Golf Ball Drop to Play it Foreward

Butcher & Butcher Team at the Sachse Construction Charity Golf Outing - photo courtesy of Butcher & Butcher

Helicopter Drops One Thousand Golf Balls to Drive Donations to Charity Sachse Construction hosted their annual charity golf outing, Play It Foreward, on Monday, July 11, featuring a visual helicopter “ball drop” to drive donations. Sachse Construction, located in Detroit, provides commercial general contracting and construction management services across the United States and Canada. The helicopter dropped over 1,000 golf balls purchased by attendees, and the first, second and third … [Read more...]

Op-Ed: OU President calls to Support the Regional Master Transit Plan

OU President George Hynd

Op-Ed: Oakland University's President calls to Support the Regional Master Transit Plan By George W. Hynd, President, Oakland University At Oakland University, we take pride in the fact that our more than 20,000 students have access to many unique and diverse life experiences. Whether close to campus or throughout the Southeast Michigan region, undergraduate and graduate students alike can engage in countless employment, cultural and entertainment activities. Unfortunately, taking … [Read more...]

Remembering Kristy Lynn Malter

Kristy Lynn Malter

The Macomb County Health Department confirmed on Saturday that Kristy Malter, age 21, died on Thursday, July 14, just one day after the Oakland County Health Division held a news conference about the Shelby Township camp worker. Malter, an employee at Lifetime Fitness in Rochester Hills, succumbed to Bacterial Meningitis. From Rochester Media: Bacterial Meningitis Found in Fitness Camp Employee Obituary for Kristy Lynn Malter Malter, Kristy Lynn, Age 21, July 14, 2016. Beloved … [Read more...]

Whiston’s Letter Grade System Already been Debated and Rejected

Tom McMillin

By Tom McMillin, Former Michigan State Representative Calls on State Board of Education to Demand the Scheme be Rejected Former State Representative and candidate for Michigan’s State Board of Education Tom McMillin criticized today's announcement by State Superintendent Brian Whiston that the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) plans to go above and beyond any state or federal requirements, and start assigning letter grades to Michigan K-12 public schools.  McMillin said, “The … [Read more...]

Please Help Find Lost Dog Startled by Fireworks

Easily Scared - Just call if you spot her

Our dog, McKenzie, was startled by fireworks and hopped the fence while at a friend’s house in Ferndale on June 22. We have received numerous sightings. First in Royal Oak, then in Troy, then in Rochester Hills. Our most recent sighting was the morning of July 9 in Troy. With the help of friends, family, and the 700+ members of Facebook group Finding McKenzie, we have be posting flyers at the locations of all the sightings and the surrounding areas. Should anyone see her, it is very … [Read more...]

Help Local Person Battle Lung Cancer by Bowling at Classic Lanes

Classic Lanes Fundraiser

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RTA Riders Should Pay their Fair Share

Tom McMillin

Will Voters Turn Down the Regional Transit Authority Master Plan in November? "There will be strong opposition to this Detroit regional tax increase," said former state representative, Tom McMillin today. McMillin said that one of the reasons the proposed property tax increase is so large is because the taxing authority is likely assuming riders will only end up paying 10% - 20% of the cost of service. "Why shouldn't riders pay at least 50% of the cost?" asked McMillin. McMillin noted, … [Read more...]

Regional Transit Authority Master Plan Summary with VIDEO

RTA Map

The Master Plan The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) announced its extensive master plan to connect Southeast Michigan. One of the goals is to link 310 schools, 23 colleges, 22 hospitals, and 47 libraries via their signature slogan: Rapid, Reliable, Regional transit connections. Here's the map: RAPID:  To get you where you need to go quickly and efficiently, with more frequent and faster service. RELIABLE:  To get you where you need to go on time, without wondering when or if a bus … [Read more...]

Melissa Gilbert Drops Out of Michigan Congressional Race

Gilbert Drops Out, Hands Bishop a Win

The childhood star who played Laura Ingalls Wilder on “Little House on the Prairie” says she’s “physically unable” to continue campaign. “Little House on the Prairie” actress Melissa Gilbert said Tuesday she is dropping out of her congressional race, a move that makes first-term U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Rochester, a shoo-in for re-election. In a statement, Gilbert cited ... READ MORE Photos and Story Shared from the Rochester-Rochester Hills, MI Patch … [Read more...]

Skip the Sales and Pancakes this Memorial Day and Honor the Sacred Dead Instead

Judge Warren Honors Memorial Day

Commentary on Memorial Day, by Judge Michael Warren I love pancakes, especially at the International House of Pancakes. However, when I sat down recently at my friendly neighborhood IHOP, I was barraged at the table with the message that I should "celebrate Memorial Day" by buying red, white and blue pancakes. My stomach ached instead of hungered. We should honor Memorial Day, not cheapen it with pretty pancakes. Of course, IHOP is hardly an outlier. Look around, the crass … [Read more...]