Digging up the Past with Privy Historian Tony Panepucci

Privy historian Tony Panepucci will share treasures found during outhouse excavations on Thursday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Public Library. Panepucci’s outhouse digging is his passion and he brings dozens of bottles of various colors of glass, ceramic jugs, and pieces of pottery, plain and fancy to share with the audience. He discusses how old the items are and how rare some of the bottles have become over time. Wallets, jewelry, guns and lots of old bottles are among … [Read more...]

The Brooksie Way Minigrant Program Seeking Applications for Winter Funding Cycle

The Brooksie Way is seeking applications from local communities and non-profits interested in funding assistance for programming that supports healthy and active lifestyles for Oakland County residents. The Brooksie Way Minigrant program uses proceeds from the HealthPlus Brooksie Way Half Marathon to support various programs that support healthy and active lifestyles. The minigrant program has allocated more than $135,000 since it began in 2010. The maximum award is $2,000. “We have … [Read more...]

Do a Good Deed in Your Community!


Join Rochester on Sunday, March 15 as the city participates in Good Deeds Day. Good Deeds Day is an international event with over 500,000 participants in 50-plus countries paying it forward through good deeds both large and small on this day. For Rochester’s Good Deed, we are collecting new toys and books for The Birthday Room at the Clothes Closet, a program of the Rochester Area Neighborhood House. Every book and toy donated will go to a child who might otherwise not receive a birthday … [Read more...]

Rochester Athletic Boosters Hosts 2nd Annual Gala

“It’s always a great day to be a Falcon” at Rochester High School. This year, the Falcons are celebrating their Falcon pride with a festive event to support future success on the Falcon fields. The accomplishments of the Falcons this year are many and include the 2014 Boys Tennis OAA Championship and State Qualifiers. Senior Nick Ang was named to the Boys’ Tennis All-State team; Competitive Cheer recently won the District Championship; and seven student-athletes signed letters of … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm Opens for 2015 Drop-In Tours

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The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is open for drop-in tours starting Saturday, March 6. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Museum encompasses 16 acres of historic buildings, gardens, houses, barns, children’s garden, historic landscape, and a schoolhouse. The Lemuel Taylor family settled the area in 1823. After Lemuel’s daughter, Sarah, married Joshua Van Hoosen the farm named changed. Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen, a renowned surgeon, grew up here and … [Read more...]

Avon Players Offers Scorching Drama in ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’


Beloved play seductively evokes life and lies in the Deep South Secrets will be revealed and tensions will explode as members of one Southern family scramble to secure their slice of the inheritance pie from a dying patriarch in Avon Players’ production of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, running March 13-28. Illness, alcoholism, deception, and family squabbles poison the mood as a family gathers to celebrate the 65th birthday of cotton tycoon Big … [Read more...]

Road Commission Officials Available to Give Presentations on May 5 Road-Funding Ballot Initiative

Officials with the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) are available to give educational presentations about the upcoming May 5 ballot initiative that would provide additional funding for Michigan’s roads and increase the state’s sales tax – Proposition 1. Prop. 1, placed on the ballot by the state Legislature, would provide a long-term solution to Michigan’s road-funding crisis while also eliminating the sales tax on fuel in the state. At the same time, the initiative would … [Read more...]

Nino Salvaggio’s International Weekend Celebrates Foods and Cultures From Around the Globe

Pete Loren, Director of Culinary Development with Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace and Sunny Fassbender, Produce Prep Manager at the Troy location, prepare for the 2014 International Weekend.

Patrons can sample foods and experience cultural demos from approximately 20 countries and regions Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace, the premier specialty market in metro Detroit, is celebrating the mixing pot of global cultures across the region with its Second Annual International Weekend. The free event will be held Friday, February 27 – Sunday, March 1 at all of its locations: 17496 Hall Road, Clinton Township and 6835 Rochester Road, Troy and 27900 Harper, St. Clair Shores.  … [Read more...]

Registration Opening Next Week for Free Skywarn Classes

Oakland County residents may now register for free Skywarn severe weather spotter training, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced today. Classes will be held throughout March and April at various locations in Oakland County. To register, go to OakGov.com/HomelandSecurity and click on the Skywarn logo or call 248-858-5300. “Only one instrument can detect a tornado or funnel cloud with complete certainty - the human eye,” Patterson said. “Weather spotters enable us to identify … [Read more...]

The Swing Era, A Big Band Countdown

Learn all about America’s Swing Era and the Big Bands during that time on Tuesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Public Library. Between 1935 and 1945, America emerged from the Great Depression and suffered through World War II. The Big Bands played a major role with hundreds of bands playing all over the country. Stuart Johnson’s presentation will count down to number one, the best Big Bands that were the most influential or the most important or the most … [Read more...]