Nico Rubello

Published October 24, 2012

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The second of two women who embezzled tens of thousands of dollars from a Clinton Township townhouse cooperative will be sentenced on Nov. 27 for her crime.

Erin Michelle Scanlon, 36, pleaded guilty on Oct. 17 to embezzling more than $80,000 while working as the assistant property manager of Clinton Cooperative, located near the intersection of Harper Avenue and Shook Road.

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Published October 24, 2012

FRASER —Robert Rudaitis plans to study toward a career in 3-D animation design after he graduates from high school this spring.

During the past few months, the Sterling Heights 17-year-old lent his interest of design in a different way: designing and building two bookcases for the Fraser Historical Commission.

“I made 3-D models of the bookcase to show them what the end result would be,” he said.

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Published October 24, 2012

FRASER — Fraser firefighter Tom Collins remembers the first time he attended the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial, held every year in Emmitsburg, Md.

Collins was selected to hand an American flag, meticulously folded into a triangle, to a fire chief, who then handed it to the family members of a firefighter who had given his life in the line of duty. The process is repeated every year for every fallen firefighter.

During Collins’ first year participating, it was a widowed mother who stepped up to receive the flag he was holding.

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Published October 24, 2012

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MOUNT CLEMENS — The child molestation trial of two Fraser residents has been delayed indefinitely, this time by the state’s highest court.

Witness testimony was under way Oct. 10 when word from the Michigan Supreme Court came down to stay the trial while the Court of Appeals reconsidered its decision to keep out prior testimony from one of the young girls accusing Stanley Duncan of sexual misconduct.

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Published October 24, 2012

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — In April 2009, former Clinton Township Clerk Dennis Tomlinson ceremonially planted two white pines to mark the establishment of the Tomlinson Arboretum in Clinton Township.

With the land secured from the township and county, the ongoing task of filling in the park’s vast expanses with the fundamental element that defines an arboretum — trees and other vegetation — fell to a handful of volunteers.

Since then, developing the arboretum has been an ongoing task: one arboretum co-founder Donald W. Green hopes will never end.

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Published October 17, 2012

FRASER — Fraser city officials took time out of its Oct. 11 City Council meeting to further explain the reasoning behind the recent water- and sewer-rate increases.

Beginning with this month’s bills, Fraser water rates decreased from $1.82 per unit to $1.60 per unit. Sewer rates, on the other hand, rose from $3.54 per unit to $3.65 per unit.

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Published October 17, 2012

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Clinton Township will expand SMART bus transportation to better accommodate its residents, including Macomb Academy students.

With supporters citing a growing need for transportation for senior citizens and special-needs residents, the Clinton Township Board of Trustees unanimously voted Oct. 9 to add on three more hours of service each day for each of the three SMART buses that are operated five days a week by the township.

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Published October 17, 2012

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Clinton Township’s annual audit came back “clean,” signaling that the township’s bookkeeping records were accurate for the fiscal year that ended March 31, 2012.

During the Oct. 9 Clinton Township trustees’ meeting, auditors from Plante Moran gave a presentation highlighting the township’s general, water and sewer, police and fire funds.

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Published October 17, 2012

FRASER — An effort to equip Fraser’s McKinley Park to accommodate people with physical challenges is progressing favorably toward obtaining a state grant, organizers told the Fraser City Council on Oct. 11.

In March, the City Council gave the project the go-ahead to apply for a development grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund.

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Published October 10, 2012

MOUNT CLEMENS — A child molestation trial has been delayed for two Fraser residents being tried in Macomb County Circuit Court.

Stanley Duncan, 66, is charged with multiple counts of first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct for alleged acts with young girls who his wife, Vita Duncan, was watching at their home on 14 Mile in Fraser.

The Duncans routinely were paid to baby-sit the children of acquaintances, said the father of one of the alleged victims.

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Published October 10, 2012

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The middle-age man walked into the food pantry at St. Paul of Tarsus Catholic Church one recent afternoon and asked softly whether he was in the right place for help. He was wearing a nice, collared short-sleeve shirt, and his hands were stuffed sheepishly into his jean pockets.

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Published October 10, 2012

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Whether young, old or somewhere in between, RC car racers of all ages and skill levels steered their miniature, electric vehicles through hairpin turns and soared off dirt hills on Oct. 6 in what was, for many, the last RC race of the year.

“It’s a lot of adrenaline,” said Josh Roberts, of Fowlerville.

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Published October 10, 2012

FRASER — If you grew up watching local TV during the early ‘60s, you may know Fraser resident Don Kolke.

From September 1963 to December 1964, Kolke earned local fame as CKLW-TV’s Hercules.

“I welcomed it,” said Kolke, 72, of being cast as the muscular, square-jawed strongman. “I wanted to be on television, and I figured I could have fun with this.”

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Published October 3, 2012

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — With their rackets and paddles in hand, 13 men and women from the Clinton Township Senior Adult Life Center medaled in this year’s Michigan Senior Olympics, qualifying them to represent Clinton Township at next year’s national games.

Hosted by Oakland University in June, the Michigan Senior Olympics gave adults 50 and older the chance to compete and medal in 20 sports, including cycling, track and field, golf, shuffleboard and archery.

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Published October 3, 2012

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — On a quiet fall evening, Mary Jane Gazda sat cross-legged on a mat in a dimly lit room as soothing Gregorian chants drifted from an iPad in the corner.

Across from her sat three of the pupils that have joined her yoga class, including her husband and a longtime friend.

Her instructions came in a soft tone: “Today, as you close your eyes and start to think of your intention, start to think of ‘What can I balance in my life?’ and ‘How can my light shine on the darkness that might be there?’”

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