Library Joins Efforts to Print Face Shields

Rochester Hills Public Library Joins Efforts to Print Face Shields and Frames for Healthcare Workers As the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact communities in the State of Michigan, the Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) has taken steps to help protect healthcare workers by using the library’s 3D printers to create face shields. Library staff downloaded the design files from stratasys.com and are printing and assembling the face shields at home. Eureka Lab/Makerspace … [Read more...]

Op Ed: Stop Attacks on Asian Americans

Personally, I have no problem with President Trump’s labeling the current pandemic the “Chinese flu.” Like the Spanish flu (interestingly enough traceable back to France, Kansas, or China), he is simply following a time honored tradition. Likewise, the gnashing of teeth about closing the boarders as racist, xenophobia seems nothing more than the overwrought attacks of those suffering from Trump derangement syndrome. Closing the borders is also a time-tested response that countries across the … [Read more...]

Rochester’s Pest House Was an Early Answer to Outbreaks of Disease

As we cope with the various levels of disruption in our daily routines made necessary by the response to the COVID-19 virus, it is interesting to look back at the way contagious disease was handled in our community in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In small communities like Rochester, there were no hospitals at the time. A village might be fortunate enough to have a physician or two in residence, but there were no cures and few effective therapies available for the primary … [Read more...]

Neighborhood House in Urgent Need of Supplies

Neighborhood House Food Pantry Open for Business, Accepting New Clients, and in Urgent Need of Supplies Neighborhood House, a food pantry and service center committed to building self-sustainability, is remaining open during Michigan’s executive order to suspend all unnecessary activities. The food pantry is considered an essential service to sustain life. However due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19, demands are on the rise and donations are in short supply. “Over 25% of Rochester … [Read more...]

Governor Whitmer Signs “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order

Governor Directs all Non-Critical Businesses to Temporarily Close, all Michiganders to Stay Home or Six Feet Away from Others During COVID-19 Crisis Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020-21), directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. The order also directs Michiganders to stay in their homes unless they’re a part of that critical … [Read more...]

Older Persons’ Commission to Continue Essential Services

In the face of the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic, the Rochester Older Persons’ Commission (OPC) continues to provide essential services to the vulnerable senior population in our community. The Letica Drive facility is closed for daily recreational usage, but staff and dedicated volunteers remain committed to providing the life-saving programs and services, which are at the core of OPC’s mission. These services include Meals on Wheels, which provides hot, nutritious meals to seniors 60+ in … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Does it Mean to Self-Quarantine?

Dear Crabby, What Does it Mean to Self-Quarantine and How Does it Work? Sincerely, Youno Touchme   Dear Youno, Ah, yes, another coronavirus question. They just keep coming in. It's like all my readers are stuck inside without much to do. And since most of my readers are older like me, that's a normal day without a health crisis. Every new scare offers the world new terms. 2020 will be remembered as bringing us self-quarantine, self-monitor, and social distancing. But what's the … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Municipal Buildings Closed to Public

The City of Rochester Hills Takes Precautionary Measures Against COVID-19 The City of Rochester Hills’ first priority is always the health, safety, and welfare of residents, businesses, visitors and its team members. Rochester Hills has proactively taken steps to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the city, including issuing a State of Emergency last week. Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 the Rochester Hills City Hall, the Rochester Hills Department of Public … [Read more...]

Mayor Barnett Declares State of Emergency in Rochester Hills

As we collectively address the pandemic facing our local community, state and country, the City of Rochester Hills is working to minimize the public’s and our employees’ exposure to the coronavirus. Effective immediately, Mayor Bryan K. Barnett has issued a State of Emergency in the City of Rochester Hills. This State of Emergency will allow the Mayor to make immediate decisions in the interest of the City’s health, safety and welfare. In light of the pandemic, Rochester Hills is … [Read more...]

Governor Whitmer Orders Temporary Prohibition on Large Assemblages and Events

Governor Orders that Events and Shared-Space Assemblages over 250 People be Canceled or Postponed Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-5 to cancel all events over 250 people and all assemblages in shared spaces over 250 people beginning on Friday, March 13 at 5:00 p.m. and ending on Sunday, April 5 at 5:00 p.m. The governor’s executive order also closes all K-12 school buildings to students from Monday, March 16 until Sunday, April 5. Child care facilities will remain open … [Read more...]