Rochester’s South Hill Bridge Opens in early 1900’s

The best we can tell this is a film that someone found from the opening of the Rochester's South Hill Bridge. It appears to be early 1900's.  It was said to be the largest structure of it's kind in that day!  If you have more information on this please forward it to our editor at [email protected]     … [Read more...]

City Seeking Candidates for Open Seats on DDA

City of Rochester Seeking Candidates for Open Seats on Downtown Development Authority Must apply before January 26 The City is seeking candidates for two (2) open seats on the Downtown Development Authority. These seats are for terms that will expire May 31, 2019. The City will be accepting applications until January 26, 2016. If you are interested in applying, please click on the link below for the Application. Please email your completed application to … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s So Great About Michigan?

Dear Crabby, I’m planning my summer vacation and want to visit some new places. A friend suggested I look at Michigan, but I recently heard Madonna badmouth her former home state. Is visiting Michigan worth spending my hard-earned money and vacation time? Thanks, Wendy Wanderer Dear Wendy Wanderer, Yep. It’s true. Madonna probably won’t be starring in any Pure Michigan ads in the near future… or ever… but that’s her loss because Michigan is definitely worth visiting. Our state motto … [Read more...]

Hazardous Weather Alert for Rochester-Rochester Hills

By Beth Dalbey (Patch Staff) A hazardous weather outlook is in effect for Southeast Michigan – including the counties of Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, Washtenaw and Livingston – through Thursday night, the National Weather Service said. Precipitation chances are 80 percent today. Storms aren’t expected to be severe, but are capable of heavy downpours and wind gusts near 40 mph as the storm moves from west to east. Southwest winds will bring warm, moist air into the region through early … [Read more...]

Remembering a Bad Day at Home Bakery

Monday, January 18, 1965 was supposed to be a big day at the Home Bakery. The store was set to re-open after having been closed two weeks for interior renovations, but events didn't unfold quite the way the owners had planned. It was a zero-degree day in Rochester, and a patron of Bebout's Restaurant, up the street, decided to leave his Thunderbird at the curb with the engine running while he popped into Bebout's for some breakfast. A short time later, witnesses saw the T-bird rolling down … [Read more...]

RAHS Feb. Meeting: “The Parallel Lives of the Hamlin and Woodward Families”

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society (RAHS) will hold its evening meeting for members and the public on Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Town in Rochester. The program will feature historical researcher and librarian Deborah Larsen and a look at the parallel lives and legacies of two prominent Rochester pioneer families. Learn how the paths of John F. Hamlin and Lysander Woodward intersected and shaped the history of our … [Read more...]

Enjoy the Holidays this Christmas Season

The holidays are a busy time. Many are working longer hours, shopping more, and finishing the semester at school – the list is long. We all need a break from the action to enjoy the holidays. This time of year offers us a chance to take part in the holiday magic with bright lights, special events, and festive festivals. The Michigan Festivals and Events Association is “Your source for pure Michigan fun!” Here are a few highlights for the holidays: Big, Bright Light Show The lights … [Read more...]

Ongoing RCOC Road Projects for September 10 through September 17

The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) has announced via press release that the following projects may cause traffic delays on roads between Sept. 10 and Sept. 17 or may start shortly thereafter. It is RCOC’s goal to conduct road improvement projects in a way that interferes with traffic as little as possible. This list includes both Road Commission projects and projects conducted by others, under permit, on roads under the jurisdiction of the Road Commission. Please note: This … [Read more...]

Patterson Announces Program to Improve More County Downtowns; Honors 10 Main Street Oakland County Communities

It was announced via press release that Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson unveiled a new three-tiered program that would prepare more communities for entry into Main Street Oakland County and the economic benefits of utilizing the nationally-recognized program. Patterson said select level Main Street communities have generated more than $650 million in public and private investment since 2001 and created more than 6,600 jobs and more than new 870 businesses. He made his comments … [Read more...]

National Main Streets Conference comes to Detroit… and Downtown Rochester is there!

According to the Rochester DDA, this year, Detroit is home to the National Main Streets Conference, Sunday, May 18 through Tuesday, May 20. Held at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center, the National Main Streets Conference showcases and celebrates the innovative techniques and practices that make the Main Street Approach® one of the most powerful economic development tools in the nation.  The conference is an exceptional opportunity to share ideas and information with downtowns across the … [Read more...]