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Celebrating Lake Orion at Dragon on the Lake

Four summer festivals highlight Oakland County culture and creativity

As August winds down, it's easy to feel a sense of regret that these dog days of summer passed so quickly. With the worst of the heat behind us, it's time to celebrate Oakland County's outstanding artistic contributions. With four outdoor end-of-summer festivals to choose from, there's plenty more than good eats to satisfy every appetite -- cultural, musical, physical and historical. Read on to find out about the new and exciting offerings from this year's Arts Beats & Eats, Arts & Apples, Dragon on the Lake and Michigan Renaissance Festivals. 

That's a wrap: This filmmaker's new movie makes Oakland County the star

Tom Nahas knew where he wanted to shoot the majority of scenes for his first film: Oakland County, Michigan. As an Oakland County IT employee, he knew all the locations he needed were within an easy drive of his home base in Macomb. Over the course of the last six months, the 42 minute film, 'Amendment,' was shot in Rochester and Holly, as well as in the Macomb County communities of Richmond, Clinton Township, Macomb and Mt. Clemens.

That's a wrap: This filmmaker's new movie makes Oakland County the star

Tom Nahas knew where he wanted to shoot the majority of scenes for his first film: Oakland County, Michigan. As an Oakland County IT employee, he knew all the locations he needed were within an easy drive of his home base in Macomb. Over the course of the last six months, the 42 minute film, 'Amendment,' was shot in Rochester and Holly, as well as in the Macomb County communities of Richmond, Clinton Township, Macomb and Mt. Clemens.

Full Press Success: A Q&A with John Gongos

Business is basketball. Basketball is business. Both are John Gongos and his firm, Gongos Research.All three (basketball, Gongos and his namesake company) are evident in Gongos' sphere of influence.

Gates Corporation celebrates 100 years of mechanical innovation

100 years. A century. It's a long time, any which way you describe it. The Gates Corporation, formerly The Gates Rubber Company, celebrates its centennial anniversary this year. The company makes belts, hoses and hydraulics that can be used in a vast array of products; ranging from keeping engines running to transferring fluids like fine wine. And it's the the only non-tire producing rubber company that has a presence in all of the world’s major markets.

Featured Video: Fire & Ice

Fire & Ice Fest returns to downtown Rochester for the fourth year of chilly winter fun. To get a sense of what goes down at Oakland County's premiere winter festival, check out this video by Tom Hendrickson. We recommend a pair of mittens.

Medical Main Street is just what the doctor ordered for Oakland County growth

When Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson called for the creation of Medical Main Street, a concerted effort to bring life science and medical technology companies to Oakland County and Southeastern Michigan in 2008, four companies pledged what then seemed like a hefty fund: $5.2 million.

'Tis the Season to Give: Oakland County Charities Benefit From Casual Day Fund

The gift giving came a little early for a handful of Oakland County charities this year. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson played Santa and passed out checks totaling $26,000 to seventeen local charities.

Featured Video: Welcome To Automation Alley

If building a knowledge-based economy is Michigan's only hope then, much like the force, Automation Alley is what binds the region's technological companies together, finding ways for them to succeed in the global marketplace. Tom Hendrickson reports.

Rich In History -- A Q&A with Patrick McKay

To Patrick McKay, history is a living thing. As the supervisor of the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, Pat (as he likes to be called) manages one of Oakland County's most accurate and engaging historical landmarks. The museum is located in Stoney Creek Village (listed in the National Register of Historic Places) on a 16-acre complex that originally belonged to the Taylor and Van Hoosen families. Buildings from the 1840s until today are presented on the grounds, including a restored 1927 dairy barn, the original Stoney Creek Schoolhouse (which dates back to 1848) and the 1850 Red House.We caught up with McKay to find out what it's like to run a 16-acre museum complex, that historical baseball team he helped organize (the Rochester Grangers, who play the gentleman's game in the manner, custom and uniforms of 1860's ball clubs) and why he works to preserve a truly original, still breathing piece of Oakland County's history.

Prosper TV: Earth Day Festival

In honor of Earth Day here's a video recap of the Earth Day Festival in Rochester. You'll see that being green is not only helpful but fun. And remember, Earth Day shouldn't just be one day a year... it should be every day of the year.

Prospering Company: Helro

The Russells, wife Kim and husband Jeff, not only saved one company, Helro, from the recession, but came out with two others. And now a state Senate race is in the works for the wife.

The Ways to Stabilize a Community: Prosper Q&A with Karry Rieth

Block grants, home improvement grants, home-buying programs, foreclosure prevention and counseling programs. All these things are facilitated by the Oakland County Community & Home Improvement Division. It's a part of local government that's focused on maintaining the community, the neighborhood, and the home. Prosper dives in.

Featured Video: Fire and Ice

Another Fire & Ice Fest in downtown Rochester has come and gone - though the cold is still here. If you missed it for whatever reason, don't worry. We've recapped the event for you. To get the full sense of what went down, take your computer outside and watch it in the cold!

3rd Annual 'Fire & Ice Fest' Heats Up Winter Fun with a Blast of Outdoor Activities

Oakland County and downtown Rochester have teamed up to celebrate winter and many of its most popular activities in the 3rd annual Fire & Ice Fest. The two-day outdoor festival, which runs Friday from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday from Noon-9 p.m., turns downtown Rochester into a winter festival that include ice, fireworks and family fun.
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