Students Learn Positive Behavior Message to be “Upstanders”

Energy ran high recently at all four Avondale School District elementary schools as students participated in an all-student assembly promoting positive behavior and the concept that students should be “Upstanders,” not bystanders. During the “Upstanders Rock” assemblies, the students took part in lively demonstrations illustrating the positive messages from the show. Avondale Youth Assistance sponsored these programs in support of their mission to prevent juvenile delinquency. “Because of … [Read more...]

The Big, Bright Light Show in On

Did you miss Lagniappe and the opening night of the Big, Bright Light Show? The bad news is you missed Santa, Mrs. Claus, and some reindeer. But, the good news is you also missed a lot of traffic issues, trying to find parking, and jammed sidewalks. The best news is - the light show runs every evening through the holidays - you can still go see the more than one million points of light. The Big, Bright Light Show is now in its twelfth season. The buildings of Main Street will be covered … [Read more...]

The Native American Indians of Michigan and their Connection to the Rochester Area

As Rochester marks the 200th anniversary of its founding this year, have you ever wondered about the native people who lived here before white settlement?  According to The Atlas of Great Lakes Indian History, our area’s indigenous population was very small two centuries ago. By the time that James Graham’s family and other pioneers settled Rochester and Avon in 1817, many of the Native American residents of the area had already moved on.  Most European-ancestored settlers did not venture … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Public Library is Seeking to Fill a Vacant Position on the Library Board of Trustees

Due to his recent election to the Rochester Hills City Council, Ryan Deel, library trustee, has resigned from the library board of trustees effective November 19, 2017. Chuck Stouffer, President of the library board said, “Ryan has been an extremely valuable and active member of the board and will be greatly missed.” Stouffer announced today that the remaining members are seeking a qualified person to fill the vacancy for the term ending 2020. The applicant must be 18 years of age or … [Read more...]

Community Foundation of Greater Rochester Prepares for the Season of Giving

As the season of giving approaches, hundreds of Rochester area nonprofits will benefit from the support of the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester. For nearly 35 years, the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester has worked to transform the generosity of each of its donors to help create a strong, health and more prosperous future for the Rochester community. The Community Foundation, like many foundations in communities across the country, is designed to be the community’s fund for … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What is Lagniappe?

Dear Crabby, What is Lagniappe? Thanks, Holly Day Good question Ms. Day, It means, "where can I take a nap?" At least that's what I always thought it meant. When Mrs. Crabby would go shopping during the holidays, it would make me sleepy, and I needed a nap. Furniture stores were the best - beds, couches, recliners - to find a place to nap. As long as she came back for me before the store closed, I was good ... "just testing the bed," I would say when the sales person asked if I needed … [Read more...]

Lagniappe is Monday November 20 in Downtown Rochester

Join the merchants of downtown Rochester on Monday, November 20, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. when they offer their customers Lagniappe (Creole for “a little something extra”) in appreciation for their support throughout the year. 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 6:45 pm on E. Fourth Street with help from the Mayor, Channel 7’s Dave LewAllen and a special appearance by the man … [Read more...]

100 Faithful Friends Helps New Day Foundation for Families

New Day Foundation for Families, a leader in the fight against Cancer Related Financial Toxicity (CRFT), was chosen to receive a donation of $10,000 from 100 Faithful Friends, a Rochester-area group dedicated to making an impact in their community. The check was presented to New Day Foundation Co-founder Gina Kell Spehn by Lana Doneth, Nancy Benedettini and Steve Benedettini, all co-founders of 100 Faithful Friends.  The group made their contribution standing in front of the New Day “Wall of … [Read more...]

Help Push the Snow this Saturday

Join the City of Rochester's Department of Public Works (DPW) to put "prints on the plows." The DPW is renowned for their ability to quickly clear Rochester streets, but this winter, kids can give them a "hand." Visit the DPW Saturday, November 18, from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. for a free event and to leave a colorful handprint on the plows. Department of Public Works 1141 N. Wilcox Rochester, MI 48307   … [Read more...]

Youth Events at the Library Coming Up

Polar Express Celebration Friday, December 1, Registration begins November 17 at 9:00 a.m. – Online Only PLEASE REGISTER ALL ADULTS & CHILDREN ATTENDING. A holiday event inspired by the book, The Polar Express. Join us for the story, festive crafts, cookie decorating, games, a trolley ride through the Big Bright Light Show, and of course, Santa. Please make sure your cards are in good standing (not expired, no fines over $5 due), and that everyone in your family has a card prior to … [Read more...]