City of Rochester Wins Michigan Citizen Corps CERT Team of the Year

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The City of Rochester Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT), sponsored by the Rochester Fire Department, was awarded the Michigan Citizen Corps ‘Team of the Year” at the State Citizen’s Corp Conference held in Traverse City in December.  The CERT team is one of 313 CERT teams in the State of Michigan that were considered for the 2014 State award. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Programs educate people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and … [Read more...]

Shop the Gift Shops of Rochester

Crittenton Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop - photo by Michael Dwyer

Did you know Rochester has three area gift shops run mostly by volunteers and have a nonprofit status? While they have limited hours compared to regular retail stores, they offer the Rochester holiday shopper a chance to visit a small, hometown gift store. Proceeds support the nonprofit. For Friends on your Holiday List, Stop by the Library Located on the ground level of the Rochester Hills Public Library, this small shop has an array of gifts, cards, and collectables. “The mission … [Read more...]

Enjoy the Holidays this Christmas Season

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The holidays are a busy time. Many are working longer hours, shopping more, and finishing the semester at school – the list is long. We all need a break from the action to enjoy the holidays. This time of year offers us a chance to take part in the holiday magic with bright lights, special events, and festive festivals. The Michigan Festivals and Events Association is “Your source for pure Michigan fun!” Here are a few highlights for the holidays: Big, Bright Light Show The … [Read more...]

2nd Annual Brooksie Way ‘Chill at the Mills’ 5k Race Registration Opens Online

Online registration is now open for the second annual Brooksie Way 'Chill at the Mills' 5k race, set for Jan. 25 in downtown Rochester. Runners and walkers can register online at www.TheBrooksieWay.com or download a race application and mail it in. Those who register by Jan. 15, 2015 will receive a long sleeve cotton T-shirt. Race finishers will also receive a winter wear item with the Brooksie Way logo. About 500 people signed up for the inaugural race. “We had a wonderful turnout for … [Read more...]

63rd Annual Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade Marches Down Main Street on December 7

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The Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce invites the community to celebrate the entrance of the holiday season at the 63rd Annual Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade, which will march down Main Street on December 7 at 2 p.m. The theme for this year’s Christmas parade is “A Movie Time Christmas,” taking the magic of Christmas movie classics such as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, from the big screen to Main Street. The Parade … [Read more...]

Neighborhood House Asks Community to Help Make a Difference through the “Giving Tree”

Executive Director, Linda Riggs, and Food Pantry Director, Lorraine Kremer, prepare baskets for families in need

Rochester Area Neighborhood House announced that it has kicked off their annual Holiday Giving program as they seek to bring the holiday spirit to the lives of local children and families experiencing financial need. There are an unprecedented number of families in need this year and Neighborhood House wants to make sure their children experience some very special holiday memories. Neighborhood House encourages the community to help make a difference in the lives of local children by donating … [Read more...]

Rochester Area Neighborhood Executive Director Riggs Resigns

Rochester Area Neighborhood House announced that Linda Riggs, their Executive Director, has resigned effective at year’s end. Linda, who joined Neighborhood House four years ago and has led the growth and impact of the organization throughout this greater area, will be relocating to New York State. “It has been an honor and a privilege to assist our local families in need over the past four years,” stated Ms. Riggs. “It will be difficult to leave such a dedicated team of staff and … [Read more...]

Lagniappe to Offer a Little Something Extra This Year

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Join the merchants of downtown Rochester on Monday, November 24 from 6 – 9 p.m. when they offer their customers Lagniappe (Creole for “a little something extra”) in appreciation for their support throughout the year. Due to popular demand, this year Lagniappe is scheduled one week before its traditional Monday after Thanksgiving Date. The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) also will offer some Lagniappe with the debut of The Big, Bright Light Show. The program will begin at … [Read more...]

Come to the RAHS December Brown Bag Meeting

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society announced its next lunchtime program will be Tuesday, December 2 at 12 p.m. at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow in Rochester. The hour and a half program will feature Dr. Richard Stamps who will discuss the beginnings and early days of Oakland University, where he was an associate professor of anthropology from 1974 to 2012 when he retired after 37 years of teaching. Born in Oakland, CA, Stamps grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. He served … [Read more...]

RAHS December Meeting: “Main Street Makeover: A Review”

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The Rochester-Avon Historical Society announced that their next evening meeting is Thursday, December 4 at 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Town in Rochester. The hour and a half program will feature long-time local resident Eric Bothwell and his presentation on Rochester’s Main Street Makeover with pictures he took before and after the award-winning 2012 reconstruction project. From April 2012 through Main Street’s reopening in Nov. 2012, … [Read more...]