Fa-la-la-la-la and peace be with you

It is official. The holiday season is upon us. All aboard, Holiday Train 2005 is chugging? down the line! Get on or get out of the way, cuz it won’t stop until the last drunk falls into a tipsy slumber on January 1, 2006 — at the time of writing, a cozy 56 days away. […]

I’m still seeing green spots

While Don basks in the glory as “Best Local Columnist,” here’s a best of (?) Don’t Rush Me from the archives. If you, like we, think Rush’s head is getting toooooo big, please write us! * * * As I write, I can see green spots. Let me stop you right there . . . […]

Former Gov. Milliken on board to help local family free Larry Drum

Second in series Efforts to free former Lake Orion resident Larry K. Drum are picking up speed. Former Michigan governor, William Milliken has written a letter to current Governor Jennifer Granholm. ‘I felt his (Drum’s) was a worthy cause,? Milliken said in a telephone interview last Friday. ‘He’s served long enough and his family has […]

Burlap and Beads are her dreams

Her dream is simple enough: ‘I want to be an artist and save the world.? Pam Belding, Brandon Township resident (via California, Brazil and Mexico) is a spitfire redhead with a zest for life and lots of energy. She’s taken her talent and her high energy and started a home-based business, Burlap and Beads. Folks […]

Ya gotta? hand it to the man . . .

Let me preface this bit of columnistic excellence with: I get lots of e-mail. I like it. E-mail is fun, it is convenient and it helps my fast-becoming-smooth bit of gray matter come up with ideas to flesh out. I get jokes. I get lists. I get greetings and salutations from family and friends near […]

Wild Night brings out the best in them

While they weren’t exactly howling at the full moon, they did have a wild night. Members and friends of the North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy gathered at Indian Springs Metropark’s Discovery Center last Friday for the 5th Annual Wild Night Out Benefit Auction. ‘We had over 130 guests,? NOHLC executive director Katie Anderson said. ‘Proceeds […]

Historic Fort Wayne’s losing battle

This past weekend we packed up a backpack with turkey sandwiches and oatmeal cream snacks, loaded up the lads Shamus and Sean and took a trip to Detroit. Our destination: right where Livernois Avenue almost dumps into the Detroit River — as the crow flies, about a mile from the sunny shores of Canada. It’s […]

‘Let my son come home?

(Part of a Series) By Don Rush Assistant Publisher It may sound strange, but for one man the trip to Lake Orion, Michigan, from Lake Orion, has been a long one. The road Larry K Drum has taken has been hard, winding and uphill. Drum, an Eagle Scout, graduate of Lake Orion High School, member […]

A lot of nothing going on . . .

I guess you can imagine how warm and fuzzy I felt after reading this headline: FBI admits to wiretapping wrong numbers Patriot Act critics irked by mistakes made during terrorism investigations Yep, I felt confident that something is not as it should be. Them thar heart cockles were sure heated up after I read that […]

Peanut butter and hot sauce

Now, as we have turned the page from a hot, dry summer to a soggy and cool fall, fathers across the area are finding time to be with their sons. These bonding experiences, though varied, are annual rites of passage and usually take place in the great out-of-doors. I, red-blooded American dad, am no different […]

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