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Where did the summer go? It seems like forever ago that I picked my kids up from their last day of school, but at the same time, I’m pretty sure it was just last week that I packed my last lunchbox.

I’m on the fence about back-to-school. I miss my alone time and being able to work uninterrupted. I do not miss the morning routine, folders, papers, cold, germs and everything else that comes with a new school year. Buying school supplies, a first-day outfit and shoes, meeting new friends and catching up with the friends we didn’t see over the summer is fun for me, though. So, I’m torn.

Whatever your back-to-school feelings are, I hope you have a great kick-off to fall. And if you could, please head over to the City News Facebook page and give us a like.


League of Women Voters’ Candidate Forum

Learn more about the City Council candidates for the upcoming general election in Rochester, presented by the League of Women Voters at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 16, in the City of Rochester Council Chambers. City Hall is located at 400 Sixth Street.

The forum will present seven candidates competing for four seats in the City Council. The candidates vying for office are Mark Albrecht, Douglas Gould, Ann Peterson, Steve Sage, Jeremiah Glembocki, Amanda Keighley and Laura Traylor.

Members of the audience will have the opportunity to question the candidates and hear them discuss issues that are significant to all residents. This will assist all voters in casting informed votes.

Residents can watch the Candidates’ Forum at The event will also air on the city’s cable channel (WOW channel 10 and Comcast channel 17).

Arts & Apples Festival

Enjoy one of the nation’s top juried fine art fairs at Art & Apples Festival Sept. 6-8 in Rochester Municipal Park. This year, more than 250 exhibiting artists from across the country have been selected to display their works. In addition to the art, visitors can enjoy more than 20 food vendors and live entertainment all weekend from dance troupes, singers/ songwriters, classic rock, jazz, swing and much more. Proceeds benefit Paint Creek Center for the Arts. For more information visit

Farm-to-Table Dinner

Save room in your tummy for the Farm-to-Table Dinner on Sept. 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy a one-of-kind, al fresco dining experience on Walnut Ave. celebrating the farm-fresh flavors of the fall harvest. Tickets are $100 and include a three-course dinner, wine, beer and entertainment. All event proceeds benefit Downtown Rochester events and programs. For more information call 248-656-0060 or visit


Fall Leaf Clean-Up

The city provides leaf collection for residents but has not yet set the opening date for the 2019 curbside leaf program. Please keep all leaves out of the curb and gutter until the date is set. It will be posted on the city website and sent out in an e-blast.

Once the program begins, we request residents either rake leaves in rows to the edge of the roadway or place leaves in yard waste collection bags. If you rake the leaves to the edge of the roadway, the leaf piles should be raked away from the storm catch basins to avoid flooding. If you place leaves in yard waste collection bags, the city’s refuse hauler will collect these bags. Please do not put any yard waste or brush in the leaf piles.

Contact the Department of Public Works at 248-651-5165. If you have any questions, visit

Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor

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