About Michael Dwyer

Michael Dwyer is a freelance content provider. Michael writes about happenings in the Rochester area, travels across Michigan and destinations around the world. Contact him at [email protected].

‘Christmas through the Decades’ at Rochester Hills City Hall

Mayor Bryan Barnett and the Rochester Hills City team members decorated for the holidays. The theme this year was 'Christmas through the Decades' covering the past, and even into the future. Here are a few images of the city offices - can you guess the decades? Photos by Michael Dwyer … [Read more...]

Remembering Bernadette Joan Kurkowski

Bernadette Joan Kurkowski, age 75, resident of Royal Oak, MI, passed away in the early morning of November 29, 2021. She was born in Pontiac, MI on October 11, 1946 to the late William and Helen Kurkowski. Bernadette was also preceded in death by her brother Lester Kurkowski, her dear sister Delores Dwyer, and longtime partner, Herman “Willie” Landt. She is survived by her loving sister Loretta Reid, her nephews Victor Reid, William Dwyer, and Michael Dwyer; her nieces Pamela (Reid) Williams, … [Read more...]

Dillman & Upton Sells with Over 100 Years of Service to Rochester

In 1905, C.W. Upton started the business that the Greater Rochester Area would come to know and support - it became Dillman & Upton in 1910. After four generations, Dillman & Upton has sold to Mans Lumber and Millwork, another century-old, Michigan family-owned business. Dillman & Upton has been supplying materials to a large portion of construction projects built or remodeled in Oakland County. They also specialize in lumber, millwork, window, decking, and kitchens/baths, … [Read more...]

Poetry in the Park 2021

Friday July 16 at the Rochester Municipal Park Rochester Poetry Society presents this year’s event on Friday, July 16, at 7:00 p.m. at the Kiwanis Pavilion in the Rochester Municipal Park. A tribute to the late James Ahearn, local writer and former Rochester Poet Laureate, will begin the evening followed by five poets reading for about 10-minutes each. The last scheduled reader will be Robert Lytle, the current Rochester Poet Laureate. Open mic will be available—time … [Read more...]

Remembering Sue Ann Douglas

Sue Ann Douglas, age 77 of Rochester, passed away December 17, 2020. Loving wife of Thomas Douglas for 56 years, dear mother of Roger Douglas. Sister of Nancy (Donald) and Candy (Glen). From April 2019 - Mayor Robert J. Ray with Rochester residents Sue and Tom Douglas - photo by Michael Dwyer Sue was well known locally for her public service on the Rochester Planning Commission, Rochester City Council, and the Oakland County Board of Commissioners. Before she started her public service … [Read more...]

Remembering Bill Lipuma

For Rochester Area Residents, the Lipuma Name is Synonymous with Coney Island Salvatore "Bill" Giuseppe Lipuma, Age 89 of Oakland Township passed away on December 3, 2020. Born December 15, 1930, Bill was a devoted husband of Mary for 65 years. Dear father of Marie (John) Russo, Tony (Jodi) Lipuma, and Andrea (Douglas) Lipuma Brown. Adored grandfather of Maria, Salvatore, Stephanie (Brett), Sophia, Meghan, Lisa, and Sophie. Brother of Mary Jankowski, Santa Miserendino, Rose Regner, and … [Read more...]

Election Results (so far) 2020

Computer software glitches, accusations of fraud, and still counting ballots have led to uncertainly with many voters. At the same time, others have accepted the outcome. Here are the unofficial 2020 election results for our community. Election Results Presidential Race: Joe Biden (D) has won Michigan and the county, apparently upsetting incumbent Donald J. Trump (R). While lawsuits and recounting will follow, most officials have called it for Biden/Harris team. U.S. Senate Race: Gary … [Read more...]

Q&A with Commissioner Adam Kochenderfer

Rochester Media (RM) invited Commissioner Adam Kochenderfer (AK), candidate for re-election in District #15 for the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, to participate in an Q&A style interview. We're please to share that with you here on The Community Edge, our online local news outlet. RM: Why do you seek re-election and why did you choose county commissioner as a form of public service? AK: I chose to run again due to the unprecedented challenges to both the economy and public … [Read more...]

Protests Come to Rochester

While big cities are the usual ground for protests, Rochester and Rochester Hills have a handful of protests popping up. In light of recent events surrounding the death of George Floyd, area students have organized - and continue to organize - local peaceful protests. Unlike some of the big city protests that have turned into riots, prompting states to use the National Guard and for curfews to be put into place, the local walks have remained peaceful. On Thursday, June 4, two … [Read more...]

Remembering Bill Fox

William (Bill) Matthew Fox, created a legacy of service to the Rochester, Michigan Community. He was active in philanthropic endeavors as a major donor to DeLaSalle Collegiate, Rochester College, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Crittenton Hospital, the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, the Rochester Rotary Club, and Leader Dogs for the Blind. Bill’s business acumen and success, as a Chevrolet Dealer for over 50 years, enabled him to give back to the greater community, which in turn gave him great … [Read more...]