Week of 2.20.17

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Bates Street Society Dinner

The Community House Board of Directors welcomed 200 to the second annual dinner ($200, $250 tickets) honoring significant donors ($25,000 plus). It also saluted community Pillars of Vibrancy who were toasted at a preliminary champagne reception. The 2017 Pillars are: Culture - architect Victor Saroki and publisher of Downtown Publications David Hohendorf; Wellness - Richard Astrein and Beaumont Hospital President Rosanna Morris; Philanthropy - Lois Shaevsky and George Miller; Education - Margaret Matthes. They were eulogized by house CEO/President Bill Seklar and received tribute pins from past pillars before joining the dinner crowd.
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oakland confidential

March 2017

MARCIA, MARCIA, MARCIA: Oakland County Commissioner Marcia Gershenson (D-Bloomfield Township, West Bloomfield) may have picked a fight with the wrong person in power when she called out county board chair Mike Gingell and vice chair Mike Spiz , both Republicans, during board swearing-in ceremonies on January 11. "She seemed determined to create dissension," said a fellow commissioner. "She ...more»
December 2016
The annual tradition of the Big, Bright Light Show in downtown Rochester, which involves over one million points of light each year. The holiday lights display are part of the seasonal celebration that includes the annual Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 4. Downtown photo: Rochester Downtown Development Authority.
November 2016
The Rochester Hills Public Library, dedicated November 1, 1992, at 500 Olde Towne Road on the edge of the central business district in downtown Rochester. The library, through contract arrangement, also serves the city of Rochester and Oakland Township. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent.
October 2016
Downtown Rochester's oldest building at 300 South Main Street – the Rollin Sprague building, constructed in 1849 – now houses the Home Bakery, established in 1930. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent.
September 2016
The historical Rochester Elevator feed and fertilizer store, built in 1880 by Charles K. Griggs. The building may end of being moved to accommodate a condo development at the site. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent.
August 2016
The award-winning Royal Park Hotel in downtown Rochester, often described as a boutique resort hotel with architecture reminiscent of an English manor house. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent.
July 2016
Paint Creek near Rochester City Hall. Downtown photo: Katie Deska.
June 2016
The Museum at the VanHoosen Farm, located in Stoney Creek Village. The 16-acre museum/farm was home to the Taylor and VanHoosen families dating back to 1823. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent.
May 2016
The Elliott Tower, donated by longtime supporters Hugh and Nancy Elliott, is both a gathering spot for students and a visual centerpiece for the campus of Oakland University. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent.
April 2016
An aerial view of the golf course at Great Oaks Country Club in Rochester, founded in 1971. Aerial photo 2016 Google Earth.
March 2016
The inconic water tower for the city of Rochester. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent.
February 2016
Buildings from the Van Hoosen Farm as part of the Rochester Hills Museum preservation effort. The farm dates back to 1823. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent.
Janaury 2016
Meadow Broock Hall, the historic home built by Matilda Dodge Wilson and second husband Alfred Wilson between 1926 and 1929. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent.
December 2015
The Big, Bright Light Show in downtown Rochester, involving more than one million points of light for the holidays. The iconic holiday display will be viewable through January 3. The holiday celebration includes the annual Christmas Parade at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 6. Downtown photo: Mark Hicks Photography
November 2015
The iconic Yates Cider Mill, 1990 E. Avon Road in Rochester Hills, which has been producing apple cider since 1876. Downtown photo: Laurie Tennent.
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