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Published October 10, 2017

ROCHESTER — Administrators at Rochester Community Schools are hoping a new logo will better identify the district as a school community.

RCS Community Relations Director Lori Grein said the overall intent of the new logo design — which was launched at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year — is to provide an image that accurately identifies the district as Rochester Community Schools, versus just Rochester.

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Published October 10, 2017

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS — A Rochester Hills man was arraigned on multiple charges after allegedly committing thousands of dollars worth of fraud against victims from five counties.

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Published October 10, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — A proposed preschool on the southeast corner of Tienken and Adams roads has some residents concerned about increased traffic.

“Area residents can tell you that traffic backs up in every direction at this light, and not just at rush hour,” city resident Beth Tilove said in an email. “Adjacent subdivisions have complained repeatedly about cut-through traffic as drivers seek to avoid the intersection.”

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Published October 6, 2017

From sprawling apple orchards to pick-your-own pumpkin patches, Michigan offers plenty of ways to spend a crisp autumn day. But if you’re looking for something a little more active — and you’re up for a challenge — it’s time to get in on the corn maze craze.

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Published October 5, 2017

ROCHESTER — Police are asking the public to help identify four men who officers believe were involved in a recent assault in downtown Rochester.

Rochester Police Detective Luke Mitchell said officers were called to a parking lot near the area of an alley near West Third Street and Walnut Street in downtown Rochester on a report of an assault at approximately 2 a.m. Sept. 3.

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Published October 3, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — A new Oakland University program aims to foster workplace safety, giving college credits to students with hands-on experience in the field.

The program is the result of an alliance between OU and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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Published October 3, 2017

ROCHESTER — Downtown Rochester hopes to spread a little more cheer this winter with some new holiday events to complement the city’s popular Big, Bright Light Show.

Rochester Downtown Development Authority Director Kristi Trevarrow said downtown Rochester has become one of metro Detroit’s Christmas destinations over the years.

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Published October 3, 2017

ROCHESTER — The Paint Creek Center for the Arts is inviting the community to see the talents of various abstract artists this month.

The show, which runs through Oct. 21, was scheduled to open Sept. 23.

PCCA Exhibitions and Art Market Director Jenny Creech said the exhibition gives the public a glimpse into the abstract-themed work of over 20 artists from across the state and beyond.

“We have paintings, sculptures, mixed media, as well as an artist who works with mold. It is a pretty cool collection of things,” Creech said.

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Published October 3, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — For the second year in a row, local artist Meredith Lea Bailey is a finalist in the 2017 MI Great Artist online competition.

Bailey’s watercolor study of filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock reflects her passion for a bygone era and for portraiture. “I have always loved the era of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s,” she said. “My aunt was a Rockette in New York. I was always inspired by her and that era, and I started painting from movie stills.”

Watercolor is an unusual medium for a portrait artist, she said.

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Published October 3, 2017

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Find family fun, activities and demonstrations of old and new farming methods during the free  Down on the Farm event Oct. 7 at the historic Cranberry Lake Farm. 

“We’ll have tractors, musicians, pumpkins, cider, chickens, goats, games and hayrides,” Oakland Township Historic Preservation Planner Barbara Barber said. “People can enjoy the farming atmosphere and also learn about things.”

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Published October 3, 2017

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Entering year two of a five-year, $185 million bond issue, Rochester Community Schools Superintendent Robert Shaner said the district has already completed many technology updates.

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Published September 29, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Chris Tait offers a sober assessment of his outlook in 2011, after all the years he spent touring with bands and living a rock and roll lifestyle fed by booze and drugs.

“I’ve torched so many relationships. The shame and guilt. I didn’t want to die, but I didn’t want to live anymore, either,” said Tait, of Hamtramck, who plays keyboards in the Detroit-based Electric Six.

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Published September 28, 2017

Oakland University police received a report that a sexual assault occurred at 12:30 a.m. Sept. 24 on campus, near the Elliott Tower.

According to an OU statement, the student was approached near the tower by an unknown man, who pulled down his pants and pulled the student on top of him. As the student left the area for the residence hall, the suspect followed and continued to touch the student inappropriately, the report states. The student entered the residence hall, and suspect was unable to gain access to the residence hall.

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Published September 27, 2017

METRO DETROIT — The tiny-home movement has already taken over home improvement channels and is slowly starting to spread across the country, as more people are drawn to the idea of downsizing.

Locally, Scott Baker is hoping the trend will grow some feet in the metro Detroit area. 

Baker recently started the company Cool Tiny Homes, based in Rochester, to offer tiny homes to people looking to bring a small cottage up north or to a hunting site.

“I like the idea of minimization to kind of get back to your roots,” he said. 

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Published September 26, 2017

ROCHESTER — Six candidates will compete for four seats on the Rochester City Council Nov. 7.

Four members of the City Council are elected during a general municipal election in November of every odd year. The three candidates receiving the highest number of votes each serve four-year terms, and the candidate receiving the fourth-highest number of votes serves a two-year term.

Mayor Cathy Daldin and council members Stuart Bikson, Jeffrey Cuthbertson and Ann Peterson are all up for re-election. Daldin and Cuthbertson are serving their final terms.

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Published September 26, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — Hayrides, old-fashioned games, music, crafts, food, fire trucks and pumpkin carving await all at the upcoming Stonewall Pumpkin Festival Oct. 14 at the Rochester Hills Museum.

“It is the most fun day of the whole year,” Museum Supervisor Pat McKay said. “It even beats Christmas.”

The annual Stonewall Pumpkin Festival is the museum’s showcase event, designed to introduce newcomers to the historic farm site while raising funds for museum operations.

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Published September 26, 2017

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Road Commission for Oakland County officials are recommending a traffic roundabout at the Adams and Gunn roads intersection, to be constructed next summer.

Ten crashes and 11 injuries at the intersection within a one-year period initiated the installation of a four-way stop sign, Tom Blust, Road Commission director of engineering, said during a Sept. 12 presentation to the Oakland Township Board of Trustees.

Delta Kelly Elementary School is located at the northwest corner of the intersection, which sees 14,000 cars per day, Blust said.

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Published September 26, 2017

FRASER — The restaurant business is, and has always been, a family business for Eugene Kasapis.

Throughout high school, he worked in his dad’s restaurant in Greektown alongside his brothers Steve and Gus Kasapis. And three months before graduating, he and his brothers opened up their own restaurant in downtown Detroit.

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Published September 21, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Breweries from all over Michigan are well-known, and well-regarded, across the country. But you don’t have to travel far for a pint of quality craft beer.

In metro Detroit alone, there are more than 100 craft breweries within a short drive.

Scott Graham, executive director of the Michigan Brewers Guild, estimates that there are more than 300 breweries in Michigan. But it wasn’t always such a large industry.

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Published September 19, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — City deer/car crashes were up in 2016, according to city officials.

“There were 176 total deer crashes in 2016 (in Rochester Hills),” Deborah Barno, chair of the city’s Deer Management Advisory Committee, said during a Sept. 11 presentation to the Rochester Hills City Council.

“That is up 26 accidents from 2015,” Barno said, but it’s lower than the record number of car/deer crashes in 2007.

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