Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Have you decorated your house for the holidays this year? Enter the Patch "Deck the House" contest and you could win $100,000 for our school district (or $500 to pay your electric bills!)
Patch has officially launched our annual Deck the House Contest to find the most over-the-top holiday decorations in America — the best “decked” house in the country — the one home so spectacularly decorated that everyone in town jokes your holiday decorations could rival Rockefeller Center’s. If this sounds like your house, then upload a photo or video of your home to our contest page from now through Dec. 16! Only residents of Patch towns are eligible to enter. We’ll select 24 regional finalists, and from them, pick one grand prize winner. Patch will pay up to $500 of the utility bill for each finalist, while our national winner will have $100,000 donated to his or her local school district. Now’s the time to get your holiday decorations…
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Our Patch Elf on the Shelf has gotten ahold of our computer and now wants to know what his buddy elves are up to. Share your photos here!
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Hi friends! I'm the Patch Elf on the Shelf. Call me Patchy. I've heard about more of my friends hanging around the area lately, and I wondered what they were up to. Could their families post pictures here on Patch to show me? I'd love to catch up with them. We all go back to Santa on Christmas Eve, but in the meantime, we'll be watching you! Cheers, Patchy the Elf
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
An easy recipe for moist, delicious stuffing – a Meier family tradition
As I sit here and write this, the most wonderful aroma is filling the house. It's the smell of sage and poultry seasoning, melding together and making my mouth water for one of the many things I am thankful for this year, my mom's stuffing. This is an easy recipe for the world's best stuffing. Granted, I am probably biased in that opinion but you can make it and judge for yourself. Like with the soup, this recipe is not written down anywhere and several people have been dying to get it from my mother for years – people like my aunt Ginger who can't wait for this column to be posted. My mom, Colleen, wakes up every year at 7 a.m. to make this delicious stuffing and prepare the turkey. She gets out all the ingredients, sets them on the …
Monday, November 12, 2012
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 …
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Whether you're working to keep up with the neighbors or working to enter Patch's "Deck the House" contest, here are some tips to get you started.
Did you spend the weekend decorating your front yard with lights? Before you show it off, check out these tips from Patch photographer Edward Maurer. Maurer recommends a tripod, a timer and a camera with the ability to adjust the shutter speed. But he also shows you how to take a holiday lights photo with your iPhone — and how to have fun with your images. Do you have a tip to share? Post it in the comments here. And then, after you practice, enter our Deck The Halls contest.
Our 30 Days of Giving series continues.
Every day until Christmas Eve, Rochester Patch is bringing you ways to help spread holiday cheer past your front porch to people and organizations across the area. Have a local cause or nonprofit you'd like us to write about? Tell us in the comments or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Love In the Name of Christ (INC) of North Oakland County is a Lake Orion-based nonprofit organization that serves as a clearinghouse, meaning people can call Love INC for help with food, rent, utilities, clothing and more and be directed to the appropriate organization. Though Love INC does help individuals itself it first contacts other area agencies, nonprofits and churches in the area to fit that person’s needs, including the Rochester Area …
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Wrapped gifts are due back Friday.
Every day until Christmas Eve, Rochester Patch is bringing you ways to help spread holiday cheer past your front porch to people and organizations across the area. Have a local cause or nonprofit you'd like us to write about? Tell us in the comments or send an email to email@example.com. The Holiday Helpers of Rochester Hills does just that: it helps families in Rochester Hills through the holidays. A giving tree at Rochester Hills City Hall is decorated with tags that feature wishes of local families. According to Mayor Bryan Barnett, a business came in recently and pulled all of the ornament tags from the tree to purchase those gifts; just Monday, the tree was re-stocked with new wishes. Each ornament includes a first name and a …
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Our 30 Days of Giving series continues with a creative way to help area animal shelters.
Every day until Christmas Eve, Rochester Patch is bringing you ways to help spread holiday cheer past your front porch to people and organizations across the area. Have a local cause or nonprofit you'd like us to write about? Tell us in the comments or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to make a difference for area cats, dogs and other pets this holiday season, consider donating pet items at metro Detroit Busch’s Fresh Food Markets to benefit area Humane Society animal shelters. Busch’s will be collecting items through Dec. 18, at which time all items will be collected and distributed to various animal shelters across Metro Detroit. The ‘Wags and Wishes’ drop boxes are placed in each market, along with a "wish list" of …