WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY
A bundle of seemingly endless energy, easily recognized by two white stripes that are bordered by black on its rusty-red sides, has emerged from winter life underground to the topside habitats of all Oakland County Parks. It’s time to welcome the eastern chipmunk.
Business owners and entrepreneurs, are you aware of how your business can benefit from our hands-on seminars and workshops? Take advantage of Oakland County’s One Stop Shop Business Center offerings during the month of April. All workshops are presented by experienced staff and a network of public and private sector partners that want to help your business succeed and grow!
Tape up your stick, sharpen those blades and gather your team for the 7th annual Oakland Edge Adult Hockey Tournament, one of the premier adult hockey tournaments in Michigan. More than 400 men and women from the Midwest and Canada competed in 2014 at the Onyx Rochester Ice Arena in Rochester, MI. We’re excited to have the Sled division back for the fourth year and thrilled to be back at the Onyx for this year’s tournament, set for April 17-19, 2015.
The Oakland Edge is presented by Oakland County, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, and Oakland County Parks & Recreation as part of the county’s ongoing commitment to health and wellness.
The deadline for teams to register is next Friday, April 6. The tournament is open to both men and women and teams are guaranteed a minimum of three games. Those who make it to the finals will play five games. Register online at www.OaklandEdge.com.
“The Oakland Edge provides a weekend of recreation and surprisingly intense competition. It has grown each year, especially in the Women’s and the Sled divisions, with sled teams coming from Canada, Pittsburgh and western Michigan to play last year,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “Sharpen those blades and let’s play hockey.”
2014 was a banner year for Oakland County as it attracted $171M in direct foreign investment. That added up to more than a quarter of total business investment in the county, totaling $639M. Correspondingly, 1,941 jobs were created. More than 1,000 international firms from 38 countries have business locations in Oakland County. In 2014 alone, more than two international businesses a month either expanded or located in Oakland County. Continue reading
WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY
Forget the American Robin and the Eastern Bluebirds as being the winged harbingers of spring. In Oakland County, the impending arrival of spring was confirmed at the Red Oaks Dog Park early on Friday, March 13. It was a day when the mercury flirted with freezing, the sky was murky gray and slushy ice covered the new Red Oaks Trail that meanders west from the dog park. Even over the nearby din of Dequindre Road traffic, the shrill call of Killdeer (Charadrius vociferous) could be heard. I smiled as I remembered an Audubon article that mentioned 18th Century naturalists referring to this common member of the plover family as the Chattering Plover and the Noisy Plover. Their unforgettable and distinctly shrill call is music to the ears of anyone that welcomes spring. For the next 10 minutes, I watched a pair of shoreless shorebirds hunting for brunch – in a dog park.