Get to Know The Imps, a Local All Teen Girl Band

All Teen, All Girl, Rock Band - The Imps - Photo by Michael Dwyer

The Imps In February 2011, Katelynn Corll from Rochester Adams and Liah Miller from Cranbrook formed the original band The Imps. They are an all teen-girl rock band performing original music and cover music. The School of Rock brought them together and determination keeps them going. They have won three Battle of the Bands, including the Detroit Battle of the Band Finals. The Imps released their first self-titled EP in 2013 and just release their second CD this past August (available … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Size Turkey Should I Buy?


Dear Crabby, What size turkey should I roast for Thanksgiving Dinner? Thanks, Birdy Day Dear Birdy Day, The bigger, the better, I always say. When it comes to Thanksgiving, America’s first holiday, go big! Leftovers are one of the best things about the noble bird. Now that I’m retired, it lends itself to turkey leftovers for breakfast, lunch and dinner – for days – until it is gone. They say one and half pounds per person. I say plan on five pounds per person. I convince Mrs. … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Celebrates its 30th Birthday by Giving Back


Employees Kick-Off 30 Days of Community Giving The City of Rochester Hills has much to be thankful for and so many reasons to celebrate. Not only was the City recently recognized as one of the Top 10 Best Places to Live in America by Money Magazine, but 12 p.m. on Thursday, November 20, will officially mark the City’s 30th Birthday. From its humble beginnings in 1817 when James Graham first settled in Avon Township to 1984 when Rochester Hills became a city, Rochester Hills has grown … [Read more...]

Get Vaccinated Before the Flu Finds You

Flu Shot Graphic

The Oakland County Health Division is encouraging residents to get a flu shot in order to prevent the flu from spreading during this holiday season when families and friends get together, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced through a press release. “Our Health Division advises individuals to get vaccinated against the flu before visiting friends and family during the holidays,” Patterson said. “And if you do get sick over the holidays, it is best to stay home instead of … [Read more...]

Shopping Apps Make Cents


Grocery shopping is one of the most constant things I do each week. The day before I plan to shop is when I plan my menu for the next week. I collect coupons and look through store ads to see which grocery store I will shop at. I also glance through my different shopping apps I have loaded onto my smart phone. These apps help defray the rising cost of groceries for my family. Shopkick Shopkick is the first app I stumbled upon that rewards me for shopping. It's a cute little thing with a … [Read more...]

Christmas Tailgate, from Oakland Township to Fort Hood

Girl Scouts Decorate 250 Stockings for the Christmas Tailgate

Christmas Tailgate Leanna Kavanagh of Oakland Township, is taking Christmas to her son. Ryan Michael Williams serves as a soldier in the U.S. Army. He is stationed at Fort Hood in Texas. As part of the rapid response force, his infantry company must be within three hours of base at any given time. In addition, the base has shortened hours for the dining facilities at Christmas, so few options are available for the bachelor soldiers of Fort Hood. Leanna is borrowing an RV, filling it … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Happend to Fall?

Dear Crabby with a Laptop Computer

Dear Crabby, The first day of winter is still six weeks away, what happened to fall? Sincerely, Seasonally Confused Dear Seasonally Confused, Just a couple weeks ago, I was giving advice on how to enjoy fall. I was basing that advice on the premise that fall would be here. Of course, you can still partake in those activities, but it does seem we lost fall somewhere. Perhaps Halloween scared it away. On the other hand, maybe winter paid fall off so winter could come early. The best … [Read more...]

Gobble Up This Thanksgiving Book List


I love using children's books to help my children understand events that are happening in our lives. I collected my top ten favorites to help enhance your child's reading experience this Thanksgiving. 10. Arthur’s Thanksgiving by Marc Brown As always, Arthur will have your children giggling as he tries to overcome his fear of ruining the school’s Thanksgiving play. It has a great message of family togetherness. 9. Pilgrim Cat by Carol Antoinette Peacock In this story, we follow … [Read more...]

Lagniappe to Offer a Little Something Extra This Year


Join the merchants of downtown Rochester on Monday, November 24 from 6 – 9 p.m. when they offer their customers Lagniappe (Creole for “a little something extra”) in appreciation for their support throughout the year. Due to popular demand, this year Lagniappe is scheduled one week before its traditional Monday after Thanksgiving Date. The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) also will offer some Lagniappe with the debut of The Big, Bright Light Show. The program will begin at … [Read more...]

Holiday classic comes to life as Avon Players presents ‘Miracle on 34th Street’

Grace Seyferth as "Susan" and Mike Olsem as "Kris Kringle."
Photo credit: Mark Palmer/Bryan Clifford

Rediscover the magic of believing with this holiday play for the whole family. Theater-goers can check one thing off their holiday wish list: an enchanting live performance suitable for all ages as Avon Players presents Miracle on 34th Street based on the beloved holiday motion picture starring Maureen O’ Hara and Natalie Wood. Miracle on 34th Street runs Friday, November 28 through Saturday, December 13. When an old man in a retirement home who calls himself Kris Kringle gets a … [Read more...]