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Published August 29, 2017

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — The Rochester Hills Public Library now has three Little Free Libraries in all three communities within its coverage area.

In an effort to promote literacy in the community, the library installed its first Little Free Libraries at Spencer Park in Rochester Hills and at Bloomer Park in Rochester a couple of years ago. It most recently added one behind the Flagstar Bank on Orion Road, on the Paint Creek Trail in Oakland Township.

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Published August 29, 2017

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Parks officials hope kites and arrows will fly during the upcoming Goodison Good Tyme celebration planned for Sept. 9 at Marsh View Park.

The township’s annual family-friendly fall festival is designed to coincide with the grand opening of the park’s newly expanded Olympic archery range.

“It will be two festivals in one,” said Oakland Township Parks Director Mindy Milos-Dale. “Everything is free, including cake at the grand-opening ceremony.”

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Published August 29, 2017

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — The beginning of the 2017-18 school year means a fresh start for students at the newly renovated Hugger and Musson elementary schools, along with an updated Rochester High School — courtesy of the district’s five-year, $185 million bond issue.

“It’s like renovating a house, on steroids,” Rochester Community Schools Superintendent Robert Shaner said of the five-year bond projects.

 

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Published August 29, 2017

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — A replacement for a 100-year-old wooden railroad bridge on the Paint Creek Trail is currently in the design stage.

Township officials are aiming for construction of the new pedestrian bridge, labeled No. 33.7 and located over the Paint Creek, between Dutton and Silverbell roads, in the summer of 2018.

“Basically, the creek has eroded the pylons,” Oakland Township Trustee Robin Buxar said. “The bridge could become nonfunctional and unstable.”

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Published August 29, 2017

The city of Holland will say “welkom” to anyone wanting to delve a little deeper into the area’s rich Dutch history when it hosts the annual State History Conference Sept. 22-24.

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Published August 28, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — The steamy, sunny summer made for great swimming conditions at various lakes around Oakland County.

But families weren’t the only ones enjoying the water. High levels of bacteria from algal blooms were found at a number of local lakes.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality notified the Oakland County Health Division earlier this month that harmful algal blooms, or HABs, had been detected in White Lake Township’s Sugden Lake and in Pontiac Lake, in Waterford and White Lake townships.

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Published August 23, 2017

DETROIT — The city is coming back to life.

Abandoned buildings are being transformed into luxury lofts, and new construction is move-in ready in hot neighborhoods like midtown, downtown, the Riverwalk and more.  

The second annual Downtown Living Tour, hosted by Hour Detroit and Detroit Home Magazine Aug. 11, delivered a first look at six new developments. Each is currently under construction or renovation, or recently completed. 

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Published August 22, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — Fifty years ago, thanks to a fundraising drive and a land donation from Howard McGregor, Crittenton Hospital opened.

“The citizens in the area actually went door to door to raise money for the hospital,” Gwen MacKenzie, Ascension vice senior president, said at a 50th anniversary celebration Aug. 15 at the hospital, located on University Drive.

McGregor, a prominent businessman and farmer, was a noted Aberdeen Angus cattle breeder and served as the president of National Twist Drill, located in Rochester.

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Published August 22, 2017

ROCHESTER — Shortly after accepting a job as the new clerk/treasurer for the village of Oxford, Rochester City Clerk Lee Ann O’Connor announced that she will remain in Rochester.

“I did not realize the impact my leaving would have on this community until I started hearing from people and saw an election worker well up with tears. It made a difficult choice impossible,” O’Connor said. “I live a quiet existence here in my office, and it was just surprising to hear everyone say those types of things.”

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Published August 22, 2017

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Thanks to a $2.2 million Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant, Stony Creek Ravine Nature Park will be expanded, adding trails and a park entry.

“It will provide for a trail network and greatly gain visibility by having an entry on Snell Road,” Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Director Mindy Milos-Dale said. “There are wetlands and uplands we will be protecting.”

The currently 60-acre Stony Creek Ravine Nature Park will be expanded by an additional 209 acres with the grant funds and a local match.

