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Spata, Hans
Hans Spata talks about the history of Pickleball, a sport he enjoys at the Rochester OPC Senior Center and in the Michigan Senior Olympics. Pickleball is widely described as the fastest-growing sport in the nation. Recorded at the OPC on February 19, 2010. Recorded by Mary Cox. Run time 6:22.
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Posted on 07/30/2010
Whetstone, Charles
Charles Whetstone moved from Texas to Rochester to be with his family. In this oral history, recorded at the OPC Senior Center on February 19, 2010, Whetstone shares his enthusiasm for the Rochester area, from the landscape to the “gold mine” senior center. Recorded by Rebecca Rivard. Run time 5:17.
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Posted on 07/30/2010
Goeman, Sharon
Sharon Goeman shares her interest in riding bikes on the Paint Creek Trail, and walking through the Van Hoosen Farm with her grandchildren. Recorded at the OPC Senior Center on February 19, 2010, this oral history is a testament to the value of the trail as a community resource. Recorded by Rebecca Rivard. Run time 2:20.
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Posted on 07/30/2010
Davis-Kirksey, Linda
Linda Davis-Kirksey, a successful consultant who specializes in grant writing, political consulting, and organizational development/training, shares the story of how she met her husband, attorney Stephen Kirksey, when she managed the political campaign of his opponent during a local election. In 2010, they celebrated nine years of marriage. Recorded at Davis-Kirksey's residence in Rochester Hills on February 12, 2010, by Cornelia Pokrzywa. Run time 9:44.
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Posted on 07/30/2010
/ People Kirksey Stephen, Drakos Steven, Nicholson Julie, Asadoorian Lisa, Somerville Pat
McDonald, Marilyn
Marilyn McDonald describes the rural nature of Rochester when she moved here nearly 50 years ago. Her memories include stories about driving the first minivans run by the Older Person’s Commission, the early days of the Senior Center, and the first time the center made 500 pies for Rochester’s Art & Apples Festival. Recorded at the OPC Senior Center on February 19, 2010, by Mary Cox. Run time 37:27.
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Posted on 12/09/2010
/ People Miller Marye, Hartter Ruth
Johannessen, Doris
Doris Johannessen and her husband chose to raise a family in the Rochester area, in part because of the schools. In her oral history, she recalls her memories raising their four children in Rochester and her own experiences as a non-traditional student in the teacher certification program at Oakland University. Recorded at the OPC Senior Center on February 19, 2010, by Rebecca Rivard. Run time 9:49.
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Posted on 12/09/2010
McNamara, Dave
Dave McNamara was employed by Oakland University in the 1970s when he met his future wife; they later married at St. John Fisher Chapel. In this oral history, he shares his enthusiasm for playing Pickleball at the OPC Senior Center. Recorded at the OPC Senior Center on February 19, 2010, by Rebecca Rivard. Run time 4:22.
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Posted on 12/09/2010
O’Donnell, Michael
Michael O’Donnell, who moved to Rochester Hills seven years ago, shares his experiences exercising, socializing and learning at Rochester’s OPC Senior Center. In this oral history, he also offers commentary on the insular nature of suburban living. Recorded at the OPC Senior Center on February 19, 2010, by Rebecca Rivard. Run time 2:18.
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Posted on 12/09/2010
/ People Braidwood Jackie
Williams, Wesley
Wesley Williams grew up in Detroit, but visited Rochester in the early 1950s to spend time with relatives as a “family treat.” He moved to Rochester in 1989. In this oral history, recorded at the OPC Senior Center on Feb. 19, 2010, Williams shares his memories about the farmland, the fourth of July at the municipal park, and a popular teenage hangout. Recorded by Rebecca Rivard. Run time 2:10.
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Posted on 12/09/2010
Wilkins, Cliff
Cliff Wilkins and his wife Kay Ellen have been directors of the Rochester Conservatory of Music for 25 years. In this oral history, recorded at the conservatory on Third Street in downtown Rochester on February 24, 2010, Cliff Wilkins shares stories about the conservatory's history, community involvement, and two generations of musicianship. Recorded by Cornelia Pokrzywa. Run time 8:11.
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Posted on 12/09/2010
/ People Wilkins Kay Ellen, Weber Andrew Lloyd, Sievers Tara, Chen Sharon
Strubler, David and Ann
David and Ann Strubler describe how they converted a centennial barn on their Oakland Township property into a unique Music and Art Barn to support and showcase local musicians and artists. David Strubler is a professor at Kettering University and Ann Strubler is a violinist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. David has lived in Rochester Hills for over five decades and graduated from Rochester High School. This oral history was recorded at the Strubler home on March 8, 2010. Recorded by Cornelia Pokrzywa. Run time 26:44.
