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Published September 23, 2015

ROCHESTER — Two Rochester-area high schools were recently recognized in Newsweek’s list of America’s top high schools.

Each year, Newsweek releases a list of the high schools across the nation that it says “do the best job of preparing students for college.”

According to Newsweek, the report is based on student retention, Advanced Placement scores, SAT/ACT scores, dual enrollment participation and counselor-to-student ratios, among other criteria.

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Published September 23, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — Oakland University’s Costume Shop, tucked away in Varner Hall, provides all of the costumes for the dances and theatrical performances presented by the school’s Department of Music, Theatre and Dance.

“We make about 350 costumes each year,” said Christa Koerner, OU Costume Shop manager and teacher. “We are nonstop.” 

All costumes are student-designed, said Koerner, who teaches costume construction and craft.

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Published September 23, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — The city’s Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival is so popular there is a waiting list for workers.

“We have people who are disappointed they can’t get in on the volunteer list,” said Pat Hambleton, a Rochester Garden Club member who is in charge of the volunteers. “We think this is the most fun.”

The entire family is invited to attend the festival and carve a pumpkin after enjoying games, music, food and much more at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm.

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Published September 23, 2015

ROCHESTER — Of the 111 buses in the Rochester Community Schools fleet, nine did not pass inspection by the Michigan State Police.

The MSP Traffic Safety Division conducts school bus inspections throughout the state on an annual basis between Sept. 1 and Aug. 31 and publishes a report of its findings.

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Published September 22, 2015

ROCHESTER — The community is invited to step into a world of enchantment along Main Street this October to watch as scenes from beloved fairytales are re-created during Rochester Posed.

The city’s third annual live mannequin event, scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Oct. 1 this year, invites downtown Rochester businesses to turn their storefront windows into live mannequin displays modeled after popular fairytales.

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Published September 22, 2015

ROCHESTER — Rochester residents can rid their homes of unwanted over-the-counter and prescription drugs this Saturday.

The Rochester Police Department will partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration during the 10th annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 26. The department will serve as a drop-off point for people to discard expired, unused and unwanted medications for destruction. Injectable medication will not be accepted.

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Published September 22, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — Oakland University police are asking anyone who has information about a man who sexually assaulted a student at 6 p.m. Sept. 8 on campus to contact police.

“A student met someone online, and they communicated for some time,” Oakland University Chief of Campus Police Mark Gordon said. “They met on campus. She was sexaully assaulted.”

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Published September 16, 2015

ROCHESTER — The Paint Creek Center for the Arts celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Art & Apples Festival last weekend, an accomplishment that drew the recognition of many local dignitaries.

A number of state, county and city leaders came to kick off the event Sept. 11, helping to officially cut the ribbon to open the event in Rochester Municipal Park.

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Published September 16, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — A new report names Rochester Hills the safest city in Michigan.

Munetrix, a state-based data aggregator, listed the city as No. 1 among local municipalities with populations over 50,000. After collecting data over three years, Munetrix found Rochester Hills’ crime rate of 2.47 percent per capita to be the lowest. The city’s crime rate has decreased every year since 2008.

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Published September 16, 2015

ROCHESTER — The state has removed all four of the remaining schools within the Rochester Community Schools district from its Focus Schools list for their efforts to bridge the achievement gap between the top and bottom 30 percent of students.

Focus Schools, according to the Michigan Department of Education, are the 10 percent of Michigan schools having the widest gap in student achievement between the lowest- and highest-performing students.

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Published September 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The school year kicked off Sept. 8, filling the roads and sidewalks once again with buses and children traveling to and from school.

With more traffic on the roads and more children walking outside, AAA Michigan is reminding motorists to stay alert in neighborhoods and school zones as part of its School’s Open — Drive Carefully awareness campaign.

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Published September 15, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — The official Brooksie Way training program grows every year, according to race officials.

“We have about 500 people in the training program this year,” said Sue Barnes, Brooksie Way training program coordinator. “Thirty to 40 percent have never run in a race before; 60 percent come back every year for the training and the social benefits.”

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Published September 15, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS —Since 1983, a dedicated group has made sure Meadow Brook Hall is in working order.

“The Squires are our men’s volunteer group,” said Shannon O’Berski, MBH marketing manager. “They are the handymen of Meadow Brook, keeping up the integrity of the home. They help out around the house and with special projects as needed.”

“We are a maintenance group — mending and fixing and whatever needs to be done around the house,” Squire Randy Walker said.

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Published September 15, 2015

ROCHESTER —  Fall officially begins Sept. 23, and the Rochester Mills Beer Co. has just the event to help families ring in the new season.

For the past 17 years, the Mills has been inviting families to celebrate Oktoberfest — a time-honored Bavarian tradition that started 200 years ago in Munich, Germany — by enjoying German-style cuisine, plenty of beer and a variety of activities for all ages. This year’s event runs Sept. 24-26.

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Published September 9, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — The price of water has been a long-debated topic in metro Detroit, and recent meetings involving community leaders and members of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, or DWSD, have shed some light on the issue.


Macomb Area Communities for Regional Opportunities, or MACRO, has held meetings with DWSD representatives to discuss forthcoming contracts in relation to the Great Lakes Water Authority, or GLWA — an arrangement enacted in November 2014 that involves Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties paying annual lease payments.

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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration announced Sept. 1 that the state would develop its own carbon implementation plan to meet the power plant carbon emissions guidelines set for it in President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan.


The Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce power plant greenhouse gas emissions by a third of 2012 levels by 2030, allows states to develop their own plans to reach their respective targets.

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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After a strong summer, the housing market in metro Detroit shows no signs of regressing heading into the fall, although buyers and sellers both could take extra precautions in getting in or out of a house.


For the buyer, real estate agent Jan Hays, with Max Broock in Birmingham, said the market will still look to be a sellers market in the fall, so buyers should be ready to make a bid when going to look at a house and not be afraid to make the call.

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Published September 9, 2015

ROCHESTER — The city of Rochester will celebrate its golden bicentennial in 2017, and plans are already in the works to celebrate the anniversary of the city’s settlement in a big way.

Rochester Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Kristi Trevarrow said the city’s Golden Bicentennial Committee really wanted to do something to bring the “golden” in golden bicentennial to life. They decided that planting daffodils throughout the city would be a great visual representation of that.

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Published September 9, 2015

ROCHESTER — Frank Rewold has fond memories of racing to Rochester Municipal Park as a young boy to go ice skating on the duck pond each winter after school.

That nostalgia has prompted his family to take action so others can create similar memories this winter.

“Before the Onyx (Rochester Ice Arena) rinks that we have now, there was no rink, so I used to go down there all the time after school and on Saturdays,” Rewold said. “I grew up skating on that pond.”

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Published September 8, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — Police discovered 939 grams of heroin, 10 grams of marijuana and 15 grams of cocaine during an Aug. 18 search of a Waterford Court home, off of Butler Road, west of Adams Road. 

According to police, the street value of the heroin found at the home is estimated between $300,000 and $400,000. Along with the drugs, police found two loaded handguns, cash, drug packaging and drug paraphernalia. 

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