Celebrate America’s First Principles During Patriot Week

Patriot Day Logo with 5-Point Star and American Flag

Honor and celebrate America’s founding principles during Patriot Week. Started by Circuit Court Judge Michael Warren and his daughter in 2009, Patriot Week is a time to reflect upon the ideals, documents, and historical figures who represent the best of the United States. Patriot Week is bookended by two key dates. The week begins on September 11th, honoring the nearly 3,000 Americans who lost their lives in 2001, and ends on September 17th: Constitution Day.

Special events, ranging from solemn remembrances and intellectual discussions, to joyous festivities, will take place throughout the week. Patriot Week events culminate on September 16th with the 8th Annual Patriot Festival held at Bower’s Farm in Bloomfield Hills.  The free Festival will feature wagon rides, animals, and music. Food will also be available for purchase. Continue reading

An Early Morning Lake Sixteen Environmental Adventure

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

150 Tennis Balls, 91-Acres of Water, 18 Volunteers, and the Ghost of Mastodons: An Early Morning Lake Sixteen Environmental Adventure

Oakland County would be a lesser place if it was not for our beautiful lakes, wetlands, rivers and streams. With those thoughts in mind, I loaded my kayak onto the roof of my jeep on the last Wednesday of August for a bit of participatory, investigative reporting on Lake Sixteen.

The early morning fog lifted just as I pulled into the small parking area near a fishing pier and a non-motorized boat launch site on Lake Sixteen, a 91-acre lake on the east side of Orion Oaks County Park. Lake Sixteen is one of the hundreds, or some say more than a thousand local lakes that sparkle in the early morning light of fading summer. Here’s what Oakland County’s Prosper Magazine wrote last October about the numerous lakes that enrich our lives, and provide diverse habitat for hundreds of species of wildlife and great outdoor recreation for residents of our county.

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The Ghost Flower of Oakland County

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

Indian Pipe (Monotopra uniflora) is emerging in the moist woodlands of the wilder side of Oakland County. Recently its growth has been accelerated by rains and warmth. Ghost Flower is another common name for this strange and beautiful plant that has a near total lack of pigmentation. Its ghostly, waxy white coloration leads some to call it the “Corpse Plant.”

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“In Wildness is The Preservation of The World,” and it Starts with You

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

“A bear’s wild nature is evolved, over hundreds of thousands of years, to carry the impulse to roam at will over a territory of hundreds of square miles. When you put a bear in a cage, it paces relentlessly back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, until its paws bleed. The bleeding paws tell the zookeeper, if she is listening, a story; a story of wide open space, of rushing rivers teeming with fish, of wriggling grubs in the moist soil under the rocks, of the fragrance of wild blueberries carried for miles on the wind.”

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