AP-Michigan stories for the weekend of June 17 and June 18. Members using Exchange stories should retain the bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the desk at 313-259-0650.

For use Sunday, June 17, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-HORSE ARTIST

CHARLOTTE, Mich. — Clifford the chestnut brown Morgan horse learned to paint nine years ago, and his creations are always unpredictable. Since 2011 the Charlotte horse has made hundreds of appearances at libraries, schools and events around Michigan and the United States. Youngsters giggle and watch in amazement while Clifford tosses a paint-covered sponge around a piece of paper or canvas, occasionally breaking from the work to snatch a treat from his owner's outstretched palm. By Rachel Greco, Lansing State Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1001 words.

EXCHANGE-IMMIGRANT AIDE

ANN ARBOR, Mich. —High school senior Lanah Almatroud, a Syrian native whose family moved to Ann Arbor in 2013, knows what it's like to try to learn in a second language. Almatroud frequently volunteers as a tutor and helps translate during parent-teacher conferences at Multicultural Academy, a haven for refugees and other immigrant students from across southeast Michigan. She didn't speak English when she began seventh grade. Five years later, she's about to graduate with a 3.9 GPA. By Lauren Slagter, Ann Arbor News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 931 words.

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For use Monday, June 18, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-COMMUNITY GARDEN

MAPLE CITY, Mich. —The Leelanau County Historical Preservation Society signed a 25-year lease on the Poor Farm and its barn in April after fighting the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners' plans to demolish the long-unused structure. The county since the early 20th century has owned the historic site, which once served the area's indigent population. A 5,000-square-foot community garden is the first breath of life for the lot, and the society's late May Plow Day celebration rang it in. By Brooke Kansier, Traverse City Record-Eagle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 801 words.

EXCHANGE-CEREAL HISTORY

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. —The Calhoun County Visitors Bureau has opened "The Cereal History Exhibit" in Battle Creek. Passers-by will be able to take a glimpse at more than 30 small jars of various old Post Consumer Brands cereals. That collection, along with numerous other items, were loaned to the Calhoun County Visitors Bureau by Ralph and Virginia Moody, who both worked at Post for nearly 40 years before they retired. By Natasha Blakely, Battle Creek Enquirer. SENT IN ADVANCE: 815 words.