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Aeronautics commission names VanderVeen chair again

The members of the Michigan Aeronautics Commission have elected Oakland County Central Services Director J. David VanderVeen as their chairperson for the second time. He first served in this role in 2012. VanderVeen has managed Oakland County airports for more than four decades.

“It’s a great honor to be asked to lead the aeronautics commission again,” VanderVeen said. “We will promote Michigan’s aviation businesses and airports with an eye on growth and safety.”

Earlier this year, the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame inducted VanderVeen into its 2017 class of honorees.

“There’s a reason this has been a banner year for Dave. His aviation peers recognize that Dave’s knowledge and experience in aviation and managing airports is second to none,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said.

Gov. Rick Snyder appointed VanderVeen to the aeronautics commission in June of 2011. VanderVeen oversees Oakland County’s three airports – Oakland County International Airport (OCIA) in Waterford, Michigan’s second busiest airport; Oakland Troy Airport in Troy; and Southwest Oakland Airport in New Hudson. The nation’s first LEED Gold-certified airport terminal at OCIA opened in August of 2011 under Patterson’s and VanderVeen’s leadership. The new terminal at OCIA features wind, solar and geothermal energy; advanced insulation; LED lighting; a living wall; and other energy efficiencies.

VanderVeen holds a private pilot license and is a member of the board of directors for the Michigan Business Aviation Association. He lives in Clarkston with his wife, Shelagh. The Michigan Aeronautics Commission encourages, fosters and participates in the development of aeronautics within the State of Michigan. It also makes rules and regulations for airports, flight schools, and other aeronautics activities.

Oakland County unanimously passes budget for 2018-2020

The Oakland County Board of Commissioners approved County Executive L. Brooks Patterson’s balanced, three-year budget 19-0 today which invests in people and technology for fiscals 2018-2020. The county will invest in capital projects that will transform the way employees communicate and collaborate with each other as well as with the public. Plus, the budget will boost the county’s efforts to position itself as an employer of choice.

“Thank you to all elected county officials who worked together to pass a balanced, three-year budget that responsibly addresses all known fiscal issues,” Patterson said, “The budget invests in technology that will vastly improve our ability to deliver great customer service and enables us to attract and retain outstanding employees.”

The technology upgrades in the budget include:
  • A unified communications system to replace its analog telephone and voicemail systems that will provide peer-to-peer video conferencing, establish private wireless access to enable mobility, and improve connectivity among county facilities.
     
  • Replacement of the county’s financial and human resources (HR) system in order to leverage improved business processes and technology. The county will identify and implement new enterprise-wide systems which will include modules for accounting, financial planning, receivables, payables, purchasing and vendor management.
     
  • Implementation of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) which will transform the county’s working environment and improve team member satisfaction while enhancing technical security and operational performance. The benefits of VDI include increased security, easier support, and better availability. It also enables new workforce strategies such as working remotely and enabling employees to bring their own devices.
     
  • Installation of a new firearms training system for sheriff deputies which uses five interconnected borderless screens to create a fully immersive 300 degree environment that trains deputies how to continue to assess situations and expand situational awareness during high stress incidents.
Because of the improving economy, there is increased competition for new hires. Therefore, Oakland County will provide a general salary increase of three percent for fiscal 2018, one percent for 2019, and one percent for 2020.

Oakland County will continue to monitor closely whether Michigan will meet its constitutional obligation to fully fund all of its mandates on indigent defense. If the state fails to meet the requirements of the Headlee Amendment, it could cost Oakland County taxpayers millions of dollars a year.

The proposed general fund budgets for fiscals 2018, 2019, and 2020 are $454,727,322; $462,382,572; and $467,494,245, respectively. The total budgets for all funds for those years are $878,474,167; $882,515,266; and $887,209,580, respectively.

To view the budget, go to https://www.oakgov.com/mgtbud/fiscal/Pages/default.aspx.

Enjoy fall fun at Oakland County Parks and Recreation

Autumn is a fabulous time to visit the parks and explore nature at Oakland County Parks and Recreation. With comfortable temperatures and spectacular scenery, plan an October camping trip to Addison Oaks and Groveland Oaks campgrounds, check out the bounty of fall produce at the Oakland County Farmers Market and enjoy Halloween events with the family. Celebrate autumn at these upcoming activities offered through Oakland County Parks and Recreation:

 

Oct. 1

  • Hometown Harvest is set from noon-3:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. This fall extravaganza will feature live music, cider and donuts, farm animals and a festive craft. Children can try their skills on a climbing tower or jump away in a bounce house. Learn about some creepy critters and enjoy the start of fall colors at Suarez Friendship Woods. This free event is open to all ages. For more information, call 248-858-7759.

