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7/26/2016

Camp Unify, a three-week sports camp for children 4 to 15 in Saginaw, Mich., gives a overview of sports at inner-city parks. The program also helps children learn to take care of parks and give them a sense of ownership, program officials say.

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7/25/2016

Residents of Hugo, Colo., recently received a warning against consuming, cooking or bathing with local water due to concerns about contamination from THC, the main psychoactive component in marijuana. Hugo is not located near any commercial marijuana production areas, and state agencies are looking into the cause of the contamination.

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7/25/2016

Town officials in Coopertown, Tenn., set a town hall meeting for Thursday to gain resident feedback on a proposed countywide tax to fund fire protection. County leaders oppose the tax and believe Coopertown could gain necessary funding through a property tax instead.

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7/25/2016

A project to replace the existing aquatic facility in Burlington, Wis., could be decided on through a ballot coinciding with the Nov. 8 presidential election. A consultant hired by the city submitted four options, three of which would expand the facility with new water slides, a lazy river, a lap pool and a water playground. Construction is expected to begin in September 2017 if the referendum succeeds, and the new aquatic center is expected to open in 2018.

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7/25/2016

Funds from the Royal Bank of Canada will be used to expand the Trans Canada Trail, including an over-the-water addition to Bras d'Or Lakes in Nova Scotia, Canada. The goal of the planned addition is to bring more people to the area by adding resources for paddlers, including interpretive centers and picnic shelters.

7/25/2016

Seventeen electoral representatives of the unincorporated community of Millsfield, N.H., agreed to pursue town status by a vote of 15-2. The community is one of 25 unincorporated communities in the state.

7/22/2016

New Jersey police departments have stepped up efforts to build rapport and credibility with communities in the wake of attacks on officers across the nation. Initiatives in cities such as Newark and Camden include information sessions for clergy and public invitations to police command meetings.

7/22/2016

Hays Woods in Pittsburgh, once planned for major development, will become a park. The forest, recently purchased by a city agency, comprises more than 600 acres.

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7/22/2016

Louisville, Ky., officials have opened Produce Park, an urban orchard. The project features peach, plum, cherry and apple trees as part of an effort to revitalize the neighborhood by turning vacant lots into community assets.

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7/22/2016

The town councilors of Hermon, Maine, have hired Auburn City Manager Howard Kroll to be the town manager after the current manager retires this summer. Kroll, whose family lives in the area, previously was the city clerk and assistant city manager for Brewer.

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