Who Should Light the Village? Tell Patch and Help Make It Happen

The Village of Rochester Hills will be all aglow on Friday night; who should flip the switch?

It takes a special someone - or group of someones - to turn on 850,000 lights. 

That's what's happening Friday night at the annual lighting of the Village of Rochester Hills. The event will feature a parade, music, a toy drive and, of course, Santa.

It's a tradition in the city of Rochester Hills, and Rochester Patch wants to help the city and the Village find the perfect special guest to join in the excitement.

Patch wants to know: Who should light the Village of Rochester Hills, and why?

Post a comment here and make a suggestion. Maybe it's a family that helps out in the community; maybe it's a school club or sports team that's had an amazing year. Or, it could be an individual who has an amazing story to tell.

Think about that perfect person (or persons) and tell us about it.

Here are a few guidelines:

  • We'll take nominations now until noon Wednesday, Nov. 14. To nominate someone for the honor, post a comment with the person's name. Tell us why you think he/she/they should light the Village.
  • The nominee must live in Rochester Hills and must be available on Friday night.
  • Go ahead and nominate yourself — but tell us why you should be "the one."
  • No need to include contact information for the person you're nominating; we'll use your email address (the one you used to sign up for Patch) to contact you and get that information.
  • Representatives from Patch, the Village and the city of Rochester Hills will select a winner on Wednesday afternoon.

This is the 11th year of the lighting of the Village; we want you to help make it special!

For more about the event, visit thevorh.com.

