Editorial: Stop the ‘CrISIS’

Dear Editor Rochester Media, Why are our Christian brothers and sisters being murdered so brutally? It sickens me that ISIS executed 30 Ethiopian Christians the other day. And while grieving for my fellow human beings, I am both angered and puzzled. The terrorist organization known as ISIS are sociopaths. I have accepted the logic behind that. What I cannot accept is their inhumane reasoning to kill our brothers and sisters in the name of Islam. Have they forgotten that the first Muslims … [Read more...]

Nonprofits Get Help From Rochester Event Services Firm

Matthew Wurm (left) and Scott Fader at the Michigan Event Services in Rochester. 
Photo submitted by Michigan Event Services

Rochester High School alumni Scott Fader and Matthew Wurm have found a way to help nonprofits with their full-service event planning, promotion, and marketing company -- Rochester-based Michigan Event Services, Inc. With a focus on family-friendly events, the pair’s plan is to create and manage events such as golf outings, 5K runs, obstacle courses, kickball tournaments, and more for the nonprofit sector. Read the full story on The Oakland Press. … [Read more...]

Rochester Stalking Suspect Jumps to His Death


On April 4, Rochester police responded to a report made by a woman in the 1600 block of Chase Drive that a man was cutting wires that lead into her home. After calling the police, the woman confronted the 56-year-old Ferndale man; he drove off and eventually ended up at a local motel in Madison Heights where he jumped to his death out of a third-story window. According to the police, the man was the subject of prior stalking complaints and should not have been at the woman's house because … [Read more...]

Rochester Community Schools Summer Music Theatre Presents ‘Children of Eden’

Children of Eden

Summer Music Theatre (SMT) continues to be an annual tradition for the Rochester area community. Each summer offers a new musical theatre production as an opportunity for students entering grades 6-12 to study the theatre process on-stage and back-stage. SMT is operated as a professional production, from auditions through staging and presentation. This year SMT will also allow participation from a limited number of students entering grades 3-5. “For the past 43 consecutive years, SMT has … [Read more...]

Founder of Rochester Earth Day Festival Urges Participation in Holiday, Green Movement

MI Earth Day Festival returns to downtown Rochester this weekend at Municipal Park from Friday, April 24 to Sunday, April 26. Photo courtesy of Facebook/MI Earth Day Fest

This past Wednesday, Earth Day marked its 45th anniversary, all thanks to dedicated activists who brought environmental issues to the public conscience in the 1970s. According to Rochester resident and MI Earth Day Fest founder John Batdorf, legislation like the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act are two prime examples of what the movement was able to add for the greater benefit of society. He went on to say that Earth Day is something everyone should celebrate. Read the full … [Read more...]

Rochester Avon Historical Society Hosts “Detroit’s Historic House of Worship”


The Rochester-Avon Historical Society (RAHS) will hold its evening meeting for members and the public on May 7 at 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Town in Rochester. Barbara Krueger, author of the book, Detroit’s Historic Houses of Worship will discuss the art and architecture of historically significant religious buildings representing eight denominations and nearly one hundred years of history. Churches discussed in her book include Sainte Anne … [Read more...]

Rochester Avon Historical Society Hosts “History Lives in Grandmother’s Button Basket”

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society’s lunchtime Brown Bag meeting will be held Tuesday, May 5 at noon at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow in Rochester. Chris Parham will present a walk through history with an examination of such historic objects as trinkets, tools, and oblique fasteners and, especially, buttons. She will also answer questions about the archival storage, conservation and care of these objects. Bring your lunch. Coffee and cookies will be provided. The public is … [Read more...]

Youth in Government Day Celebrates 35 Years of Preparing Today’s Youth for Tomorrow’s Leadership


In observance of National County Government Month Students will gain insight on transportation issues with a presentation from the Road Commission for Oakland County and learn about the political process. On Monday, April 27, 2015, beginning at 8:30 a.m., the Oakland County Board of Commissioners will welcome 10th - 12th grade high school students from various communities including Auburn Hills, Rochester, and Rochester Hills. The event will begin in the Oakland County Board of … [Read more...]

Downtown Rochester Farmers’ Market Opening Soon!

Searching for a sure sign of spring? Head to the Downtown Rochester Farmers’ Market on Opening Day, Saturday, May 2. Celebrating its 16th season, the Farmers’ Market is a frequent stop for area residents to enjoy the vibrant colors, aromas and flavors of southeast Michigan’s growing season. Located at the corner of E. Third and Water Street, just one block east of Main Street, the market is open every Saturday, May 2 through October 31, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. “Shopping at the … [Read more...]

Rochester Council Approves Restrictions on Oil and Natural Gas Drilling

By Paul Kampe, The Oakland Press In a unanimous vote at Monday’s meeting, Rochester City Council passed thorough regulations regarding oil and natural gas drilling in the city after more than six months of deliberation. Leaders in neighboring Rochester Hills are also fine-tuning similar regulations and both cities have enacted moratoriums on the activity. Despite the difference in area – Rochester Hills has more than 70,000 residents in nearly 33 square miles to Rochester’s … [Read more...]