Keep your head up

The other day I was walking in a local parking lot and I saw a dirty old penny. It was dinged up pretty good so, it had been run over a few times. Despite the fact President Lincoln’s face was turned down, I bent over and picked it up and slid it in my pants […]

Kevorkian, cicadas and skunks, oh my!

Around 2:30 in the morning, in a hospital bed at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, private citizen Jack Kevorkian died ? quietly, peacefully and in his sleep. He was 83-years-old. According to reports, the retired pathologist who gained notoriety as ‘Dr. Death? for helping (by his count) 130 people commit suicide, died when a blood […]

Remembering the week that just was

Last week was a week, I tell you . . . a week of milestones and new acquaintances. And, to keep up your illusions that you really know me, I ‘ll fill you in on the week before this one. * * * So, there I was sitting at one of my desks at work. […]

Residents question landfill decision

Part 2 Residents of the Hi-Hill subdivision, in the southeastern quad of Orion Township, were dismayed at the township’s recent fast-track approval of Eagle Valley expansion. They wonder why the township turned their backs against and rescinded a 1991 consent agreement the township fought for, that kept the land fill from expanding. They are upset, […]

Where there’s a will there’s a way (scam)

Interesting — on June 5, 2002 we started getting scam emails… I wrote about it then (which you’ll read) and guess what — we get more now. Ain’t life grand? Call me kooky, but I am either just really cynical or I’m stupid and have blown countless opportunities to make millions. Since I don’t believe […]


It is still over a year away, but folks over at Inidanwood Golf & Country Club are busy getting ready for the 2012 US Senior Golf Open ? slated to take place at the Orion course the week of July 9 thru 15. ‘We are in the thick of it,? said Keith Aldridge, Championship Director […]

Paint Creek parents worry about 5th grade

Their concerns are legitimate. Their concerns were shared. Their concerns were heard loud and clear Monday night at a Parent Teacher Organization meeting. But, what will be done about their concerns? What are their concerns? ‘Our concern,? Michelle Kolp, president of the Paint Creek Elementary PTO told schools Superintendent Marion Ginopolis, ‘Is that this is […]

Bicyclists and frogs, get out the way!

So, I finally started reading the book, A Walk In The Woods, by Bill Bryson. Folks have been after me to read it for years . . . well, since 1998 when it was first published. The book is about Bryson’s (a travel writer) trek along the 2,000-some-odd miles of the Appalachian Trail. I like […]

Fireworks this weekend!

The summer of fun continues here in Lake Orion with the annual fireworks show on the lake, this Saturday (July 2). And, according the latest weather forecast from the National Weather Service station in White Lake, there is a ‘chance of thunderstorms? Saturday night, with a low around 64. That afternoon, the weather geeks call […]

2011-2012 schools budget approved

It is official: the 2011-2012 Lake Orion Community Schools budget was approved. The big last act of the ‘old? board of education, consisting of president Mary Jo Burchart, vice president Janet Wolverton, treasurer Jim Weidman, secretary Tiffany Weber-Phillips and trustees Steve Drakos, Bob Gritinger and Kelly Weaver was a unanimous vote to accept a budget […]