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A lot happened while I was on vacation and now that I'm back in a column-writing mood, I thought I'd do a wee bit of opining. First of all, bravo to the Oxford Township Board for unanimously refusing to support Oakland County Parks' desire to turn 860 acres of the Koenig Sand & Gravel site into a park centered around off-road vehicle (ORV) use....more >>
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In search of: Lake Orion lore & more!

Historic boat tour are the hot to do thing this summer

Captain's Log, stardate 2013.06.26: Our destination, the farthest reaches of Lake Orion. Pretty cool thing happened on my tour tonight...we were going around Park Island and all of a sudden the boat moved really weird....more >>

Letter to Editor: Trail user wants 'missing link' filled

Bicycling and walking around Oxford has never been easier and more convenient than it is since the trails have been added. I can bicycle all around town now. It is good, healthy exercise and saves wear and tear on the car....more >>

Letter to Editor: Podzikowski vs. Jacobsen bong!

Another case of a politician taking credit where credit is not due. Brad Jacobsen's column in the Aug. 14 edition heaped praises on himself and his Republican brotherhood for passing a law which gives our totally disabled veterans property tax immunity on their main residence....more >>

Letter to Editor: Thanks for considering ORV park

For the past few months, Oakland County Parks and Recreation staff had been meeting with local officials and residents to introduce an opportunity the parks system had to collaborate with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources....more >>

It's All About the Kids: a column by Dr. Janet McPeek

Parents must protect family time

There are so many things vying for our attention these days. Smartphones. Television. Video games. Social media. E-mails. And it is not just kids who are being distracted. Parents often find themselves preoccupied with their electronic devices too....more >>


Goodrich's Wheelock-Watkins drain

I have been reading for a long time about Goodrich's Wheelock-Watkins Drain and its flooding. This was an agricultural drain built 115 years ago and was not intended to handle what it is right now....more >>

Spiritual Matters

The pursuit of happiness?

We live in a time when many of the cultural values are up for discussion and debate. Many people want to redefine the values of our society to fit the times, and often the values of the past only seem like a hindrance to modern thoughts of fairness and values....more >>
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1895: Caroline Gordon, writer (The Strange Children).
1906: Janet Gaynor, film actress.
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in history
1941: German troops renew their offensive against Moscow. As their escorts turned away, the ships of the doomed Allied convoy PQ-17 followed orders and began to disperse in the Arctic waters.
1965: Patricia Harris takes post as U.S. Ambassador to Belgium, becoming the first African American U.S. ambassador.
1966: Hanoi insists the United States must end its bombings before peace talks can begin. Republic Aircraft's F-105 Thunderchief, better known as the 'Thud,' was the Air Force's warhorse in Vietnam.
1969: Special Forces Captain John McCarthy is released from Fort Leavenworth Penitentiary, pending consideration of his appeal to murder charges.
1973: Israel is taken by surprise when Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Jordan attack on the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur, beginning the Yom Kippur War. Only selfless acts of bravery by the 188th Barak Brigade prevented the Syrians from capturing the heights and threatening the entire north of Israel.