Be a Part of the #Rochester200 Project

Twenty-seventeen marks the 200th Anniversary of the founding of the City of Rochester. Founded in 1817, Rochester is the first settlement in Oakland County. The City is planning a series of Bicentennial events throughout the year to celebrate this milestone event. In honor of the Bicentennial, residents and visitors of Rochester are invited to donate their time and talents to put their favorite Rochester memories on canvas as a part of the #Rochester200 Project. Only 200 canvases will be … [Read more...]

The Good Neighbors of Rochester

City of Rochester presents “Good Neighbor Award” The City Beautiful Commission (CBC) recently announced the winner of the first quarter Good Neighbor Award is Rochester residents Nancy Hill, Margaret Shepard and Sarah Zowada. The Good Neighbor Award program was created by the CBC to allow residents of Rochester to nominate an adult, or youth, for their good neighbor work. The award recognizes the ongoing efforts of Rochester residents who are making exceptional contributions to improve the … [Read more...]

Last Call for Deck Art Artists for Rochester’s Seventh Annual Skateboard Art Competition & Exhibition

Last call for artists to participate in downtown Rochester’s Seventh Annual Skateboard Art Competition & Exhibition: Deck Art 2017. Artists are asked to provide their unique work on a blank skateboard deck. All ages are welcome to participate. Categories include Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, and Adult. Winning pieces will be picked in each category by a panel of judges from Painting with a Twist (Rochester Hills), and prizes will be awarded. The deadline to register … [Read more...]

State of the City Address 2017 for City of Rochester

City of Rochester Announces State of the City Address The City of Rochester will hold its annual State of the City Address on Monday, April 17, 7:00 p.m. at the Royal Park Hotel. The event will include an update on new projects and developments happening within the City, as well information on several events in celebration of Rochester’s Bicentennial year. “I am excited and looking forward to sharing what is going on in Rochester at the April 17 State of the city event, stated Mayor … [Read more...]

Who was James Graham, the Founder of Rochester

An 1877 Oakland County history book records that on March 17, 1817, a small band of emigrants followed the Clinton River inland from Mount Clemens and stopped at the place we know today as Rochester. Here they founded the first non-native settlement in what would later become Oakland County. The group included James Graham, his wife Mary Vandemark, their son Alexander and his wife, their son Benjamin, and Christopher Hartsough. Descendants of the Graham patriarch would remain in the greater … [Read more...]

Good Deeds Day in Rochester

Join us on Sunday, April 2 as we participate in Good Deeds Day. Good Deeds Day is an international event with millions of participants in 70+ countries paying it forward through good deeds both large and small on this day. For Rochester’s Good Deed, we are collecting food items for Blessings in a Backpack. Rochester’s Good Deeds Day will be held at the Rochester Fire Department, 277 E. Second Street, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The day will also include kids’ activities, tours of the Fire … [Read more...]

Rochester Ranked in the Top Ten Places to Retire in Michigan

City of Rochester Named in Top Ten Best Places to Retire in Michigan The City of Rochester was recently named the fourth Best Place in Michigan to Retire by SmartAsset. To help retirees find the best places in Michigan to retire, SmartAsset looked specifically three factors in their analysis: tax-friendliness, medical care and social life. “Rochester is honored to receive this ranking of Top Places to Retire,” stated Mayor Cathy Daldin. “Rochester embraces this community with … [Read more...]

Shop and Win with Mad Money March in Downtown Rochester

Come April 3, there will be four lucky winners, all with Shopping Sprees in Downtown Rochester. How? Shoppers who spend $100 at one or more participating businesses during the month of March can enter for a chance to win a $1,000 Shopping Spree, a $500 Shopping Spree or one of two $250 Shopping Sprees. “Mad Money March has become a really exciting promotion in downtown Rochester,” said Stephanie Hellebuyck, Rochester Downtown Development Authority events coordinator. “By March, everyone is … [Read more...]

Growing Up in Rochester with Bob Milne

“Growing Up in Rochester with Bob Milne” to be feature presentation at the Rochester-Avon Historical Society’s Brown Bag Meeting on March 7 The Rochester-Avon Historical Society will present “Growing Up in Rochester” with Ragtime pianist Bob Milne at its Brown Bag lunchtime meeting at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow Avenue, on Tuesday, March 7 from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.  Milne, considered by many to be the best ragtime/boogie-woogie pianist in the world, will discuss growing up … [Read more...]

Founders Day Celebration Kicks Off Bicentennial March 12

City of Rochester Kicks Off Bicentennial Celebration at the Rochester Hills Museum Twenty-Seventeen marks the 200th Anniversary of the founding of the City of Rochester. Founded in 1817, Rochester is the first settlement in Oakland County. The City is planning a series of Bicentennial events throughout the year to celebrate this milestone event. The first Bicentennial event is Founders Day on Sunday, March 12, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. The event will … [Read more...]