Dear Crabby, Does it Matter if the Groundhog Sees his Shadow?

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Dear Crabby, Does it Matter if the Groundhog Sees his Shadow? Thanks, April Spring Dear April Spring, Punxsutawney Phil is just a large rat with a great life. The Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle claim Phil is 100% correct, every time. He’s been doing this weather forecasting thing for almost 130 years and it’s a wonder he can do anything at that age. Most hogs of the ground live seven to eight years. Nevertheless, these people feed Phil something called the “elixir of life,” a … [Read more...]

Sea Life Comes to Great Lakes

The Turtle Exhibit is the part of the changing exhibits that rotate out once per year - photo by Michael Dwyer

SEA LIFE Comes to Great Lakes Five-thousand new fish flood Great Lakes Crossing The new attraction at the mall is the SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium. Media had a chance to preview the 35,000-square-feet indoor aquarium before it opens to the public on Thursday, January 29. When the doors open at noon, visitors will be welcomed into a water wonderland of 250 diverse species with more than 5,000 sea creatures altogether. SEA LIFE Michigan is part of the U.K. based Merlin Entertainments. … [Read more...]

‘Clue: The Musical’ – Are You Game?

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Have you ever loved a story so much you wished you could be inside of it, interacting with the characters? What about a board game? Avon Players gives you the chance to have that experience firsthand by letting you be part of the action with their latest production, Clue: The Musical. All your favorite characters have assembled for a murderous good time in this live adaptation of the beloved Parker Brothers board game. You may have noticed from the title that the play is a musical. I must … [Read more...]

Health Officials Confirm Measles Case in Oakland County


Oakland County Health Division announced today that the Michigan Department of Community Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed a measles case in an adult Oakland County resident. This case may be associated with the recent Disneyland outbreak in California, but an exact connection has not yet been determined, the press release stated. Measles is a highly contagious disease and can be transmitted five days before and four days after the rash appears. Oakland … [Read more...]

Rochester College to Present ‘Eleemosynary’

From L to R: Caroline Dilliplane as Artie, Sara Kmiec as Echo, and Nicole Mullaly as Dorothea.

Rochester College’s theatre department will present Eleemosynary, written by Lee Blessing and directed by Dr. David Keller, professor of interdisciplinary studies. The play follows the story of Echo, a 16-year-old prodigy raised by a partially paralyzed and eccentric grandmother, as she strives to become a spelling bee champion and so prove her worth to the mother who abandoned her. “The play’s title, Eleemosynary reflects something about words other than the importance of … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why are there so many Michigan License Plates?

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Dear Crabby, Why does Michigan have so many different kinds of License Plates? Sincerely, Art O’Revenue Dear Art O’Revenue, The job of government is to make things more complicated and more confusing; and to generate more money. We had it easy back in the day. The State of Michigan started requiring license plates in 1910. Each year you would go to the Secretary of State, wait in line for hours, and get a new aluminum plate. Well, you’d get two, one for the front and one for … [Read more...]

Olive: The Other Essential Oil


One of my New Year's Resolutions for this year is to become a better cook. I have three very picky people that I cook for so while I want to serve them something that tastes good, I also want it to be healthy. That's where Olive Vinegar in Downtown Rochester comes into the picture. I have to admit that I was super intimidated to even enter this store. I honestly knew very little about olive oils and different types of balsamic vinegars before I went in. Plus, all those shiny glass bottles … [Read more...]

Oakland County Board of Commissioners Take Oath of Office and Honors Local Talent and Serviceman

Commissioners pictured L to R, bottom/first row are:  David Bowman, Helaine M. Zack, Nancy L. Quarles, Board Vice Chairperson Jeff Matis, Board Chairperson Michael J. Gingell, Eileen T. Kowall, Shelley Goodman Taub, Marcia Gershenson.

Commissioners pictured L to R, middle/second row are: Thomas F. Middleton, Bob Hoffman, Christine A. Long, John A. Scott, Bill Dwyer, Robert Gosselin and Janet Jackson.

Commissioners pictured L to R, top/third row are: David Woodward, Michael Spisz, Hugh D. Crawford, Wade Fleming, Gary McGillivray and Philip J. Weipert.  

Photo credit: Julia Ruffin

On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, the 2015-2016 Oakland County Board of Commissioners began their new session after being sworn-in by Oakland County Clerk and Register of Deeds Lisa Brown in the Oakland County Board of Commissioners' Auditorium in Pontiac, Michigan. Family, friends, elected officials, and special local talent joined the commissioners to help make the inauguration memorable. Oakland County Chief Circuit Judge Nanci J. Grant began ceremony giving the invocation. Sheriff Michael J. … [Read more...]

Barnett Brothers Foster Cooperation Between Rochester Hills and Orion Township

Rochester Hills and Orion Township, led by siblings Bryan Barnett (right) and Chris Barnett, have entered into an agreement to share municipal services. Photo submitted - Chris Barnett

You have to wonder if their mother ever saw this coming: a day when her two sons, Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan K. Barnett and Orion Township Supervisor Chris Barnett would shake hands on an agreement that will be beneficial to both their cities. On Monday, the Rochester Hills City Council unanimously passed a measure that will allow Rochester Hills and Orion Township to share public works such as water, sewer, roadway, pathway, and traffic-related issues. in the coming years. Chris Barnett … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Should I Fear the 2015 Leap Second?

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Dear Crabby, I heard we get an extra second this year. What is the Leap Second and should I fear it? Please Respond Quickly, Justin Thyme Hello Justin Thyme, Well that doesn’t happen until the end of June this year, but I guess there’s no time like the present. I’m sure you’ve heard of Leap Year – when every four years we have a February 29 – and how we get an extra day. It’s sort of like that, but not as regular. We add a second to our clocks on average every 18 … [Read more...]