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Published May 4, 2016

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS — Trail users will soon have something colorful to look at as they bike, walk or run along the Clinton River Trail near Rochester College.

College officials are asking southeast Michigan artists to submit proposals for a mural that represents the Rochester region to be painted across two or three walls, totaling 900 square feet, fronting the Clinton River Trail in the college’s new Lake Norcentra Park.

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Published May 4, 2016

ROCHESTER — A natural disaster can strike at any time, and the city of Rochester is taking steps to make sure it’s prepared.

Rochester Fire Chief John Cieslik said the city is in the process of updating its emergency response plan, a process that is completed every four years.

Based on the city’s size, he said Rochester plans to use the Oakland County Homeland Security Department as its main emergency response plan, meaning the county would handle response operations if the city declared an emergency.

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Published May 3, 2016

ROCHESTER — Rochester-area high schools were once again named in U.S. News & World Report’s list of the best high schools in the state.

The nationwide report looked at overall student performance on state assessments and college readiness for 28,561 high schools throughout the country from the 2013-14 school year. Only those schools that earned a national gold or silver medal were eligible for state ranking.

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Published May 3, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — A tree planting ceremony recently honored two women important to the past and present history of the Rochester Hills Museum.  

One of Sarah Van Hoosen Jones’ favorite trees was replaced during the Arbor Day celebration. An American elm tree was removed many years ago when it was stricken with Dutch elm disease, and a disease-resistant liberty elm was planted in the same location. 

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Published May 3, 2016

ROCHESTER — For the past two years, the Rochester Police Department has seen a surge in calls for service, which, in turn, has caused the department’s response time for non-emergency incidents to increase for the first time in seven years.

With the average jumping from four minutes and four seconds to five minutes, Rochester Police Chief Steve Schettenhelm is hoping to bring that number back down with the help of a new K-9 program.

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Published May 3, 2016

ROCHESTER — The 17th season of the Downtown Rochester Farmers Market comes to town May 7, bringing fresh Michigan fruits, plants and vegetables to the corner of East Third and Water Street.

The outdoor market will continue from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 29.

Downtown Development Authority Marketing Coordinator Kelly McMahon said the market is a place for the community to shop for fresh, locally grown foods and spend time with friends and family.

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Published May 3, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Climate models and existing data suggest that Michigan will be getting warmer in the coming years, with more frequent major storms and humid, stagnant air. A new report suggests that this would bring along a rash of public health concerns for residents as well.

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Published April 27, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Getting up in front of a crowd of people is a challenge for many people, regardless of their age.

But Stephanie Bickel, of Speak by Design, says it doesn’t have to be that way.

Bickel recently visited Musson Elementary School to present a workshop to third-graders — including her own twins — aimed at developing students’ speaking skills, while inspiring them about their future professions.

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Published April 27, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — During the last century, the smallpox vaccine was produced on the skin of calves.

“We painted the heifers’ bellies with smallpox,” said Tom Janicki, of Almont, who worked at Parke-Davis laboratory facilities for 36 years, beginning in 1960. “Then we scraped it off and made the vaccine.”

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Published April 26, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — A 36-year-old Commerce Township man drove his car off the road and into the Clinton River at 5:51 p.m. April 18 near the Livernois and Avon Road intersection.

According to a police report, the driver, who was alone in his car, made no attempt to exit his vehicle and did not respond to verbal commands from police and fire officials at the scene.

Officials entered the river, secured a safety line to the car and removed the driver, bringing him to safety.

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Published April 26, 2016

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS — Bike enthusiasts can enjoy a morning ride along local trails next month while raising money to support updates to the Paint Creek Trail.

Motor City Bike & Brew Tours owner Steve Johnson is hosting the fourth annual Cruisin’ for the Trails spring charity bike ride Saturday, May 7, to support the Friends of the Paint Creek Trail.

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Published April 26, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — The original dedication plaque for the old Brooklands School has gone missing, and police are on the case.

Rochester Community Schools Community Relations Director Lori Grein said the district filed a police report after noticing that the plaque was missing from the 1927 building, which has been vacant for nearly two years.

RCS Superintendent Robert Shaner said it is “extremely disappointing” that someone would take the dedication plaque, which he said serves as “a treasured piece of history” within the community.

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Published April 26, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — A 25-year-old Detroit woman told police she was sexually assaulted by a man she met through a Craigslist personal ad sometime before 10:39 p.m. April 16 on Village Circle.

According to a police report, the woman said she responded to the man’s personal ad. The woman was not physically injured during the assault and did not require medical attention, the report states.

The suspect is a 42-year-old Rochester Hills man, the report states.

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Published April 26, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Even though it’s spring, you can treat your mom to a winter wonderland this Mother’s Day.

The Parade Company Studio in Detroit is opening its doors Mother’s Day weekend, May 6-7, for private, behind-the-scenes tours of its 200,000-square-foot warehouse, which is home to floats, costumes and props used in the annual America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van.

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Published April 25, 2016

A car left the roadway and crashed into a house 6:04 p.m. April 24 in the 800 block of Timberline Drive, a police report states.

The car was traveling west on Tienken Road, near Brewster, when it crossed into the eastbound lanes and left the road, continuing through a vacant field and through the trees before crashing into the back of a house.

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Published April 25, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Millage renewals for township parks and the Older Persons’ Commission, which also includes an OPC millage increase, are planned for the August primary election.

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Published April 20, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — A police millage and a safety path and trails network millage will be on the upcoming November general election ballot.

“The police millage is strictly a renewal,” Oakland Township Supervisor Terry Gonser said at the April 12 Board of Trustees meeting. “Safety paths is a reduction.”

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Published April 20, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS —Jenoptik Automotive plans to create a new campus-style facility on Hamlin Road, between Crooks and Livernois.  

Company officials aim to purchase city-owned land for a new office, engineering, manufacturing and warehouse building campus on the north side of Hamlin Road for a three-phase project totaling $15 million. 

Jenoptik Automotive manufactures metrology and laser processing systems for manufacturing processes, according to company officials.

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Published April 19, 2016

ROCHESTER — Thousands of green living enthusiasts will head to Rochester Municipal Park this weekend for the annual MI Earth Day Fest to learn about healthy living and to peruse earth-friendly products, services and programs.

Festival Manager John Batdorf said the event was created 11 years ago to spread awareness of green living and wellness practices in an effort to help the environment.

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Published April 19, 2016

ROCHESTER/BIRMINGHAM — The community will come together April 30 to enjoy a magical evening out at The Rainbow Connection’s Dream Makers Ball.

Rainbow Connection Executive Director Mary Grace McCarter said her staff is thrilled to host the second annual Dream Makers Ball, a black-tie gala benefiting the charity’s mission to make dreams come true for Michigan children with life-threatening illnesses.

“The sole purpose of the Dream Makers Ball is to raise awareness about The Rainbow Connection to help make dreams come true,” she explained.

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