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Published August 22, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — The history of Avon Township’s fire department began in 1946, when residents of the Brooklands neighborhood realized that Rochester’s fire resources were too far away.

“We forget how rural these areas were,” Rochester Hills Museum Director Pat McKay said. “Twenty-five men got together. The guys had come home from the war.”

The Brooklands men — who lived off of Auburn Road, near John R — held chicken dinners to raise funds and volunteered their time.

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Published August 16, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Your home is your special space to relax and unwind after the day’s stresses. But before you can sit down and let loose, is your décor living up to its safe haven obligations? 

“Color definitely plays a huge role,” interior designer Carolyn Heikkila, of St. Clair Shores, said. “Color theory definitely plays on our emotions. For instance, red is known to cause high blood pressure, along with other bright colors.” 

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Published August 15, 2017

ROCHESTER — Two new pocket parks have recently popped up adjacent to the West Parking Platform, along Walnut Boulevard in downtown Rochester.

Rochester Downtown Development Authority Board Chair Mark Albrecht said the green spaces were created by the DDA in response to feedback from last year’s community visioning session.

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Published August 15, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — This fall, Oakland University will transform its music, theater and dance department into a full-fledged school.

“Growing music, theater and dance from a department into a school should help strengthen our position in the state and regionally, and also enhance our ability to continue recruiting some of the most talented students in all three disciplines,” OU College of Arts and Sciences Dean Kevin Corcoran said in a statement.

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Published August 15, 2017

ROCHESTER — Residents, business owners, elected officials and administrators in Rochester came together to unveil a 20-foot-tall sundial in celebration of the city’s bicentennial Aug. 12.

City Beautiful Commission Chair Lynn Marie Oates said former City Councilman Steve Sage, who previously served on the CBC, came up with the idea for the sundial about six years ago. His idea was put on the back burner for a number of years, until the City Council issued a request for proposals asking for ideas for a monument to commemorate the bicentennial.

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Published August 14, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Did you know there’s an Oakland County Breastfeeding Coalition?

The group partners with the Oakland County Health Division and the Women, Infants and Children program to honor World Breastfeeding Week with an annual Breastfeeding-Friendly Place awards ceremony.

If you didn’t know, you’re not alone. And that’s exactly why the county is doing its part to bring awareness to breastfeeding and reducing stigma behind feeding in public places.

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Published August 10, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — There is no shortage of military expertise in the 127th Wing of Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

On Aug. 9, numerous servicemen provided members of the media with the ride of a lifetime: a nearly four-hour round-trip trek from the base in Harrison Township to a Grayling-Alpena training area and back.

Col. Jim Rossi and Col. Michael Urban were the flight’s pilots. Manning the cockpit was nothing new for either of them, as they have 28 and 14 years of experience, respectively, between them.

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Published August 9, 2017

ROCHESTER — Downtown patrons will be able to enjoy some new sounds as they stroll along Main Street this fall.

The Rochester Downtown Development Authority recently received approval from the City Council to spend $80,000 on an outdoor sound system along Main Street, from University to Second.

DDA Executive Director Kristi Trevarrow said the DDA decided to pursue the idea after it kept popping up in various surveys as something residents and business owners want downtown.

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Published August 9, 2017

METRO DETROIT — One of the many opportunities that going away for college provides is an outlet to establish your own décor style. Whether you prefer a beach-bum style with “hang loose” and ocean posters or hope to create a bohemian temple with sunshine pillows and tapestry-draped walls, dorm rooms and college residencies are an open canvas. 

Michigan State University sophomore Elise Tomaszewski, of St. Clair Shores, said that the most important thing to do when moving into your new home is to just be yourself. 

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Published August 9, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — Eight city-purchased properties with a combined total of 126 acres are currently under the care of the city’s Green Space Advisory Board.

“Each of these properties has its own unique features that lend itself to natural beauty,” said GSAB Vice Chairperson Darlene Janulis. “We have pine groves, forested floodplains, wetlands, open water ponds, river frontage and habitats for animals.”

The board gave a presentation on its activities and goals at a Rochester Hills City Council meeting July 17.

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