My Story of Dealing with the City of Rochester Hills

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As a journalist, I’ve had to report on several issues and topics that arise with local municipalities. From roadwork to city council meetings to elections, news, both positive and negative, keeps journalists working. Sometimes trying to track down the right person in government is tough. Waiting for a return call, getting the interview, checking the facts – can all be an ordeal. Therefore, as a resident, when I had to call the City of Rochester Hills for two reasons this week, I thought … [Read more...]

Shop the Gift Shops of Rochester

Crittenton Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop - photo by Michael Dwyer

Did you know Rochester has three area gift shops run mostly by volunteers and have a nonprofit status? While they have limited hours compared to regular retail stores, they offer the Rochester holiday shopper a chance to visit a small, hometown gift store. Proceeds support the nonprofit. For Friends on your Holiday List, Stop by the Library Located on the ground level of the Rochester Hills Public Library, this small shop has an array of gifts, cards, and collectables. “The mission … [Read more...]

Annual Writers’ Conference at OU Charms 100 in Attendance

2015 Keynote Speaker Lev Raphael - Photo by Sonya Julie

Annual Writers’ Conference at OU Charms 100 in Attendance Seven Years and Still Going The annual Rochester Writers’ Conference welcomed writers on October 4 to Oakland University in Rochester for a full day of inspiration and information. One hundred attendees, 13 presenters, half a dozen volunteers and one organizer united to make the seventh annual event another success story. There was a significant amount of positive feedback regarding the conference, most notably for offering … [Read more...]

Open Mic Returns to Rochester Mills Brewery

The Strung Up String Band from Lake Orion - photo by Michael Dwyer

Open Mic Returns to Rochester Mills Thursday Nights Once again, local talent is welcomed to jump on stage to sing a couple songs to the Thursday evening crowd at the Rochester Mills Beer Company in Downtown Rochester. The popular night took the summer off to host outdoor acoustic music and now that the warm nights are fading, the spotlight has once again turned to the main stage inside. What started as “Greenhorn Music Nights” a few years ago quickly turned into a well-hosted … [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...]

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...]

The Michigan Renaissance Festival Returns!

Relive the Legend at the Michigan Renaissance Festival

Returning This Weekend for Seven Weekends Celebrating its 35th year, the annual Michigan Renaissance Festival sends guests back to the 16th century. This is that one time of year where southeast Michigan residents can dress up as elves, knights, faeries, and princesses and go to the Village of Hollygrove. This made-up land, on the border of Holly and Groveland Township, is ready to go with new attractions and returning favorites. Beat the crowds and arrive early, they open at 10:00 … [Read more...]

Hostelling for the Not-So-Young, Part Two

Go to Dinner with People you Meet while Traveling - photo by Michael Dwyer

Hostelling for the Not-So-Young, Part Two Read Hostelling for the Not-So-Young, Part One First How to Book a Hostel  Hostels come in all shapes and sizes, new and old, here and there. I like to use “HI” hostels. Hostelling International hostels are affiliates of a worldwide organization in 90 countries featuring over 4,000 hostels. You’ll need to buy a membership card ($28.00 annually) before you travel. However, there are many non-affiliated hostels around the world that work … [Read more...]

Hostelling for the Not-So-Young

Visitors check-in at the Hostel in The Loop Area of Chicago - photo by Michael Dwyer

Maybe your friend is in Australia right now? Perhaps your daughter is backpacking Europe this summer before she starts college? Or, maybe your parents are driving the western states coastline? Chances are, hostels may be one their accommodation choices and it doesn't matter what their age is ... Hostelling for the Not-So-Young (part one) Running around the world with a backpack, jumping on trains and buses, and sleeping in hostels may seem like an adventure for college students on … [Read more...]

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...]