County offers business workshops

The Oakland County Business Center Business offers seminars to assist business owners and entrepreneurs. This month’s programs take place at the Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph in Waterford. This month’s sessions include Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion, March 6 (free); Hiring, March 12 ($40); CEED Microloan Orientation, March 13 (free); Writing a Business Plan, March 14 ($40); QuickBooks Essentials, Parts 1 and 2, March 28 … [Read more...]

Leader Dogs for the Blind needs volunteers

Leader Dogs for the Blind has various volunteer opportunities on-campus as well as raising a puppy or hosting a Leader Dog mom or dad. Volunteers contribute a variety of skills and talents in many areas of the organization including dog care, student assistance, public presentations and administrative support. You must be at least 18. For more information or to apply online, visit Leaderdog.org. … [Read more...]

Rochester to beef up school security

Can you put a price on school safety? In the wake of the December elementary-school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, the answer, clearly, is ‘no.’ On Monday, the Rochester Board of Education unanimously approved an expenditure of up to $179,143 for a video intercom access system and expanded door card reader system at the district’s elementary and middle schools, ACE and RACE buildings. The systems are expected to be installed no later than spring break. The recommendation came from the … [Read more...]

New school superintendent starts March 1

The Rochester Board of Education and Robert Shaner have reached agreement on a contract that will make Shaner the district’s new superintendent of schools starting March 1. The board approved the three-year contract Feb. 4. It will pay Shaner a base salary of $182,800 per year. His performance will be reviewed annually. Shaner, who lives in Shelby Township, brings experience that includes stints as a police officer and investigator and in the Marines. He is currently employed as executive … [Read more...]

Great Backyard Bird Count @ museum

Do you and your family enjoy watching birds in the backyard ? Are you looking for new ways to help our feathery friends? Join the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm in the 16th annual Great Backyard Bird Count on Saturday, February 16 from 1- 2:30 p.m. This program will introduce guests to the count and how to participate in this fun and scientific project. Guests are encouraged to dress for the weather and bring their own binoculars for the outdoor portion of the program. Children … [Read more...]

OPC has news, but what is it?

Be among the first to hear some special announcements at the Rochester Older Persons Commission on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at noon. Dr. Pierre Atallah, newly elected Chairman of the OPC Governing Board, will make the announcements and the public is invited to attend. The OPC is located at 650 Letica, Rochester. … [Read more...]

Art Center shows debut March 1

Some artists choose a medium or a way of working, and more or less stick with that. Other artists resist being pinned down to one kind of work. Scott Northrup is one of the latter. He is a film and video maker who also works in assemblage, photography, needlework, installation and other non-traditional media. His various methods and bodies of work inform each other, resulting in a rich and unexpected mix of imagery, ideas and outcomes. For his upcoming solo show at Paint Creek Center for the … [Read more...]

Historical Society hosts Appraisal Day

No need to wait for the Antiques Roadshow to come to Detroit in June--bring your family heirlooms and treasures to the Rochester-Avon Historical Society’s Antique Appraisal Day on Sunday, March 3 from noon-4 p.m. at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow and have them professionally appraised. Ten appraisers who have offered to donate their time and expertise will assess books, manuscripts, coins, clocks, glass, pottery, china, lighting, furniture, guns, military items, teddy bears, dolls, … [Read more...]

Dinner to benefit Habitat for Humanity

The seventh annual Birthday Build Dinner and Game Night benefiting Habitat for Humanity will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday February 8 at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, 1550 Walton Blvd. Rochester Hills. The event honors  Kurt Ketelsen, who died in 2005 after a lifetime struggle with Juvenile Diabetes.  The event is sponsored each year by Ketelsen’s family to remember him on his birthday.  He was a building contractor in Rochester and often participated in projects in Pontiac to … [Read more...]

Hills awarded grant to rehab velodrome

The International Velodrome at Bloomer Park  in Rochester Hills is about to get a much-needed facelift, thanks to a $45,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to resurface the aging track surface. The velodrome was funded entirely by donations and built by volunteers in 2001. It was designed by Olympic track designer Dale Hughes, a lifelong Rochester Hills resident. “After 13  years the wood panels began to decompose, causing a rough ride for cyclists,”  Hughes … [Read more...]