Holiday Farmhouse Tours

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm presents Van Hoosen Farmhouse Christmas Tours with old Christmas cards, family gifts, community cookbooks, and a 10-foot Christmas tree in the library. $9 per adult ($6 for members) and $5 for seniors or students. Holiday Farmhouse Tours Register by 12 noon the Friday before the date of the desired visit. November 28, 29December 6, 12, 13, 20, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 The Welcome Center has numerous videos and exhibits on local history and the … [Read more...]

Gifts & Greens Market Moves Online

This year, the Rochester Garden Club will move its popular Gifts and Greens Market to an online sales format. On November 15, the club will post its catalog filled with unique, handmade holiday themed gifts, as well as beautifully decorated table arrangements made with fresh greens. Gifts & Greens Market Moves Online Their loyal customers have been buying these same lovely items at the in-person Gifts and Greens Market over the past 74 years. The catalog will be on the website from … [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...]

Dear Crabby, Will There be a Recount?

Dear Crabby, Will There be a Recount? Sincerely, Chad Hanging Dear Chad, Well, don't we all want to revisit the Florida fun recount of 2000. Of course there will be a recount - there is in every election to some degree. From the sounds the president is making, I'd say he wants a full county-wide recount (at least in the blue states), if not a complete redo of the election. Dear Crabby Gives Advice The individual states all have their own rules and procedures to allow a recount to … [Read more...]

Free Virtual Fun at Oakland Township Parks and Recreation

Oakland Township Parks and Recreation is offering free virtual and self-guided programs to residents and neighbors over the next few months as the weather becomes chillier. These programs are free, but registration is required. Visit the registration website for more information and additional programs. Free Virtual Fun at Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Yoga – Oakland Township Parks and Recreation has partnered with Rochester’s Red Lotus Yoga and Up Dog Yoga to offer two different … [Read more...]

Holidays at the School House

Presented by the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm Enjoy a quick history and tour of the one room school house, then practice your alphabet on a slate board, hop on some stilts, play quoits, master the ball and cup, or sift through old maps and artifacts. Top it off with a holiday paper craft and cookie. We adapted this tour to be family friendly for kids of all ages looking for a hands-on, socially distanced history experience. Wednesdays 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.November 4, … [Read more...]

Judge Warren Commentary: Gratitude to all Election Candidates

I lost my first two elections. First, I lost (ironically) to my now friend and tremendous Patriot Week supporter United States Senator Gary Peters. Second, I lost (also ironically) to other now friends in a bid to keep my seat on the State Board of Education. After I was appointed to my current position on the Oakland County Circuit Court, I was (unexpectedly) unopposed to retain my seat and then was re-elected drawing no opposition. In 2012, I successfully fought back a robust challenge to keep … [Read more...]

Mistletoe Marketplace

Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan presents Mistletoe Marketplace - A Virtual Event - held November 14-19. Event registration begins Sunday, November 1, along with a sneak preview of hundreds of Silent Auction items. Bidding starts Saturday, November 14, at noon and continues until Thursday, November 19, at 8:30 p.m. Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan, founded in 1993 and serving Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), hands-on, all-volunteer … [Read more...]

The Story of Rochester’s Noon Whistle

Nobody who lives or works in the vicinity of downtown Rochester needs a watch to know when it’s lunchtime. Six days a week, at high noon, the blast of the fire department’s siren marks the midday hour. However, the daily sounding of the noon whistle has nothing to do with signaling a meal break and everything to do with a devastating fire that nearly destroyed an iconic Main Street business. This photo shows clean-up work in progress two days after the Phillips & Jerome fire. Back in … [Read more...]

Choosing How to Spend the Michigan Parks Fund Up for Voter Consideration

For the upcoming November 3, 2020 election, Michigan voters are being asked to consider a constitutional amendment that would decide the use of state and local park funds. Established over 40 years ago, the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) uses royalties paid by developers to state-owned minerals (e.g., oil and natural gas) to protect sensitive lands and boost outdoor recreation. To date, more than $1.2 billion has been distributed. Currently, at least 25% of the money spent in … [Read more...]