 

Oct. 5

  • Oakland County Parks and Recreation will host Awesome Autumn, a program for individuals 18 and older with developmental disabilities from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 5 at Waterford Oaks County Park Activity Center, 2800 Watkins Lake Road in Waterford. The event includes accessible hayrides and dinner. Cost is $10 participant/$5 caregiver. Pre-registration only; no walk-ins. Register by Sept. 27. Payment must accompany registration form, which can be found at OaklandCountyParks.com. Call 248-424-7081 or email Adaptive@oakgov.com for more information.

Oct. 6

  • Enjoy Dog Days Weekend Oct. 6-7 at Groveland Oaks Campground, 14555 Dixie Highway in Holly. Bring your pooch for a dog-gone good time. Dog lovers will enjoy dog fly ball, a silly dog show, dog swim, doggy games and hound hayrides. For more information, call 248-634-9811. To make a camping reservation, call 248-858-1400.

Oct. 7

  • Join Michigan State University Extension – Health & Nutrition for a Winter Squash Nutrition Program from 8 a.m.-noon Oct. 7 at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. Winter squash comes in so many wonderful varieties. Find out the difference between buttercup and butternut and all the rest of the winter squash grown locally. This program is sponsored by Genisys Credit Union. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com or call 248-858-5495 for more information.

 

  • Brownies: Bugs is set from 10 a.m.-noon or 2-4 p.m. Oct. 7 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Naturalists will help scouts complete the necessary requirements to achieve a badge. Cost is $7/scout and $3/adult. Pre-registration is required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays or registration forms are available at OaklandCountyParks.com.

 

  • Put on your most eccentric hat and come to the nature center to celebrate Mad Hatter Day with a Mad Hatter TREE party from 1-2:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at Wit Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Take a walk through the forest ad learn about some of the weird, wonderful and wackiest things about trees. Afterwards head inside for a craft, snack and of course, “Tea Time.” Cost is $7/person. Call 248-858-0916 for more information.

Oct. 10

  • Visit the Buhl Estate during the Addison Oaks Historical Tour from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 10 at Addison Oaks County Park, 1480 W. Romeo Road near Oxford. The tour includes a pasta and salad bar lunch, hayride, cider and donuts. Cost is $25/person Pre-register by Sept. 29. Payment must accompany registration form, which can be found at OaklandCountyParks.com. Details: 248-424-7081 or Adaptive@oakgov.com.

Oct. 12

  • Enjoy yoga from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. The lesson will take place on the grassy area to the west of the market building. Free yoga mats are available for the first 50 participants. This program is held in collaboration with Healthy Oakland Partnership. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com or call 248-858-5495 for more information.

Oct. 13

  • Boo Bash I is Oct. 13-14 at Addison Oaks Campground, 1480 W. Romeo Road near Oxford. Enjoy frightful fun with a costume contest for all ages, campground trick or treating, Halloween face painting, inflatables, haunted house, family games, costumed DJ dance, campsite decorating contest, Halloween crafts and wagon rides. Most events take place on Saturday; see postings at campground for specific times. For more information, visit OakladCountyParks.com or call 248-693-2432. To make a camping reservation, call 248-858-1400.

 

Oct. 14

  • Join Oakland County 4-H staff and discover the endless opportunities available to youth and adult volunteers from 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 14 at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. Children can also create a simple, fun and free make-and-take craft courtesy of Michigan State University Extension – 4-H Youth Development. This program is sponsored by Genisys Credit Union. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com or call 248-858-5495 for more information.

 

  • Be sure to come hungry to the Oakland County Farmers Market on Oct. 14 to enjoy the Food Truck Rally. From 10 a.m.-1 p.m., visitors can indulge in savory BBQ, cool treats and freshly prepared culinary creations from popular vendors. The market will be open for shopping during the Food Truck Rally. Parking will be available at the market, the Road Commission of Oakland County lot located west of the market and at the lot located north of the market. The Oakland County Farmers Market is located at 2350 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford. Market hours are 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

 

  • Fun in the Fall is set from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 14 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Press apples into cider, enjoy a fall snack and craft a leaf-print T-shirt. Hike the trails with a naturalist to see fall colors and learn how animals are preparing for winter. Bring a light-colored T-shirt for printing. Cost is $5/person. Pre-registration with payment required by calling 248-858-0916.

 

  • Bring the family to Autumn Magic from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 14 at Wit Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Press apples into cider, enjoy a fall snack and craft a leaf-print T-shirt. Experience the magic of nature in the fall with naturalist-led activities. Bring a light-colored T-shirt for printing. Cost is $5/person. Pre-registration with payment required by calling 248-858-0916.

 

Oct. 18

  • Visit the Buhl Estate during the Addison Oaks Historical Tour from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 18 at Addison Oaks County Park, 1480 W. Romeo Road near Oxford. The tour includes a pasta and salad bar lunch, hayride, cider and donuts. Cost is $25/person Pre-register by Sept. 29. Payment must accompany registration form, which can be found at OaklandCountyParks.com. Details: 248-424-7081 or Adaptive@oakgov.com.

