I want to take this time to personally thank reader Karen Sabourin for ruining my entire day. Before reading her e-mail, I was happy as a clam knee deep in muck; happy as a duck in water; happy as a pig in — well, you get the picture. Then I read her e-mail. As I […]

Slippery when wet

Contrary to what some may believe, when it rains, the road gets wet. And, when the road gets wet, it is slippery. Ta Da! Pretty simple stuff, aye? That said, reader Diane Estes is peeved at the lack of knowledge, or the ignoring of said fact by area drivers. ‘I’ve been hit twice, rear-ended. I […]

What the Yeti’s going on?

While partaking in one of life’s little pleasures (scraping 100-square-feet of 50-year-old Linoleum off a hard wood floor with a one-inch putty knife) I had time to reflect. I had time to talk to myself. I had time to let my mind wander. I had plenty of time, because it takes a number of scrapes […]

Water on my mind . . .

At ye old homestead in Goodrich, the well water ain’t that great. Lots of iron and lots of arsenic. That being the case, we tend not to drink the stuff. We buy bottled water. This past week, after we came home from a little time off on the shores of Lake Huron, I happened to […]

Coaching in the shadow of Lombardi

In about two weeks, local fans of the National Football League will get to see hometown boy-gone-pro Jim Bates, again walking the sidelines. Bates, who graduated from Oxford High School in 1964, is defensive coordinator for one of the NFL’s most storied franchises ? the Green Bay Packers. ‘Jim was in town about two weeks […]

Time for public school officials to get naked

More interesting news that all involved with public schools should read. On Sunday, the Traverse City Record Eagle newspaper reported ‘eyebrows are being raised? in Leland, Michigan. Seems there are gardens on the grounds of the Leland Public Schools — which is not what all the hubbub is about. Read on. Like most school districts […]

Reporting on Suicide

My dad was never one to shirk from responsibility. The owners of this newspaper are not prone to shirking responsibility. So with all this stand-upidness around me, I’ll say this: We made a mistake. It is my fault, I should have caught and changed an article which ran in The Oxford Leader and Lake Orion […]

The Blog thing takes off, read more

A few weeks ago I started a pseudo blog thing. A place where I can leave thoughts (some not good for a family newspaper) and folks can leave their thoughts. Well, here are some of those comments from people. If you’d like to leave your two cents worth go to www.oxfordleader.com and to the left, […]

Local man gets lucky in WinFall drawing

Troy Wolfe of Oxford was one of 28 lucky people to match five of six numbers in theWinFall drawing on May 14. Wolfe’s portion of the prize was $22,817. If the jackpot reaches $5 million and no one matches all six numbers to win the jackpot, the $5 million in the jackpot then rolls down […]

Flashlight Alice keeping active at 90

We were happy to get word that Alice Nicholson, aka ‘Flashlight Alice? is alive and well. For anybody who grew up in the area from the late 1940s through the late 1990s, Alice was the gal who kept everybody in line during the movies. Her daughters, Barb Raymond of Leonard and Darlene Rider of Oxford […]