When you think October in Michigan, you probably think about the fall colors, decorating pumpkins, and a Detroit Lions season that’s over before it really started. But if you’re in the automotive biz, you also think about the upcoming North American International Auto Show and the North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year Awards.

You see, October is when the independent journalists who ultimately select the North American Car and Truck of the Year release their short list of vehicles that are under consideration for these awards.

2016 North American Car Truck of the YearSo without further ado, here are the vehicles that made the list:

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Now that October has arrived, it’s time to start thinking about Halloween. I don’t know about you, but my favorite part about this time of year (other than the candy) is picking out pumpkins to decorate with my family.

Believe it or not, there’s a science to picking out the perfect pumpkin. You don’t just want to pick out any ol’ gord to decorate, especially if you plan on entering it in our Pumpkin Decorating Contest. You want the perfect pumpkin to be your canvas to showoff your artistic abilities.

5 Tips for Picking the Perfect Pumpkin

So how do you find the perfect pumpkin? Just follow these 5 tips and you’ll be on your way

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There are plenty of reasons to love autumn in Michigan. The cool crisp air, the fall colors, football and of course – Halloween – which means now is the time to go out and stock up on pumpkins!

To celebrate our #FallTogether campaign this season, we’re having our first Annual LaFontaine Pumpkin Decorating Contest.

LaFontaine Pumpkin Decorating Contest

The contest runs from October 1st through the 21st, and entering to win is easy!

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In May of 2015, the LaFontaine Family proudly announced that they had agreed to purchase the Ford dealership in Frankenmuth from the Galsterer Family.

Now five months later, after having settled in our newest location and getting to know the Frankenmuth community, we’re excited to invite you to the Grand Opening Celebration of LaFontaine Ford of Frankenmuth on October 22, 2015 from 5 pm to 7 pm.

LaFontaine Ford of Frankenmuth Grand Opening

The LaFontaine Family will be hosting a ribbon cutting celebration and party that the public is welcome to attend.

The welcome reception begins at 5 p.m. at LaFontaine Ford of Frankenmuth located at 504 N Main St, Frankenmuth, MI 48734 with the Frankenmuth Chamber Ribbon Cutting taking place at 5:30 p.m.

After the ribbon is officially cut, the LaFontaine Family will address those in attendance and all are welcome to stay for a tour of our facility and complimentary refreshments.

We hope to meet as many local residents as fellow business operators as possible so we’d love it if you’d stop by and say hi!

Every year, without fail, there are a handful of top fantasy picks that just seem to struggle at the beginning of the season.

While some people see these under-performers as fantasy busts, often times their lackluster start is simply due to tough match-ups.

TradeOne of my favorite things to do early in the season is to circle these under-performing superstars like a shark circling his prey and then right before the prey can get away…I strike!

That basically means I try and buy low on some of these proven fantasy studs from the year before that have gotten off to slow starts.

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As you may have heard by now, Volkswagen recently admitted that a ‘defeat device’ designed to cheat emission testing systems was installed on over 11 million VW cars equipped with the EA 189 engine worldwide.

Volkswagen EA 189 TDI Diesel Engine

The software that is installed on the EA 189 engine can detect when a car is undergoing EPA emissions testing and turn on the vehicle’s full emissions controls to ensure the vehicle passes the test. When the vehicle is operating under normal driving conditions, the software is turned off resulting in the emission of nitrous oxide at levels 10 to 40 times greater than what is permitted by law.

LaFontaine Volkswagen in Dearborn has been getting quite a few calls and emails from concerned customers regarding this issue, and we wanted to make sure we let you know what to do if you own or lease one of these vehicles.

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When the LaFontaine Family heard of how Caden’s Car Show came to be and the smiles the event brought to the faces of the patients at Mott Children’s Hospital – they knew that this was something they needed to be a part of.

Supporting the private car show with people, specialty vehicles and even a real old-fashioned ice cream truck – the LaFontaine’s were proud to join other dedicated supporters to carry on the mission of using the magic of cars to create an extraordinary experience for sick children.

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With week one of the fantasy football season over and week two looming, I’ve had a lot of friends ask me what “sleepers” still might be available in their league that they could potentially add to their roster.

sleep·er ˈslēpər (noun): a term used by fantasy football team owners that denotes a player who has yet to make a big splash in the NFL, but has the potential to have a breakout fantasy season.

While I’m always happy to give me expert advice to friends and strangers alike (as long as the person asking isn’t in one of the 11 leagues I’m playing in), I do get slightly perturbed by the term “sleeper”. 7-Super-Deep-Fantasy-Football-Sleepers-2015

Every year dozens of articles are published seemingly every day talking about sleepers-this and sleepers-that. But the vast majority of the time they are all talking about the same players.

Think about that for a second…

If all the popular Fantasy Football websites and magazines are talking about the same sleepers, how much of a sleeper can they really be?!

Because I’m not the type of guy who’s going to lazily rehash what everyone else has said about sleepers so far, I am going to make you look like a fantasy genius by identifying some players nobody has ever heard of that at some point could have solid value.

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On September 1, 2015 the LaFontaine Family was honored to join over 1,000 Huron Valley School Staff Members for the “We Are Huron Valley” kick-off to the 2015-16 school year.

Huron Valley Schools’ Superintendent Jim Baker welcomed back the assembled teachers, bus drivers, secretaries, custodians, paraprofessional and lunch supervisors.

Those who gathered at the Lakeland High School fieldhouse were excited to attend this event not only because of its high energy nature, but also because a few lucky teachers were going to be presented with some outstanding awards.

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I don’t think I’m alone when I say that Fall is my favorite season in Michigan. The leaves turn spectacular colors, the cider mills are bustling with activity and the pigskin begins to get tossed around in earnest.

But with the kids going back to school and our lives in general getting busier after a relaxed summer, you can miss what makes autumn in Michigan special if you’re not careful.

So with that in mind, #FallTogether with us this season and check out these 7 things you must do in Michigan this fall.

1. Take a Fall Color Tour


Michigan Fall Colors in the Keweenaw Peninsula

There’s no other state quite like Michigan when it comes to appreciating the beauty of autumn as trillions and trillions of leaves change color from green, to gold, to red.

Find a free weekend in late September or early October and hit the open road to enjoy Fall in Michigan at it’s best.

If you don’t want to map out your own route, head over to the Michigan.org website and use one of their pre-planned fall color tour routes.

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