Work for the Road Commission for Oakland County this Summer

The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) is looking to hire approximately 30 seasonal summer laborers. The position pay rate is $12.25 per hour, with a five-day work-week schedule. Workers are expected to report in early June. The positions will last 10 to 12 weeks, depending on need. Applicants must be 18 or older and have a high school diploma or GED by the first day, have a valid driver’s license, be legally eligible to work in the United States and be available to work Monday … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Should Kids Still be Allowed to Have Snow Days?

Dear Crabby, My husband and I need you to settle an argument between us and our kids. With all the virtual learning going on these days, should they still be given snow days? We say no, but the kids say, yes. What do you say?Thanks, Frita FluryDear Frita Flury, Boy did you sure pick a hot-button topic this week. If you don’t follow the Road Commission for Oakland County on social media, you really should. On Monday they posted a meme that said, “Winter is coming. The entire thing. All … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Public Library Board of Trustees Names New Officers

The Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) Board of Trustees named new officers at its first meeting of the year. The board appointed Robert Bonam as president and Madge Lawson as vice-president. Anne Kucher was named secretary, and Gregg Christenson as treasurer. Chuck Stouffer and Suba Subbarao are board trustees.  Robert Bonam Bonam was first elected to the library board in 1984 and has since filled each position several times. During his tenure on the board, Bonam has managed the … [Read more...]

Spectacular Rochester, a Brush Up on Local History

In collaboration with the Rochester-Avon Historical Society, the Brown Bag Lunch programs are going virtual. Attendees may register to join online, to brush up on local history topics, during the noon lunch hour. The first virtual Brown Bag Lunch is Tuesday, March 2 from 12 noon - 1:00 p.m. Register to receive a Zoom link to join in. The people, places, and events that shaped the community's history are introduced through historic photographs, maps, documents, and fascinating stories. … [Read more...]

Michigan’s Billion-Dollar Lottery Winner has two Silent Partners

State Reps. Mark Tisdel and Diana Farrington, both members of the House Tax Policy Committee, today detailed the taxes Metro Detroit’s recent big Mega Millions winner will be shelling over after collecting the jackpot. The two members of the House Tax Policy Committee released a tongue-and-cheek video highlighting the amount the winner will pay in taxes if he or she selects the one-time cash payment of about $739 million. “My wife and I bought a Mega Millions ticket and enjoyed … [Read more...]

Successful Aging through Financial Empowerment

The Older Persons' Commission (OPC) presents Successful Aging through Financial Empowerment (SAFE), a free virtual program, to the public on Wednesday, February 17, at 10:00 a.m. The Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University SAFE Program Director LaToya Hall talks about financial scams and identity theft. Learn how to protect yourself, report a possible problem and recover financially and emotionally after being victimized. To register for this program, visit the OPC Website … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is 2021 the Year We Finally Get a New Face on the $20 Bill?

Dear Crabby, Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t the $20 bill supposed to get a facelift at some point? Thanks,Phil Plastic Dear Phil Plastic, Join me in my time machine as we travel all the way back to 2016. A time of innocence, where Corona was still a beer and not a virus. That’s the last time I remember a discussion about changing whose mug appears on money; specifically, as you mentioned, the $20 bill. Dear Crabby Gives Advice I imagine most folks would consider it quite … [Read more...]

Be My Valentine with a Library Raffle Ticket

Looking for a Lovely Valentine’s Gift? Give a Friends of the Library’s 60-40 Raffle Ticket to your Valentine. Tickets Now Available Online and via the Phone. Buy your beloved a ticket for The Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library’s first-ever high-stakes 60-40 raffle available to everyone. The raffle proceeds will hopefully help make up for the loss of, or limitations on, key Friends fund-raising events and operations during the past year due to COVID-19. The 2020 casualties … [Read more...]

Oakland University Leads Study that Fills Key Gap on the Map of Human Genetic Diversity

Published in the Journal Gigascience, the Study Contributes to an International Effort to Map Human Genetic Variation around the Globe Led by a group of Oakland University (OU) researchers, the largest study of genetic diversity in Ukraine has been published in the open science journal GigaScience. The study provides data on genetic variants associated with human health and describes historical factors that helped give rise to remarkable genetic variation in a part of the world that has been … [Read more...]

Student Leaders Honored with Keeper of the Dream Awards

Rochester resident Rachel Jackson has been selected as one of nine recipients of Oakland University's Keeper of the Dream Award for 2021 in recognition of her efforts to break down stereotypes and promote racial and cultural understanding. Established in 1993, Keeper of the Dream provides annual scholarships of up to $5,000 for students who have demonstrated strong citizenship, scholarship and leadership. Since the program’s inception, more than 100 students from a variety of academic … [Read more...]