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...]

Oakland Township Remembered: Photographs by Ed Noble

Ed Noble Furrows COMPRESSED

Edward Noble worked as a photojournalist and a news, features and automotive writer for The Oakland Press for nearly 50 years. During that time, he won more than 100 awards for his work, including a United Press Writing Award, a National Football Hall of Fame Award for photography and many National Press Photographers awards. He also taught photojournalism at Oakland University. According to the Oakland Township Historical Society, “From the 1960s on, Oakland Press photojournalist Edward … [Read more...]

Welcome Coffee – Newcomers & Neighbors of Greater Rochester

Whether you are new to the area or have lived here your whole life, the Newcomers and Neighbors Club of Rochester has something to offer you! We are a social group of fun loving individuals that live in Rochester, Rochester Hills, Oakland, Troy and surrounding communities in Michigan. New friendships are formed through a variety of programs and activities. From Couples Pub Nights and Ladies Lunch groups to Book Clubs and Game groups, the Newcomers and Neighbors Club has something for … [Read more...]

Join the Rochester Area Republican Club for year-end meeting and Christmas fun

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The Rochester Area Republican Club  (RARC) will hold its monthly meeting and Christmas Party on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at WestWynd Grill, 4161 N. Adams Road, Oakland Township, MI. WestWynd is our location for RARC meetings and is located on the East side of Adams Road between Silver Bell and W. Gunn Roads. Meet and Greet begins at 6:30 p.m., with the Christmas gathering starting at 7:00 p.m. For the third year in a row, we will be collecting cash, checks and gift cards as a holiday … [Read more...]

The “Pinnacle” breaks ground with fanfare in Oakland Township

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Hold onto your hardhats, because the most extraordinary spectacle in home construction has just begun in Oakland Township. On November 6, 2013, the groundbreaking of “The Ultimate Homearama at Pinnacle” commenced with a ceremony as grand as the homes it boasts to build. Despite a steady rain, the acclaimed patriarchs in luxury construction were proudly ready to celebrate with silver shovels in hand. The inspiring event, complete with catering, a shuttle trolley, and a bevy of encouraging … [Read more...]