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Published September 19, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — For the past 10 years, the Brooksie Way half-marathon race has honored the memory of a beloved son while encouraging all to become physically active.

“I’m expecting this to be a memorable year,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said in a statement about this year’s event, planned for Sept. 24. More than 5,700 runners and walkers attended last year’s race.

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Published September 19, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — The city’s 27-year-old fire training tower will undergo major renovations this fall.

“The tower has been there for quite a few years and has endured many, many hours of training,” Rochester Hills Fire Department Fire Marshal Bill Cooke said. “It has been a wonderful asset for the Fire Department.”

The training tower is located at Fire Station No. 1, on Horizon Court, off Livernois Road. Cooke said the condition of the tower is poor.

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Published September 18, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — If someone told you that there was more — much more — to fall flavors than just that sugary pumpkin spice, would you believe them?

Well, get ready, because writer and culinary speaker Lisa Howard is about to introduce you to a whole new world of autumnal tastes during her vegetarian cooking class at The Community House in Birmingham Sept. 27.

The class, titled “From Your Garden to Your Kitchen: Vegetarian Dinners in 30 Minutes,” will highlight the yields of what Howard considers to be our most fruitful season.

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Published September 18, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jennifer Miles, a rape aggression defense-trained instructor, showed some easy moves women can make that are surprisingly effective in deterring unwanted physical touching — even if in settings where someone is not ready to be verbally aggressive — during a recent seminar.

Miles also showed aggressive moves against an attacker in which the victim should shout “no,” alerting anyone nearby that the attention the victim is receiving is not welcome.

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Published September 14, 2017

According to Oakland University officials, students have reported three incidents of peeping Toms Sept. 12 and 13 in the shower areas of campus student housing.

The suspect is described as a black man age 18 to 21, approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall. He was wearing gray sweatpants and a dark shirt. All three reports describe the same suspect.

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Published September 12, 2017

ROCHESTER — Nearly 300 artists from across the nation filled Rochester Municipal Park last weekend for the Art and Apples Festival, but only a select few headed home with awards for their craft.

In the festival’s 52nd year, staff from the Paint Creek Center for the Arts transformed the park into one of the nation’s largest juried fine art festivals Sept. 8-10, highlighting work in a variety of mediums — including ceramics, digital art, drawing, textiles, glass, printmaking, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture, wood and more.

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Published September 12, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — A first responder answers an “uncommon calling,” Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett said during a Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony at the city’s Fire Department.

“This is the place where our community honors the events of Sept. 11,” Barnett said, standing near a World Trade Center steel beam placed near the American flag on Horizon Court. “It is a constant reminder of those that lost their lives, but also of those who risked their lives.

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Published September 12, 2017

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Swimmers who do laps, exercise classes or therapy sessions at one of the two pools at the Older Persons’ Commission are now swimming in healthier water, thanks to two new ultraviolet filtering systems.

“We wanted to provide the best water and air quality possible, and it turns out that the ultraviolet disinfection system is just the way to do that. It provides cleaner water, cleaner air, and it will ultimately save us on some of our chemical costs,” said Victor Dorer, head of facility operations at the OPC.

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Published September 12, 2017

ROCHESTER — Residents of the Rochester area should soon see a reduction in power outages, according to DTE Energy officials.

Oakland County Commissioner Adam Kochenderfer, R-Rochester Hills, recently announced that within the next year, DTE Energy plans to invest over $1.4 million in the Rochester area’s electricity distribution network.

“The Rochester area has experienced a disproportionate number of outages during the past few years, and I was getting more phone calls and more emails about them, with increasing frequency,” he said.

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Published September 12, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — A $4.2 million renovation and addition is planned for the city’s Fire Station No. 4, located on Walton Boulevard, east of Adams Road.

The station is the last of the city’s five fire stations to be renovated within the last several years.

“It was a challenging site,” Rochester Hills Fire Chief Sean Canto said about Fire Station No. 4. “Walton is a very busy road. There was a grade issue — a downward slope — and a cell tower.”

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Published September 12, 2017

ROCHESTER — High school students and teachers pose for a 1908 group picture in the Harrison Building, at Wilcox Street and University Drive, currently the site of the Rochester Community Schools administration building.

The history of Rochester-area schools dates to 1827, when a law was passed requiring townships with 50 or more families to employ a schoolmaster for three months of annual schooling. The earliest archival records for the Stony Creek No. 1 Fractional School are dated 1841, according to Rochester Hills Museum records.

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Published September 7, 2017

It may be more than a thousand miles away, but help for the victims of Hurricane Harvey arrived from St. Clair Shores, Saginaw and Detroit as the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit pitched in to help with the rescue efforts.

Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 40 inches of rain over eastern Texas in four days at the end of August, causing catastrophic flooding and displacing more than 30,000 people. The Category 4 hurricane made landfall near Rockport, Texas, and caused at least 65 deaths in the United States.

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Published September 5, 2017

ROCHESTER — In the first half of the last century, most of the city’s houses of worship were located on Walnut Street, and residents called the avenue “church street.”

Included was St. Andrew Catholic Church. In the early 20th century, Rochester’s Western Knitting Mills had trouble keeping Catholic workers in their employment for longer than a few months. The community had no Catholic church, leaving many devout Catholic workers no choice but to leave in search of other employment.

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Published September 5, 2017

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — A communitywide effort to build a Veterans Tribute on Adams Road, near Silverbell Road, has been an unqualified success, organizers said.

The $2.3 million project is $300,000 away from its fundraising goal.

“Most inspiring is the number of individuals that have contributed to this,” Tim Reese, tribute organizer, said. “Many have donated their time, professional expertise and funds.” 

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Published September 5, 2017

ROCHESTER — The Art and Apples Festival will return to Rochester this weekend, signaling to locals that fall is just around the corner.

Now in its 52nd year, the festival will entice art enthusiasts from all over to Rochester Municipal Park, which will transform into one of the nation’s largest juried fine art festivals Sept. 8-10.

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Published September 5, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — Ten years ago, a group of local soccer dads decided to gather for weekly Saturday morning bike rides.

When the first email went out, a typo listed the meeting time as 7:39 a.m., instead of 7:30 a.m.

“That became our name,” Ron Wheelock, co-founder of the 7:39’ers Bike Club, said.

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Published September 5, 2017

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Rochester Community Schools is on year two of a five-year, $185 million bond proposal, and Superintendent Robert Shaner said significant progress has been made in a number of areas, including student safety and school security.

One of the main priorities of the bond proposal was security, said Shaner, who said the district is committed to securing the entrances to each of its buildings and installing video surveillance cameras throughout the district.

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Published September 4, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Just because it’s almost time to close up the pools doesn’t mean the outdoor recreation season is finished.

In fact, according to Oakland County Parks and Recreation Executive Director Dan Stencil, now is the time when county residents come out in droves to enjoy the system’s most popular resource: its walking trails.

“The bugs are down, the air is crisp and the opportunities are bountiful to enjoy the 68 miles of trails in Oakland County parks,” Stencil said.

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Published August 31, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Regional water issues such as the Flint water crisis and toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie have brought to the forefront the importance of monitoring the lakes, said state Rep. Kevin Hertel, D-St. Clair Shores.

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Published August 31, 2017

Three teenagers were robbed on the Clinton River Trail at 6:35 p.m. Aug. 29 near Hamlin and Crooks roads, a police report states.

The teens told police they were on the trail taking pictures with their phones when three people on bicycles arrived and robbed them of their phones and wallets. One suspect showed the teens the butt of a gun concealed in a front pocket, the report states.

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