Winter Solstice: The Gateway to Winter Adventure in Oakland County Parks

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Winter officially began at 23:03 Universal Time on December 21. That moment marked the point at which the least amount of sunlight fell across the northern half of the globe. The earliest humans on earth may not have chatted around a campfire about the winter solstice, but they managed to grasp the fact that the sun’s path across the sky, the length of daylight and the locations of sunrises and sunsets all shifted in detectable patterns. Stonehenge is one such testament to the event. Winter, in all likelihood, was a time of great challenge, when many struggled just to survive. Today we have Facebook and Twitter to mark the solstice and here in Oakland County, we have 13 parks that take on a special beauty during the slowly lengthening days of winter. Addison Oaks County Park, Independence Oaks County Park and rural Rose Oaks County Park are three of our hilly and glacially sculpted parks that are rich in winter trails and wild land adventures on the wilder side of Oakland County. Continue reading

Congrats State Football Champs

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Congratulations and high fives to the players and coaches of Clarkston and Orchard Lake St. Mary’s High Schools for their victories in the Michigan High School Football Championships.

The Clarkston Wolves earned their second straight Division 1 state title beating Saline 33-25. The game was the 27th consecutive victory for the Wolves, longest active run in the state.

Orchard Lake St Mary’s Eaglets topped Muskegon 7-0 to take the Division 3 title. This was the 6th state championship for the Eaglets, the others occurring in 1977, 1994, 1999, 2000, and 2011.

We’d also like to give a ‘pat-on-the-back’ to the twenty-two other Oakland County teams that were in the journey to become a state champion.

Clarkston team photo: Mike Mulholland/MLive.

The Dream is Near – High School Football Semi-Finals

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The View at Ford Field

When the High School football season started back in August, there were 584 teams that had the dream of going to the State Championships at Ford Field in November.

The regular season ended in October, 256 teams earned or were selected to take part in this years playoffs.

Three weeks later, 32 teams remain. Many deserving Oakland County teams’ season came to a end early, while five surviving teams are continuing the quest to become a state champ. Continue reading