Dear Crabby, How far North is “Up North?”

Dear Crabby, How far North is "Up North?" Sincerely, Angie   Dear Angie, Ah, a long-standing question for so many. When does "Up North" begin ... is it Holly, Flint, or Gaylord, or the Mackinac Bridge? Every region, state, and country has an "Up North," but the question is, where is the line designating you've left the South and are now in the North? Well, a long, long time ago, when I was a kid, my parents would pack us up in the car to go "Up North," to Lake Orion! Yes, … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What is the Longest Running Business in Rochester or Rochester Hills?

Dear Crabby, What is the Longest Running Business in the Rochester or Rochester Hills? Sincerely, Kathleen Novetsky   Dear Kathleen, A better question for our historical writer, Deborah J. Larsen ... but I'll have a go at. You're really asking two questions in one, and you also don't say "still operating," but I'll assume that's what you mean. For Rochester Hills, it could be a tie with many businesses. When Rochester Hills became a city, any existing businesses in Avon Township … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, When will Livernois Road Construction be Finished?

Dear Crabby, When is the road construction on Livernois Road by Rochester High School scheduled to be finished, or at least enough so southbound Livernois can be reopened? Sincerely, Arlene Kay   Dear Arlene, According to the Road Commission for Oakland County, Livernois Road construction will be completed by "late fall" - I assume they mean this year - but you never know. They started way back in June. Throughout the entire project, Northbound traffic is to remain open … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What do you Like about September?

Dear Crabby, What do you Like about September? Sincerely, Autumn S. Cummings   Dear Autumn, It's a great time of year, as the kids go back to school I'm reminded of a column I wrote about that, What Does 'Back to School' Mean for you? And all that still holds true - I miss the grandkids already. September also means Giving Away Michigan Renaissance Festival Tickets, as I do every time this year. The event runs through the end of the month, and if you hurry, I can still answer … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Was Your Favorite School Subject?

Dear Crabby, With most schools back in session, I began thinking about my school days. And it got me wondering what was your favorite school subject, and did you have a favorite or influential teacher? Thanks, Just Curious Dear Just Curious, Now given that I am such a talented writer, some of you are probably expecting me to say my favorite subject was English and you would be dead wrong. Oh, how I hated English class. We had to read sappy poetry and all that dopey Shakespeare. The … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Are Bees Our Friends or Foes?

Dear Crabby, The only thing more annoying than construction in the summertime is all the bees! I’ve always loathed those pesky things and yet they seem to be everywhere. And I’m not just talking physically everywhere, but also in the news and on social media. Recently there was even a National Honeybee Day. So, my question is when did bees become so popular and why should I care? Thanks! Bea Pollen Dear Bea Pollen, To bee quite honest (get it?) the only bee I care for is the one … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Will Michigan Ever Drop Daylight Savings Time?

Dear Crabby, I enjoyed your response to the movement of Hallows Eve. My question is whether you think the state of Michigan will ever make the shift not to keep changing our clocks to and from Daylight Savings Time? Thank you in advance for your insight. Pavel Dear Pavel, It’s always nice to hear from a fan and know that at least one person besides Mrs. Crabby is reading my column. I’ve actually written about Daylight Savings Time (DST) before, but it’s been almost 10 years ago, so … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Do You Think of Zipper Merging?

Dear Crabby, Just when I think I have the construction patterns down – bam! More are added to the mix. Between the new segment of I-75 starting soon and the work on Baldwin extending into 2020, I’m seeing more articles reminding drivers to zipper merge. But does it work and why should I let a car in at the last minute when I’ve been waiting in traffic forever? Thanks, Cyndy Sideswipe Dear Cyndy Sideswipe, Why should you indeed? I know our roads are in bad shape and need to be … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Should Halloween be Moved?

Dear Crabby, Normally, I would have waited another three months before I asked this question, but there’s already fall decorations on store shelves and even those delicious Reese’s pumpkin-shaped chocolates are out!  So, my question is, what do you think about the recent petition to get Halloween moved to the last Saturday in October? Thanks, Charlene Confection Dear Charlene Confection, Ahh, yes. I’ve been reading about this petition. Last I heard it had over 100,000 signatures. It … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Can Some People Smell Rain Coming?

Dear Crabby, How can some people smell rain coming? Is it true they can smell it before it even gets to their location? Wonderingly, Super Sniffer   Dear Super Sniffer, You may have to retrain that sniffer of yours, because it's true, some people can smell the rain's a comin'. Call it intuition or an old farmer's trick, when the right weather conditions exist, anyone's nose can become a weather predictor ... at least for rain. But how does it work? A few things can happen … [Read more...]