Monday, May 28, 2012
The weather was picture-perfect for Memorial Day festivities. Share your photos with Royal Oak Patch.
Community leaders, residents, and a group of sailors were up bright and early to kick off a full morning of Memorial Day activities in Royal Oak, beginning with a pancake breakfast served by the Royal Oak Historical Society at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. "We're testing a new secret recipe for the pancakes," said organizer Jay Dunstan, who expected to serve 4,000 pancakes between 7 a.m. and noon. Those stopping by for the all-you-can-eat hotcakes included Mayor Jim Ellison, Police Chief Corey O'Donohue, City Manager Don Johnson, City Clerk Melanie Halas, Sen. John Pappageorge, Rep. Jim Townsend, and 35 members of the U.S. Navy Band Great Lakes, who later marched in the parade and performed at the Royal Oak Memorial Society's Memorial Day …
Lifelong Royal Oak resident and historian is this year's Grand Marshal of Royal Oak's Memorial Day parade.
As dignitaries and public officials gave speeches Sunday at the unveiling of the WWII Legacy Memorial at Memorial Park in Royal Oak, a quiet unassuming gentleman briskly moved about the crowd taking photographs and documenting the event. John Wendland, 78, a lifelong resident of Royal Oak, is passionate about veterans, history and Royal Oak's war memorials, so he was in his element at Memorial Park snapping numerous photographs to put into a scrapbook. A veteran himself, serving in the 95th Combat Engineers in occupied Germany during 1954-55, Wendland is the historian of the Royal Oak Memorial Society and the Frank Wendland Post 253 American Legion, which is named for his uncle who was killed in World War I by enemy sniper on Oct. 4, 1918…
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Memorial Park has been selected as the location of a memorial dedicated to the more than 600,000 Michigan residents who served in World War II.
Approximately 300 people gathered at Memorial Park on Sunday for the unveiling of the Michigan World War II Legacy Memorial. The memorial is designed to be a place where future generations can learn about the more than 600,000 Michigan residents who served in the armed services in World War II. Sen. John Pappageorge, Royal Oak Mayor Jim Ellison, Rep. Jim Townsend and Master Sgt. Jeffrey Rector were among the speakers at the event attended by members of Michigan’s veterans organizations, school groups, friends and family. “The city of Royal Oak is so proud to be selected as the location of the World War II Legacy Memorial,” Mayor Jim Ellison said. Royal Oak’s proximity to Detroit and major freeways and its many events, including the …
Memorial Day marks the beginning of the barbeque and picnic season. Are you ready?
Grilling out this Memorial Day? You won't be alone. Shirley Schmidt, a registered dietitian with the Beaumont Weight Control Center has some healthful suggestions if you are planning to fire up the barbecue, including some of her favorite picnic recipes. Schmidt suggests these helpful websites for people looking for healthful recipes: Or try one of these recipes for your Memorial Day picnic: Combine first three ingredients in Ziploc bag. Marinate in refrigerator for one hour, turning occasionally. Remove salmon from bag and discard marinade. Combine remainder of ingredients and rub over fish and grill until desired doneness. Serve with lemon slice garnish. Makes four servings. Serving size equals 6-ounces of salmon. Nutrition Analysis…
Saturday, May 26, 2012
A record number of volunteers placed flags on veterans' graves Saturday morning.
An estimated 100 volunteers gathered at Oakview Cemetery in Royal Oak at 10 a.m. Saturday to place American flags on more than 2,500 veterans' graves. "It's the biggest group of volunteers we have ever had," said Carol Hennessey of the Royal Oak Memorial Society, which organized the event. Scouting groups, neighborhood organizations, school groups and military veterans worked in the drizzling rain to place a flag next to each veteran's grave.
Friday, May 25, 2012
AAA Michigan estimates that 1.1 million Michigan residents will travel this weekend.
Whether it's Up North, into the thumb, or just plain out of town, AAA Michigan estimates that 1.1 million Michigan residents will travel 50 miles or more on vacation during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. So as you prepare for your long weekend away, or in (going to Royal Oak's Memorial Day Parade perhaps?), check out these interesting facts, and tell us: Will you be traveling this Memorial Day weekend?
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Show off your favorite photos, from Up North to your own backyard. We'll award weekly prizes for the photos that say 'Michigan' in content, tone and spirit.
Editor's note: Week one of the contest is closed, but follow Patch each week week this summer for more installments! Michiganians have a love affair with their state. From Up North to their own backyards, our state has an allure that cannot be denied. So why not share your visions of Michigan in photos in our Your Patch of Michigan photo contest, and possibly win a prize for doing so? For the entire summer, we'll pick a winner every week based on voting by a panel of Michigan Patch editors. Each weekly winner will get a prize. For the week of May 24-June 3 (a little longer this first time because of Memorial Day weekend), the prize is a $50 gift certificate to Katherine Lynn Salon in Troy. After Labor Day, we'll pick a grand prize winner …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
If you are traveling for the long holiday weekend, here's the scoop on construction, weather and how to stay connected.
For some, it's the first real weekend of the summer. If you're going out of town for Memorial Day weekend, here's what you need to know before you leave. According to AAA, 34.8 million Americans are expected to travel at least 50 miles from home this Memorial Day weekend, a 1.2 percent jump from the 2011 holiday period. Hitting the highways this weekend? Construction is planned for nearly every major highway in Michigan. For detailed information, visit the Mi Drive interactive construction map. To check out Royal Oak traffic happening live, as well as updated gas prices around town, visit Patch's Commute section. No matter where you are this Memorial Day weekend (with a few exceptions, northern Michigan included), it's going to be warm …