Nov. 20, 2016

Marine City: One for the record book A warm, sunny day brought larger than expected turnout, with more than 100 same-day registrations for the pumpkin carving. PHOTO/COLLEEN KOWALEWSKI

Largest sushi mosaic. Biggest gathering of Elvis impersonators. Longest Minecraft marathon.

These are just some of the records that fill the pages of the Guinness World Records book. Originally created 60 years ago to settle barroom arguments, the Guinness book has grown into a household name. Record-holders come from around the globe, holding claim to the biggest, longest, fastest or best in categories that span from the remarkable to the ridiculous.

Getting into the record book is no easy feat. Guinness receives more than 50,000 record applications each year, and has developed a detailed process to evaluate and confirm each record attempt. Success requires more than just commitment to breaking the record. It also depends on careful planning and documentation to meet Guinness’ exacting standards.

Getting started

Marine City, a small town on the St. Clair River, attempted to break two world records in a single October weekend of fall-themed fun. The first attempt, for most simultaneously carved pumpkins, took just five minutes. The second, for longest popcorn string, took 24 hours.

But planning the attempt took over a year. Mariner Theatre owner Gary Kohs, who organized the Marine City record attempts, began working on the event in October 2015.

Read the full article at OU News Bureau.

Oct. 9, 2016

In Armada, the dead come alive

Detroit Circus performer Eric Scott Baker plays with fire for an enthusiastic crowd. He has honed his act, which also includes juggling and face balancing, over seven years as a professional performer. PHOTO/COLLEEN KOWALEWSKI

One day each year on the streets of Armada, the living dead take over the town for a celebration of all things creepy.

This is Armada-geddon.

In its seventh year, Armada-geddon has grown into an October tradition with a street fair, performers and a parade that brings residents and visitors out to enjoy the Halloween season. The Armada Area Chamber of Commerce organizes the event, which replaced Applefest as the town’s fall festival. Chamber President Carolyn Sweeney suggested the idea of zombies, and the event was born.

Read more at OU News Bureau.

June 1, 2016

Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, dance studio partner in program for people with a disability

On the first Saturday of every month, couples gather on the dance floor at Fred Astaire Dance Studio to learn the fundamentals of the waltz, fox trot, and other ballroom moves. But this isn’t just another class at the Bloomfield Hills studio.

This is Dance Mobility, a free program that brings together wheelchair users and their partners with Fred Astaire instructors for group lessons that prove dance is truly universal.

Read the full article at Metro Times.

April 17, 2016

Hazel Park demolition program gets grant-funded boost322 W. Muir, one of the homes slated for demolition in Hazel Park. - COLLEEN KOWALEWSKI

The narrative of struggling inner-ring suburbs sharing in Detroit’s decline has become conventional wisdom since the collapse of the housing market spread the city’s pain to the suburbs. But Hazel Park is rewriting the story, and assistant city manager Jeff Campbell is holding the pen.

Read the full article at Metro Times.




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