Rochester Hills Honored With Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

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City Continues to Be Recognized for Excellence in Finances For the 15th consecutive year, the City of Rochester Hills has been recognized by the Governmental Finance Authority Association (GFOA) with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. Rochester Hills was one of only five cities in the State of Michigan to received this award. This Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is the highest form of acknowledgement in governmental budgeting. "We continue to demonstrate our financial … [Read more...]

Rochester Recognized as a National Main Street Community

Main Street Oakland County (MSOC) recently conducted an Annual Program Assessment Visit and named Rochester as a 2015 Nationally Certified Main Street Community. This is the 11th consecutive year of certification for Rochester. The Rochester DDA has been a member of Main Street Oakland County since 2000. "Downtown Rochester continues to do an excellent job of comprehensive, ongoing, community involved downtown management using the National Main Street Philosophy", commented Bob Donohue, … [Read more...]

Patterson Announces I-75 Upgrades at State of the County Address

Patterson to Run for Re-election - photo by Michael Dwyer

The Modernization of Interstate 75 Oakland County Executive, L. Brooks Patterson, spoke for an hour Wednesday night delivering his 2016 State of the County speech to nearly 600 people in attendance at the Auburn Hills Marriott Pontiac. Representatives from Rochester, Rochester Hills, and Oakland Township were there - mayors, city council members, state reps, supervisors, and others - among hundreds of elected officials and invited guests from Oakland County. "Adding a lane north and … [Read more...]

OU Student Musicians to perform with Oakland Symphony Orchestra

Oakland University Concerto Competition Winners

OU Student Musicians to perform with Oakland Symphony Orchestra February 14 At 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 14, four of OU’s most promising music students will perform with the Oakland Symphony Orchestra (OSO) in the 19th Annual David Daniels Young Artists Concert. They are the winners of the 2015-2016 Oakland University Concerto Competition. Associate Professor Gregory Cunningham, who is one of the competition’s judges and the conductor of the OSO said, “The concerto competition is … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum to Host March Lecture Series

The Movie Red Barn was Filmed on Michigan's Old Mission Peninsula

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will be hosting a series of Friday night programs to help educate and inspire our residents and guests and to beat the winter blues. Barn Red On Friday, March 4 at 7:00 pm, enjoy the independent movie – Barn Red.  This movie was filmed on Michigan’s Old Mission Peninsula and stars Ernest Borgnine as a simple farmer who refuses to sell his family’s farm to a developer.  After meeting a former migrant worker who worked on the farm as a … [Read more...]

Autumn and the Rochester College Concert Band

Rochester College A Cappella Chorus Autumn

Rochester College Musicians Join Together For Showcase  Rochester College’s music department will present its annual Music Department Showcase featuring the Rochester College A Cappella Chorus, Autumn and the Rochester College Concert Band on Tuesday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. The 40-member chorus will present a program spanning many years, nationalities and styles. It will include Randall Thompson’s “Alleluia,” a recent setting of “Ave Verum” by Philip Stopford and a Mark Butler … [Read more...]

Annual Antique Appraisal Day at the Rochester Community House

Annual Antique Appraisal Day at the Rochester Community House

Historical Society Hosts 23RD Annual Antique Appraisal Day at the Rochester Community House, March 6 Still wonder what Grandma’s Chinese vase is worth? Do you have a shelf full of dusty antiques? Bring them to the Rochester-Avon Historical Society’s 23rd annual Antique Appraisal Day on Sunday, March 6 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow and learn if you have a financial treasure or a sentimental one. For over two decades the Rochester-Avon Historical … [Read more...]

Wine, Wit, and Wisdom

Rochester Hills Public Library

Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library’s Third Annual Wine, Wit & Wisdom Tickets are now on sale for one of the Rochester area’s must-attend events, the Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library’s third annual Wine, Wit & Wisdom fundraiser. This year’s soiree is set for Saturday, March 12. Taking place from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at the Main Library at 500 Olde Towne Road in downtown Rochester, the evening provides a lively mix of sustenance and knowledge for $50 per … [Read more...]

Mystery and Murder on Stage in Avon Players’ ‘Witness for the Prosecution’

From left to right: Dean Vanderkolk as John Mayhew, Steve Sanger as Sir Wilfred Robarts, and Joy Oetjens as Romaine Heilger. Photo Credit: Lesa Bydalek

Audiences will delight in this puzzle box play that could only come from the mind of Agatha Christie Mystery lovers will be riveted by the courtroom drama from master of the genre, Agatha Christie, as Avon Players presents Witness for the Prosecution February 12-20. When the wealthy Miss French is murdered, the primary suspect is Leonard Vole (Brandon Johnson), a young man whom she has befriended. Vole, newly returned from war with his German bride, Romaine (Joy Oetjens), is charming … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why Should I Care about Iowa and New Hampshire?


Dear Crabby, Last week, everyone was all about the Iowa Caucus and this week people can’t seem to shut up about the New Hampshire Primary. What I want to know is why are these two states so important during a presidential election? Thanks! Beatrix Bipartisan Dear Ms. Bipartisan, Excellent question! And honestly… I have no idea. But ain’t it a kick in the head to watch? I bet some of these candidates couldn’t even find these two states on a map before they started campaigning … [Read more...]