2019 NO HAZ Collection Days in Oakland County

Let Oakland County’s NoHaz Collection team help you safely dispose of household hazardous materials ranging from pesticides, paints, air fresheners, propane cylinders, cleaning solutions, prescription medicines, and more.

You’d be surprised just how many everyday items are considered hazardous waste. Many of the objects that help us in our daily lives become dangerous when disposed of alongside regular rubbish. Do you have an item you’re unsure about? View lists of accepted and non-accepted materials in the FAQ section of Advantage Oakland’s NoHaz web page, or call the NoHaz Hotline at 248-858-5656.

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The Great Backyard Bird Count

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

“The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at birdcount.org. Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts, and you can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world.” National Audubon Society

I like birds. I do not, however, look at myself as the kind of birder that maintains a life list of birds seen, nor, perhaps with the exception of Snowy Owls, will I drive a hundred miles or more to see a bird that rare in Oakland County. But after reading background information on the GBBC, and recognizing the importance of this annual worldwide bird survey citizen-scientist event, now in its 22nd year, I decided I would attend a GBBC event sponsored by the Oakland Audubon Society. The information compiled during the bird counts assists researchers at Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society in their study of bird species populations, and how to protect the environment we share with them. With those thoughts in mind, I promised my naturalist and avid birder friend Kathleen Dougherty from Oakland Audubon that I would accept her invitation and take part on Day 2 of this year’s event that ran from Friday, February 15th through Monday, February 18th. Continue reading

Introducing Oakland County’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2019

Members of the newly selected Elite 40 under 40 Class of 2019 came together for the first time at a private reception prior to the 2019 State of the County address on February 7th, 2019 at United Shore in Pontiac. The Elite 40 were honored guests of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, who recognized them and their achievements in his speech.

“I’m excited about this outstanding class of talented and passionate leaders who are committed to improving their professions and their communities every day,” Patterson said. “These young leaders are wonderful ambassadors for Oakland County.” Continue reading

Congratulations to Oakland County’s 2019 Elite 40 Winner: Kristin Rohrbeck

Kristin Rohrbeck, director of the Joanne & Ted Lindsay Foundation Autism Outreach Services (OUCARES) at Oakland University, was selected by public vote as the winner of Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 under 40 Class of 2019.

Rohrbeck is a Farmington Hills resident with an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in developmental psychology from Ohio State University. As director of OUCARES, she led the growth of OUCARES’ autism programs by 25% to offer over 100 programs to serve more than 2,300 people impacted by autism spectrum disorder in southeast Michigan.

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Live Coverage: 2019 Oakland County State of the County

Photo of L. Brooks Patterson with text that says: 2019 State of Oakland County Address

The 2019 Oakland County State of the County address will be held Thursday, February 7th at 7:00 p.m. at the new corporate headquarters of United Shore in Pontiac. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson will address about 800 Oakland County business, community, and political leaders at this invitation-only event. The winner of the Elite 40 under 40 Class of 2019 will also be revealed during the address and introduce the county executive. Patterson will highlight the county’s economic successes and outline how Oakland County is leading the way for innovation in 2019.

Cover Slide for 2019 State of the County Address

The speech will be available to the widest possible audience. WDET-FM (101.9) returns to air the speech live. In addition, Oakland County will livestream the event on the County Executive website, OakGov.com/Exec, as well as Oakland County’s YouTube channel, @OakGov, and the Executive Office Facebook page, @OakGov.EO. The county’s Twitter handle, @OakGov, will feature live tweets with highlights from the speech. Those listening to the speech are encouraged to use the hashtag #Brooks2019 to join the conversation.

Digital copies of the speech will be available afterward at OakGov.com/exec and the Executive Office Facebook page. Event highlights and videos will be published here, on the Oakland County Blog, that evening and in the days following the address.

For further information, please contact Bill Mullan, Oakland County media and communications officer, at 248-858-1048 or 248-202-9668.


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