The Kit & Kaboodle on Kit Homes

The Rochester Hills Public Library presents “The Kit & Kaboodle on Kit Homes” with Ron Campbell The Rochester Hills Public Library will host “The Kit & Kaboodle on Kit Homes” with Ron Campbell of Oakland County’s Economic and Community Affairs division on Tuesday, February 18, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the library’s Multipurpose Room. The early part of the twentieth century saw an American phenomenon in housing choices and ways to build houses. The automobile assembly line in … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do I Need to be Worried about the Coronavirus?

Dear Crabby, When news about the coronavirus first broke, I really didn’t pay that much attention. Now, it seems like I’m hearing about it daily and it sounds like the situation is becoming more dire. How worried should I be? Thanks! M. Typhoid Dear M. Typhoid, How worried should you be? That seems to be the million-dollar question these days. It’s not like these viruses and the panic they cause is anything new. There are a few ‘big’ ones that I can remember. First, there was SARS … [Read more...]

Remembering Bill Fox

William (Bill) Matthew Fox, created a legacy of service to the Rochester, Michigan Community. He was active in philanthropic endeavors as a major donor to DeLaSalle Collegiate, Rochester College, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Crittenton Hospital, the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, the Rochester Rotary Club, and Leader Dogs for the Blind. Bill’s business acumen and success, as a Chevrolet Dealer for over 50 years, enabled him to give back to the greater community, which in turn gave him great … [Read more...]

Deck Art 2020 Now Open

Downtown Rochester is calling all artists: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, and Adult to participate in Downtown Rochester’s Tenth Annual Skateboard Art Competition & Exhibition: Deck Art 2020. Artists are asked to provide their unique work on a blank skateboard deck. Winning pieces will be picked in each category by a panel of judges, and prizes will be awarded. Deck Art is scheduled for May 14 & 15. This year’s event is expected to include as many as 50 local … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum Receives Grant to Rebuild Equipment Barn

Rochester Hills Museum Receives $50,000 State Grant to Support Rebuild of Equipment Barn The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm has received a $50,000 grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs to support the rebuilding of the Equipment Barn on the Museum site. According to Museum Manger Patrick McKay, “The Equipment Barn was built in the early 1900s and provided support for the Van Hoosen Farm operation by storing milk trucks and farm supplies. We will use it the … [Read more...]

Michigan County Poor Farms

The Rochester Hills Public Library presents “Michigan County Poor Farms” with Library of Michigan’s Adam Oster The Rochester Hills Public Library will host, “Michigan County Poor Farms” with Adam Oster, Community Engagement librarian at the Library of Michigan, on Tuesday, February 11, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the library’s Multipurpose Room. Long before the advent of modern social welfare, county governments in Michigan maintained poorhouses or poor farms. Oster will discuss the early … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Oakland University’s ‘Macbeth’ Delivers a Powerful Examination of the Carnage Caused by Desire and Deception

A little over five years ago I went to the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada to see a production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Once there I quickly learned through the grapevine that people either loved it or hated it; during some performances, people actually walked out. That is when it dawned on me there are two types of Shakespeare enthusiasts. First, the purists. Those who want only traditional costumes, settings, and no interpretation of the script. Second, are … [Read more...]

The Rochester Hills Public Library to host Preschool Fair

The Rochester Hills Public Library will host a Preschool Fair on Saturday, February 8, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the library’s Multipurpose Room. Parents are invited to drop-in and visit with representatives from local preschools and childcare centers who will answer questions and provide materials about their schools and facilities. Registration is not required for this program. For questions and additional information, call 248-650-7146. … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Mayor Leads Nation’s Mayors to the White House

Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett Attends Bill Signing of Legislation Focused on Improving Security for Nonprofit and Faith-based Organizations Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan K. Barnett led a delegation of America’s mayors to the White House on January 24, to meet with President Trump, cabinet members Carson, Azar and Carranza, and several senior members of his Administration as part of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) 88th Winter Meeting. The Conference has a long bipartisan history of … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is the Census Still Relevant?

Dear Crabby, I keep seeing reminders regarding the upcoming 2020 census. Do people really still take part in this? I guess I’ve never really understood why it was so important to participate. Can you help me out? Thanks! Noah Nombre Dear Noah Nombre, The short answer is yes. People really do still take part in the census. It’s almost as old as the United States itself. The first census was taken on August 2, 1790. And before you ask, the answer is no. No, I wasn’t around to answer … [Read more...]