On Deck Saturday, May 18 — Last of the season!

On Deck Saturday, May 18 — Last of the season!

Dream creative, dream custom!  Dillman & Upton hosts On Deck Saturday, May 18 from 10 am to 2 pm in Downtown Rochester.  Meet several pro builders and see all the latest deck materials. One of this year’s most exciting product is the multi-width decking from the TimberTech/Azek Vintage Collection. (Picture attached)  It gives you the option to […]

A sit down with Clarkston-area resident L. Brooks

A sit down with Clarkston-area resident L. Brooks

By Don Rush It was a gray, damp and wet afternoon. A day while not perfect, but familiar, for the Detroit Tigers home opener of the 2019 season. I’d been listening to the game on the radio before heading out of downtown Clarkston to Waterford, specifically to the Executive Building of Oakland County, a little […]

Why I give a damn — newspapers

Why I give a damn — newspapers

You would be amazed — or maybe not — on the amount of times I hear this comment, or one just like it: “You still work at a newspaper?” That comment is usually spoken in a solemn, apologetic manner, like the speaker wanted to console me on the loss of something near and dear to […]

License panhandlers & more #16toVote

License panhandlers & more #16toVote

As the cold weather gives way to warm, gentle breezes of spring, and if you’re planning on leaving the ruralness of our communities for a metropolitan area, chances are you’ll be hit up for a few bucks. People in tattered clothing, sad faces and dirty hands will ask you to “help” them. Rightly or wrongly, […]

No foolin’ it’s already the 1st week in April

No foolin’ it’s already the 1st week in April

As the last two days of March, 2019 faded away into the annals of history, many of us in these parts were none to happy with the weather. This weekend’s downturn in temperature with the added bonus of about an inch of snow kinda’ dampened our spirits. I’m here to testify, I am like you. […]

And then they wanted 16 year olds to vote.

And then they wanted 16 year olds to vote.

Let’s see, where do I start? (To answer my own question, I reckon the beginning is always a good place.) Well, when I was a lad of oh 15 or 16 I always had these grandiose, Pollyanna ideas. Thought I then, the young pimpled-faced, shaggy-haired Don: I could run for President of These Here United […]

When the boys grow to young men

When the boys grow to young men

Interesting (at least to me) . . . saw both of my sons this past weekend. I picked up Shamus, 21, at his apartment and drove him to see his brother, Sean, who turned 19 on St. Patrick’s Day. They are both as tall or taller than yours truly. Both have facial hair and deep, […]

Independence Township: March 19, 2019 Public Hearing Notice

CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF INDEPENDENCE BOARD OF TRUSTEES NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 6:00 PM TOWNSHIP HALL MEETING ROOM (248) 625-5111 2019 OF GRANT APPLICATION LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND (LWCF) Be advised that the Charter Township of Independence Board will hold a Public Hearing at 6:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 […]

Baby Boy Smith

“The Little” Smith, baby boy, arrived at peace in the arms of his loving parents, Joshua and Katelyn (Coates) Smith, March 8, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Health Systems – Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He is survived by his parents, Joshua and Katelyn, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; grandparents, Pat (Cathy) Smith, Chris Toy, Tom Toy of Eau […]