Jeweler Retires After 30 Wonderful Years in Walled Lake

By: Curtis Drogmiller
October 10, 2014

      Thirty years ago in Walled Lake Michigan one of Oakland County’s most trusted Jewelers Dale Uranis opened his doors for business: Dale’s Custom Jewelry and repair.  With wife Carol by his side, in 1984 Dale found the perfect building for his storefront located at 933 N. Pontiac trail.  Dale has been making jewelry for over 50 years now, and has developed a great reputation as one of the area’s most honest, trusted jewelers mastering incredible workmanship, a true craftsman.
     Dale is a full jeweler with over 50 years experience in cutting stones, silver smiting, shadow box , works with waxes, makes custom castings, replaces approximately 1000’s watch batteries yearly, finishing and diamond setting working with precious metals silver and gold. Dales branding signature symbol for his creations is a U with a D in the center. Dale has a love to carve and design animals in his jewelry making artwork. Prior to opening Dale’s Custom Jewelry, Dale developed a reputation working out of his home and making several appointments at area restaurants taking orders for custom jewelry.  Dale said,” the key to his success is simply being honest and educating his customers.”” I provide service with a smile, my customers all become return customers, we are a small business with no high pressure sales, many of our customers come in and stop by for a laugh or two or come by to simply talk and become friends, we have the greatest customers.”
     The store is unique with a character all of its own, the walls covered in antique pictures and a wall of many police items, mugs, caps and patches Dale has collected over the years. Dale is known for his great big heart, generosity and his charity work, he supports and raises funds yearly for FOP128 Cops and Kids, Homes for the troops, Wolverine Packing Party and Special Olympics. When not making Jewelry, Dale is the Associate Liaison for the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 128. Dale plans on spending his retirement years doing whatever I want to do he said. He plans on spending time fishing and hunting and wants to get their dog Goldie certified for therapy for working in hospitals, schools and nursing homes.
     On October 31, 2014 Dales Custom Jewelry will open its doors one last time before retirement. Dale will be retiring as well as his wife Carol of 51 years. Between now and October 31st. Dale’s will have a in store rummage sale selling Jewelry, showcases, desks, file cabinets, bookcases, chairs, glassware , Antiques, large police collection and more. Dale’s recommend Suburban Exchange for your future battery replacement needs and for watch repair he endorses Northville clock and watch.  Dale’s Custom Jewelry is located: 933 N. Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake 248-669-4320 Store Hours: Tues-Fri noon to 5 P.M. Sat. 10 am- 2pm.

Photo credits: Curtis Drogmiller


Above: Dale was selling raffle tickets again like he does every year at Walled Lake Market Days. Photos: Curtis Drogmiller.


Novi Experiences a 50’s-60’s Music Spectacular

The Motown Experience

By: Curtis Drogmiller

 Novi was Rocking “N” Rolling to the sweet sounds of Motown Music from the 50’s and 60’s on Thursday October 9, 2014 at the Novi Middle School Auditorium.   The 50’s-60’s Music Spectacular was presented by the Fraternal Order of Police Southwestern Oakland County Lodge #128. The Motor Town All-Stars performed an electrifying concert for a packed auditorium performing all of Motown’s greatest hits- the music of The Temptations, The Miracles, The Four Tops, The Jackson Five, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Martha and the Vandellas and The Capitals.

The Motor Town All-Stars features former members of The Miracles, The Capitals and The Temptations: David Findley, Doug Gaddy, George Wilson and Charles Franklin. The band didn’t miss a beat and the vocals were truly spectacular giving fans an unforgettable evening of music. The near two hour performance started at 7:00 p.m. and concluded with members signing autographs and posing for pictures with fans. The musical group will be performing in the future with Martha Reeves.

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“Plaque for 34 years of service presented to officers wife and son”

October 2, 2014

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #128 Southwestern Oakland County President John Kirkpatrick presented a placque(plaque) of recognition to Angie Williams Gorman and son Thomas Gorman Jr. in honor of Thomas Gorman Sr. for his 34 years of service as a public safety officer at Detroit Mercy Hospital. The presentation of the plaque was on October 1, 2014 during the FOP128 general membership meeting.

PHOTO CREDIT:  Curtis Drogmiller

Livonia resident receives $500 scholarship from FOP

Livonia resident McKenzie Cronin, a recent graduate of Ladywood High School in Livonia, was one of two students to each receive a $500 scholarship from Fraternal Order of Police Southwestern Oakland County No. 128.

FOP 128 President John Kirkpatrick said, “We do our best to give back to the youth in our community; we know the importance of education. We must invest in the future of our children everywhere.”

Vice President John Shier said,” Our FOP members know the youth of today are tomorrow’s future. This is why we are pleased to offer an annual scholarship of $500 to assist with the costs of education.”

The FOP 128 holds an annual charity basketball game, golf tournament and car show, being held Aug. 9 this year, participates in Cops and Kids during the holidays and sponsors the annual scholarship program as a way of giving back to the community.

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