Bill Laitner Detroit Free Press Published 6:01 AM EST Nov 23, 2018 Long ago, as he grew up in a small town, it was a little boy’s dream to mimic what he saw on a Norman Rockwell calendar: townspeople literally pulling together to erect a towering Christmas tree on their village green. This year, he made it happen. And this week, in his same small town of South Lyon — where 12,000 people are tucked into a corner of Oakland County — his giant tree has risen. It went up right in front of Heinanen Engineering, the heating-and-cooling firm whose owner, Jeff Heinanen, said he'd fulfilled his childhood dream and then some, with a blue spruce almost as tall as the state's official tree in Lansing. The company owner soon will flick a switch to set aglow a holiday tree so high, so broad, so massive, that everyone in town is just about breathless. “When they were delivering it, all you could see on social … [Read more...] about South Lyon gets huge tree for an old-time holiday
Chocolate, pastries, marshmellows, nougat and... meat pie. As part of the global series of Salon du Chocolat, the biggest names in dessert and beyond came together under one roof last week in the French gastronomic capital of Lyon. A sugared and sequined fashion show rounded-off the eighth edition of the hugely popular chocolate showcase, which featured more than 80 chocolatiers, pastry chefs and Michelin-starred talent dedicated to homemade confectionery and regional specialities. The three-day event drew thousands of visitors and appearances by local celebrities Sebastien Bouillet and Philippe Bernachon, who were on site to show-off some of their iconic sweets and share tips on chocolate-making. Watch our best bits from the show in the video player above. … [Read more...] about Chocolate fashion show wows at Salon du Chocolat in Lyon
People gather with flags reading "NO TAV (No to high speed trains)" in front the law court of Chambery, southeastern France. Photo: AFP Tens of thousands of people rallied this weekend in the north Italian city of Turin to support a planned high-speed train line to Lyon that faced years of opposition, especially from environmental groups. But will the project go ahead? Between 30,000 to 40,000 people packed the city's Castello plaza, one of the largest in the capital of Piedmont region, in the first large-scale demonstration in favour of the TAV Lyon-Turin railway. The protest came after Turin city authorities, lead by the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S), in September approved a motion demanding a halt the project. The Piedmont regional government has ruled in favour of the TAV. Italian and French transport ministers are expected to meet on Monday to discuss the project. "Turin is closing itself off, this is why we thought we … [Read more...] about Will the high-speed train service from Lyon to Turin ever really happen?
Business leaders are expected to lead a rally on Saturday urging Rome to forge ahead with the €8.6 billion tunnel through the Alps for the line linking Turin to Lyon, which has already been partially dug. The rail link will reduce travel time between Milan and Paris from almost seven hours to just over four. As well as being attacked by environmentalists, the line has been criticised as a misuse of public funds and the anti-establishment Five Stars Movement (M5S) had pledged to block it if elected. But its government partner, the right-wing League, favours the venture and the movement now fears the so-called TAV ('treno ad alta velocità', or high-speed train) may join the growing list of promises it has been forced to break. With furious M5S voters burning its flag over other perceived betrayals, analysts have warned a go-ahead on the line could be devastating, particularly for populist leader and deputy prime minister Luigi Di Maio. READ ALSO: Italy's deputy PM … [Read more...] about Italy’s government divided over Turin-Lyon train line
Tram Nguyen’s upset victory Tuesday night against 18th Essex District Republican incumbent state Rep. Jim Lyons came as a surprise even to the candidate herself. Nguyen, an Andover legal aid attorney who came to the United States with her family as a political refugee from Vietnam at age 5, beat out the four-term lawmaker with about a 54 percent vote majority — a victory she credited to an aggressive campaign focused on making sure constituents’ voices are heard. “We thought that the race was going to be very close and the results completely surpassed our expectations,” the political newcomer told Boston.com Wednesday. “I did not come in expecting I was going to win, but I knew that it was possible — and that’s what we worked for.” The loss for Lyons, a staunch conservative on Beacon Hill who has fought against abortion and LGBTQ rights, brings back a House seat for the Democrats, who lost it in 2010 when Lyons defeated incumbent … [Read more...] about ‘I knew that it was possible’: Tram Nguyen ousts Republican state. Rep Jim Lyons in election upset