Raise A Glass in Oakland County

Rochester Mills Brewing Co.

If you’re looking to wet your whistle, we’ve got you covered (21 and older only). Oakland County has a wide variety of breweries, wineries, cideries, distilleries, and meaderies where you can raise a glass. You’ll find better ingredients, seasonal selections, and, of course, better taste! Take a look at our list and interactive map below before you head out to support your favorite local businesses. Cheers!

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As Summer Sizzles On

Flowers near fence in the summer

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

“The ordinary citizen today assumes that science knows what makes the community clock tick; the scientist is equally sure that he does not. He knows that the biotic mechanism is so complex that its workings may never be fully understood.”Aldo Leopold

I take great pleasure in observing common place “little things” of nature’s way, even when I do not fully understand their every changing biotic mechanism. Perhaps, you, like me, also appreciate our small wonders of nature that draw our attention or just make us smile as the “clock” of the sizzling days of summer ticks on. I’m sharing a few from this past week.

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Oakland County Executive’s recommended budget is balanced, transparent, and invests in people

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Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter’s balanced, three-year budget recommendation for fiscal years 2023-2025 includes funding to support the hiring and retention of law enforcement personnel, an older adult advocate position, an environmental sustainability plan for the county government campus, and investments in affordable housing, healthcare, and efforts to provide equitable opportunities for county residents and businesses.

The total budget, which equals just over $1 billion, eliminates the planned use of fund balance to support ongoing operations, projects budget surpluses in the coming five years that can be used to address the needs of county government and its residents, and utilizes prudent revenue projections to be prepared for changing economic conditions.

Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter and his administration presented his priorities during his annual budget message to the Oakland County Board of Commissioners on July 19, 2022:

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OakAlert Helps County Residents Prepare for Emergencies

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In the event of an emergency, it is critically important for you to be prepared and informed. Oakland County‘s emergency notification system, OakAlert, empowers residents to be aware of extreme incidents throughout the county, such as:

  • Chemical spills impacting public health
  • Outdoor warning siren activation (will not include other weather watches, warnings, or advisories)
  • Active assailant situations causing an evacuation or shelter-in-place orders
  • Significant road closures such as a highway closure, not lane closures or daily traffic incidents
  • Closure or interruption in service of county operations
  • Additional notifications affecting the health and safety of the county

It takes just 90 seconds to sign up and could be the difference in how you face the next emergency.

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