Gyms and Pools to Reopen

Organized Contact Sports to Resume with Strict Safely Measures but Remains Frowned Upon by State Officials, and Gyms and Pools are Permitted to Reopen. Governor Gretchen Whitmer Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-176 reopening Michigan’s gyms and pools in those regions where they remain closed and allowing for organized sports practices and competitions to resume in those regions where they remain restricted, subject to strict protections meant to limit spread … [Read more...]

Downtown Rochester offers a Taste of Fall

Starting Tuesday, September 8, over 20 restaurants will have fall inspired entrees, drinks, and desserts on their menu to try. The Taste of Fall promotion runs from September 8 – October 19. Pick up the Taste of Fall brochure at the Downtown Collaboration Studio or any of the participating businesses.  “There are so many yummy fall options,” said Kristi Trevarrow, Executive Director of the Rochester Downtown Development Authority, “the challenge will be to figure out which dish is … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, 20 Questions?

Dear Crabby, Can you Answer these 20 Questions? Over the years, we take in a lot of questions and many do not warrant a full column for my readers - some would be very short answers - so, this week's column will be a collection of some of those quick-answer questions. Dear Crabby Gives Advice Dear Crabby, Where is the best place to get air for my tires? Marathon Gas Stations offer free air, like the one at Tienken and Rochester Roads. It's funny, I often see people pumping quarters … [Read more...]

Rochester Municipal Park Has Been the Place to Play for 85 Years

The Avon Park dam formed a popular swimming hole. The dam and bridge were dismantled in the 1980s. (From the Archives of the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm) Eighty-five years ago this summer, Rochester residents dedicated a new recreation spot on Paint Creek. Built on the site of a bankrupt dairy farm and a long-abandoned millrace, Avon Park—now Rochester Municipal Park—quickly became a favorite place for area residents to swim, picnic, and play. The property on which Rochester … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s Happened to Customer Service?

Dear Crabby, Have you noticed lately how bad customer service has become. I know we’re all tired from the ups and downs of this year, but is there no commitment to standing behind a product or service anymore? I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this. Thanks, T. Chad Dear T. Chad, You would think with the limited face-to-face interaction these days that stores and companies would try to go the extra mile when it comes to customer service. But much like everything else about … [Read more...]

Grampa’s Labyrinth: Journey To Devil’s Kitchen

Michigan Author Robert A. Lytle Transports His Characters and His Readers Back in Time to 1823 Mackinac Island Charlotte doesn’t believe the story of how her older cousins were transported back in time three years earlier. On a dare, she tricks her cousin Charlie to return to Grampa’s labyrinth (the time portal) with three other cousins, Oscar, Henry, and Liam. The maze sends the five cousins from the year 2014 to the year 1823 – they arrive on Mackinac Island during America’s wild and … [Read more...]

Hundred Miles 4 Hunger

On Friday, August 21, Rochester Hills resident, Edgardo Perez, will be running 100 miles nonstop to raise funds for Neighborhood House. Edgardo Perez This run will take him over 24 hours to complete. He will begin his run at the Neighborhood House main office (1720 S. Livernois) at 5:00 p.m. sharp and end on August 22 around 8:00 p.m. Neighborhood House provides food assistance, clothing assistance, and much more to neighbors in need living in Rochester Hills, Rochester, Auburn Hills, … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do You Miss Going to Canada?

Dear Crabby, One of my favorite summertime Michigan memories was all the random road trips we’d take. Not only did we cruise around Michigan, but we also ventured into Canada. But now that the border is closed, I really miss having that option. I wonder if you or any of your other readers miss going to Canada as well? Thanks, C. Mountie Dear C. Mountie, We are rather spoiled having another country so close we can drive there pretty much any time we please. Shoot. I remember … [Read more...]

Michigan Author’s Debut Novel Receives Rave Reviews

Grandma’s Sock Drawer by Sue Agauas Grandma’s gone. Now Sukey races against time to unravel the mysteries of a puzzling inheritance – a sock drawer – from a grandmother she was forbidden to know. A note and a key to Grandma’s “most precious treasure” sends Sukey on wild adventures with unexpected twists and turns. Will Sukey learn the truth about her grandmother, unlock the questions that will lead to peace, and connect her fragmented family? And, can she find the answers before an estate … [Read more...]