Oct. 20

  • Boo Bash II is Oct. 20-21 at Addison Oaks Campground, 1480 W. Romeo Road near Oxford. Enjoy frightful fun with a costume contest for all ages, campground trick or treating, Halloween face painting, inflatables, haunted house, family games, costumed DJ dance, campsite decorating contest, Halloween crafts and wagon rides. Most events take place on Saturday; see postings at campground for specific times. For more information, visit OakladCountyParks.com or call 248-693-2432. To make a camping reservation, call 248-858-1400.

Oct. 21

  • Join Michigan State University Extension – Master Gardeners for a Bean Necklace Program from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 21 at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. Make a bean necklace and learn how a bean seed grows under the ground, then plant the bean seeds at home and watch how they grow above the ground. This program is sponsored by Genisys Credit Union. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com or call 248-858-5495 for more information.

 

  • Jr. Girl Scouts: Geocacher is set from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 2-4:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at Wit Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Naturalists will help scouts complete the necessary requirements to achieve a badge. Cost is $7/scout and $3/adult. Pre-registration is required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays or registration forms are available at OaklandCountyParks.com.

 

  • Skullduggery is set from 2-3:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Discover the world of local wildlife and their surroundings. Become a forensic dentist and learn the story that teeth can tell you. Have you ever wondered about how animals think? The skull tells it all. Solve mysteries by using real animal skulls and test your own teeth on a tasty snack. Cost is $4/person. Pre-registration with payment required by calling 248-858-0916.

Oct. 24

  • Oakland County Parks and Recreation will host Halloween Happiness, a program for individuals 18 and older with developmental disabilities from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 24 at Southfield Civic Center, 26000 Evergreen Road in Southfield. The event includes music, dancing, trick or treating and pizza. Cost is $10/participant and $5/caregiver. Pre-registration only; no walk-ins. Register by Oct. 16. Payment must accompany registration form, which can be found at OaklandCountyParks.com. Call 248-424-7081 or email Adaptive@oakgov.com for more information.

Oct. 26

  • Equestrian Camping is Oct. 26-29 at Addison Oaks Campground, 1480 W. Romeo Road near Oxford. Enjoy an opportunity to camp with your horses at this event that is open only to equestrians. For more information, visit OakladCountyParks.com or call 248-693-2432. To make a camping reservation, call 248-858-1400.

Oct. 28

  • Join Michigan State University Extension – Health & Nutrition for a Legumes Nutrition Program from 8 a.m.-noon Oct. 28 at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. Learn about the benefits of adding legumes like dried peas and beans to your diet. Children can make a bean mosaic to take home, too. This program is sponsored by Genisys Credit Union. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com or call 248-858-5495 for more information.

 

  • Join Oakland County 4-H staff and discover the endless opportunities available to youth and adult volunteers from 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 28 at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. Children can also create a simple, fun and free make-and-take craft courtesy of Michigan State University Extension – 4-H Youth Development. This program is sponsored by Genisys Credit Union. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com or call 248-858-5495 for more information.

 

  • Trick or Trees is set from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 28 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Come dressed i your favorite costume and enjoy a Trick-or-Treat Trail, costumed characters, face painting, cider and donuts and a nocturnal nature adventure. Bring a bag for each child's treats. Cost is $5/child, $1/adult by Oct. 25; $7/child after Oct. 25. Call 248-858-0916 to register. This event is sponsored by KIND Snacks. For more information, call 248-858-0916.

 

  • Trick or Treat at the Farmers Market is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford. Trick or treat with market vendors and enjoy kids' games and activities. This event is sponsored by Genisys Credit Union. Visit OakladCountyParks.com or call 248-858-5495 for more information.

 

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Rochester College social entrepreneurship program helps boost jobs at local non-profits

Just a year into its Social Entrepreneurship program and Rochester College and its students have already made a difference in a local nonprofit. And with the start of the semester Wednesday, Aug. 30, the program seeks to repeat its successes once more.

In the fall of 2016, its first semester, Rochester's new Center for Social Entrepreneurship partnered with Detroit's Mariners Inn, a social services program dedicated to helping men battling homelessness and substance abuse. Students spent the first eight weeks studying social enterprises and business planning and then met with Mariners Inn to identify needs.

Jaymes Vettraino, Director of the Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Rochester College, teaches the courses. He says the conversations between students and the nonprofit drive the program, not so much the instructor.

What they decided on was a parking lot business. Taking advantage of Mariners Inn's location across from the newly-constructed Little Caesars Arena, land is being re-purposed to accommodate event parking and could be ready in time for the Detroit Lions game on Sept. 10.

