Drop-in for the Holidays at the Rochester Hills Museum

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is open for drop-in hours on select dates this winter from 12 noon - 3:00 p.m., with a Guided Tour of the Van Hoosen Farmhouse at 1:00 p.m. They’ll have the 1840 Van Hoosen Farmhouse beautifully decorated with boughs of holly, old Christmas cards, family gifts, community cookbooks, and a 10-foot Christmas tree in the library. Visitors will find seasonal interactive All Aboard: Model Railroad Exhibit! on display in the Calf Barn. Remaining … [Read more...]

The American Army in Normandy from Omaha Beach to the Falaise Gap

June 6, 1944, is arguably the most important single day in western history for the past 2,000 years. Failure of the Normandy landings could have resulted in a very different world than we know today. As important as that single day was, however, D-Day did not end the Battle for France, much less the Second World War. Success on June 6 was just the beginning of the 11-week Battle of Normandy that ultimately resulted in the destruction of the German army in France and opened the door to the … [Read more...]

Rep. Tisdel Pays Tribute to Late Sen. Donald Bishop

State Rep. Mark Tisdel of Rochester Hills, at right, is joined by the family of the late Donald Eugene Bishop at the state Capitol on Thursday, October 7. Bishop, also of Rochester Hills, served as a state representative between 1967 and 1970 and as a state senator from 1971 to 1982. Bishop passed away on May 28 at the age of 88. … [Read more...]

Road Commission Still Seeking to Hire Full-Time Road Workers

The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) continues the effort to hire people who want to help keep Oakland County great by helping to maintain the county road system. “We think of these people as ‘road warriors’,” said Dennis Kolar, RCOC Managing Director. “These are the front-line workers who handle the day-to-day maintenance necessary to keep our roads open and in good shape. This is truly a great way to be a vital part of your community and to make a difference in the lives of … [Read more...]

Rep. Tisdel to Host Office Hours on August 23 at Library

State Rep. Mark Tisdel invites Greater Rochester residents to join him for office hours on Monday, August 23. Tisdel, of Rochester Hills, will hold office hours at the Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne Road in Rochester, between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. The event is open to the public, and no appointment is necessary to attend. Tisdel looks forward to meeting with people to discuss his work in the Legislature and hear their input. Tisdel represents Michigan’s 45th House … [Read more...]

Diary of a Retiree Robert A. Lytle: Father’s Day

Diary of a Retiree Robert A. Lytle Sunday, June 20, 2021 – Father's Day, Franklin Village – Sunny 70-83 Bob Lytle in his home library An interesting thing happened at Ian’s today. Joining Candy and me were Ian’s in-laws, Jure and Lidija, and Jamie’s family—his wife Mary and their two children—eleven in all. Jure and I decided to give the kids a little exercise. We grabbed Henry, Liam and Charlotte from the patio where everyone else was gathered and headed for the grassy area of Ian’s … [Read more...]

Difficult Experiences with the Secretary of State? Residents Asked to Share

Greater Rochester Residents can discuss Challenges with the Secretary of State (SOS) Appointment-Only System State Rep. Mark Tisdel has invited Greater Rochester residents to share their experiences with the appointment-only system for Michigan Secretary of State offices. Residents can share any difficulties they have experienced trying to book an appointment by filling out an online form. “During the pandemic, many neighbors, especially our senior citizens, in the Greater Rochester … [Read more...]

Launching into the Future with LaunchLab

Learn. Share. Launch. Grow.  LaunchLab, presented by the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce, is preparing for liftoff. LaunchLab is an online platform where participants can learn from local experts. The chamber will kickoff the new program at a live, hybrid event on Friday, June 4, at 9:00 a.m. The LaunchLab brand is a unique mixture of serious high-tech resources and networking within an exciting, engaging, and collaborative environment. LaunchLab’s main goal is to assist current … [Read more...]

WJR Mid-Morning On-Air Host Frank Beckmann Retires After 48 Years

Rochester Hills resident and veteran on-air host, Frank Beckmann, announces his retirement after a 48-year radio career with News Talk 760 WJR. Frank Beckmann, a news talk and sports broadcasting legend, has hosted “The Frank Beckmann Show” on WJR weekdays from 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon for the last 18 years. His last show will air on Friday, March 26, 2021. Named “Best Midday Personality” by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, Beckmann has been cited as Michigan’s top sportscaster for his … [Read more...]

Diary of a Retiree Robert A. Lytle: Christmas Came Early This Year

Diary of a Retiree – Saturday, December 5, 2020 – Christmas Comes Early This Year Bob Lytle in his home library Up at 7:30, I made our usual eggs and toast, and sat down with the iPad. The Detroit News front page has a Neal Rubin article about the Straits of Mackinac’s Round Island Lighthouse and its small but dedicated group of preservationists. With the Great Lakes having record high water levels and the likelihood of unusually damaging ice and high winds, this could easily be the … [Read more...]