Butterflies make Heart-Fluttering First Flights at Springfield Monarch Festival

Butterflies make Heart-Fluttering First Flights at Springfield Monarch Festival (Crystal A. Proxmire, Aug. 2, 2016) Davisburg, MI –  When he was just 11 years old, Christian Kopicko started volunteering with Monarch Watch and raising butterflies at home to set free in the wild. “Only 2% survive from egg to butterfly in the wild,” Kopicko said. …

How to Spot Signs of Domestic Abuse

How to Spot Signs of Domestic Abuse (Guest blog by Beth Morrison, HAVEN, orig. Feb. 27, 2015, republished Aug. 21, 2016) Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive behavior including emotional, verbal and physical abuse, used by an abuser to gain and maintain power and control over a current or former spouse, intimate partner or…

Woman Killed in Crash on Woodward was “Roadkill Nights” Drag Race Finalist

Woman Killed in Crash on Woodward was “Roadkill Nights” Drag Race Finalist (Oakland County  Sheriff’s Dept, Aug. 20, 2016) Pontiac, MI – The Crash Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred on south bound Woodward south of Huron in the City of Pontiac.  The crash occurred at about 21:51 hours on…

Quest to Teach Sidewalk CPR Leads to Video & Dream Cruise Learning Stations

Quest to Teach Sidewalk CPR Leads to Video & Dream Cruise Learning Stations (Crystal A. Proxmire, Aug, 19, 2016) Royal Oak, MI – Whether it’s the disco hit “Stayin’ Alive” or the delightfully nerdy cadence of the “Imperial Death March” from Star Wars, there is a point in Sidewalk CPR where having  song in your…

Villages of Lake Orion and Holly Considering Non-Discrimination Ordinances

Villages of Lake Orion and Holly Considering Non-Discrimination Ordinances (Crystal A. Proxmire, Aug. 17, 2016) Holly, MI – At least two Oakland County municipalities are considering whether to adopt LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances, also known as human rights ordinances.  The ordinances would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of things that cannot be…

Downtown Ferndale Gets Artsy with Bus Stops

Downtown Ferndale Gets Artsy with Bus Stops (Crystal A. Proxmire, Aug. 15, 2016) Ferndale, MI – Downtown Ferndale volunteers came out Sunday to start what they hope will be an ever-evolving project of beautifying local bus stops. The Ferndale Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has teamed up with Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMARTT) for…

Voices of Transgender Pride: Andrea from Indiana (1 of 15)

Voices of Transgender Pride:  Andrea from Indiana  (1 of 15) (Crystal A. Proxmire, Aug 15, 2016) Ferndale, MI –  The largest gathering of transgender people in Michigan happens every year in Ferndale with over 200 gender non-conforming individuals and supporters coming together for Transgender Pride in the Park. An unexpected downpour had nearly 100 people…

15 Pictures from the Ferndale Green Cruise

15 Pictures from the Ferndale Green Cruise (Crystal A. Proxmire, Aug. 14, 2016) Ferndale, MI – With legs pumping instead of pistons and wheels being spun with exercise instead of gasoline, the annual Sierra Club Green Cruise in Downtown Ferndale is a demonstration of people-powered transit. The community’s answer to the massive Dream Cruise event…

Holly Area Murder Still Unsolved, Family Raises $20,000…

Holly Area Murder Still Unsolved, Brueger Family Raises $20,000 for Funeral (CrystalA. Proxmire, Aug. 13, 2016) Holly, MI – A pile of running shoes and flowers forms a memorial on Fish Lake Road where 31-year-old Alley Brueger [Alexandra Nicollette Brueger] was shot four times in the back while she was on her daily 10-mile-run on…