WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY
The morning was perfect for a winter exploration. Fresh snow fell much of the night and continued well into dawn. My trailhead greeting party consisted of cascades of accumulated snow sliding off the boughs of white pine trees, and what sounded like the excited warning chatter of an eastern fox squirrel. I stopped to assess the situation.
Squirrels don’t just sit on tree branches talking to themselves. I decided the squirrel’s concern was the motionless Cooper’s Hawk that I noted seconds earlier perched on a nearby tree. I trudged forward, the hawk flew off, and the squirrel scampered down about ten feet, leapt over to another branch and continued to watch me closely. Perhaps the chatter was a welcoming greeting for me after all. I chattered back and we shared pleasantries for a few moments.
Voting is open! We need your help to choose the winner of the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 under 40 Class of 2018. The public can cast an online vote for their favorite of three exceptional finalists: Dr. Lucetry B. Dalton, Mat Ishbia, and Ann Marie LaFlamme.
“We are fortunate to have so many talented and passionate leaders who are committed to improving their professions and their communities every day,” County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “This is an outstanding class and wonderful ambassadors for Oakland County.”
Voting continues through noon on Friday, January 26th. Individuals may vote once every 24 hours at Elite40.com. Among other opportunities, the top vote-getter will introduce the County Executive at his State of the County Address on February 7th. Online voters may choose between: Continue reading
Are you looking for a unique and special toy? Oakland County is home to several independent toy shops that offer a variety of specialty toys and events that will fill you and your little ones with childlike wonder. You’ll find all kinds of extraordinary items, like dolls, games, comics, educational toys, and more this holiday season and throughout the year. When you shop small, you can support local businesses and find the perfect gift all at the same time. Surprise the little ones in your life with something they’ll treasure.
Did you know Oakland County’s Shop Small Business Saturday to Saturday contest is going on now through Saturday, December 2nd? You can enter for a chance to win prizes by submitting uploads of your shopping receipts from small businesses in Oakland County. There’s really no better time to shop small at an Independent Toy Store! Continue reading
The warmth of your generosity could help those less-fortunate this winter. The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office is accepting donations of new or clean, used coats through November 30th as part of their 30th annual “Coats for the Cold” coat drive.
Donated coats will be sent to a variety of local charitable organizations, who in turn distribute the coats to community members most in need.
Cranbrook Academy of Art, located in Bloomfield Hills, is one of the nation’s leading graduate schools of art, architecture, and design. The historic and beautiful 319-acre campus has been home to some of the world’s most renowned artists and features a world-class museum devoted exclusively to modern and contemporary art, design, and architecture. Cranbrook Academy of Art is like no other program in the country and was recently named one of the 15 top art schools in the U.S. Study at Cranbrook is based on the idea that Artists-in-Residence, their families, and students live and work in close proximity. Each year, just 75 students are invited to study and live on the landmark Saarinen-designed campus.
Is Cranbrook Academy of Art’s studio-based philosophy the type of graduate experience you’re searching for? Take a look at our video to learn more.