City of Rochester Ranked First in Michigan and 16th Nationally for Increasing Home Values


The City of Rochester was recently ranked first in Michigan and 16th in the nation by NerdWallet among the country’s cities with the fastest increasing home values. The designation was based on data from the real estate website, which identified the cities with the biggest increase in home values since 2009. Rochester ranked the highest of all three Michigan communities included in the national top 50 list. According to the publication, Rochester’s home values have increased an … [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 School Wins Grand Prize Winner 2015 National Future City Competition

Future City

For the second straight year, Michigan's Future City team from St. John Lutheran School in Rochester has won the National Future City Competition. Teams from 37 middle schools and organizations from across the country participated in the finals, which took place as part of Engineers Week, February 14-18, 2015. Since last fall, 40,000 middle school students from 1,350 schools have been engaged in the 2014-15 Future City Competition. The judging was held Monday and Tuesday in … [Read more...]

Mad Money March and a Chance to Win a $1,000 Shopping Spree in Downtown Rochester Returns!


Come April 1, there will be one lucky winner of a $1,000 Shopping Spree to downtown Rochester. How do shoppers enter to win? It’s simple, shop downtown Rochester this March! Customers may qualify for entry by spending at least $100 collectively at one or more of the 32 participating businesses any time throughout the month of March. To enter for the shopping spree, receipts must be validated at one of the following locations during regular business hours. According to the press release … [Read more...]

Honoring Women’s Service in World War II

Donnaleen Lanktree

The Rochester Garden Club is hosting Donnaleen Lanktree, past president of the American Rosie the Riveter Association at our March meeting. Ms. Lanktree will share personal stories from the young women who were part of an all-female workforce during World War II. She is the daughter of a Rosie and will share the forgotten or little-known stories about their service. The American Rosie the Riveter Association played a key role in saving a portion of the Willow Run B-24 Bomber plant, through … [Read more...]

Nadjarians Named Recipients of the Rochester “Good Neighbor Award”

Good Neighbor Award 02-2015

The City Beautiful Commission (CBC) recently announced the winner of the 4th Quarter Good Neighbor Award are Rochester residents Connie and Andre' Nadjarian. The Good Neighbor Award program was created by the CBC to allow residents of Rochester to nominate an adult or youth for their good neighbor work. The award recognizes the ongoing efforts of Rochester residents who are making exceptional contributions to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods. The program is designed to honor … [Read more...]

“Women of Faith” Explores Three Abrahamic Religions

Rochester College is partnering with the Niagara Foundation of Michigan and the Turkish American Society to host the second annual "Women of Faith" on Wednesday, February 18, at 6:30 p.m. The event will feature three female speakers: one Jewish, one Christian, and one Muslim. Each will speak for approximately 10 minutes about a woman from her scriptures. After the three speeches, a panel-style question and answer session will be conducted. The three speakers and their subjects … [Read more...]

Superheros Swoop in to ‘Save’ Rochester for Celebration 2015

RC Superhero

More than 60 Rochester College students will present Celebration 2015, a night of live, must-see performances featuring “super” music and hilarious skits. The theme for this year’s Celebration is “In the Style of Agents of SHIELD,” where local superheroes help keep the city safe from villains. Four RC social clubs will present their specialized performances with appearances by favorite super heroes from the past and the present. Student hosts for the evening are Ryan Woods, … [Read more...]

Rochester High School Alumnus, Class of 1955, Receives Diploma after Six Decades

A former Rochester High School student, Richard Armstrong, is scheduled to receive his diploma Monday, February 9, at 7:00 p.m., during the Board of Education meeting at the Rochester Community Schools Administration Building, 501 W. University Drive. “We are extremely honored to be celebrating this occasion with Mr. Armstrong,” said Rochester Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Shaner. “There is a definite pride and sense of accomplishment that comes with receiving a … [Read more...]