School board names 4 superintendent candidates

Twenty-six people applied to be the next superintendent of Rochester Community Schools. Four of them will be interviewed by the board of education over two nights starting Jan. 7. The four candidates were recommended by the district’s superintendent search consultant, School Exec Connect, which has already interviewed all 26 applicants. The four are: Robert A. Martin, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, West Bloomfield School District.  A Rochester Hills resident, he … [Read more...]

SpringHill Day Camp Coming to Faith Church in Rochester Hills August 13-17, 2012

Children in Rochester Hills, MI have a new camp to attend this summer.  SpringHill Day Camp is coming to Faith Church on Hamlin Road in Rochester Hills August 13th – 17th from 9AM – 4PM.  The camp is for children who have completed kindergarten through 4th grade. The cost to attend the camp is $159. Sibling discounts are available, as are full and partial scholarships for families who cannot afford the cost of camp.  To inquire about the scholarships please contact At … [Read more...]

Garden walk shows off Rochester, town and country

  John and Pat Wireman never thought they could own their dream house. But thanks to a son-in-law who’s a builder, the former Southfield residents moved into a new house in northern Rochester Hills in 2002. The couple, both academics, had been searching for land on a trout stream when they found a 2.5-acre lot on Paint Creek. Their garden, which combines the wild creek landscape with a formal garden closer to the house, is one of seven gardens featured in the 13th annual Rochester Hills … [Read more...]

City reminds Hills residents of watering restrictions

Rochester Hills residents: Do you know that the time of day you water your lawn has an impact on the city’s water rates? The city purchases wholesale water from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. DWSD determines wholesale water rates to suburban communities on an annual basis based on estimated revenue requirements for the upcoming season and based on each community’s usage requirements. The rate to each community is based on the following main factors: Distance from the water … [Read more...]

An American girl’s Viet Nam war

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will celebrate Veterans Day with a presentation by Rochester Hills resident Joann Puffer Kotcher, author of An American Red Cross Girl’s War in Viet Nam. The event begins at 7 p.m. Friday, November 11. Kotcher puts you in Viet Nam; face down in the dirt under a sniper attack, inside a helicopter being struck by lightning, at dinner next to a commanding general and slogging through the mud along a line of foxholes. You see the war through the eyes … [Read more...]

Letter to the Editor, About the Mayoral Race of Rochester Hills

Dear Editor, As August 2nd approaches, I am excited to join fellow voters to gladly retain Bryan Barnett as the mayor of Rochester Hills. As a new resident, having moved from downtown Rochester, and childhood resident of Oakland Township, I have been able to follow the changes over the decades in our area. In the past few years, I've noticed how Rochester Hills has really become one of the best places to raise a family, due to many improvements Mayor Bryan Barnett has made. As the Mayor … [Read more...]

Giant Hogweed Plants Thought to be Spotted on Paint Creek Trail

Earlier this week, a couple from Rochester Hills reported that they thought they saw Giant Hogweed plants on The Paint Creek Trail. These plants are beautiful, but very dangerous if handled. Fox news reported that a woman in New York has gone blind from getting the sap in her eyes while attempting to transplant it. The couple called Dinosaur Hill and has inquired with others to find out if the plants spotted in Rochester are in fact these dangerous Giant Hogweed plants. The … [Read more...]

I am a Sin Addict

I lust. I greed. I hate. I anger. I envy. I worry. I’m lazy. I’m prideful. I fear. I’m self-righteous. I am a hypocrite. And I try really hard to keep you from knowing these things about me. I go to church. I pray. I attend Bible Study, where I reveal small snippets of how awful I truly am, just enough to make me feel (and look) like I am a humble person. I teach my kids about God. I do the Right Thing. Most people would say I am a Good Person. But am I really? If at my core I continue to sin, … [Read more...]

Boardroom Couple, A Rochester Hills Couple

Boardroom CoupleTM is run by Leonard and Julie Magro, one couple made from two entrepreneurs.  They have been married for 9 years and working together for 5 years.  They have two children and one crazy dog. Their Story "Entrepreneurship runs in our blood.  It was clear early in our marriage that we wanted our own business.  Corporate life was stifling both our daily life and our long term dreams.  So in 2005 we made the jump from employees to entrepreneurs.  In 2010, we celebrated five years … [Read more...]

Musings From Haiti

Since returning from Haiti I have tried to identify the most unsettling aspect of my experience there. Conventional wisdom says it would be the sheer magnitude of the disaster, which experts say we can’t fully grasp. But for me there was something more subtle and insidious which I suspect has been steadily eroding the Haitian psyche and threatens to hinder their ability to recover successfully. In a word, 'eyesore'; defined as 'something unpleasant to look at'. It may seem trivial but I … [Read more...]