Calling All Designers for the 6th Annual Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees

Plans are well underway for the 6th Annual Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees, November 22-24. The Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees is a holiday spectacular unlike any other, featuring trees, wreaths, tablescapes, porchscapes and more designed and donated by the Metro Detroit community. We are seeking businesses, organizations, individuals and families to donate their time and talents to this year’s event. Many designers have already committed to this year’s event selecting creative … [Read more...]

Goodison Cider Mill is Now in Its Sixth Decade of Cider Making

The Goodison Cider Mill has been a fixture in the small community that shares its name for over half a century. Lloyd Blankenburg, a local fruit grower, and his wife, Marion, opened the mill in 1965. At the time, the Blankenburgs were already operating a fruit stand on the property, so they expanded the building and added a cider press. The fruit stand had stood at the location since the 1920s, and one section of the current building dates from that time. When Lloyd Blankenburg decided to … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How far North is “Up North?”

Dear Crabby, How far North is "Up North?" Sincerely, Angie   Dear Angie, Ah, a long-standing question for so many. When does "Up North" begin ... is it Holly, Flint, or Gaylord, or the Mackinac Bridge? Every region, state, and country has an "Up North," but the question is, where is the line designating you've left the South and are now in the North? Well, a long, long time ago, when I was a kid, my parents would pack us up in the car to go "Up North," to Lake Orion! Yes, … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan K. Barnett Announces Re-election Campaign

Barnett Asks Residents for Fourth Team as a Write In Candidate Bryan K. Barnett began his 2019 re-election campaign for mayor on Thursday, sharing the significant progress Rochester Hills has made under his leadership. The announcement, made via social media, included a video outlining the mayor’s accomplishments over the past 13 years. Barnett made the special announcement from one of his most passionate projects, Innovation Hills. Innovations Hills, the city’s newest park, has received … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Man Victim of Home Invasion and Assault

On September 23, Deputies from the Rochester Hills Substation were dispatched to the 1600 block of Huntington Park for a welfare check. A neighbor to the location discovered his elderly neighbor’s condo had a broken lower-level window with suspected blood on the front door. Deputies arrived at the location and observed a blood trail throughout the interior of the home. At this time, Deputies announced themselves and made entry into the home where they heard a faint voice asking for … [Read more...]

Oakland Township Parks Master Plan Open House

Oakland Township Kicks Off 2020-2024 Parks, Recreation, and Land Preservation Master Plan Activities Oakland Township welcomes everyone’s help in shaping the goals, objectives and projects in the Township’s 2020 – 2024 Parks, Recreation, and Land Preservation Master Plan. The Public Is Invited To Participate In Several Ways Take part in the online Opinion Survey which is available through October 9. If you prefer a hard copy you can stop by the Parks and Recreation Office, second … [Read more...]

The Rochester Community Concert Band Announces 2019-2020 Performance Dates

Come out and support the Rochester Community Concert Band (RCCB) under the artistic direction of conductor Paul F. DeRubeis at one of these upcoming performances: Tuesday, October 22, 2019; Rochester High School Performing Arts Center, 7:30 P.M. 180 S Livernois (at Walton), Rochester Hills, MI., 48307 Tuesday, December 10, 2019; Rochester High School Performing Arts Center, 7:30 P.M.,  180 S. Livernois (at Walton), Rochester Hills, MI., 48307 Tuesday, March 3, 2020; Stoney Creek High … [Read more...]

Faith Works Michigan Annual Fundraiser Dinner

Faith Works of Michigan is planning an evening of celebration with dinner and entertainment on Thursday, October 3, from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at Petruzzello’s, 6950 S. Rochester Road, Troy, MI 49085. Guest speakers will be Jaymes Vettraino, the director of the Center for Social Engagement at Rochester University, and Becky Lee, the Move Out director for Kensington Community Church. Faith Works Michigan is a local non-profit organization made up of volunteers who complete home repair and … [Read more...]

Brooksie Way is Sunday

Brooksie Way is Sunday, September 22 Due to road construction in the area of the race start line, here is special race day traffic information. Roads will begin to close before 7:00 a.m. Walton/University traffic is expected to be heavy. Race begins at 8:00 a.m. Area 1: WALTON (Adams to Livernois) OLD PERCH (Walton to Avon) Roads will close at 7:45 a.m. and reopen as the last participant has turned off the road. All roads in this area will be reopened by 9:00 a.m. Area 2: CLINTON … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What is the Longest Running Business in Rochester or Rochester Hills?

Dear Crabby, What is the Longest Running Business in the Rochester or Rochester Hills? Sincerely, Kathleen Novetsky   Dear Kathleen, A better question for our historical writer, Deborah J. Larsen ... but I'll have a go at. You're really asking two questions in one, and you also don't say "still operating," but I'll assume that's what you mean. For Rochester Hills, it could be a tie with many businesses. When Rochester Hills became a city, any existing businesses in Avon Township … [Read more...]