Marcus Burger November 11, 2012 at 03:21 PM
I second this, we need to put the kids that are acting in a positive way up on a pedestal, this would be a good way to do that. You could put the top kids on a lottery and draw a name, or have them all gather and do it as a group, my preferred method so we can congratulate them all !
Gasper & Regina C. November 11, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Paint A Miracle- Dr. Dale Propson. Here is his story- http://www.paintamiracle.org/story.html
Chris Camilli November 11, 2012 at 05:01 PM
I'd like to nominate John and Mary Modetz. This family continues to give to the Rochester Community in tireless and unselfish ways. They collect sweaters for the Veterans, sponsor the annual Memorial Day parade, sponsor the VFW annual breakfast, support all the local charities and many other ways of giving that would take too long to write in here. Truly a dedicated Rochester couple.
Nicole Shobe November 11, 2012 at 05:46 PM
I agree with Alan Roberts!
Mayor November 11, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Luke Wylie, the guy that ran for mayor of Rochester Hills at the age of 18! He is quite the character.
Denise B November 11, 2012 at 08:34 PM
I am a Paint a Miracle artist and am in total support of Dr. Dale lighting the lights. His organization has brought so much joy to my life and the lives of the other artists served by Paint a Miracle. It would certainly be a fitting honor for Dr. Dale to usher in a spirit of giving this holiday season.
Emily Grace November 11, 2012 at 09:14 PM
I would like to nominate Tim Kade, a pastor who has planted a church here in Rochester Hills called Epic Church. (They meet in Emagine Theater on Rochester Rd) For years he has transformed this town by bringing people together, doing community service, and bringing Light into the lives of many. It was a huge risk for him, but he has touched the hearts of so many individuals here. He's provided support for those in need, prayed over those in Crittenton Hospital, and has given guidance for struggling couples and families. He never asks for anything in return. It would be an honor to allow him this privilege, considering all the work he's done for Rochester Hills and how he's lit up this town. If you're looking for one individual that's bettered this community and has barely received any recognition- this is the man to light up downtown. He goes to see the lights go on every year- he would be so humbled to be able to be a part of it. Thank you.
Mollie Baldwin November 11, 2012 at 10:36 PM
I live in England but my granddaughter and grandson live (and were born) in Rochester Hills. I really miss them and want to nominate them to switch on the lights to remind them of me and the wonderful Christmas we spent together in the Village a few years back.I love them both very much and this would mean so much to me. Thank you. More Baldwin
Carol Jackson November 11, 2012 at 10:53 PM
I agree with this idea. Paint a Miracle is great & its being in our town complements many of our strengths -- the connection to art & caring -- & the holidays, too -- not just the commercial side, but the more spiritual side. GREAT idea.
Michelle Heinrich November 11, 2012 at 11:32 PM
I would like to nominate my husband and three kids. Todd, Rebecca, Brandon, and Amber Heinrich. I'm soon (dec 6) going on deployment to Afghanistan. I will not return until oct 2013. I would like them to flip the switch as this will be our first Christmas apart. I would like them to have a memorable holiday season even though i will not be here . They all enjoy Christmas and i know this is something they would never forget. Please accept my nomination for my family .
lynda November 12, 2012 at 12:57 AM
You are kidding, right?
anne powder November 12, 2012 at 01:12 AM
The family that buried their soldier son this year. The tree should in fact honor him in some way whether on the star or some other idea.
Stacy Prachar November 12, 2012 at 02:15 AM
I would like to nominate myself and my 4 year old daughter. I wouldn't normally nominate myself for anything, however, I think I need a little boost in Christmas spirit this year to share with my daughter. In 2011, my step-mom and best friend was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Although I work full time and was finishing my masters degree, I decided that I needed to be her caregiver. My father (her husband) passed away 8 years ago and she took so good care of him in the end that I wanted to be that person for her. I took her to doctors appointments, helped with housework, and basically made sure she was taken care of. She passed away in June of this year after putting up a great fight. We have attended this village lighting together for the past 2 years with her and this year will be especially hard for me. I am trying to keep the Christmas spirit for my daughter's sake and make sure that my daughter remembers her, but it is difficult. It would be a real treat to see my daughter's face pulling that lever to light the Village of Rochester Hills and maybe it would not only renew my love for Christmas, but maybe it would also seem like my step-mom was with us. Thank you for your consideration.
csd November 12, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Whoa, that's me.
Katherine November 12, 2012 at 11:29 AM
Kerry Roop. He has taught martial arts in Rochester for close to 30 years. He teaches children health, history, respect, self-confidence, integrity and even self-defense. I was his student for 25 years and am very proud of this gentleman.
Stacie Poole November 12, 2012 at 06:50 PM
I vote for my son and daughter Connor and Morgan. Connor is two and has been hospitalized 7 times in the last 12 months due to significant health issues. And each time he is admitted, Morgan learns a little more about working through life without me or her father at her side. Through it all, both children have fought to remain happy, joyful and enthusiastic. They are the epitome of the Christmas spirit. Loving, empathetic and joyful, they work to find happiness in the daily simple things. Connor means "magnificent; brilliant" and he shinesf from the inside out. Morgan means "warrior". They have lived up to their names! The joy this opportunity would bring is priceless.
Mike St John November 13, 2012 at 01:58 PM
The Family of SGT McClain
Ruth Stephens-Collins November 13, 2012 at 01:59 PM
I vote for John & Mary Modetz - they quietly support the Greater Rochester Community and individuals day after day and year after year.
Margie November 13, 2012 at 02:37 PM
I would like to say I am glad I am not the one to have to make the final decision. It is a good thing , though, as we are truly blessed to have such an awesome community of people here in Rochester Hills!!
Mollie Baldwin November 13, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Bi the way, their names are Gray and Anna Robertson
joann pytleski November 13, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Sgt McClain's family.
RR November 13, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Founder of the "Clean Start Service Project", Danielle Ziaja. The "Clean Start Service Project" has already donated over 31,000 items to local charities and has approximately another 16,000 items ready for donation. “We have a great philanthropic spirit here,” said Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett on Oct. 22, when the Rochester Hills City Council presented a proclamation to Ziaja. “It is nice to recognize that in the next generation,” Barnett said. “She has done some outstanding and incredible things in the community. Thank you from a grateful community for giving back and doing something outstanding for our residents."
Kristin Bull (Editor) November 13, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Agreed, Margie!
Steve Todd Jr November 13, 2012 at 08:42 PM
How about our local celebrity and Nascar driver Brad Keselowski. Brad grew up here and ESPN actually did a segment on him visiting his hometown last year. He still loves to eat at Limpumas (hope I spelled that correctly) Coney Islanf when he is in the area. He has had an awesome season and his racing for the championship next Sunday down in Homestead, Florida.
tiff November 13, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Thank you Sandy, that is so very kind of you!
Amanda Wilson November 13, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Sgt McClain's family. Hands down. No competition.
Carol November 14, 2012 at 12:41 AM
The lights come on Friday...I imagine he will be running practice laps or qualifying Friday so I think Brad is out.
Kari Carrio November 14, 2012 at 03:41 PM
How about our oldest able resident of Rochester/Rochester Hills? That would surely make their day.
Kari Carrio November 14, 2012 at 03:50 PM
And perhaps include the youngest able Rochester/Rochester Hills resident too?
Nicole Peters November 14, 2012 at 04:58 PM


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