Dear Crabby, What are your Fourth of July traditions?

Dear Crabby, Every year we find ourselves doing something slightly different for the Fourth of July.  I just wondered if your family had any traditions that you consistently did for that holiday? Sincerely,  Betsy Ross Dear Ms. Ross, We do not have one consistent Fourth of July tradition per say. We do, however, always try to enjoy it as a family, if possible. We try to catch a good fireworks show whenever we can to commemorate the "Rockets' red glare, and the bombs bursting in … [Read more...]

Livernois Road to close July 9

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It's official. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC), the City of Rochester Hills and the City of Rochester announced that Livernois Road will close July 9 at the bridge over the Clinton River between Avon and Hamlin roads, when RCOC begins the replacement of the  bridge. Officials held a press conference at Rochester Hills’ Veterans Park on Wednesday to make the announcement. “A lot of road and bridge improvements are taking … [Read more...]

Fly the Flag for Freedom

Flag on pole

Americans love to fly the flag. For freedom, for liberty, for justice, for pride – the list goes on and on - it’s a symbol that we honor here in the United States. Now that summer is upon us and especially with Independence Day plans in full swing, you see more and more U.S. flags being displayed. The flag should be displayed everyday from sunrise to sunset. Hoist the flag in the morning briskly and lower the flag in the evening ceremoniously. However, you may fly the flag 24 hours a day if … [Read more...]

Evenings in the Garden at the Rochester Hills Museum

rainbow in the garden

The Rochester Hills Museum and the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association invite all ages to attend Evenings in the Garden this summer and enjoy the Museum’s Children’s Garden and to learn about gardening techniques. On Wednesday, July 11, from 7:00 to  9:00 p.m., enjoy the Grand Gala Grand opening of the new Sundial Garden with a short program and light refreshments. The Sun Dial Garden uses people to cast a shadow to tell what time it is. The garden is surrounding by plants … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum to host ‘Wet and Wild Wednesdays’ in July and August

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will be hosting ‘Wet and Wild Wednesdays’ again this summer. Enjoy a great escape from the summer with entertainment and water!  Each day includes entertainment in the gazebo from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. and slip and slide, fire truck sprays, and creek wading from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Special thanks to our sponsors Genisys Credit Union and The Village of Rochester Hills. Also, another special thanks to the Clinton River Watershed Council for their … [Read more...]

Five Lessons from Downtown Rochester’s Construction

Meghan's young son takes in the construction from inside the Rochester Bike Shop

By Meghan Zeile As a teacher, I am always seeking 'teachable moments' for my son. I love using examples from our every day life to teach him a new concept or idea. It is so much easier to teach him patience and teamwork when he can witness it for himself or even participate. He can grasp the concept of 'enormous' when he can see an enormous machine digging our new road. My son is no  exception. Every child learns better when experiencing the lesson first hand. The road construction of … [Read more...]

“Dream Big” with Summer Reading at Rochester Hill Public Library

Good news! It’s not too late to indulge yourself and your family this summer with good books, programs, prizes, activities, and fun. Join the Summer Reading Program, Dream Big, at Rochester Hills Public Library. Registration is open to all residents of Rochester, Rochester Hills, and Oakland Township and may be done online at www.rhpl.org/summerreading.  The last day for rewards is August 9.  Summer events at the library include the following: Youth Video Game Days Mondays, July 9 … [Read more...]

Gravel road speed limit still simmers

"If you don't think things have changed on Washington Road, come up and see me," said resident Carl Richardson.

Carl Richardson has lived on gravel Washington Road in Rochester for 36 years. Despite the fact that the speed limit is now 55, he says people are still speeding. Two weeks ago, he confronted a speeding driver, who turned out to be an off-duty deputy. “He said, ‘I’m sorry; I thought I was going the speed limit,’” Richardson said. The question of who should get to set speed limits on gravel roads brought residents, elected officials and traffic-safety experts together June 21 at … [Read more...]

Donate Non-Perishable Food at Movies in the Moonlight

The Rochester Downtown Development Authority has partnered with the Rochester Community Kitchen to collect non-Perishable food donations during the spectacular Movies in the Moonlight! You can drop off your donations during each of the Movies in the Moonlight dates at the donation box located near the Third Street entrance. Donations are also being accepted through September at Rochester’s Farmer’s Market, located at East Third and Water Street, every Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 … [Read more...]

“Dear Soldier” community service project returns to the Festival of the Hills

For the third year in a row, the Rochester Area Junior Chamber, also known as the Jaycees, will be holding their "Dear Soldier" community service project at the City of Rochester Hills Festival of the Hills fireworks show on Wednesday, June 27th at Borden Park. The Junior Chamber will host a tent at this annual family event where community members can stop by and address a patriotic thank you note to our troops who are fighting overseas. The Junior Chamber will then mail these thank you cards to … [Read more...]