Rochester Writers’ Conference is October 4

The 7th Annual Rochester Writers' Conference returns to Oakland University on October 4

Seventh Annual Rochester Writers’ Conference October 4, 2014 “The Writer in You” is the theme for the seventh annual Rochester Writers’ Conference held at Oakland University. The one-day event brings together authors from several genres. New, working and published writers attend sessions designed for different skill levels, styles and topics. “The workshops and discussions at the conference build on the skills each attendee has,” said Michael Dwyer, organizer and founder of … [Read more...]

Fun & Hope on Paint Creek

A Castapalooza contestant throwing a long line. Photo credit: Brett Watson

The 2014 Paint Creek Fly for Hope Trout Tournament and the Ryan Rocks Bluegill Fly-Fishing Event are approaching soon. Both events will happen on Saturday, September 13 at the Rochester Municipal Park. This is an enormously popular one-day event founded on the motto “Fly-Fishing, Friendship, Good Humor, Good Times.” Anglers may donate $25 per person ($50 per Team) to enter the Paint Creek Fly for Hope trout tournament. All proceeds this year benefit Reeling & Healing Midwest, a volunteer … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s the difference between Memorial and Labor Day?

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Dear Crabby, I am a proud American and always do my best to properly observe our national holidays. But recently a Canadian friend asked me what the difference is between Memorial Day and Labor Day; and you know what? I was kind of at a loss for words. Can you help me out? Sincerely, Pete Patriot Dear Mr. Patriot, Don’t fret. I have a feeling you’re not alone in this. My bet is that a lot of Americans are so used to celebrating these holidays that they’ve long forgotten how … [Read more...]

City of Rochester Hills to hold special meeting regarding proposed drilling

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The following meeting announcement is from Don’t Drill the Hills, Inc. (DDHI), a non-partisan grassroots nonprofit corporation that is building awareness of the risks of horizontal drilling in high-density residential and K-12 School areas. Concerns include: property rights, property values, mortgage and insurance complications, as well as potential environmental and health risks: A “Special Meeting” was called yesterday by the City of Rochester Hills to consider a moratorium on oil and … [Read more...]

Eagle Scout Candidate Completes Paint Creek Trail Project

L-R: David Becker, Chairman of the Paint Creek Trailways Commission, and Mike Alspach, Eagle Scout Candidate. Photo credit: Kristen Myers

Eagle Scout Candidate Mike Alspach, from Boy Scout Troop #101 in Rochester Hills, recently completed the Paint Creek Trail Brochure Box Project to obtain the rank of Eagle Scout. Mike raised funds through a can & bottle drive, and made 11 brochure boxes for the Paint Creek Trail. He designed the boxes to double the size of the previous boxes, protect brochures from the elements, all while maintaining the natural look and feel of the Paint Creek Trail. The Paint Creek Trailways Commission … [Read more...]

Orion Road Bridge Ready to Open, Lane Closures to Continue

Orion Road Bridge Nears Completion - Photo by Michael Dwyer

Rumor Has It … The Orion Road Bridge over the Paint Creek in Oakland Township is near completion. The final layers of asphalt are being laid this week. The original completion date was set for August 1, and then it was changed to August 15. Site workers suggested it would open by this Friday, August 22, while township employees heard the rumor was August 25. The short answer is, soon. Project Details The project involves the removal and replacement of the existing bridge, which was … [Read more...]

Ice Cream Returns to Rochester College

Rochester College Hosts the Ice Cream Olympics on Sunday at 7 p.m.

The Ice Cream Olympics are Sunday, August 24, at 7:00 p.m. The Scoop Last year, Rochester College held the Ice Cream Olympics in conjunction with welcoming in their new president, Dr. Tyson. John Tyson replaced Dr. Rubel Shelly, who had served as the institution’s president from 2008 until 2013. Seven local ice cream companies provided the cool treats as alumni, students and guests sampled and voted for the best. It was a beautiful evening of lights, music and ice cream. … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Should college football players get paid to play?

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Dear Crabby, Earlier this year some college football players wanted to form a union. I think most of them are getting a great deal with a free education. Why on earth should they get paid to play? Sincerely, Tim Tightwad Dear Tim Tightwad, I hear what you’re saying — and you’re right! Aside from the free education aspect, college football players are getting a pretty sweet deal. They have a great ‘job’ with all sorts of perks: dorm rooms that look like five-star hotel … [Read more...]

Avon Players bring ‘Heart and Soul’ to the stage with ‘Big, The Musical’

Left to right: Phil Zott as "Josh Baskin" and Andy Langlands as "George MacMillan" rehearse the iconic "big" piano scene from the Avon Players production of "Big: The Musical."

Life is much more than child’s play in this fantasy comedy Delighted audience members of all sizes will relive the era of “Cosby sweaters” and acid washed jeans while protagonist Josh Baskin lives out every kid’s fantasy of instant adulthood as Avon Players presents Big, The Musical, based on the on the classic 1987 Tom Hanks motion picture fantasy. Big, The Musical runs September 5-20. When frustrated adolescent Josh Baskin (Sonny Pacitto) makes a wish to be "big" on a … [Read more...]

Educate and protect yourself against West Nile Virus

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Oakland County Health Division (OCHD), under the leadership of L. Brooks Patterson, is urging individuals to take precautions to minimize mosquito exposure and protect themselves from West Nile Virus (WNV) after the virus was identified in a bird in Oakland County. According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, this is the first species testing positive for WNV in Oakland County. As of August 15, 2014, there are no human cases of WNV in the state of Michigan or Oakland … [Read more...]