Wild Duck Derby at Art & Apples Festival

Wild Duck Derby Hosted by The Rochester Area Jaycees and Kiwanis Club of Utica-Shelby Township The Rochester Area Jaycees and Kiwanis Club of Utica-Shelby Township will be hosting a special fundraiser to help fund both child-centered and community initiatives at this year’s Art and Apples Festival in Rochester. Additionally, a portion of the monies earned will also help support Paint Creek Center for the Arts. The festival takes place from September 9-11, at Rochester Municipal … [Read more...]

Second Farm To Table Dinner Event Now Available

By popular demand, a second Farm-to-Table Dinner Event has been added. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind, al fresco dining experience celebrating the farm-fresh flavors of the fall harvest. Taking place on Sunday, September 18, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Walnut Boulevard between Second and Third, tickets are $100 per person and include a three-course dinner, wine, beer and entertainment. All event proceeds benefit Downtown Rochester events and programs. A partnership with The Meeting House restaurant, the … [Read more...]

Why the Rochester Elevator is NOT a Barn

Op-Ed: Why the Rochester Elevator is NOT a Barn During their August 8 meeting, members of the Rochester City Council discussed the pending development of the Rochester Elevator property. Council members were brought up to date on the negotiations and advised about the various options for preservation of the elevator structure. It is early days in the process, so no firm decisions have been made at this point. During public comment on this issue, Sue Douglas - formerly a member of both the … [Read more...]

A Fun Run in Rochester for a Boundless Playground

Rally for Rochester - 5k Fun Run A Fun Run to raise money for a boundless playground  Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. The Rochester Area Jaycees are proud to announce the Rally for Rochester 5k Fun Run. The run will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. at Rochester Municipal Park. Registration will begin at 8:15 a.m. at Rochester Municipal Park. This Fun Run will benefit the Rochester Area by raising funds for a boundless playground. A boundless playground is a universal playground that is … [Read more...]

Pixley’s Rochester Roots Run Deep

The Pixleys Come to Rochester In 1831, a farmer from New York State named Jonathan Pixley decided to move his family westward to Michigan. He settled near what we know today as the corner of Avon & John R roads, just 14 years after James Graham founded the first non-native settlement in Oakland County. Today, his descendants operate one of Rochester’s longest-lived family businesses. Vern Pixley feels privileged to run Pixley Funeral Home in association with his son, Andrew. Together, … [Read more...]

Gas Leak in Downtown Rochester

Construction crews in Downtown Rochester hit a gas line today while putting in a driveway off Ferndale Avenue. Rochester Police and Fire were on the scene quickly and closed Ferndale Avenue from Main Street to N. Pine Street and evacuated area residents as a precautionary measure. Fire Chief John Cieslik told Rochester Media that fire crews were ready should something happen. Chief Cieslik said air checks for natural gas were being conducted and a safe radius of 150 feet was being … [Read more...]

Proposed Development on the Rochester Elevator Site

From Rumor to Conception At the August 1, 2016 Meeting of the Rochester Planning Commission, conceptual discussions were held regarding the redevelopment of the Rochester Elevator site at 303 E. University Drive. The redevelopment proposal includes 42 condominium units and the relocation of the Elevator building. The topic will be discussed further at the Rochester City Council Meeting on Monday, August 8, 2016, 7:00 pm at the Rochester Municipal Building. It should be noted that the … [Read more...]

Festival of Trees Inspirations Workshop in Downtown Rochester

Plans are well underway for the third Annual Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees, November 18-20. The Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees is a holiday spectacular unlike any other, featuring trees, wreaths, stockings, centerpieces, tablescapes and more designed and donated by the Metro Detroit community. We are seeking businesses, organizations, individuals and families to donate their time and talents to this year’s event. The Festival of Trees Inspirations Workshop on Monday, August … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What is the Floatable Boatable and Why is it Returning?

Dear Crabby, What is the Floatable Boatable and Why is it Returning? Sincerely, Wanda Wandaknow   Well, Well, Well, Wanda, This brings back memories. The Floatable Boatable was an event in 1969 to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Rochester being incorporated into a village. As part of the celebration, men sported beards and women wore hoop skirts. There were parties, parades, and dancing. Memorial Day weekend brought us the Floatable Boatable. Pitched as a sort of regatta … [Read more...]

Perfect Score for Rochester Main Street Test

Patterson Honors 10 "Perfect 10" Main Street Oakland County Communities for Receiving National Accreditation Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson honored 10 Main Street Oakland County communities who received perfect scores and a national accreditation from the National Main Street Center in Chicago on June 14. Patterson presented awards to downtown leaders during a press conference in Holly at the intersection of Saginaw Street and historic Battle Alley. He praised the communities … [Read more...]