Ross Mortgage Celebrates Rochester Grand Opening

Tony Abate, Branch Manager, cuts the ribbon to officially open the Rochester Ross Mortgage location - photo by Michael Dwyer

Ross Mortgage Corporation, a regional, full-service residential mortgage lender headquartered in Troy, celebrated the grand opening of its new Rochester location with a ribbon cutting event on Thursday, June 23. Tim Ross, president of Ross Mortgage Corporation, made the announcement and stated of the 13 locations they have opened, "Rochester has had the warmest welcome," said Ross. The ribbon cutting event included the Mayor of Rochester Kathy Daldin, Oakland County officials, members from the … [Read more...]

Outdoor Fun and Fitness in the Rochester Area

August 2014 Bloomer Park Stairs Sonya Julie

The Great Outdoors  Summer is officially here so grab your gear and head outdoors for a great workout. Exercising outside can increase your motivation and make your workouts more interesting. Research shows spending time outdoors reduces stress and the fresh air releases serotonin in the brain which can put you in a fantastic mood. The scenery can help exercisers from getting bored and outdoor workouts offer more of a full-body workout that can burn more calories. The Rochester area has lots … [Read more...]

Who Was Red Knapp?

Lyle “Red” Knapp, his wife, Cecelia (far right) and the staff of Red Knapp’s Dairy Bar pose behind the counter with Claire Elias, the reigning “Mrs. Michigan” of 1953, during her goodwill tour of local businesses – Photo Courtesy of Roger Knapp

Red Knapp is something of a household name in the Rochester area. After all, local residents have been enjoying hamburgers at Red Knapp’s Dairy Bar on Main Street for the past 66 years. But who exactly was the man whose name blazes in neon over the front door of Rochester’s iconic burger spot? Long-time restaurateur Lyle “Red” Knapp was born on a Sanilac County farm in 1910. He came to Rochester to find work in 1926 and landed a job pouring concrete for the foundations of Meadow Brook … [Read more...]

Sidewalk Repair Program in Rochester

Sidewalk Repair Program

The City of Rochester has contracted with Italia Construction to conduct sidewalk repairs throughout the city. This program should only last through July and was implemented in an effort to promote safety in Rochester neighborhoods, as well as improve the appearance of the community. This year’s program is mainly west of Main Street, but could be in other areas of the city based on need and severity. Sidewalk maintenance is important to both appearance and value. Moreover, it may save a … [Read more...]

Rochester Summer Roadway Maintenance

Crack Seal Cone

Water is the most destructive element to our pavements and a good preventive maintenance program always includes crack sealing. We need to prevent water intrusion into our pavements and slow the deterioration as much as possible to extend our pavement’s life. The City of Rochester has hired an expert contractor to seal the joints and cracks in some of our streets this summer. This process entails routering the crack, blowing out dirt and debris with compressed air, and then injecting a hot … [Read more...]

The Ins and Outs of Cycling through Downtown Rochester

Where the Trails Meet

Where the Trails Meet Rochester has been named a 2015 Nationally Certified Main Street Community, which emphasizes historic preservation. Finding a balance between the needs of residents, businesses and visitors in the historical downtown area can be challenging. Rochester has adapted to many changes since 1817 and is now at the heart of an increasingly popular recreational trail system connection. The Paint Creek, Clinton River, and Macomb Orchard Trails are a part of a vital network … [Read more...]

2016 Downtown Rochester Spring Gallery Stroll June 3

2016 Spring Gallery Stroll June 3 in Downtown Rochester

2016 Spring Gallery Stroll in Downtown Rochester Participating businesses will have their doors open June 3, from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., as pop-up gallery spaces. These pop-up galleries will feature artists’ work ranging in a variety of media. Look for 2016 Spring Gallery Stroll postcards at participating locations and have the postcards ready on the night of stroll for a chance to enter to win a $50 Downtown Rochester Gift Certificate provided by the Rochester Downtown Development Authority … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Does Rochester Really want me to Leash My Cat?

Dear Crabby Gives Advice

Dear Crabby, How Can Rochester City Council Group Cats and Dogs Together in Ordinances Suggesting Cats can be Controlled the Same as Dogs? Sincerely, Alisha Feline   Dear Alisha, By chance, I happened to watch the Rochester City Council meeting last week regarding the ordinance change you are taking about. Just so our readers understand, City Council is calling this a "clean up" to an existing ordinance to further clarify that yes indeed, both dogs and cats are to be in … [Read more...]

Rochester-Avon Historical Society Hosts Downtown Rochester Walking Tours

Rochester Avon Historical Society’s annual walking tours of historic downtown Rochester start May 16 - photo by Michael Dwyer

Rochester-Avon Historical Society’s 2016 Downtown Rochester Walking Tour Schedule The weather is improving and that means it's time once again for the Rochester Avon Historical Society’s annual walking tours of historic downtown Rochester. These popular tours are free to RAHS members and just $5 per person under the age of 55 and $3 per seniors (55+) and students. Bring your friends for what is sure to be an eye-opening and exciting adventure in Downtown Rochester. Each tour meets on … [Read more...]

Ready for Deck Art 2016

Deck Art 2016

This year, over 400 artists from all over metro Detroit, Illinois, New York, and Pennsylvania as well as nearly 50 downtown Rochester businesses are participating in Deck Art 2016. In its sixth installment, Deck Art 2016 is a skateboard art competition and exhibition. Artists submit one-of-a-kind artwork using skateboard decks as a canvas. These decks will be on display in downtown Rochester businesses beginning May 19, and will be celebrated with a two-day event on May 19 & 20. The … [Read more...]