Dear Crabby, At what age should I let my daughter date?

Dear Crabby with a Laptop Computer

Dear Crabby, My teenage daughter is starting to talk about boys and dating. I know she has to grow up eventually, but I’m having trouble with picking an age to let her start dating, what do you suggest? Sincerely, Nervous Dad Dear Nervous Dad, You better be nervous. All dads go through this and it’s just part of the parenting thing. Boys are easier – you can get them to believe in cooties for a long time. But girls, they’re another story altogether. They’re smarter than you … [Read more...]

Rochester Artist Pays Tribute to Fallen Soldier with ArtPrize entry

2014 ArtPrize entry by Larry Binkowski - photo by Michael Dwyer

Artist Larry Binkowski Larry graduated from Rochester High School in 1970 and attended Oakland Community College in Auburn Hills. He took art classes with long-time instructor, Ray Katz. However, for the most part, Larry is a self-taught sculptor, now living in Auburn Hills. Figurative and portrait sculpting in the public, as well as the private sector, is where Binkowski’s career began. That moved into working on product prototypes for a large toy company, then miniature figures for … [Read more...]

Stoney Creek High School Celebrates their Students and Community


Stoney Creek High School is excited to celebrate the meaning of their battle cry ‘We Are SC!’  On November 1, parents, staff and friends of Stoney Creek High School will come together for a celebration and fundraiser benefitting Stoney Creek’s unique ‘Support the Tradition’ Fund which impacts every student attending Stoney Creek High School. “The phrases ‘We are SC’ and ‘Support the Tradition’ both refer to Stoney Creek’s long-standing commitment to supporting our … [Read more...]

Parenting a Strong-Willed Child

Strong-willed child

You might have a strong-willed child if:Commands are automatically disobeyed, just because it was a command.A seemingly simple task becomes difficult.A random stranger mutters in passing, “That’s a strong-willed child.”Can you relate to this sentiment?That last point literally happened to me recently as my family and I were leaving the gym. My daughter uttered some unintelligible demand and when my husband and I didn’t react how she had expected, she threw herself on the floor and … [Read more...]

Experience the ‘Haunted Lighthouses of Michigan’ at the RAHS October Meeting

Award-winning author Bruce Jenvey will be discussing his latest work, “Haunted Lighthouses of Michigan.”

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society’s October 2014 member meeting will be held Thursday, October 2 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Town in Rochester. The program will feature award-winning author Bruce Jenvey presenting Haunted Lighthouses of Michigan. Bruce was raised in rural Michigan and has had a lifelong interest in history, popular culture, and the paranormal. After earning a B.A. in Psychology from Michigan State … [Read more...]

Michigan Patriot Week passes in the Senate and House; Oakland and Macomb counties

LOGO-Patriot Week - Final

It was announced today via press release that the State Senate joined the State House’s action from early this month and designated September 11-17, 2011 as Michigan Patriot Week. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley also designated Patriot Week in their respective states. Likewise, the County Commissions of Oakland and Macomb Counties also recently proclaimed the week.  Patriot Week was co-created by Oakland County Circuit Judge Michael Warren and his now … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Separate Checks or One?

Dear Crabby with a Laptop Computer

Dear Crabby, When I go out to lunch with my friends, the servers always ask: "Separate checks, or one?” This causes some immediate embarrassment because each person is mentally thinking whether he or she should offer to pay, or maybe it is even my turn to pay. How would you suggest handling this delicate social situation? Sincerely, Bewildered in Macomb County Dear Bewildered, My policy is that it’s always the other person’s turn to buy. Of course, people start to catch on … [Read more...]

Rochester Adams Denies Army Officer Entrance

Rochester Adams Student Kelly Baker and Family

High School Security Lieutenant Colonel Sherwood Baker has served in the Army for 24 years. Around 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 9, Baker stopped to check-in on his daughter, Kelly Baker, a new student at the high school. She was meeting with a counselor that morning regarding a class she was taking. However, three men and a woman working as third-party security contractors denied Baker access to the school. The four were wearing yellow shirts. During an interview on the Frank Beckmann … [Read more...]

Body of Matthew Lyzen found in Rochester

Matthew Lyzen

Matthew David Lyzen “The outpouring of prayers, love, and support has been amazing. Somewhat overwhelming, and even nearly incomprehensible at times to think Matt, and everyone who loved him, could be so surrounded by love.” posted Becky Lyzen, mother of Matthew Lyzen, on her Facebook page Tuesday. Matthew Lyzen went missing on January 24, 2014, after the Rochester Fire & Ice Festival. He had spent a lot of money at two restaurants that evening, not normal behavior for him … [Read more...]

American flag to drape Oakland County Circuit Court building in remberance of 9/11

Flag on Oakland County Courthouse (2)

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has ordered a large American flag draped on the façade of the west wing of the Oakland County Circuit Court building in honor of Patriot's Day, the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. The flag is visible from northbound Telegraph Road on the approach to the county government campus. "The flag remembers those killed on 9/11 and defending our nation against terror since,” Patterson said. “It’s also on display as a token of our … [Read more...]