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Posted on 12/15/2010
/ People Sutton Jim, Cleland Lori, Morningstar Judi, Thompson Jimmy
Mann, Eleana Kay
Eleana Kay Mann, Rochester resident, recalls memories of raising a family in Rochester in the 1960s and 1970s, and shares the story of an encounter with prominent resident Matilda Dodge Wilson while waiting in line to vote at a local elementary school. Mann’s great-great-grandparents immigrated from Germany, settled in the area and eventually came to own one of downtown Rochester’s historic buildings (now the home of Janet Varner shop). Recorded at a public collection event at the Festival Park Gazebo at the Village of Rochester Hills on March 9, 2010, by Timothy Briggs. Run time 11:37.
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Posted on 12/15/2010
/ People Wilson Matilda Dodge
Haig, Ken
Ken Haig, owner of Haig Shoes, recalls the early days of his store at Meadowbrook Village Mall and shares memories of the transition his fellow tenants and surrounding community underwent during the construction of the Village of Rochester Hills, including 13 months he spent selling shoes from a double-wide trailer in the mall parking lot. Recorded by Timothy Briggs at a public collection event in the Village of Rochester Hills Festival Park Gazebo on March 9, 2010. Run time 6:38.
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Posted on 12/15/2010
Van Dusen, Jenny
Jenny Van Dusen shares the story of how she met her husband while both were attending the MBA program at Oakland University , and how they stayed to enjoy the community, the natural resources and family living in Rochester. Recorded by Shaun Moore at the Rochester Hills Public Library on March 22, 2010. Run time 1:53.
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Posted on 12/15/2010
/ People Winkler Barry, Van Dusen Joe
Stringer, Barbara and Wisniewski, Michelle
In a joint interview, Barbara Stringer and Michelle Wisniewski, outreach librarians, share their experiences going out into the community in the RHPL Bookmobile. The Bookmobile was intended to equalize access to all citizens and was funded by the Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library. Wisniewski and Stringer share stories about Bookmobile patrons ranging in age from preschoolers to senior citizens, who make it a point to visit the Bookmobile on regular stops. The Bookmobile’s circulation continues to grow, making an important and visible impact on Rochester citizens. Recorded by Laura Gabrion in the RHPL Bookmobile on April 1, 2010. Run time 14:48.
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Posted on 12/15/2010
Hage, Christine Lind
Christine Lind Hage, RHPL director, shares the 100-year-old story of the Rochester Hills Public Library in an oral history collected at the RHPL on April 1, 2010. Follow the story of the first documented library in Rochester in 1872 to the building of the first facility on University and Pine to the 1992 relocation to the current facility on Olde Towne Road, visited by 1500-2500 people every day. She tells stories about individuals and community groups who were involved in building, designing, working and even gardening in the various locations. Recorded by Rebecca Rivard, this oral history stresses the central value of RHPL to Rochester, Rochester Hills, and Oakland Township residents and pays homage to individual efforts and contributions. Run time 32:11.
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Posted on 12/15/2010
/ People Woodward Parker Eva, Comstock Florence, Schrader Leona, Currey Grace, Wilson Pat Olson, Mitzelfeld Monty, Mumby Jim, Bonam Robert
Wilson, Mary
Mary Wilson, Youth Services Librarian at the Rochester Hills Public Library, talks about the offerings of the popular children's area. From foreign language collections designed to preserve multicultural heritage to computer programs that enhance multimodal literacy, this snapshot of Youth Services programs closes with a reflection on the traditional and modern conceptions and functions of libraries and librarians. Run time 10:08.
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Posted on 12/15/2010
Burch, Kathleen
Kathleen Burch graduated from Rochester High School in 1951. In this oral history, she reflects on ways the school, the town, and the people have changed over the years. Recorded at the OPC Senior Center on May 27, 2010 by Oakland University students DJ Bond and Alex Nardelli. Run time 12:36.
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Posted on 12/15/2010
Sealy, Alice Gyldholm
Alice Gyldholm Sealy moved to Rochester in 1984 and worked at the Dinosaur Hill Nature Center, first as a volunteer and later as a naturalist. In an oral history recorded at the OPC Senior Center on May 27, 2010, Sealy shares her own history and memories about Dinosaur Hill, the Danish Village retirement community, and the OPC Senior Center as well as founding stories about Rochester she gathered as a part of a local history program. This interview was conducted by Oakland University students DJ Boyd and Alex Nardelli. Run time 20:42.
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Posted on 12/15/2010
/ People Miller Marye, Graham family
Benson, Carolyn
Carolyn Benson started visiting Rochester in 1953 and eventually moved to the area with her husband to raise six children. Today one of her grown sons owns the Benson family home and six of Carolyn Benson's 13 grandchildren live in Rochester and attend Rochester Community Schools. Benson shares family memories in this interview, conducted by Oakland University students Amy Robillard and Steve Rakoczy at the OPC Senior Center on May 27, 2010. Run time 5:43.