The goal, ultimately, was to find a way to increase revenue for Mariners Inn, create jobs for its clients, and supply the men with usable skills.

"Mariners Inn is really taking the concepts we presented to them and running with it," says Vettraino. "They're considering something similar for janitorial jobs and even hired a Social Enterprise employee to manage the mission."

"They're running with it in a meaningful and important way."

With a new school year comes a new partnership. This time, the Center for Social Entrepreneurship has partnered with Dutton Farm of Michigan. The non-profit works with people with physical, mental, or emotional impairments, providing them opportunities to participate in meaningful production activities, like making soaps, bath salts, and lotions. They also offer job placement services.

Learn more about Rochester College's Center for Social Entrepreneurship online.

Got a development news story to share? Email MJ Galbraith here or send him a tweet @mikegalbraith.

Oakland County hits milestone in popular financial reporting award

Oakland County has won the Award of Excellence for its Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for the 20th year in a row. The PAFR summarizes for taxpayers how the county spends their money. It is one of the ways County Executive L. Brooks Patterson's administration works to make county government more transparent and accessible to residents.

"Winning the PAFR award every year for two decades running is a testament to our fiscal services team," Patterson said. "Excellence is a part of Oakland County's culture."

The GFOA gives the PAFR award based on reader appeal, understandability, creativity, and overall quality and usefulness of the report, among others. The GFOA established it to encourage local governments to produce a high quality PAFR based on their comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for individuals without a background in public finance.

The PAFR award follows Oakland County's Award of Excellence for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) which it won earlier this month for the 26th year in a row from the GFOA.

Fiscal Services Officer Lynn Sonkiss praised the team that put the PAFR together, particularly Gaia Piir, chief of fiscal services; Dave Nelson, fiscal services supervisor; Carol Morin, chief of fiscal services; and Pam Tremble, graphic artist.

"I am very proud to work with such dedicated staff who continue to make this GFOA award possible," Sonkiss said.

To view the Fiscal 2016 PAFR, go to oakgov.com/mgtbud/fiscal, click on "Information & Publications" then "Oakland County 2016 Financial Summary."

Birmingham ranks seventh nationally for retiring foodies

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For retiring foodies, Birmingham is nothing short of paradise.

According to the nation’s largest referral service for senior housing options, Birmingham ranks as one of the top cities  in the country for food and alcohol connoisseurs looking for independent living.

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OUCARES partnership earns national award for autism training

The Oakland University Center for Autism Outreach Services (OUCARES) and partners at Oakland County and Oakland County Parks and Recreation, have been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo).

The national awards program honors innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents.
 
NACo selected the group as Best in Category for their collaboration on a unique training program where OUCARES staff members teach the park staff how to better recognize, understand and interact with individuals on the Autism spectrum.
 
“We have had a strong relationship with the county government and the parks and recreation department for several years,” said Kristin Rohrbeck, director of OUCARES. “The autism training program for park staff members just seemed like a natural progression of our partnership and everyone involved knew it would benefit the community.”
 
During this year’s autism training, park supervisors learned to recognize common characteristics of autism spectrum disorder and how to communicate effectively by breaking information down into simple steps, keeping verbal statements short and maintaining a low voice among other strategies.
 
After the training, the park staff have a chance to utilize their new skills each year when they host an OUCARES Autism Camp at Independence Oaks County Park. Campers are picked up and bused to the park for activities including pontoon boat rides, fishing, an inflatable bounce house, tropical maze and dinosaur slide, nature center hike and naturalist class instruction.
 
Then NACo President Bryan Desloge said of the award announcement, “Counties overcome complex challenges, provide essential services and constantly do more with less. We applaud these Achievement Award-winning counties for outstanding efforts to improve residents’ quality of life.”
 
Nationally, awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice, county administration, information technology, health, civic engagement and many more. Each nominee is judged on its own merits and not against other applications.
 
The program was also cited by NACo as one of this year’s 100 Brilliant Ideas at Work: http://www.naco.org/brilliant-ideas/oucares-day-camp-and-staff-training
 
NACo recognized this year’s winners at its 2017 Annual Conference and Exposition in Franklin County, Ohio.

Detroit Institute of Arts to celebrate Japan Gallery opening Nov. 4

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The Detroit Institute of Arts is planning a weekend of Japanese cultural events, including holiday drop-in workshops, drawing in the galleries, bilingual puppet performances, and more to mark the opening of a new Japan Gallery on Nov. 4.

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Local Penn Station East Coast Subs owner pledges to raise $75,000 for The Rainbow Connection

Local Penn Station owner Bernie Marconi has partnered with The Rainbow Connection to bring the dreams of seriously ill children in Michigan to life. Penn Station, a fast-casual restaurant, is known for its grilled, made-to-order sub sandwiches, hand-squeezed lemonade and fresh-cut fries.

