National Main Streets Conference comes to Detroit… and Downtown Rochester is there!

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According to the Rochester DDA, this year, Detroit is home to the National Main Streets Conference, Sunday, May 18 through Tuesday, May 20. Held at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center, the National Main Streets Conference showcases and celebrates the innovative techniques and practices that make the Main Street Approach® one of the most powerful economic development tools in the nation.  The conference is an exceptional opportunity to share ideas and information with downtowns across the … [Read more...]

Is Obamacare Optional?

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Friends, Here's something that many people don't know about - The President, Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats knew that millions of people would loose their insurance. Actually the Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) bill that was passed says that people who like their insurance can keep it. (Photo attached from heritage.org) However, when Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and the HHS staff wrote the rules, they made keeping your insurance almost impossible on … [Read more...]

City of Rochester’s Mayor offers coffee-time meetings

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Please join Mayor Jeffrey T. Cuthbertson for coffee and conversation, now in the afternoon at 3:00 pm, at the Older Person’s Commission, 650 Letica Road in the "OPC Rewold Library." All residents are welcome to meet with the Mayor to ask questions and to express any issues or concerns. These monthly meetings will take place on the third Thursday of every month. · The OPC has these monthly meeting dates and times in their 2014 newsletter. · The City of Rochester website has these … [Read more...]

Rochester Celebrates Founder’s Day

City of Rochester Historical Commission Annual Founder’s Day Event The City of Rochester Historical Commission invites the public to attend the annual Founder’s Day program in the multipurpose room at the Rochester Hills Public Library from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 16. The program, “We are all Founders” features award winning local artist Gerry Post who will share the story of his life and his work. Post grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, served in the U.S. Navy and … [Read more...]

Coffee improves memory!

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If coffee truly improves memory then the Bean and Leaf in Rochester should be jammed the week before exams! According to Sciencerecorder.com researchers prove that coffee can improve memory. "Great news for coffee drinkers: caffeine improves memory. That is the conclusion reached by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University. Michael Yassa, assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins, and his colleagues discovered that … [Read more...]

Taking your fitness outdoors this winter, in a fun way

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With holiday tunes encapsulating our every commute, it’s safe to say we are in the swing of winter. And about this time of year, even some fitness buffs stray from the regular workout routine—pre New Years resolutions, of course. So this week, we have gathered a few fun ideas for embracing the wintry months ahead with a little fitness outdoors. Take a winter stroll or run: Winter walks and runs—especially with a furry companion for company—are a great way to change up your … [Read more...]

The Kris Kringle Market in Rochester, MI 2013

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Downtown Rochester Kris Kringle Market was inspired by the 700-year old tradition of the open-air Christmas markets throughout Europe. The event will feature one-of-a-kind shopping, specialty foods, fresh greens & wreaths and handcrafted gifts for the holiday. The event will be located on W. Fourth Street (between Walnut & Main). Friday, Dec. 6, 4 – 10 pm Saturday, Dec. 7, 12 – 10 pm Food and beverages will be available in the warming tent. Purchase a commemorative glass mug filled with … [Read more...]

How to buy your mineral rights

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This question has come up a few times lately and both Rochester and Rochester Hills have recently allowed gas companies to come in a mine for minerals below surface. One landowner we heard about had purchased his mineral rights ahead of time and is now receiving a check for around $500 per month from the gas company. The Oakland Press wrote this on Sept. 3, 2013 "Traverse City-based Jordan Development Company, a medium-size oil exploration company which operates more than 450 oil and gas … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why do some people have so much stuff in their yard?

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Dear Crabby, Some people just have so much stuff out in their yard and I think it looks so tacky. Why do they like this? Is there a law against it, or could someone please make one up? Help, I'm going crazy just thinking about it again! Sincerely, Judy Justright Dear Mrs. Justright, First of all I think you may need to relax a bit. Try taking a long walk or sitting in a hot tub for a while. If that doesn't work, do what I do and sit on a bench somewhere and complain about other … [Read more...]