Storms and Soul-Searching Set the Stage for ‘Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet’

In case you missed it, this summer the Oakland University Board of Trustees promoted Music, Theatre and Dance from department to school status. With the new distinction, OU hopes to attract high-caliber talent to their programs. The good news is we don’t have to wait for results because the Theatre Department already is teeming with amazing talent as the cast of Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet proves. Set in the fictional town of San Pere during a hot Louisiana summer, the play focuses around … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s the Point of Trick-or-Treating?

Dear Crabby, I don’t know where October has gone, but my calendar tells me that next week is Halloween. So, now I need to go out and buy candy for the neighborhood rugrats. Remind me: what's the purpose of trick-or-treating? Thanks! Samantha Sucre Dear Samantha Sucre, What’s the point of trick-or-treating? Pretty sure it’s the fact that kids get a pillowcase full of candy that weighs more than them, and for one night only, their moms and dads don’t seem to care. As a parent, the … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Do Hurricanes Get Their Names?

Dear Crabby, Is it just me or are there more hurricanes than normal lately? It seems like they used to be a rare occurrence, but now I hear about them almost every night on the news. And it got me wondering… how do hurricanes get their names? Thanks. Gail Storm Dear Gail Storm, I have to agree with you. Hurricanes have been relentless this year. The devastation Harvey, Irma, and Maria have caused is just staggering. And then I read some people that were affected by Harvey in Texas … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why Are People Obsessed with ‘Fixer Upper?’

Dear Crabby, My wife is obsessed with the home improvement show Fixer Upper. So, you can imagine how devastated she was when she heard the news it’s ending after this season. Of course, I have no idea why she’s taking it so personally. I mean it’s not like we’re friends with Joanna and Chip Gaines. Can you figure it out? Thanks! Luke Lumbersome Dear Luke Lumbersome, A less, ahem, cultured man than myself would have no clue what you’re talking about, but thanks to Mrs. Crabby and my … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Student Becomes Student President at Spring Arbor University

Native Rochester Hills Student Appointed President of the Student Government Association at Spring Arbor University At Spring Arbor University, newly appointed Student Government Association (SGA) President, junior Richard Harris, has big plans. A corporate finance major who hails from Rochester Hills, Harris chose Spring Arbor University as he delved deeper into his faith during his junior year of high school. Harris’ interest in corporate finance springs from his involvement in high … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do I Really Need a New Driver’s License?

Dear Crabby, I heard a rumor floating around that Michigan residents will need a new driver’s license to board planes, go into federal buildings, and such. Is this really necessary? Thanks! June Sample Dear June Sample, Is it necessary? Eh. I think that could be open for debate, but people need to stop acting like the idea has come out of the blue. This hullabaloo all started back in 2005 when Congress passed the REAL ID Act. It was put into action based on the recommendation from … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Do You Think About Year-Round Schooling?

Dear Crabby, What do you think about year-round school? It looks like they are moving towards that where I live. Thanks! Grams Dear Grams, I think I just heard the sounds of children crying and parents cheering at the thought of this idea. Before I give my esteemed opinion, I think I should debunk the notion anyone reading this might have that year-round school means kids are in school for 365 days a year. While I’m sure that would be preferable for some (cough, the parents, cough), … [Read more...]

Nutty Performers Present Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” at Meadow Brook Theatre

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” the stage musical adaptation of the full-length animated classic movie will come alive on the Meadow Brook Theatre stage on August 3, 4, and 5. Peanut Gallery Players, a 501(c)(3) non-profit children’s theatre training program, invites the public to “Be Our Guest” and watch what over 76 actors, singers, and dancers ages 6-18 from Oakland and Macomb Counties have been rehearsing for since June. The 76 member cast features Sara Ross Avery (Rochester) as … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Do You Define ‘Up North?’

Dear Crabby, Recently, a coworker and I were talking about going ‘Up North’ for the weekend. What surprised us is we both have different definitions of where that is. What say you? Where is ‘Up North?’ Thanks! Nathan Nord Dear Nathan Nord, This does seem to be a question which Michiganders definitely have strong opinions about. My guess is if you asked da Yoopers, they’d say only the Upper Peninsula can rightfully be considered ‘Up North.’ I know as a kid, any time we crossed over … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Should Kids Be Expected to Give Hugs?

Dear Crabby, We got together with extended family for Father’s Day last Sunday and had a great time… until it was time to leave. As we were saying goodbye an uncle we rarely see wanted my young daughter to give him a hug and got upset when she politely refused. Should I force my kids to give hugs and kisses to family members? Thanks, Tammy Toque Dear Tammy Toque, I totally understand where you’re coming from. Growing up, I had a great aunt that smelled like peppermint and Bengay. … [Read more...]