Republicans take Senate in Midterm Election

Lawn Signs Lead the Way to the Election Polls on Tuesday - Photo by Michael

Republicans Gain Control of US Senate With no help from Michigan, the GOP surpasses the magic number of 51 to gain a majority in the Senate. While many republicans across the country faired well in this midterm election, Michigan's Terry Lynn Land did not. Democrat candidate, Gary Peters, won convincingly with 56% of the vote in Oakland County. However, the race was closer in Rochester with a 5% win and even closer in Rochester Hills where Peters won by less than 3%. In Oakland Township, … [Read more...]

Secret Underwater Safe

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This is a secret underwater safe that we do not want anyone to know where it is.  Look at this video and see what you think.       … [Read more...]

Call for Entries from Pontiac Artists

Titled, North Saginaw, by artist Peter Crow

Are you a Pontiac Artist? The Pontiac Creative Arts Center (PCAC) is hosting their annual local artist exhibition during the month of August. The call for entries is open until July 29, 2014, for two- and three-dimensional art. The opening reception will be held on Friday, August 1, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. The exhibition runs during the month of August, Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Pontiac artists are eligible if they live or have their studio within the city … [Read more...]

Invasive Species: Autumn Olive

The invasive autumn olive in a common habitat

Autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata) is a fast-growing Asian shrub that can be found in nearly every open field in Oakland County. In fact, it has established itself throughout the Great Lake states, the Midwest, New England, and south all the way to Florida. The shrub can grow upwards of ten feet high, and easily that much across. Its leaves are a narrow oval with a pointed tip. They grow alternately along the shrubs branches. The leaves are green, with a silvery-green underside. It was … [Read more...]

Invasive Species: Oriental Bittersweet

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By Matt Forster The classic image of the South, ancient trees dripping with Spanish moss, has changed in the past few decades. The trees are certainly draped with something. It’s the frightfully fast growing kudzu, which has spread from Texas to Virginia, Florida to southern Ohio, blanketing the South in a suffocating green quilt. The climate zones are gradually shifting northwards here in the United States, but so far our cold Midwest winters have kept the kudzu at bay. Another Asian … [Read more...]

Flies for Hope on Paint Creek

A Castapalooza contestant throwing a long line. Photo Credit: Brett Watson

Michigan's Regular Trout Season had a cold, chilly start on April 26, but that means our local Paint Creek is now open for fishing. It also means the 2014 Paint Creek Fly for Hope Trout Tournament and the Ryan Rocks Bluegill Fly Fishing Event are approaching soon. Both events will happen on Saturday, May 31 at the Rochester Municipal Park. This is an enormously popular one-day event founded on the motto “Fly Fishing, Friendship, Good Humor, Good Times.” Anglers may donate $25 per person … [Read more...]

Invasive Species: Phragmites

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By Matt Forster The story of phragmites is an immigrant’s story. It is the tale of a common reed from Europe—used there for thatching roofs—and how it rose to become the scourge of North American wetlands. If you live in Southeast Michigan, you’ve seen phragmites. This newcomer to the ecological scene has been overtaking roadside wetlands for years. Where you once saw cattails, tall grasses—usually well over 8 feet in height—now form a near impenetrable wall of … [Read more...]

Young Living Essential Oils

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New Starter Kits Among the very first products a new distributor will order, these new Starter Kits are designed to provide an immersive, fun introduction to essential oils, providing all the products and educational tools a new distributor needs to understand and share the message of Young Living, including: Product Samples Each kit comes with two 2-oz. NingXia Red samples; two sample packets each of our five most popular essential oils and blends—Lemon, Peppermint, Lavender, Peace … [Read more...]

Invasive Species: Garlic Mustard

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By Matt Forster Every region of the world has its own ecology, one that represents a balance of power between thousands of species of plants, animals, and insects. As you can imagine, these are all very complex systems. For every plant that does what it can to find food and keep from being eaten, there is a bug trying to eat it and keep itself from being eaten. They each adapt and counter-adapt. The end result is that they find a way where all get a place at the table, so to speak, and none … [Read more...]

Conservative Leader Mike Bishop Joins Congressional Race

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Bishop for Congress Mike Bishop announced his run for U.S. Congress on April 2. He hopes to win the 8th District seat currently held by Mike Rogers. Rogers is not seeking re-election. Bishop tells the residents he wants to fix Washington and cut federal spending. His message also stated his reason for launching the campaign comes from his commitment to conservative principles. After spending two terms in the Michigan House of Representatives, he moved to serve in the Michigan Senate. Term … [Read more...]