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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Anderson, John
John Anderson is the former director of Rochester Avon Recreation Authority (RARA). Anderson talks about RARA's history and the program's impact on the community. Recorded by Danielle Sautter. Run time 26:01.
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Posted on 05/09/2011
/ People Genik Nancy, Hale Michelle

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