LC Scramlin is the third-generation to work the land on his family farm in Holly, Michigan, where he currently raises sheep, lamb and grows hay for feed. His brother, Marvin Scramlin, is a stone's throw away in Groveland Township, living and working on the family's centennial farm, established in 1910.
“My grandparents bought the farm in 1910. I'm the third generation farming it,” Marvin said. “Originally, it was 80 acres. They were all 80-acre parcels, because it was easy
Over two months into a stunning economic recession wrought by an invisible enemy, the COVID-19 virus, local municipalities are grappling with new and unexpected costs of keeping their residents and employees safe while experiencing drastically reduced revenues.
At the beginning of March 2020, Michigan was enjoying an unemployment rate of 4.1 percent. By April 16, over 1.2 million Michigan residents had filed for unemployment – approximately 21 percent of the state's workfor
Downtown newsmagazine has been providing residents of Birmingham, Bloomfield Township and Bloomfield Hills a quality monthly publication for nearly a decade and, for the vast majority of local residents, the newsmagazine arrives in the mailbox for free.
When we first launched Downtown newsmagazine, we laid out as our mission the long-standing principles of holding accountable our elected and appointed government leaders while at the same time building, through quality jour
Rabbi Tamara Kolton can pinpoint the moment, down to the minute, when she felt it, this energy she couldn't put a name on until later.
It was July 21, 2012 at 10:30 p.m. when Kolton – then the rabbi at Birmingham Temple – was in the midst of a terrible board meeting.
She felt what she would later call Eve energy. Yes, the Eve with the garden and apple.
"I felt this push on my back and this energy I knew later to name, 'Eve energy' – which is get out of here, do it, dar
Mackenzie Martin, 17, a junior at Detroit Country Day School, always enjoyed sewing with her grandmothers. She and her younger sister Kate picked up the hobby at an early age and it was commonplace to come home after school and work on sewing projects like making doll's clothing or small accessories.
One chilly afternoon in November of 2016, while walking around downtown Royal Oak, the sisters spotted a homeless man. They went home and returned, bringing him a homemade lun
For Rebecca Abramson, broadcast journalism found her. After thinking she wanted to become an architect, the Fox-2 Detroit WJBK-TV producer discovered herself on a different path.
“I was really jealous of all my friends who knew exactly what they wanted to do,” she said. “I knew I liked to write, and to be creative. I just hoped I would end up where I was supposed to be, and fortunately, I did.”
Abramson received a communications degree from the University of Michigan, but
You'll have to pardon Mort Harris if his voice sounds extra hoarse. He recently celebrated a very big birthday.
Originally scheduled for a party at the Henry Ford Museum, plans were changed at the last minute due to coronavirus – which was how Harris found himself being driven down his street, where he was greeted by over 150 friends and neighbors wishing him a happy birthday from driveways.
“I had no idea...it was very spontaneous,” he said from his Bloomfie
The Coronavirus Pandemic
“This is a generation-defining moment. And like every such moment that has gone before, it is not only the crisis itself but also how we respond that matters most.”
Amy Gutmann, UPENN President On behalf of the historic Community House (TCH) and The Community House Foundation (TCHF), we hope we find you safe, well and sheltering in place. We miss seeing you. I miss seeing you. While our building and property is closed, The Community House and The C
In an effort to assist businesses and residents during the COVID-19 pandemic and to preserve and protect the public health while offering economic assistance, Birmingham City Commissioners unanimously approved numerous economic and operational assistance initiatives at their meeting on Monday, May 11.
“Recognizing the economic challenges stemming for a shutdown of the state for two months or longer will have crippling effects on our residents and business community, the ass
The road reconstruction project to rebuild W. Maple Road is off to a fast and productive start, city officials in Birmingham report, and West and East Maple in the downtown area is now closed to all traffic.
The road reconstruction project began in late April, and is anticipated to be completed in early September, weather dependent.
Pavement has been removed from the roadway, with underground utility work underway. DTE has begun removing all of the streetlights along Mapl