Dear Crabby, Why Do People Dislike Pit Bulls?

Dear Crabby, I’ve been following the story of Diggy the dog in The Oakland Press and whether or not his owners should be allowed to keep him because there is a ban on pit bulls in Waterford. Why does it seem like there is no love for this breed? Thanks, Greg Growler Dear Mr. Growler, Good gracious. Are people still yammering on about this? I think the first time I gave my two cents on this issue was four years ago! In case your memory is as flighty as mine, let me summarize what I … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Will I-75 Be Finished in Our Lifetime?

Dear Crabby, Just when you think Michigan’s orange barrel season might be tapering off – boom! The big I-75 project starts. Do you really think it will take as long as they’re saying? If so, I may need to move. Thanks, Bob Bitumen Dear Bob Bitumen, First, I think it’s hilarious that you believe orange barrel season ever ends in this state. I’m pretty sure somewhere there is still some road being worked on dating back to when Michigan became a state in 1837. Second, I definitely … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Many More Lives Does Harry Potter Have?

Dear Crabby, Did we turn the clock back a decade? Because I feel like I’m living Harry Potter hysteria all over again. He’s at my library, the bookstore, and just about everywhere else I turn. What is it about 'the boy who loved' that people won't leave him alone? Thanks! Doug Dumbell Dear Doug Dumbell, Ma’am, you’re lucky I have grandkids or I wouldn’t know what in tarnation you were talking about. But even though I’m older than dirt, I do like to stay current with what the … [Read more...]

Festival of Trees Inspirations Workshop in Downtown Rochester

Plans are well underway for the third Annual Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees, November 18-20. The Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees is a holiday spectacular unlike any other, featuring trees, wreaths, stockings, centerpieces, tablescapes and more designed and donated by the Metro Detroit community. We are seeking businesses, organizations, individuals and families to donate their time and talents to this year’s event. The Festival of Trees Inspirations Workshop on Monday, August … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s Wrong with the U.S. Olympic Team Uniforms?

Dear Crabby, The Summer Olympics kick off in Rio on Friday and I was all excited… until I saw what they’ll be wearing in the Opening Ceremonies. Ugh. Who designs these outfits and aren’t we supposed to be setting the bar for excellence for the rest of the world? Thanks, Paula Patriotic Dear Paula Patriotic, Ha! ‘Bar of excellence.’ That’s a good one, but I think I know what you’re referring to. The recent unveiling of what members of the U.S. Olympic team will be sporting when they … [Read more...]

Yes, Donald Trump is Right

Trump Right: Many Media Stories are Rigged Op-Ed by State Representative Jim Runestad Many media outlets are simply a collection of agenda driven activists. The truth to them is of little consequence when compared to advocating their personal agendas. An article in the Holland Sentinel is a case in point. They misreported some critical facts relating to a bill I introduced on bathroom usage. Either they never read my bill or read it and decided to interpret it to suit their agenda. I sent … [Read more...]

Discover Michigan Farm Fun

2016 Discover Michigan Farm Fun, Michigan's Agricultural Tourism Directory Launches New, Responsive Website The Michigan Agritourism Association released its 2016 directory featuring local agricultural products and engaging activities offered in every region of Michigan. A brand new, responsive website compliments the popular printed directory, making it easy to find local food and fun experiences on Michigan farms. “It is exciting to see the number of people who are seeking these … [Read more...]

Poetry in the Park 2016

Friday July 15 at the Rochester Municipal Park Rochester Poets’ Society presents this year’s event on Friday, July 15, at 6:00 p.m. at the Kiwanis Pavilion in the Rochester Municipal Park. Stop by for a few minutes or bring a lawn chair for a comfortable evening—event runs until dusk. Open mic will be available—time permitting—after the scheduled poets read. Poets Reading this Year James Ahearn, Rochester Bea Catherino, Rochester Hills Susan Lang, Shelby Township Nancy … [Read more...]

Meadow Brook Summer Concert Series welcomes The Lentini Duo July 14

The Meadow Brook Summer Concert series will welcome composer, guitarist and Oakland University Provost James Lentini and his wife, lyric soprano Dana Lentini, for a performance set from 7-10 p.m. on Thursday, July 14. The concert will take place on the estate grounds of Meadow Brook Hall. A recipient of the Segovia International Composition Prize, the McHugh Composition Prize, and a Bluffton University Choral Competition First Prize, Dr. James Lentini has released a CD of his works on the … [Read more...]

Rochester Research Firm to Produce Workforce Development Survey for Oakland County

Oakland County Workforce Development Survey to Create First-of-its-Kind Job Profiles for Employment in Connected/Autonomous Vehicle Industry Oakland County has commissioned a regional survey of employers, asking them what skills and abilities they require of potential employees wanting jobs in the rapidly-evolving connected/autonomous vehicle industry. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson today announced the launch of the connected/autonomous vehicle Skills Needs Assessment … [Read more...]