Tirso said his first day of class went “great” and the highlight was time spent on the school’s playground.

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Published September 14, 2011

BIRMINGHAM — Thousands of people are expected to gather at this year’s Harvest Festival, which will take over the Birmingham Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 18.

Formerly called Hay Day, the idea of the Harvest Festival is to celebrate the area’s farming heritage and the time of year that yields abundant crops.

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Published September 14, 2011

The Headlee override proposal in the Village of Franklin has failed.

While that may be good news to the 61 percent of voters who turned down the 1.3166-mill increase, it’s bad news for the Village Council, which will now have to make some “difficult decisions” in order pay its bills, members say. Officials said the override was needed to offset a recent decline in property tax revenue.

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Published September 7, 2011

BIRMINGHAM — They do it because they love children and know the importance of telling stories.

For some of the storytellers, providing just 30 minutes of good, old-fashioned entertainment to a group of kids each week even garners them a natural high; a sense of doing something that really matters.

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Published September 7, 2011

BIRMINGHAM — It’s getting just a little bit easier for disabled individuals to utilize some of downtown Birmingham’s many amenities.

To complement the city’s program of free metered parking for vehicles with handicap placards, a program that’s been in place for a number of years, Baldwin Public Library now has a wheelchair and a walker to assist visitors.

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Published September 7, 2011

BIRMINGHAM — Supporters of non-motorized transportation can celebrate now that public officials at the state, county and local levels are endorsing a policy to make roads friendlier for bicyclists and pedestrians.

On Aug. 18, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution in support of a Complete Streets transportation model for the county. All 25 board members voted in favor of the resolution, which was submitted by commissioners Craig Covey, D-Ferndale, and Dave Woodward, D-Royal Oak.

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Published September 7, 2011

BIRMINGHAM — Slowing down the car to gawk at or even drool over a pretty house doesn’t have to be as nosey as it may feel.

The 24th annual Birmingham House Tour, one of The Community House’s biggest fundraisers, is taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 15. Anyone is invited to join the spectators in checking out some of the area’s most beautiful homes.

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Published September 7, 2011

BIRMINGHAM — Sept. 11 is a difficult anniversary for thousands — if not billions — of people.

That’s no exception in Birmingham.

Despite painful memories, one local survivor of the attack, Lilly Epstein Stotland, is able to spend the 10-year anniversary the way she hoped: speaking during a 9/11 remembrance ceremony and memorial dedication in her hometown.

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Published September 7, 2011

The whole world shook a little as the twin towers in New York City came crashing down the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. And while some stories are more terrifying than others, many people remember exactly where they were and what they were doing at that moment.

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Published August 31, 2011

Iconic Woodward Avenue is linked with the rich heritage of automobiles in the Detroit area, but cars are not the only mode of transportation on the 27-mile corridor.

The Woodward Avenue Action Association (WA3) is getting closer to its goal of increasing access for all road users in communities that face Woodward Avenue, and promoting livability in the process.

The WA3 received a $752,880 Federal Highway Administration discretionary grant to prepare a Complete Streets Master Plan along Woodward, from Detroit to Pontiac and everywhere in between.

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Published August 31, 2011

Being in a club isn’t just cool.

It also helps kids grow academically, provides options for meeting like-minded friends and opens their eyes to interests they didn’t know they had.

Local school administrators and community education specialists find that students who are part of before- or after-school groups tend to succeed on many levels. As it turns out, the kids agree. Whether it’s drama, chess, student congress or varsity basketball, being in a club is actually a pretty popular pastime for students in elementary through high school.

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Published August 30, 2011

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — To complement the new foliage soon to adorn the medians on Woodward within the city’s limits, Bloomfield Hills has approved repairs for its southern welcoming sign — the original designer of which happened to be the lowest bidder.

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Published August 30, 2011

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — The power was out, trees were lying across the road and debris was scattered about the neighborhood following an intense storm that ripped through the area, temporarily shutting down the Woodward Dream Cruise the evening of Aug. 20.

Jack Sape, 11, was running across his yard after helping a neighbor, and he stumbled upon something big.

“I almost stepped on it and crushed it,” he said.

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