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Posted on 12/15/2010
Roose, Amelia
Amelia Roose first came to Rochester on her way to a family cottage in Lapeer. Roose and her husband chose to make their home here after living in other cities, and today they consider it their hometown. Roose is a member of St. Andrew Roman Catholic Parish, where she has taught Religious Education for 17 years. A supporter of the OPC Senior Center, Roose recalls the construction of the facility and shares her enthusiasm for Rochester's older adult community. This interview was conducted at the OPC Senior Center on May 27, 2010 by Oakland University students Amy Robillard and Steve Rakoczy. Run time 5:06.
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Posted on 12/15/2010
Hammel, Rod
Rod Hammel has lived in Rochester for over 40 years and raised two children in the Rochester Community Schools, where he and his wife were very involved in activities and he also worked as a substitute science teacher. In this recording, Hammel shares his interest in nature and environmentalism in the Rochester community and describes several community controversies he witnessed over the years. This interview was conducted by Oakland University students Rasheedah J. Halley Deboes and Danielle Sautter on May 27, 2010 at the OPC Senior Center. Run time 23:27.
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Posted on 12/15/2010
Mannino, Cammie
Cammie Mannino was the owner of the downtown Rochester, MI, children’s bookshop Halfway Down the Stairs for 20 years before retiring and closing the store in 2008. In an oral history recorded at Oakland University on January 22, 2010, by Cornelia Pokrzywa, Mannino shares her insights into the unique culture, community and controversy that sprung up around the bookstore, and how it left a lasting impact on the community. Run time 42:26.
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Posted on 12/15/2010
/ People Williams Helen, Miller Sarah, Brick Linda, Nelson Martha, Lorenzen Sue
Jensen, Cecile Wendt
Cecile Wendt Jensen taught at Rochester Adams High School in Rochester Community Schools from 1976 until her retirement in 2002. In this oral history, Jensen recalls her memorable experiences with students and colleagues, reflects on the impact of her teaching, and discusses her encore career with the Polish Mission in Orchard Lake. Recorded at Oakland University on February 11, 2010 by Cornelia Pokrzywa. Run time 41:34.
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Posted on 12/15/2010
/ People Cleland Rita, Reidinger Mary Ann, Glenn Dave, Lentz Tim, Flack Diann, Hamilton Lisa, Sylvain Claire, Gowanlock Jean, Nash-Reddy Nancy, Haig Paul, Jensen James
Fogler, Joan
Joan Fogler, longtime Rochester resident, shares an oral history that covers her early days as a waitress at the historic Red Knapp's Dairy Bar to her current position as Oakland Township Supervisor. Fogler's years in Rochester include a memorable stint as the creator of the famous Red Knapp's Malt recipe, weekends working at the Fogler family farm, and a lifetime of community service. Recorded by Cornelia Pokrzywa at the OPC Senior Center in August 2010. Run time 21:55.
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Posted on 01/03/2011
/ People Fogler John, Fogler Harold, Fogler Mike, Knapp Red, Knapp Roger, Fogler Dennis
Miller, Marye
Marye Miller, director of the Older Persons Commission Senior Center, reflects on her years building and leading one of the nation's premier senior community centers. Miller's work in the community meeting the needs of older adults is particularly meaningful at this moment in history, as the Baby Boomer generation enters the 65+ age bracket. Recorded at the OPC Senior Center by Cornelia Pokrzywa in August 2010. Run time 39:53.
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Posted on 01/04/2011
/ People Kelly Delta, Borden Earl, White Cathy, Rewold Roy
Fealk, Bruce
Bruce Fealk, editor and publisher of The Rochester Citizen, recorded an oral history at the Rochester Area Heritage Festival in September 2010 to discuss life in the mostly conservative community of Rochester. A graduate of Oakland University, Fealk describes how he strives to represent community issues fairly and hold politicians accountable. Recorded by Cornelia Pokrzywa. Run time 3:31.
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Posted on 01/04/2011
/ People Obama Barack
Burns, Gene
Gene Burns has been living in the Rochester area for 32 years. She has been involved with the OPC for quite some time, volunteering her tax services for 25 years and taking trips with the OPC to places like Alaska. Run time 7:50.
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Posted on 02/23/2011
/ People Spencer Thelma, Miller Marye
Hollerud, Marie
Marie Hollerud has been a part of the Rochester community throughout her entire life. She speaks here about attending Rochester Community Schools, her memories of growing up with many animals, and things that have changed since her childhood. Recorded by Cornelia Pokrzywa. Run time 4:56.
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Posted on 02/23/2011
Braidwood, Jackie
Jackie Braidwood moved to Rochester when she was a young girl. She praises the community as a great place to raise her family, and talks about her work within the OPC outreach program. Jackie had always wanted to sing and dance and was able to try out for the first time through the OPC. She now sings and dances several times a week. Recorded by Timothy Briggs. Run time 7:53.
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Posted on 02/23/2011
/ People Montross Margie
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