Thoroughbred Racing Returns to Hazel Park

Thoroughbred Horses Now Racing at Hazel Park Raceway

Thoroughbreds Return to Hazel Park Live Thoroughbred racing returns to Hazel Park Raceway after being absent for 30 years. “Once the site where many of the nation’s top horses and horsemen competed, plans are to restore the excitement and grandeur of Thoroughbred racing as in years past,” stated the welcome page of the opening weekend program at Hazel Park Raceway. The Michigan Gaming Control Board granted a five-year contract to Hazel Park Raceway to run Thoroughbreds in the summer. … [Read more...]

Orion Road to Close for Two Months

Heavy Equipment Ready to Replace the Orion Road Bridge starting June 23 - photo by Michael Dwyer

Orion Road Bridge to Close Orion Road will be closed just north of Snell Road to replace the bridge over Paint Creek in the heart of Oakland Township. Starting June 23, the closure will last to approximately August 15 with the complete project wrapping up by September 12. More than 7,000 vehicles cross the bridge every day. The official detour route during the closure will be Rochester Road to Stoney Creek Road and to Orion Road going north and the reverse to head south. However, local … [Read more...]

New Band Shell for Rochester Music in the Park

The New, Bebout Municipal Park Band Shell in Rochester - photo by Michael Dwyer

Music in the Park Music in the Park returns to the Rochester Municipal Park Thursday, June 19, at the Bebout Municipal Park Band Shell. The band shelter is new this year. Designed and built to accommodate the music groups that perform on Thursday nights, the shelter is a beautiful wood construction. It stands out and it will certainly be a desired venue for many summer functions. Bebout Municipal Park Band Shell Made possible from a generous gift from the Barbara J. Bebout … [Read more...]

Frank Lloyd Wright and His Little Gem

Laurent House at dusk - Photo by Nels Akerlund

My Little Gem Frank Lloyd Wright signed the contract in July of 1949 to build his only structure designed for a person with a disability. Completed three years later, Kenneth and Phyllis Laurent moved into the single-story, Rockford home, decades before the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 was on the books. Kenneth, paralyzed from the waist down, and his wife Phyllis, reached out to Wright after his tour of duty in the U.S. Navy put him in a wheelchair for life. “To give you an … [Read more...]

Yates, Paint Creek and Rochester Cider Mills

Yate's Cider Mill Spring Pressing 2014

Yates, Paint Creek and Rochester Cider Mills What’s the latest with Rochester Area cider mills? A spring pressing, a two-year extension, and year-round operations sum up the spring news at three local cider mills. Spring Apple Cider at Yates Yate’s Cider Mill offered fresh apple cider, pressed on site, for a special month-long treat to kick off the spring. Their last pressing was on Mother’s Day and cider connoisseurs will have to wait a few more months for fresh cider again. … [Read more...]

Celebrate the Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby Museum offers visitors a chance to be in the center of Derby Day Action with their 360-degree theater - photo by Michael Dwyer

Story and Photos by Michael Dwyer Kentucky Derby 140 The 140th running of the Kentucky Derby is this Saturday, May 3, in Louisville, KY at Churchill Downs. “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports” has turned the world’s attention to Kentucky since 1875. Thousands of three-year-old horses are in contention in January, but only 20 may enter the starting gates on the first Saturday in May. There are several ways to celebrate the Derby. As over 16 million people did in 2013, you can … [Read more...]

Spring Apple Cider at Yates

Yates Cider Mill - photo by Michael Dwyer

Landmark Cider Mill Opens on Tax Day The late start to spring, a dusting of snow, and cleaning up the yard might remind you of last November – so you had better go to the cider mill too. Yates Cider Mill opened Tuesday for a spring pressing. Occasionally, Michigan apple growers have a surplus of apples in cold storage that allow cider mills to offer a pressing this time of year. Yates did this a couple of years ago. At first, the mill was planning on two weekends back in 2012, but the word … [Read more...]

Spring Writers Workshop

The 18+ Secrets of Successful Story Structure Workshop for Screenwriters, Novelists, and other Writers of shorter works. Presented by Stanley D. Williams, Ph.D. Hollywood and Novelist Story Consultant, and author of the classic story structure book used in Hollywood, “The Moral Premise: Harnessing Virtue and Vice for Box Office Success.” Unique among writing and story workshops, The 18+ Secrets of Successful Story Structure with Dr. Williams, is not a collection of industry anecdotes … [Read more...]

Silver Ball Madness Returns to OU

The 2014 Michigan Pinball Expo Returns to Oakland University April 3-6

Silver Ball Madness Returns to OU By Michael Dwyer More than a hundred silver balls will be rolling next weekend at the 2014 Michigan Pinball Expo at Oakland University. For 57 hours, pinball players of all ages will be sending those silver balls towards targets, ramps, and other creative scoring components to rack up points on their favorite pinball machines. Once spread across the country in arcades, pool halls and bars, many of these machines fell into the hands of collectors. … [Read more...]

Rochester Writers Announces Spring Contest Winners

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Best of Show Rochester Writers announces the winners of the 2013 writing contest. Best of Show goes to Steven R. Roberts of Dearborn, MI for his First Page entry titled Brothers Popovic. Rochester Media sponsors the contest and their staff selects the Best of Show Award. “The author’s use of descriptive language brings vivid imagery to mind and draws the readers into the setting of the story. With just these few short paragraphs, the reader can empathize with the Croatian coal miner in … [Read more...]