“The Rainbow Connection makes a huge impact on the lives of local children and their families who need our help,” said Bernie Marconi, owner of the Rochester & North Gratiot Clinton Twp. Penn Station locations, “We’re thrilled to partner with them and raise money to support their mission.”  Bernie Marconi and his wife Linda began this partnership in 2016 and have committed to supporting the Rainbow Connection year-round. “Our goal is to raise $75,000 for this local charity and to give back to the communities we serve.”

George Miller, Executive Director for TRC, is excited to be working with the Penn Station team.  “Bernie has a big heart and was quick to step up to help when he learned our wish referrals had increased by 37%.  With the popularity of the Penn Station restaurants growing bigger as people learn about their unique menu, the support they have already demonstrated will only improve.”

The Rainbow Connection makes dreams come true for Michigan children with life threatening illnesses.  From something as simple as a computer or as unique as meeting the President of the United States or a glorious trip to Disney World, The Rainbow Connection has fulfilled the dreams of over 3300 Michigan children.

Donations are being accepted at both Penn Station locations to support The Rainbow Connection.

For more information or if you would like to be involved with The Rainbow Connection call 248-601-9474 or visit www.rainbowconnection.org

School's in session, but the fun continues at Oakland County Parks and Recreation

Back-to-school time may usher in the unofficial start of autumn, but there is still plenty to see and do at Oakland County Parks and Recreation. Head out for a terrific day at the golf course, savor the late summer harvest at the Oakland County Farmers Market and take time for a few more trips to the campground. Make every last moment of summer count at these upcoming activities offered through Oakland County Parks and Recreation:

 

Sept. 15

Haunted Hallows I is Sept. 15-17 at Groveland Oaks Campground, 14555 Dixie Highway in Holly. Enjoy eerie fu with Halloween crafts, inflatable bouncers, sports games, family hayrides, Halloween face painting, campsite decorating contest, costumed DJ dance, campground trick or treating and a haunted island. For the campground recreation schedule, visit OaklandCountyParks.com. For more information, call 248-634-9811. To make a camping reservation, call 248-858-1400.


Sept. 16

Join Michigan State University Extension – Master Gardeners for an Egghead Pet program from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sept. 16 at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. Children will plant grass seed in a decorated eggshell, watch it grow at home and then within days can snip the resulting “hair.” This program is sponsored by Genisys Credit Union. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com or call 248-858-5495 for more information.

 

Sept. 21

Enjoy an evening of country music and line dancing at the Ellis Barn Bash from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 21 at Springfield Oaks County Park. The event will include a hayride, heritage games, photo booth and s’mores. Cost is $3/person and pre-registration is required. Springfield Oaks County Park is located at 12451 Andersonville Road in Davisburg. Call 248-858-0916 or visit OaklandCountyParks.com for more information.

 

Sept. 22

Haunted Hallows II is Sept. 22-24 at Groveland Oaks Campground, 14555 Dixie Highway in Holly. Enjoy eerie fun with Halloween crafts, inflatable bouncers, sport games, family hayrides, Halloween face painting, campsite decorating contest, costumed DJ dance, campground trick or treating and a haunted island. For the campground recreation schedule, visit OaklandCountyParks.com. For more information, call 248-634-9811. To make a camping reservation, call 248-858-1400.

 

Sept. 23

Join Michigan State University Extension – Health & Nutrition for an Apple Nutrition Program from 8 a.m.-noon Sept. 23 at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. Find out about the different varieties of apples and what each one is best used for. There will be recipes and tastings. This program is sponsored by Genisys Credit Union. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com or call 248-858-5495 for more information.

 

Sept. 24

Shop ‘til you drop at the Oakland County Farmers Market on Sept. 24 during the Community Garage Sale. Shop for hidden treasures from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The Oakland County Farmers Market is located at 2350 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford.

 

The Fall Color Car Classic is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 24 at Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road in Clarkston. There will be door prizes, 50/50 drawing and goodie bags. Concession food will be available. Trophies will be given to the top 15 cars. Register classic cars at OaklandCountyParks.com. Cost is $12 by Sept. 15 and $15 after. Proceeds benefit Alhambra Charities for persons with developmental disabilities. For more information, call 248-673-2826.

 

Sept. 26

A 4-person Scramble Series for men and women ages 50+ is set for Sept. 26 at Springfield Oaks Golf Course, 12450 Andersonville Road in Davisburg. Check-i is at 7:30 a.m. with a shot-gun start at 8:30 a.m. Pre-pay is $132/team or $33/person. Non-pre-pay fees are $168/team; $42/person. Event includes 18 hole green fees, cart rental, continental breakfast, lunch immediately after the round, contest holes and prizes. In the event of a rain out the day of, lunch will still be provided. Rainchecks will be issued for green fees and cart rental only. Optional Skins game: $20 per team, must be paid prior to the start of the round. The registration form is available at OaklandCountyParks.com. For more information, contact Tournament Director Jan Villarreal at 248-634-2261 or email SpringfieldOaks@oakgov.com.


