Taking your fitness outdoors this winter, in a fun way

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With holiday tunes encapsulating our every commute, it’s safe to say we are in the swing of winter. And about this time of year, even some fitness buffs stray from the regular workout routine—pre New Years resolutions, of course. So this week, we have gathered a few fun ideas for embracing the wintry months ahead with a little fitness outdoors. Take a winter stroll or run: Winter walks and runs—especially with a furry companion for company—are a great way to change up your … [Read more...]

Rochester Fall Bucket List


Fall is a great time of year. Michigan summers are so wonderful, but I truly enjoy the fun of visiting cider mills, the changing leaves on the trees, and all the great events in the area. Here is my Fall Bucket List of 20 things you should try this fall. Enjoy! Take a bite out of the Art & Apples Festival, Friday, September 6 through Sunday, September 8 Ride your bike or take a walk down the Paint Creek Trail and collect different colored leaves. Visit the Rochester Cider Mill. They … [Read more...]

Eagle Scout candidate completes Recycle Bin Project

Photo of Kyle Kutchek at the Gallagher Road Recycle Bin in Oakland Township. Photo credit: Kristen Myers

Eagle Scout Candidate Kyle Kutchek of Troop #186, recently completed his Recycle Bin Project for the Paint Creek Trail. Made out of recycled plastic, five bins have been installed along the 8.9 mile trail. The bins are appropriate for paper, plastic, and aluminum, and will be emptied by volunteers and the maintenance departments of the local communities. Kyle is a senior at Lake Orion High school, and designed, fundraised, and built the Recycle Bins over the last year. “We are so pleased … [Read more...]

Paint Creek Trail hosts Labor Day bridge walk/run

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Unable to travel all the way to Mackinac for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk this year?  The Paint Creek Trailways Commission and Friends of the Paint Creek Trail are offering all community members a chance to participate in a Labor Day Community Walk right in their own backyard. The Paint Creek Trailways Commission and Friends of the Paint Creek Trail are organizing the 8th Annual Paint Creek Trail Labor Day Virtual Bridge Walk and Run on Monday, September 2, at the Rochester Municipal … [Read more...]

Get your groceries and Brooksie Way application at Kroger


Walkers and runners who want to participate in the 2013 HealthPlus Brooksie Way just got an easy way to enter the family of races. The Kroger Co. of Michigan is distributing applications for the half marathon, 10k and 5k races in 128 of the chain’s grocery stores stretching from Bay City to the north and Monroe to the south. Kroger is the sponsor for the half marathon race. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson is thrilled with the new partnership. Besides distributing the … [Read more...]

Enter the Paint Creek Trail Photo Contest

In honor of the 30th Anniversary of the Paint Creek Trail, the Friends of the Paint Creek Trail group is seeking photographs for a 2014 Trail Calendar. “This contest is a great opportunity for avid photographers of all ages to share their photos of the trail.  We are looking for a variety of images, taken in all seasons, along the Paint Creek Trail, including old, historical photos of the trail,” says Jim VanDoorn, President of the Friends of the Paint Creek Trail. Each person may submit … [Read more...]

Friends of the Paint Creek Trail receives donation from Motor City Brew Tours


On April 27, the Motor City Brew Tours held a “Cruisin’ for Trails” fundraiser on the Clinton River and Paint Creek Trails, to raise awareness and money for trail improvements on both trails. Over 250 cyclists participated in the ride, which included tours of the Rochester Mills Beer Co in Rochester and 51 North Brewing Company in Lake Orion. Steve Johnson, President of Motor City Brew Tours, presented a check for $1,500 to the Friends of the Paint Creek Trail on May 16, 2013. … [Read more...]

Friends of the Clinton River Trail Promote National Trails Day

New Signs for the Clinton River Trail - photo by Michael Dwyer

Friends of the Clinton River Trail Promote National Trails Day By Michael Dwyer American Hiking Society The American Hiking Society is celebrating their 21st annual National Trails Day on Saturday, June 1; a day devoted to the individuals that help maintain the trails and help build new ones. Thousands of public events take place across the country to honor this day. Trail users and enthusiasts will hike, bike, bird watch or ride a horse on one or more of the many trails in … [Read more...]

Paint Creek Trailways Commission Invites Public to Help with Master Plan

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The Paint Creek Trailways Commission recently began work on the 2014-2018 Paint Creek Trail Recreation Master Plan. An invitation is being extended to the public to share thoughts and ideas regarding potential trail improvements. In conjunction with the Paint Creek Trail planning consultant, livingLAB, we are inviting the public to participate in this process - as individuals, citizens, or as representation of trail user groups or organizations. Community participation is crucial, as this … [Read more...]

Historic Landmarks in Goodison Michigan

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Passing the Past People pass by the past everyday going to work, school or just going shopping. In the village of Goodison, the heart of Oakland Township, there are several examples of this. Historic homes, churches and businesses are ready to be noticed as you pass through the area. While many commuters will use Orion Road as a quick link between Downtown Rochester and Lake Orion, others will make the transit by foot, bike or horse along the Paint Creek Trail. Still others make Goodison a … [Read more...]