Author’s Corner: Quit Worrying About Making It Big

Everyone makes mistakes … even seasoned writers … but that's okay, because each mistake is a great learning opportunity. I must be getting smart by now, because I’ve made plenty of my own errors over the years. I’ve had a bundle of mishaps, including the error of using too much exposition, or too little. Neglecting research, or researching too much. The one I’ve been thinking about this week is the mistake writers make by worrying about what happens when they make it big. Have you … [Read more...]

Howlett Park Honors Rochester’s First Police Chief

A city park on Inglewood Avenue is named in honor of the man who built a modern police department for Rochester and helped to shape the town’s safety and prosperity for almost half a century. Rochester Police Chief Sam Howlett at his desk (Courtesy of Barbara Howlett Bates) Samuel “Sam” Howlett was born in 1909 in the area historically known as the Big Beaver settlement, which was centered around the intersection of Rochester and Big Beaver roads in Troy Township. Howlett’s family roots in … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Will there be any Award Shows to Watch in 2021?

Dear Crabby, It seems like recently I heard something about nominations for some award show. With cinemas closed and that pesky pandemic still around, are award shows still a thing? Thanks!Paula PresenterDear Paula Presenter, They sure are. And here’s the funniest part: there was an awards season last year too. If you missed it, don’t feel too bad. I think a lot of people did. Like you mentioned, something about a pandemic going on. If you’re a longtime reader of my column you know … [Read more...]

Rochester Junior Women’s Club is Seeking Area Non-Profit Organizations to Benefit

The Rochester Junior Women’s Club is looking for non-profit organizations that need assistance and can benefit from our fundraising. Each spring the club Donations Committee reviews requests submitted by local organizations requesting assistance. Based on the committee’s recommendations, annual recipients are selected for the major fundraisers as well as recipients for miscellaneous donations. The Rochester Junior Women’s Club (RJWC) has been serving the community since 1956. RJWC is a … [Read more...]

Interpreting Women at Mackinac

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm presents Interpreting Women at Mackinac, a free virtual event, on Wednesday March 10, from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Interpreting the past accurately involves telling the stories of many people. Lee Ann Ewer, interpretive assistant, and Craig Wilson, chief curator, will discuss the specific challenges and rewards of researching and interpreting the lives of women at Mackinac, and how these stories are being incorporated into the wider history of … [Read more...]

Work for the Road Commission for Oakland County this Summer

The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) is looking to hire approximately 30 seasonal summer laborers. The position pay rate is $12.25 per hour, with a five-day work-week schedule. Workers are expected to report in early June. The positions will last 10 to 12 weeks, depending on need. Applicants must be 18 or older and have a high school diploma or GED by the first day, have a valid driver’s license, be legally eligible to work in the United States and be available to work Monday … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Should Kids Still be Allowed to Have Snow Days?

Dear Crabby, My husband and I need you to settle an argument between us and our kids. With all the virtual learning going on these days, should they still be given snow days? We say no, but the kids say, yes. What do you say?Thanks, Frita FluryDear Frita Flury, Boy did you sure pick a hot-button topic this week. If you don’t follow the Road Commission for Oakland County on social media, you really should. On Monday they posted a meme that said, “Winter is coming. The entire thing. All … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Public Library Board of Trustees Names New Officers

The Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) Board of Trustees named new officers at its first meeting of the year. The board appointed Robert Bonam as president and Madge Lawson as vice-president. Anne Kucher was named secretary, and Gregg Christenson as treasurer. Chuck Stouffer and Suba Subbarao are board trustees.  Robert Bonam Bonam was first elected to the library board in 1984 and has since filled each position several times. During his tenure on the board, Bonam has managed the … [Read more...]

Spectacular Rochester, a Brush Up on Local History

In collaboration with the Rochester-Avon Historical Society, the Brown Bag Lunch programs are going virtual. Attendees may register to join online, to brush up on local history topics, during the noon lunch hour. The first virtual Brown Bag Lunch is Tuesday, March 2 from 12 noon - 1:00 p.m. Register to receive a Zoom link to join in. The people, places, and events that shaped the community's history are introduced through historic photographs, maps, documents, and fascinating stories. … [Read more...]

Michigan’s Billion-Dollar Lottery Winner has two Silent Partners

State Reps. Mark Tisdel and Diana Farrington, both members of the House Tax Policy Committee, today detailed the taxes Metro Detroit’s recent big Mega Millions winner will be shelling over after collecting the jackpot. The two members of the House Tax Policy Committee released a tongue-and-cheek video highlighting the amount the winner will pay in taxes if he or she selects the one-time cash payment of about $739 million. “My wife and I bought a Mega Millions ticket and enjoyed … [Read more...]