Sept. 29

Christmas in September is Sept. 29-30 at Groveland Oaks Campground, 14555 Dixie Highway in Holly. Get in the holiday spirit in September with Christmas crafts, pictures with Santa, fireside hot cocoa, campsite decorating contest, lighted hayride, caroling with Santa, big screen movie and a DJ dance. For the campground recreation schedule, visit OaklandCountyParks.com. For more information, call 248-634-9811. To make a camping reservation, call 248-858-1400.


Sept. 30

The Scout Badge Day Bears: Fur, Feathers ad Ferns is set from 10 a.m.-noon or 2-4 p.m. Sept. 30 at Wit Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Naturalists will help scouts complete the necessary requirements to achieve a badge. Cost is $7/scout and $3/adult. Pre-registration is required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays or registration forms are available at OaklandCountyParks.com.


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Have a ball during Youth Abilities Saturday Sports Special program

As the weather gets cooler, keep children active by registering them for the Youth Abilities Saturday Sports Special program from October through November.

The program, designed for children with disabilities ages 6-18, features activities such as parachute games, floor hockey, kickball, scooters and basketball. It is held in conjunction with Oakland County Parks and Recreation and the Boys & Girls Club of South Oakland County.

Saturday Sports Special events are scheduled from 9:30-11 a.m. on Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28 and Nov. 4 and 18 at the Boys & Girls Clubs, 1545 East Lincoln Road in Royal Oak.

“Children get together with their friends, play games and have a ball,” Recreation Therapist Sandy Dorey said. “I suggest that those interested register early. This is a popular program and registration is limited to 20 participants. Individuals must pre-register for each week they plan to attend.”

For more information, contact Oakland County Parks and Recreation at 248-424-7081 or Adaptive@oakgov.com.

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World War I and America coming this fall to the Orion Township Public Library

The Orion Township Public Library is one of 120 institutions nationwide that was recently awarded a World War I and America grant to host a series of events about the impact of WWI in America. The grant marks the 100th anniversary of the nation’s entry into the war in 1917.

 

“We apply for grants like World War 1 and America to bring high-quality speakers to our library at minimal cost, and to speak about subjects of interest to our patrons that align with our library mission ‘To serve and engage a thriving community of life-long learners,’” said Beth Sheridan, head of adult services at the Orion Library. “We hope that veterans and their families, and any interested patrons in our community, will attend these programs which will explore the American experience of the war and its role in shaping the contemporary world.”

 

The Orion Library is hosting the following events in October and November:

 

Discussion Series

Join Oakland University’s Dr. Karen Miller as she moderates a series of three discussions of readings drawn from the book World War I and America: Told by the Americans Who Lived It. Register for the whole series or any of the evenings online, and stop by the library to pick up the readings being discussed to read ahead of time. Discussions will also include other forms of media related to each evening’s themes.


Wednesday, October 11 @ 7:00p

Why Fight? The Experience of War, Race and WWI


Wednesday, October 18 @ 7:00p

American Women at War, The Home Front: Selling Unity, Suppressing Dissent


Wednesday, October 25 @ 7:00p

America on the World Stage, At Home/Coming Home; The Toll of War
 

Book Discussion

Monday, October 16 @ 7:00p

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

Copies available after September 18 at the Adult Reference desk.

 

World War I “Hello Girl,” Oleda Christides

Wednesday, November 1 @ 7:00p

Join local storyteller Lois Keel as she shares the story of how bilingual operators helped General Pershing in France.

 

PTSD: a Discussion for Veterans and Their Families with Dr. Eric BeShears, clinical psychologist with the John D. Dingell Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Tuesday, November 14 @ 7:00p

 

The Makings of America: A WWI Home Front Story

Saturday, November 18 @ 2:00p

Historian Dennis Skupinski will present an interactive program about WWI and Michigan.

 

For more information visit orionlibrary.org/ww1america.

 

This program is part of World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of The Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

The Orion Township Public Library is located at 825 Joslyn Road, Lake Orion, MI 48362 and is open 9:30a-9:00p Monday through Thursday and 9:30a-5:00p Friday and Saturday.  For more information visit orionlibrary.org.


Free community event for family caregivers like you

Caregiver Expo: Saturday, October 14, 2017
The Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B) is hosting its 18th Annual Solutions for Family Caregivers Expo to provide caregivers with valuable information, answers, and links to community resources and services.

