The Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees Call for Designers

Plans are well underway for the 3rd 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, 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. Many designers have already committed to this year’s event selecting creative … [Read more...]

Get Your Free Daffodil Bulbs

In recognition of Rochester’s Bicentennial in 2017, the City of Rochester is inviting the greater Rochester area to plant daffodil bulbs as a symbol of celebration for Rochester’s 200th year. To assist in this endeavor, the City is offering a free dozen daffodil bulbs to every visitor to the Downtown Rochester Farmers’ Market on Saturday, September 24. “The City is proud to celebrate 200 years since it was settled, and 50 years since it was incorporated as a City”, said Nik Banda, Deputy City … [Read more...]

Two Thumbs Up for Rochester Posed

Prepare to step into a cinematic world as your best-loved movie characters come to life. Downtown Rochester’s fourth annual Rochester Posed event is scheduled for Thursday, October 6 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Participating Downtown Rochester businesses will turn their storefront windows into live mannequin displays. This year’s theme for Rochester Posed is Classic Movies, including timeless favorites such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Forrest Gump. “This is a must see event that appeals to people of … [Read more...]

Lytle Pharmacy is Rochester’s Oldest Drug Store

No living person in the Rochester area remembers when there wasn’t a pharmacy located in the Opera House block at the corner of Fourth & Main streets. Ever since the building first opened its doors in 1890, a pharmacy sign has been hanging in its front window. Robert A. Lytle is the current - and longest tenured - proprietor of the drug store business that was operated by John T. Norton when the Opera House block welcomed its first tenants 126 years ago. When Charles A. Burr built the … [Read more...]

Commissioner Kochenderfer Secures Funding for a City of Rochester Road

The Oakland County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Adam L. Kochenderfer securing $14,440 in funding for a local road project in the City of Rochester. Oakland County’s contribution of $28,880 will assist in the completion to mill and resurface Letica Drive. “Safe and smooth roads have to be one of government’s priorities. That is why the county commissioners are providing these funds to local communities,” stated Oakland County Commissioner … [Read more...]

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...]