Youth In Government Day Highlights Local Government in a Big Way for Students

On May 23rd, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners showcased county government in action to area high school students during their annual Youth in Government Day. Civic engagement was the priority for the day as students engaged in critical thinking exercises and learned about the different departments in county government and how they support the community.

The event, which drew more than 100 high school students from across the county, featured speakers, mock debates, a courtroom visit, and engaging demonstrations centered on Oakland County’s role in the lives of its citizens. Continue reading

Oakland County Twisters: A Historical Guide

If you’re fascinated by weather, you’ll love our Tornadoes Map, created with data from local weather geek Matt Malone by Oakland County’s award-winning GIS team. It shows a limited history of the tornado paths and touchdown points, and their EF scale ratings, from 1953 – 2015. Go back to July of 1957, and view the path of an EF4 tornado that traveled 29.9 miles, almost all the way across the southern portion of Oakland County. In 1998, a funnel was spotted after having touched down near Otter Road and Sylvan Lake. It lifted without causing any damage – what a relief! Click on the map to learn more and get details on twisters that touched down here in the past.

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Spring Running Season is on its Way!

With so many things to love about spring, runners and walkers can all agree that it’s a wonderful time to get back outside. Fresh air, added sunlight, and the beauty of spring blooms all make a positive impact on our moods.

Take a look at our list of Spring Running Events and sign up for a race today! You’ll find events for every ability, including full marathons, mile walks, fun runs, and more. Setting a goal now can be a great motivation as you begin the season. If you need help getting started, check out the Brooksie Way Training program which kicks off on March 22nd and is suited for all levels of ability.

Are you ready to set out for a walk, jog, or long distance run? Spring temperatures can fluctuate quickly and don’t forget about precipitation. Be sure to follow these simple tips for safe running.

  • Check the weather before you head out
  • Warm up – especially when temps are cooler
  • Invest in proper footwear
  • Run during daylight hours when possible
  • Use a running light, like an illuminated vest, headlamp, or waist light when dark
  • Dress in layers

We’re so happy that a new season is around the corner and can’t wait to hit the ground running this spring in Oakland County!

Oakland Schools Technical Campus Gives Students Competitive Edge

Oakland Schools Technical Campus (OSTC) is helping Oakland County high school students unlock their potential in a wide variety of skilled trades. From the culinary arts to cybersecurity, students receive hands-on experience guided by industry professionals.

See how technical training transforms the lives of students and narrows Southeast Michigan’s skill gap:

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Chaotic Harmony on the Dawn of a New Year

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

The wilds of nature on a frigid sunny day can be a magical place. Red squirrels leap from low branches and tunnel under snow. Red-tailed hawks perch on tree limbs above frozen marshes, perhaps waiting for the tempting movement of rabbits. Rivers flow and shoreline ice sparkles and crackles. That was nature’s welcome to me on the first day of the New Year. I breathed deeply from the evergreen scented air and headed for a large stand of towering red pine trees that were planted in neat orderly rows during the Great Depression. The pines created an image very much unlike what one expects in wild nature; yet to the naturalist spirit within me, they beckoned to be explored. Continue reading