Saturday, October 14
9 a.m. -  2 p.m.
The Suburban Collection Showplace (See a map and get directions)
46100 Grand River Avenue
Novi, MI 48374

FREE Admission and Parking! 
Pre-registration not required. Registration takes place at door. 
  • Visit with over 100 exhibitors to learn more about products and services available to assist caregivers.
  • Attend expert presentations throughout the day on a variety of topics (see below).
  • “Ask The Resource Specialist” and get answers to questions on Medicare, Medicaid, prescription assistance, transportation options and learn about specific services and resources available in your community.
  • Enjoy free morning refreshments.
  • Cash and carry lunch available.
  • Door prizes & giveaways!
  • Free chair massages
Presentation Schedule:  

9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

  1. How to Protect Your Assets from the Devastating Cost of Long-Term Care
    Christopher J. Berry, VA-Accredited and Certified Elder Law Attorney
    The Elder Care Firm
    Attorney Berry will share the legal steps needed to plan for the long-term care journey for yourself or a loved one, and discuss the six ways to pay for long-term care. Included will be how to plan for governmental assistance with Medicaid and the Veterans Administration (VA) Benefit.
     
  2. Me, Myself and I (Caregiver Health)
    Charlene Whitt, Certified Health Education Specialist
    Caregiving is hard work. When you work hard you should take time for yourself to maintain your own health. However, finding that time can be harder than caregiving. This session is all about you and how to find yourself again.
     
  3. Making the Most of Your Medicare Benefits
    Michael Jakubic, Director of Medicare Sales
    Health Alliance Plan (HAP)
    Are you making the most out of your Medicare benefits? HAP’s Medicare expert will help you learn the various ways to fully utilize your Medicare benefits. Michael will review Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Medigap plans to help you find the best plan for you.
     
  4. Hospice: End of Life Options
    Heather McPherson, Operations Manager
    Personal Touch Home Health Care Services, Inc.
    Today Americans are living longer. With longevity, knowing your end-of-life preferences has become more important. Heather will discuss hospice, palliative care, artificial life support, DNR, advanced directives, VSED, self-determination and their differences to help you be aware of and make informed decisions.

11 a.m. to Noon

  1. Long-Term Care: Resources, Programs and Options That Can Help
    Shavon Walton, Clinical Manager
    Area Agency on Aging 1-B
    Gary Evans, Vice President of Operations
    SameAddress (A program of the AAA 1-B)
    Long-term care options can be confusing. Knowing where to turn for services to help a loved one remain at home is important to them and you. Shavon will explore options available to caregivers like home-delivered meals, personal care, homemaking, support groups and more. Gary will share an innovative senior concierge service that’s available as well as ideas about ways to help caregivers.
     
  2. The Diamond in Your Disappointment
    Beth Weber, RN, HOPE Services
    Caring for the chronically ill involves a variety of unrecognized and misunderstood losses. In this session participants will learn about chronic sorrow or living loss, gain resources to manage recurrent triggers and find the hidden treasure in their troubles so they can persevere and endure with hope.
     
  3. Medicare Advantage or Medigap? What’s the Right Fit?
    Rosemarie Cook, Medicare Sales Consultant
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
    Too often, Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers let financial considerations drive their plan choice: Which plan has the lowest premium? How complicated is it to use? But Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplemental plans are different in approach and coverage. This session will educate you on some of the key differences between Medicare Advantage vs. Medicare Supplement plans, so you can make informed decisions.
     
  4. Caring for the Caregiver: Creating Personal Resilience
    Jane Felczak, MSN RN CPPS, Principal Quality Consultant
    Henry Ford Health System
    Resilience is the capacity to bounce back from stress, pressure or disruption. Resilience education teaches you the ability to adjust rapidly to adversity in a healthy manner, and is an integral component of personal well-being. This program was designed to bring meaningful and validated tools to participants, combining the best available data and tools with humor and honesty.

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

  1. Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors
    Lauren Cetnar, BAA, CTRS, Education Program Coordinator
    Alzheimer’s Association–Greater Michigan Chapter 
    Behavior is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings when language is lost. However, some behavior can be challenging to caregivers. Join us to learn how to decode behavioral messages, identify common triggers, and learn strategies to help understand and cope with some of the most common behavioral challenges of dementia-related diseases.
     
  2. Finding the Right Medical Care for Your Loved One
    Chris Popp, MD, Regional Medical Director
    Oak Street Health
    Rafe Petty, PhD, Regional Vice President
    Oak Street Health
    Managing a loved one’s medical care can be daunting for family caregivers. Finding the right healthcare provider can make a huge difference. Dr. Popp and Dr. Petty will explore how to work with providers to build a productive relationship and also introduce a different approach to healthcare for adults on Medicare that emphasizes devoting more time to patients in the exam room and beyond.
     
