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Published March 4, 2015

Growth amidst change was addressed at the 2015 annual Community Outlook Breakfast held Feb. 26 at Oakland University, hosted by the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce.

“Demographics are changing,” said Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett. “The average age of our residents is 39.6, which makes us a relatively older community.” Barnett said three senior housing complexes currently in development are attracted to the city for its amenities, which include the Older Person’s Commission.

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Published March 3, 2015

ROCHESTER — Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve has brought thousands of daffodils to the greater Rochester area for the past 25 years, signaling to residents that spring isn’t far away.

Every year, the center sells around 20,000-30,000 of the bright yellow flowers through its Daffodils for Dinosaurs fundraiser, which raises funds for programming at the nature center.

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Published March 2, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — Residents and small businesses in Michigan can once again take advantage of a free, mail-in mercury collection program through Sept. 30.

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Published March 2, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY —  Road Commission for Oakland County officials will give educational presentations about the upcoming May 5 ballot initiative that would increase the state’s sales tax and provide additional funding to fix roads throughout the state. 

The educational presentations will be free to any group or organization in Oakland County.

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Published February 18, 2015

ROCHESTER — A 78-year-old Air Force veteran who left high school to fight for his country recently received his diploma from the Rochester Community Schools district.

“Sixty years ago, in 1954, an 11th-grader from Rochester High School left high school to serve in the United States Air Force during the Korean conflict,” said Lori Grein, RCS director of community relations. “Three years later, in 1957, he earned his general education development credential, otherwise known as the GED. However, he never received his diploma.”

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Published November 19, 2014

OAKLAND COUNTY — After the scraps of leftover turkey and mashed potatoes have been tucked into the fridge, it’s like you can feel the seasons instantly shift: Thanksgiving is over, and the time for holiday shopping has begun.

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Published February 13, 2014

OAKLAND COUNTY — The Michigan State University Extension is sponsoring a workshop for Oakland County lakefront property owners to create, restore and manage natural shorelines at the Cranbrook Institute of Science 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. March 8.

“This is an educational program to help homeowners that live along lakes … to understand the importance of a natural shoreline,” said Bindu Bhakta, extension educator with the MSU Extension.

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Published October 8, 2013

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — A new nature center opened to the public Oct. 3 at Lost Lake Nature Park, located off Predmore Road, west of Rochester Road.

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Published April 30, 2013

ROCHESTER HILLS — When a doctor first told Sheri Navetta that her 22-month-old son Andrew had type 1 diabetes, the young mother of twin boys was confused and in shock.

“The doctor said Andrew had to go to Royal Oak Beaumont for three days,” Navetta said. “Separating the twins for three days — I couldn’t imagine it.

“It was pretty scary at first,” she said about the diagnosis. “But once you get into it, it becomes routine and it is not so bad.” 

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Published June 7, 2012

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — In an ongoing effort to restore the historic buildings at Cranberry Lake Park, a silo roof will be replaced.

“The silo was built in 1930,” said Tammis Donaldson, principal architect for Ekocite Architecture of Royal Oak.

“The pieces of interlocking concrete were pre-cast in a conical shape,” Donaldson said. “They imploded and fell in the silo. We have all the pieces and will use them as a template.”

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Published May 23, 2012

ROCHESTER HILLS — Approximately 20 people from St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Rochester Hills helped forever change the life of a Pontiac family by volunteering their time during a recent Rebuild Day.

The team was among a group of more than 1,400 volunteers organized by Rebuilding Together Oakland County to participate in the nonprofit’s annual Rebuild Day April 28, which treated 50 homes in 11 Oakland County communities to some upgrades.

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Published May 2, 2012

ROCHESTER — Approximately 800 TV producers, directors, celebrities and guests brought a small piece of Rochester home from the 33rd annual Sports Emmy Awards in New York City April 30.

Rochester-based gourmet chocolate shop Capies Candies was one of 30 small businesses across the country — and the only one from Michigan — featured in the gift bags that were handed out during the Sports Emmy Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in sports TV coverage.

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Published May 2, 2012

ROCHESTER — If you ask Paint A Miracle Executive Director Shelly Tyshka, the Images of Inspiration luncheon is “one of the most inspirational afternoons of the year.”

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Published April 25, 2012

ROCHESTER — Two new exhibits opened at the Paint Creek Center for the Arts last weekend.

“Works on Paper” and “Robert Tucker: Torn and Painted in the Desert” will be on display at the PCCA, 407 Pine St., through May 25.

Exhibition Director Mary Fortuna said the PCCA’s main gallery upstairs currently houses “Works on Paper,” a four-person group show that features drawings, collages and objects made of paper — selected by the PCCA Exhibition Committee.

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Published April 11, 2012

METRO DETROIT — Last year, more than 450 Michigan students shared what their school was doing to be green as part of the first annual My Green School Art Contest offered by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Detroit Regional Chapter of the Green Schools Committee.

“Last year we had a great response, so we are excited to do it again,” said Connie Lilley, a member of the Green Schools Committee and owner of ecoSTORE USA. “The kids were very enthusiastic about it, and the winners were very excited.”

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Published April 11, 2012

ROCHESTER HILLS — Work on the fifth floor of the Crittenton Hospital Medical Center south tower project is currently under way, with sights set on a fall 2013 project completion date.

“It is pretty much on schedule,” said Brian Birney, director of marketing and communications at Crittenton Hospital. “Especially with the unseasonably warm weather we have had this winter.”

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Published April 11, 2012

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — A grant could pave the way for a pedestrian bridge from the Paint Creek Trail to the Paint Creek Cider Mill, near Gallagher and Orion roads.

“It is not just a pedestrian bridge,” Oakland Township Parks and Trails Planner Mindy Milos-Dale said. “There are a number of items wrapped together in one grant, including a set of outdoor restrooms, drinking fountains, a fishing platform and connecting walkways.”

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Published June 1, 2011

Combine talented artisans, good food, live entertainment and a little sunshine, and you have the makings of a great summer festival.

Beginning in June, such events are plentiful in metro Detroit. Here’s a sampling of just a few popular festivals that residents won’t want to miss this summer.

June 11-12
Clay, Glass and Metal Festival — downtown Royal Oak
In Royal Oak, one of the first big events of the season is the Clay, Glass and Metal Festival June 11-12.

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Published May 24, 2011

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS — A new book gives readers a pictorial history of the Rochester area.

The book, “Rochester and Rochester Hills,” tells the tale of progress on land once considered uninhabitable.

Authors Meredith Long and Madelyn Rzadkowolski worked for six months on the new book, which includes 200 pictures.

“It appeals to people who think they don’t like history,” Long said. “They are drawn in by the images and then find out that history is interesting.”

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Published May 11, 2011

Picture a typical senior residence and images of bingo, arts and crafts, and green Jell-O might come to mind.

Walk into a modern retirement community, though, and you may be more likely to see seniors playing video games, heading out with a travel group or performing a sun salutation in yoga class.

Today’s senior living communities are not the stale, dreary places stereotypes make them out to be.

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