Rochester Garden Club Bestows Beautification Award

Residents of the Clear Creek Subdivision enjoyed an exceptional entry display this summer, complete with an abundance of flowers, eye-catching boulders, stone walls and even a waterfall. It certainly caught the eyes of members of the Rochester Garden Club who awarded it the 2016 Beautification Award. This award is presented each year to a local business or public garden in the Rochester area with outstanding landscaping. The entry display was installed and maintained by Brian Szliter, … [Read more...]

Arnold Palmer dies at 87

According to CBS.com "Golf legend Arnold Palmer died on Sunday in Pittsburgh, the United States Golf Association confirms. We are deeply saddened by the death of Arnold Palmer, golf’s greatest ambassador, at age 87. pic.twitter.com/iQmGtseNN1" Photo by CBS — USGA (@USGA) September 25, 2016 … [Read more...]

SEA LIFE Michigan Earns Prestigious AZA Accreditation

Rigorous inspection and review process assures the attraction meets rising standards for animal care and welfare, veterinary programs, conservation, education and safety The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) announced today that SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium in Auburn Hills has been granted accreditation by AZA’s Independent Accreditation Commission. “Only zoos and aquariums that meet the highest standards are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums,” said AZA Interim … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Avon Players’ ‘Assassins’ Takes Aim at The American Dream

There’s something oddly ironic about watching a play—a musical no less—that centers around presidential assassins on the 15th anniversary of 9/11. And yet that’s where I found myself on Sunday along with what looked to be a full house. Truthfully, Avon Players could not have picked a timelier topic to open their 2016 – 2017 season considering anything remotely political seems to have taken over our lives. From Lin-Manuel Miranda making Alexander Hamilton must-see theatre (11 Tony Awards® don’t … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is Sitting During the National Anthem Un-American?

Dear Crabby, I’m sure by now you’ve heard about San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem because as he put it, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” Do you think not standing for the national anthem is un-American? Thanks, Paulina Paz Dear Ms. Paz, Yes, it is un-American. If you don’t stand for the national anthem you’re a horrible person who should vacate … [Read more...]

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...]