  3. Elder Law Mini-Course for Caregivers
    Jim Schuster, J.D., Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA)
    Jim Schuster gives you the practical information for managing long-term care. You’ll learn simple, inexpensive steps to take to avoid the devastating costs or making common mistakes, essential legal documents to have, and how to get all of your Medicare, Medicaid and VA benefits without losing your home or life savings. Attendees will take home an information-packed course book.
     
  4. Resources You Might Not Know About: An Information Panel
    Kelly Elswick, Resource Specialist,
    Area Agency on Aging 1-B
    Judy Rathburn, Resource/Mobility Specialist
    MyRide2/Travel and Transportation
    Jenny Jarvis, Chief Strategy Officer 
    Area Agency on Aging 1-B (Moderator, Medicare Part D Open Enrollment)
    Nikki Puroff-Main, Seniors Helping Seniors
Get More Details: 
For complete details, download the 2017Solutions for Family Caregivers ExpoFlyer, visit michigancaregiverexpo.com, or call the Area Agency on Aging 1-B at 800-852-7795.

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Oakland County WIC program moves to new Walled Lake location

The Oakland County Walled Lake Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) office will relocate to 1010 E. West Maple Road in Walled Lake beginning Sept. 5. The new office will be east of Pontiac Trail in the same building as Easterseals. The move comes after the announcement of the Walled Lake Community Education Center’s closing.

“We are excited about our new location and to continue serving our families in the Walled Lake area,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for the Oakland County Health Division. “Our clients will not experience a lapse in their services due to this move.”

WIC provides free nutritious foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support and peer counseling, and referrals to community services for those that qualify. The federally funded program is available to income eligible pregnant, breastfeeding, or postpartum women, and to children up to age five. Additional WIC offices are located at Oakland County Health Division offices in Pontiac and Southfield.
  • North Oakland Health Center, 1200 N. Telegraph, Building 34E, Pontiac
  • South Oakland Health Center, 27725 Greenfield Road, Southfield
Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency (OLHSA) also offers Oakland County WIC locations in Addison Township, Holly, Madison Heights, Pontiac, and West Bloomfield.

“We are proud to partner with the Oakland County WIC program”, said Easterseals Michigan’s president and CEO, Brent Wirth. “This innovative collaboration provides an integrated approach to behavioral health and nutrition services that will better address health disparities of children, adults and families in Oakland County.”

WIC has demonstrated positive effects on pregnancy outcomes, child growth, and development. A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that obesity rates in young children enrolled in WIC have decreased both in Michigan and nationally.

For more information about Oakland County’s WIC program, visit oakgov.com/health or find Public Health Oakland on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter @publichealthOC.
 

Southfield Michigan Works! service center relocates to Lawrence Tech campus at City Centre

The Southfield Michigan Works! service center, one of eight Oakland County centers serving both job seekers and companies looking for talent, has relocated to the Lawrence Technological University Enterprise Center in the City Centre Business District.

A grand opening ribbon-cutting is set for Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. Scheduled speakers include Southfield Mayor Kenson Siver; LTU President Dr. Virinder K. Moudgil; and Jennifer Llewellyn, workforce development manager for Oakland County. The office is located at 21415 Civic Center Drive, Suite 116, in Southfield. The Southfield location is the first Michigan Works! center to be integrated within a local university.

“The Southfield Michigan Works! center offers services to more than 25,000 people from the area each year,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “The relocation of the center to the LTU campus makes us accessible to our customers and the businesses which use our services every year and should further strengthen our presence in the area.”

Michigan Works! centers offer a broad array of career management, training and placement services for those looking for jobs. The centers also provide talent recruitment, labor market information, training support and other services to businesses of all sizes. The county executive and the Oakland County Workforce Development Board provide policy, direction and oversight for the Oakland County Michigan Works! Agency.

Southfield Michigan Works! center Manager Lisa Straske said her staff of 15 is looking forward to collaborating with LTU administrators and educators on a regular basis to offer additional training and other services for in-demand jobs. LTU was recently named one of the best universities in the Midwest, according to the Princeton Review. Only 156 colleges and universities in 12 Midwestern states made the list for 2018.“

Partnering with Lawrence Tech will be reinvigorating,” Straske said. “We’re committed to providing our customers with the best resources and services available to help them return to work. This move will allow us to offer new things to even more people, including an additional population of students.”

LTU President Moudgil added, "The strength of the LTU-city of Southfield partnership has resulted in a new office located on campus that greatly enhances access to needed services for the community of job seekers and employers looking to fill good-paying jobs."

The Southfield Michigan Works! service center move was made possible in part by funding from the city's $3.6 million Centrepolis SmartZone. “Centrepolis not only creates an educational arena where start-up businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs can learn how to take their ideas to the next level, it creates more retail, business, and residential opportunities in the heart of Southfield – making this new shared space a perfect functional fit,” Siver said.
 
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