Museum celebrates Earth

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  Why are humans and other living things able to survive on Earth and not on the moon? Join the Rochester Hills Museum on Saturday, April 14 as they explore how our earth helps people and other living things survive and thrive. Celebrating the Earth will be at the museum dairy barn from 1-2 p.m. and include outdoor activities, a story and craft. Ages 5 and up are welcome. The program is free for museum members; nonmember admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children (5 and older) and … [Read more...]

Museum opens World War II exhibit

Steve Mrozek and Danielle Ager install memorabilia for a World War II exhibit at the Rochester Hills Museum.

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm and the Detroit Arsenal of Democracy are hosting an exhibit now through May 12 of World War II memorabilia, featuring airborne units. The exhibit will culminate in activities on Friday, May 11 from 3-7 p.m. and Saturday, May 12 from 9-4 p.m. The Saturday event will feature vehicles, lectures, battles, weapon demonstrations and a symposium featuring World War II soldiers involved in various airborne units. A complete schedule of events will be … [Read more...]

Rochester in tip-top shape, mayor says

Rochester Mayor Stuart Bikson

Though some may see the upcoming reconstruction of Main Street through downtown Rochester as a headache, Rochester Mayor Stuart Bikson said the project will prove to be one more indicator that the city is operating in top form. “Confidence in our city is extremely high, even when our road construction is coming up,” he said March 29 during the sixth annual State of the City Address. “Rochester is making a huge investment in this project and we are completely committed to it.” He said … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Public Library Almost Struck by Lightening

About one o’clock this afternoon a tree next to our parking lot, but on library property was struck by lightning. To say the least it scared everyone in the building at the noise was loud and the building seemed to shake. The bookmobiles and cars in the parking lot are undamaged. No one was hurt. After troubleshooting the phone outage issue our IT Manager has discovered that the lightning strike we had this afternoon completely burned out our external phone lines. He is in communication … [Read more...]

Barnett announces trifecta of grants

    In a Thursday press conference, Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan. Barnett announced that the city has been awarded nearly $250,000 in grant funding to implement three separate projects this year. The Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority (MMRMA) has awarded $13,000 for the reconstruction of the Grant Pump Station. The money will be used to purchase a backup generator. “Even though the project has been approved through the capital improvement plan and funding was already … [Read more...]

Hills budget book awarded

  For the 16th year in a row, the City of Rochester Hills is the recipient of the Governmental Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the 2012 budget book. The Distinguished Budget Award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting. It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principals of governmental budgeting. “This award demonstrates the city’s commitment to go beyond the minimum … [Read more...]

Looking for the best music teacher in Rochester Hills

Here are two of the best options in Rochester Hills, Michigan for music teachers. Corrin Barnett has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Rochester College and has been teaching voice and piano lessons for over 20 years. Recitals at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester. Call or email today for a free consultation. 248-853-6160 or info@corrinbarnett.com       www.corrinbarnett.com Lozier Music was founded in 2003. After rapid growth in 2007, founder Carrie Lozier started plans to expand … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Do You Decide Whether to Help Others?

Dear Crabby, I always want to jump in and help others, but it doesn't always seem to work out. How do you decide whether or not it is worth helping others out? Sincerely, Sally Samaritan Dear Mrs. Samaritan, I learned a long time ago that you should really qualify the situation before you get involved. My father taught me when I was very young to make sure someone is asking for your help before you try to help them out. There is no better example of this then when I tried to help a local … [Read more...]

Finding Friends to Enjoy the Joys of Summer

SOLAR Group photo - Highline Trail in Glacier National Park - photo by Ken Lemieux

Hiking through thick woods and setting up camp in the twilight is all worth it when the stars come out and dot the night sky. Kicking a soccer ball past the fingertips of the goalie makes your racing heart beat even faster. Zipping across a peaceful Michigan lake in a kayak for the first time calms the soul. All you need now is a group of like-minded individuals to share the adventure with. Both traditional organizations and Internet groups provide that opportunity. Metro Detroit Athletes … [Read more...]

First-Grade Philosophy

I had the absolute joy of speaking to 24 first graders this week about the writing process. Our talk centered around the fine art of revision, and how important it is to the quality of our work. The early learners were eager to point out mistakes, chime in details to add, and cut out ones that didn't sound right. This innocent visit to the world of six-year olds encouraged me to reflect on how in life we also need to take the time to revise ourselves, too. When writing, the first thing the … [Read more...]