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Published April 1, 2015

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — New Township Manager Warren Brown believes his job is to serve the residents.

“The constituency is the ultimate employer,” he said. “It is about the taxpayers.”

Brown — a former Sandusky County, Ohio, administrator — replaces Ann Capela as Oakland Township manager. After just two weeks on the job, Brown said he welcomes the challenges of the growing community.

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Published March 31, 2015

ROCHESTER — The $12 million parking platforms being built in downtown Rochester will not have surveillance cameras when they open later this year, and some Rochester residents and business owners aren’t happy about that.

Rochester Mayor Jeffrey Cuthbertson said the City Council has debated the issue twice, and each time, has opted to leave surveillance cameras out of the equation.

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Published March 27, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — As the temperature fluctuates between freezing and above freezing, officials are reminding residents to stay off the ice this time of year.

Freeze-thaw cycles can weaken the ice and cause accidents, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a press release. The cycle produces “frazzle ice,” or ice that contains air pockets and has an appearance of frozen slush. Frazzle ice can appear milky white or black in color. And because the ice is dangerous, officials are offering ice safety tips in the event of a dangerous ice situation.

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Published March 25, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — Although just a few weeks old, guide dog puppies are already in training.

“We hold them up and hold them down and go in between their toes,” said Betty Crowder, a Leader Dogs for the Blind volunteer breeding stock host. “Things that give them a little stress so they learn coping skills.”

A structure made of hanging tin cans and other objects teaches the small dogs how to maneuver around and between barriers.

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Published March 25, 2015

ROCHESTER — Local high school students are turning their grief into action, following the death of Rochester High School student Gage Garmo — who died in January after a lengthy battle with cancer, just one day after The Rainbow Connection granted his final wish to meet Eminem.

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Published March 25, 2015

ROCHESTER — Stoney Creek High School students recently received eight medals in the National Scholastic Art Awards, which art teacher Diane Heath said was the most in the state.

“It really is an incredible honor. We are just thrilled to have so many students be recognized. It’s pretty unprecedented. Between the last two years, we’ve had 20 National Scholastic Award winners, which saying that aloud just blows my mind,” Heath said.

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Published March 25, 2015

ROCHESTER — The Paint Creek Center for the Arts recently opened its new exhibition, “4 x 4,” which runs through April 11.

“4 x 4” features the work of four women — Candace Law, Patrice Erickson, Toby Millman and Rachel Gervais — in honor of March as national Women’s History Month.

“It’s a really unique exhibition in that it does engage and it is very educational,” said Rana Edgar, director of exhibitions and the art market.

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Published March 24, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — It’s been 10 years since Jennifer Shields first began training law enforcement officers to spot signs of mental illness. Though it’s been a decade, Shields said she still encounters police who are “blown away” by what they learn from her.

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Published March 17, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — Police found a dozen packages of suspected cocaine recently in the possession of a man leaving a bowling alley parking lot.

According to a police report, officers were alerted to a fight in progress at 11:32 p.m. March 15 in the parking lot of Classic Lanes Bowling Alley, located at 2145 Avon Industrial Drive, near Crooks Road and M-59.

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Published March 11, 2015

ROCHESTER — A watercolor painting by Rochester Hills resident William Steiner depicts the Detroit United Railway, known as the D.U.R., in 1900.

The painting shows the high-speed electrified interurban railway sharing Rochester’s Main Street with a horse and buggy.

According to Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm records, the D.U.R. traveled from Detroit to Rochester to Lake Orion and Flint. The travel time from Rochester to Detroit was under an hour, which is less than today’s rush-hour drive, museum officials said.

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Published March 4, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — In celebration of 25 years of recognition as a Tree City by the Arbor Day Foundation, a new program urges city homeowners to plant a tree in 2015.

Kicking off the One Home One Tree Community Challenge, young Bebb Oak trees will be planted at each city park and school. A massive Bebb Oak, listed as a national champion, is located on Livernois south of Auburn Road and is depicted on the city’s logo.

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Published March 4, 2015

ROCHESTER — People of all ages have begun to tap into their creativity in preparation for downtown Rochester’s fifth annual skateboard art competition this spring.

Dubbed Deck Art 2015, the competition invites elementary, middle and high school students, as well college students, adults and businesses, to use a blank skateboard as their canvas.

Event organizer Linda Gallaher, who owns South Street Skateshop with her husband, Von Gallaher, began handing out blank decks to participants Feb. 2.

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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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