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Published July 29, 2013

FRASER — Parks can be daunting places for Mason Fanson.

Cerebral palsy makes it difficult for the Roseville 4-year-old to climb onto swings and to scale playscape stairs. He also has epilepsy, so he has to wear a helmet because a fall could trigger a seizure.

He’s too young to understand why he has to wear stabilizing braces on his legs, or why his mother, Carla Fanson, has to hover over him. So he gets frustrated.

And the other children don’t understand it, either, so he gets teased.

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Published July 24, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — You don’t have to be a gearhead, own a hotrod or even know much about cars to admire the revved-up rides that circle Gratiot every year during the August cruise.

Now in its 11th year, the Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise will run Aug. 4. Classics, muscle cars, hot rods and a diverse group of makes and models will drive the five-mile loop from 14 Mile north to north of Metropolitan Parkway, and back again.

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Published July 8, 2013

A lay committee from Our Lady Queen of All Saints and two other nearby Catholic parishes are on schedule to recommend by this time next year a plan outlining how they will come together under one name.

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Published July 8, 2013

Clinton Township trustees on July 15 will be asked to put a 1.25-mill increase for fire services before voters this fall, said township Supervisor Robert Cannon.

The requested millage increase, proposed over a nine-year period, recently came out of a four-person citizens committee appointed to consider how to cope with devastating revenue losses in the Clinton Township Fire Department. The committee’s recommendation, if enacted, would bring the number of fire department employees back up to 76 — the same number there were in January 2012, Cannon said.

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Published July 8, 2013

At 25 by 40 feet, you couldn’t miss the Fraser VFW’s new American flag waving outside the post on the Fourth of July.

Scores of people, including many Fraser VFW Post 6691 members and their families, were present as a handful of veterans hoisted the flag that afternoon. The flag was donated to the post by the Fraser VFW ladies auxiliary and erected on two poles that used to reside on the nearby soccer fields.

“I call it ginormous,” said VFW member Mike Sand of the flag’s size.

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Published July 3, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Police say no charges will be filed in a car accident that killed a 4-year-old boy who was crossing Groesbeck, north of Metropolitan Parkway.
Preliminary investigation indicated that the southbound vehicle struck the child during the early morning of June 29.

According to the Clinton Township Police Department, a 24-year-old Fraser woman was driving in the right through-lane at about 2:30 a.m. and began braking when she saw the boy’s 5-year-old sister off to the right side of the road,  in the driveway of a 7-Eleven.

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Published July 1, 2013

FRASER — Every July, thousands flock to downtown Fraser for a four-day carnival that ends with a parade, time-honored City Picnic and fireworks show.

The event has traditionally marked the city’s largest event for the year. And this year, nothing has changed.

The Fraser Lions Club’s carnival will run from Thursday, July 11, to Sunday, July 14, with the city-sponsored parade, picnic, craft show and fireworks taking place throughout the final day.

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Published July 1, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Clinton Township will be kicking off its official festival and fireworks display with a bang on July 10 at the township’s Civic Center grounds.

Located as usual on the township grounds at Romeo Plank and Canal roads, the festivities will begin at 5:45 p.m. and culminate at dusk with the 15-minute fireworks show.

“It’s a family event for young and old alike. You can come early for the food, stay for the concert and top off the evening with fireworks,” said Clinton Township Administrative Aide Mary Ann Hosey.

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Published June 27, 2013

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FRASER — As a federal aviation investigation works to determine the reason behind a single-engine airplane crash at Oakland County International Airport, those who knew the four locals killed mourned their deaths.

Killed in the crash were Fraser couple Jim and Sandra Haley and Sandra’s teenage son, Troy Brothers, an International Academy of Macomb graduate and aviation student. Jamie Jose, Brothers’ cousin and Sandra Haley’s nephew, also perished in the accident.

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Published June 25, 2013

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Township police and fire officials are investigating a single-car accident that led to the death of an unidentified man and woman after midnight on June 25 on northbound Kelly road, south of South Nunneley Road.

Clinton Township police said an investigation indicates that the vehicle veered right off the road, hitting a utility pole and then striking a tree on the driver’s door. The car burst into flames and became engulfed in fire. Township firefighters extinguished the fire, but both occupants had suffered fatal injuries and had no vital signs.

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Published June 24, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — With the roar of engines and the smell of gasoline, hundreds of riders departed from the Wolverine Harley-Davidson dealership for the 10th annual Ride for Freedom.

Sunny, warm weather helped spur a stellar turnout of about 500 motorcycles for the June 23 event, which is hosted by Wolverine Harley-Davidson in Clinton Township, in conjunction with the Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 154.

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Published June 24, 2013

FRASER — Beginning in July, Fraser households will see their monthly water and sewer bills increase to mirror cost increases passed down to the city from Detroit and county drain districts.

Fraser also has opted to bill a true fixed cost, which will remain the same throughout the fiscal year beginning July 1. The charge will replace a so-called “fixed charge” that actually changed every three months based on a rolling average of consumption.

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Published June 24, 2013

FRASER — What do one Fraser woman, her 6-year-old grandson and her pet dog all have in common?

The answer: They all love to dance.

Christine Kloski and her grandson have always been close.  How could they not be? Kloski and her husband, Bill, have been babysitting their young grandson, Zack Howey, since he was an infant.

But the canine freestyle competitions in which they participate with Kloski’s 4-year-old English shepherd, Ally, gave them something to do together during the after-school hours Howey spends at their Fraser home.

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Published June 20, 2013

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MOUNT CLEMENS — Twin brothers who became infamous for dealing heroin across the road from Chippewa Valley High School were recently sentenced to at least two years in prison.

On June 18, Judge James Biernat Jr. dealt out identical sentences of between two and 40 years in prison to twins Marco and Mario Henton and sentenced their grandmother, Diane Henton, with whom they lived, to two years of probation for allowing them to deal drugs out of her residence.

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Published June 17, 2013

In the forthcoming action-comedy film “The Heat,” a prominently featured crimson yearbook provides a bit of background for Sandra Bullock’s character. But the yearbook bears a striking resemblance to director Paul Feig’s own high school yearbook.

It’s no coincidence, explained Feig, a 1980 Chippewa Valley High School graduate. It was, in fact, the latest homage to the Mount Clemens native’s hometown.

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