Winter Solstice: The Gateway to Winter Adventure in Oakland County Parks

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

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Winter officially began at 23:03 Universal Time on December 21. That moment marked the point at which the least amount of sunlight fell across the northern half of the globe. The earliest humans on earth may not have chatted around a campfire about the winter solstice, but they managed to grasp the fact that the sun’s path across the sky, the length of daylight and the locations of sunrises and sunsets all shifted in detectable patterns. Stonehenge is one such testament to the event. Winter, in all likelihood, was a time of great challenge, when many struggled just to survive. Today we have Facebook and Twitter to mark the solstice and here in Oakland County, we have 13 parks that take on a special beauty during the slowly lengthening days of winter. Addison Oaks County Park, Independence Oaks County Park and rural Rose Oaks County Park are three of our hilly and glacially sculpted parks that are rich in winter trails and wild land adventures on the wilder side of Oakland County. Continue reading

Stay Healthy This Flu Season!

The Oakland County Health Division will be offering flu shots with better protection this season. These shots will guard individuals against four viruses: Type A H1N1 and H3N2 and two Type B strains, all of which are most likely to occur this season.

The importance of getting a flu shot cannot be stressed enough– getting vaccinated greatly reduces the number of people that get ill each flu season, and helps to decrease the severity of the illness and its complications. Our updated flu shots will help in our goal of helping to keep Oakland County residents healthy.

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