RCOC Prepared for Winter: Hires Part-Time Staff

The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) announced it is reviewing winter plowing and salting procedures with its truck drivers, preparing its trucks for winter and getting snow plows ready – all in anticipation of the inevitable arrival of winter weather. This year, for the third year in a row, RCOC is hiring part-time, temporary snowplow/salt-truck drivers to augment its shrinking full-time staff. The agency plans to hire 40 temporary drivers. “Our full-time staff numbers have … [Read more...]

Public’s Assistance Requested in Oakland Township Armed Robbery

Sketch of Armed Robbery Suspect

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance from the public in identifying the person that committed an Armed Robbery the Subway Sub Shop located at 4890 North Adams Rd. in Oakland Township. At approximately 6:30 p.m. on October 12, 2014 an un-identified white male entered the Subway Sub Shop. The employee at the time was alone in the back washing dishes, when she came to the front counter the suspect pointed a black handgun at her and demanded she give him all the … [Read more...]

Oakland Township Manager Resigns after Vote to Terminate

Oakland Township Logo

Ann Capela Resigns after Vote to Terminate in September 29 Meeting Ann Capela resigned just minutes after the Oakland Township Board of Trustees votes to terminate her contract at a special meeting Monday evening. The 5-2 vote comes nine months after hiring Capela. Township Supervisor Terry Gonser and Trustee Maureen Thalman voted agaist the motion to terminate. Gonser told Rochester Media that the majority of the board “lost confidence” in Capela. Gonser said the board rescinded the … [Read more...]

Major Purchasing Agents can find their perfect match at INNO-VENTION 2014

Medical Main Street’s INNO-VENTION 2014 conference is taking registration from companies interested in face-to-face meetings with purchasing agents from major health care providers in Michigan. The meetings will take place Oct. 22 during INNO-VENTION 2014, Medical Main Street’s annual conference which is set for Oct. 21- 22 at The Suburban Collection Showcase in Novi. “This is a singular opportunity for companies to gain instant access to some of the top health care providers in the … [Read more...]

Motor City Brew Tours raises over $3,000 for Friends of the Paint Creek Trail

Pictured from left to right: Jim VanDoorn, President of Friends of the Paint Creek Trail, and Steve Johnson, President of Motor City Bike & Brew Tours. Photo credit: Kristen Myers

On April 26, the Motor City Brew Tours held their “Cruisin’ for the Trails” event on the Paint Creek Trail and raised $3,150 for trail improvements. Participants rode from Clubhouse BFD in Rochester Hills to the Paint Creek Cider Mill in Oakland Township, where they were greeted with a free can of New Belgium Beer. As part of the event festivities, New Belgium Brewing donated a Fat Tire Bicycle for a raffle that raised $1,150. Steve Johnson, President of Motor City Bike & Brew … [Read more...]

Orion Road to Close for Two Months

Heavy Equipment Ready to Replace the Orion Road Bridge starting June 23 - photo by Michael Dwyer

Orion Road Bridge to Close Orion Road will be closed just north of Snell Road to replace the bridge over Paint Creek in the heart of Oakland Township. Starting June 23, the closure will last to approximately August 15 with the complete project wrapping up by September 12. More than 7,000 vehicles cross the bridge every day. The official detour route during the closure will be Rochester Road to Stoney Creek Road and to Orion Road going north and the reverse to head south. However, local … [Read more...]

28 Acres Burned in Oakland Township

Plantwise, LLC Conduct the Burn at Charles Illsley Park in Oakland Township

Smoking Monday in Oakland Township Oakland Township has conducted two prescribed burns so far this spring. Residents may have spotted smoke in the area on Monday due to the prairie restoration plan that called for 28-acres to be burned. Seventeen acres were burned in the old agricultural fields in Charles Illsley Park and eleven acres were burned at the Bear Creek Nature Park. Plantwise, LLC out of Ann Arbor completed the burns. Plantwise has conducted more than 500 burns since 1998 across … [Read more...]

Yates, Paint Creek and Rochester Cider Mills

Yate's Cider Mill Spring Pressing 2014

Yates, Paint Creek and Rochester Cider Mills What’s the latest with Rochester Area cider mills? A spring pressing, a two-year extension, and year-round operations sum up the spring news at three local cider mills. Spring Apple Cider at Yates Yate’s Cider Mill offered fresh apple cider, pressed on site, for a special month-long treat to kick off the spring. Their last pressing was on Mother’s Day and cider connoisseurs will have to wait a few more months for fresh cider again. … [Read more...]

Rochester Cider Mill Still Waiting

Oakland Towhship Board of Trustees listen to public comment regarding the Rochester Cider Mill

Two More Weeks The Barkham Family, owners of the Rochester Cider Mill, and their attorney, Eric Lipson, have been attending Oakland Township Board of Trustee meetings since January. Their hope is to convince the board to agree to amend a 1987 court ordered consent agreement on the operation of the property. The cider mill is residential property and falls into a void of neither being a commercially zoned business nor a working farm. The 1987 agreement limits the owners’ use of the … [Read more...]

Rochester Cider Mill seeks support from Oakland Twp. residents

Rochester Cider Mill

The Barkham family and Rochester Cider Mill have been a fixture in the Rochester community for over 30 years. Now, they're looking for the community to return the favor and support them at an Oakland Township Board of Trustees meeting, Tuesday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. This meeting will be to discuss an amendment to the Consent Judgement entered into between Oakland Township and Rochester Cider Mill in March of 1987. Under the current Consent Judgement, Rochester Cider Mill is limited in their … [Read more...]