An old rivalry renewed

‘They (Lake Orion) got a big, physical, tough group of kids — kids who don’t like Oxford.? — Oxford football Coach Bud Rowley, November 2, 1983 Natural geographic rivals for years, the last time Oxford played Lake Orion in a real game of football was November 4, 1983. It was the final game of that […]

Fake parties, skeeters and vote horders, oh my

Just last week I ranted — and yes, it was a rant so I won’t try to make it sound pretty. Well, maybe rant is prettying it up . . . okay, I whined about the newest sensation in American fairness — cumulative voting. If you didn’t read it (shame on you), the gist was […]

‘Wild Night Out? a record night for conservancy

It was cold and blustery night outside, but last Friday night’s ‘Wild Night Out? was anything like dreary. The bidding was hot and furious for the North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy’s 4th annual benefit auction. ‘It looks like we brought in $29,000,? NOHLC Executive Director Katie Anderson said on Monday. ‘It was a record night […]

Extreme pumpkin carving

There came a point in time when Tom Nardone had had enough. Something he loved as a child had morphed into something obscene and alien. What he saw offended him. I’m not saying Tom snapped, cracked, broke down, freaked out or even cried like a girly man. No. Like all good men who see something […]

The Glutenator strikes and Dinner Divas

Every so often a book gets mailed to me at the office. Writers, publishers, agents all seeking the same thing . . . publicity for some literary work. Usually I read the first few pages, close the book, put it on a shelf and forget about it. Sometimes it’s a local author and I’ll read […]

Hey, plants have feelings, too

Mr. Smarty Pants, Don Rush, only received an Honorable Mention in this year’s Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest for Local Column Writing. The judges only said of Rush’s efforts: ‘These columns on local issues and people strike a chord with the reader.? Despite his lackluster performance in writing, Rush has taken the week off. […]

Your hero (me) and his health

So, a few weeks ago I went to my family doctor — Maria — who I actually went to high school with, and sometime between turning my head and coughing and getting probed, it was suggested I need to rethink what it is to live a healthy life. Sometime after I made the crude comment […]

Writer/reporter turns passion to business

The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated. — Mark Twain As someone in the print journalism world, I know a lot of electronic media have played up the demise of newspapers. To some extent, that is true. While weekly newspapers like the one you’re reading now continue to be strong, viable businesses, dailies […]

Don’s take on being a dad

I must say my stratiegery of brainwashing is (so far) going as scheduled. I’ll be honest, I am trying to influence my boys? lives to my way of thinking. Publicly, some dads say they plan to let their boys be boys, to let nature and the environment take their courses. Publicly, they say they don’t […]

Where others dare not tread

Watching the news reports from the war in Iraq, I (albeit a lily white guy from a lily white part of the world with no experience in matters abroad) have come to this conclusion: The take over has officially begun and in the war for the hearts and minds of Iraqis, we are winning. While […]