Take a bite out of the 49th annual Art & Apples Festival

Carol Stislicki of Livonia and Linda Seaman of Commerce admire yard art by Andersons Metal sculpture of Cedar Springs, MI at the 48th Art & Apples Festival. Photo Credit: candgnews.com

Local cider mills are open and there’s a slight chill creeping into the air, which means one thing: it’s time for the 49th annual Art & Apples Festival! Presented by Paint Creek Center for the Arts and recently voted 14 out of 2,000 fine art festivals in the nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine, this year the Art & Apples welcomes over 290 artists (One third of the are new!) from 33 states and two countries and features stunning fine arts, family activities, live entertainment, and … [Read more...]

Oakland County ensures restaurants take safety precautions after flooding

In a press release and in response to recent widespread flooding in Southeastern Michigan, Oakland County Health Division, under the leadership of L. Brooks Patterson, immediately took steps to assure food safety at restaurants in affected areas of the county. The Health Division’s restaurant response includes: Deploying a team of public health sanitarians to visit food service establishments in order to assess needs and provide technical assistance about food protection … [Read more...]

HealthPlus Brooksie Way kickoff coming to OU

The HealthPlus Brooksie Way kicks off 2014 by unveiling a new logo, showing the newly-modified half marathon course and presenting nearly $9,000 in Brooksie Way Minigrants to various community organizations. This all happens at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 3 at the OU Recreation Center on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, and the public is encouraged to attend. “Each year The HealthPlus Brooksie Way gets more robust,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “I … [Read more...]

Mayor Barnett Announces Run for Congress with VIDEO

EEI Global CEO Dekek Gentile welcomes Team Barnett for the Big Announcement - photo by Michael Dwyer

(Watch the full announcement video at the end of the article) Team Barnett Announcement Mayor Bryan Barnett and his team sent a message to friends, family and supporters earlier this week. “It has been my honor and privilege to serve as Mayor of Rochester Hills, and this April I will celebrate 8 years representing the residents and businesses of this community. During this time, Rochester Hills has become one of the most successful and recognized cities in Oakland County, and a leader in … [Read more...]

Govenor Snyder honors OakFit

Oakland County’s employee wellness program, OakFit, is among the recipients of Michigan’s 2014 Governor’s Fitness Awards. “The Governor’s Fitness Awards are a platform for recognizing individuals and organizations in Michigan that have made outstanding contributions to health and physical fitness during the last year,” a Governor’s office press release said. “Our innovative OakFit program continues to garner recognition for the genius of its simplicity and its outstanding … [Read more...]

Oakland County recognized for graphic design

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Oakland County has garnered national attention for excellence in graphic design. Graphic Design USA, a magazine for creative professionals, awarded the county three certificates of excellence in its American Graphic Design Awards contest. It is rare to win multiple awards in the same year, according to the magazine. The works of graphic artist Pam Tremble and her interns, Danielle Gravelle and Paul Shortt, were among 8,000 entries from American graphic design firms, governments, advertising … [Read more...]

Brooksie Way Foundation Donates $2,500 to Boston Relief Fund


The Brooksie Way foundation today made a $2,500 donation to the One Fund Boston relief effort, established to support the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. The contribution was announced by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, who is also chairman of The Brooksie Way foundation. “A tragedy of this magnitude calls for some type of response,” Patterson said. “Runners, whether in Boston for the marathon or at Oakland University for The Brooksie Way, have a common … [Read more...]

OPAC Hosts Low-Cost Pet Vaccination and License Clinics


Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announces that the Oakland Pet Adoption Center (OPAC) will offer low-cost pet vaccination and license clinics in select county parks in April and May. All About Animals Rescue will be providing rabies, distemper and bordetella vaccinations, heartworm testing, and microchipping for cats and dogs. In addition, OPAC will be selling dog licenses. “Vaccinations are essential in protecting pets from various diseases, some of which can be fatal,” … [Read more...]

“Beauty & L. Brooks” Concert to support The Rainbow Connection


Internationally-renowned pianist Marina Arsenijevic and the Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra will conduct a special performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, in honor of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson to benefit his children’s charity, The Rainbow Connection. The concert will be held in the Seligman Performing Arts Center at Detroit Country Day School in Beverly Hills. “The Michigan Philharmonic has dubbed the event ‘Beauty & L. Brooks’; and it’s true, I cannot … [Read more...]

Seven Oakland County “Healthy” Projects Get Brooksie Way Minigrant Funding for 2013


The Michigan Senior Olympics, a healthy eating program for children and wellness expo are among seven Oakland County programs that received nearly $8,000 in funding through The Brooksie Way Minigrant program. The awards were handed out today by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson during a press conference at the Executive Office Building in Waterford. Since the minigrant program began nearly three years ago, 82 grants have been given out totaling more than $97,000. “The Brooksie … [Read more...]