SEVERE WEATHER SEASON: What’s your plan?


Tornado Siren

There is nothing subtle about nature’s way when the sky turns an ominous shade of pea soup green and severe weather rolls across the Great Plains and Midwest with a powerful punch. And when storm-spawned straight- line winds rip into the landscape sending trees and power lines crashing to earth and tornado sirens start to scream all of Oakland County becomes the “Wilder side of Oakland County.”

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Restoring Nature and Wildlands with Fire!


“From the beginning, earth, wind, fire and water were the four major forces of nature which shaped the diverse mosaic of life that is our world. Lighting was the initial match that ignited fires. Fire was probably one of the first products of nature that humans learned to control. When humans learned to initiate fire, its occurrence became more widespread.”  Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Parks - Fire

Prescribed fires differ greatly from wildfires. Wildfires are accidental and uncontrolled. Prescribed fires, sometimes referred to as controlled burns, and are set intentionally after careful study with specific management goals in mind and with the safety of people and property major considerations. When the correct weather and wind conditions are present the Michigan Department of Natural Resources conducts burns on state land, and many parks in Oakland County conduct their prescribed fires. These fires usually take place in early April before the landscape greens up.

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EASTERN BLUEBIRDS of OAKLAND (with tributes from Thoreau)


“A man’s interest in a single bluebird is worth more than a complete but dry list of the flora and fauna of a town.” Henry David Thoreau

Eastern bluebirds have at long last announced the delayed arrival of spring to Oakland County with flight and song. Their brilliant royal blue backs and rusty brown breasts add rich warmth to fields and meadows laced with remnants of crusty ice and slushy snow. Perhaps these beautiful members of the thrush family responded to the words of Thoreau:   “His soft warble melts in the ear, as the snow is melting in the valleys around. The bluebird comes and with his warble drills the ice and sets free the rivers and ponds and frozen grounds…the leading edge of spring.”

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Affordable Care Act Help

It’s been making headline news lately and we want to make sure you know what it’s all about and that there’s more to the discussion than just the issues with their website.

In March 2010, Congress enacted the Affordable Care Act (commonly referred to as Obama Care), which established the Health Insurance Marketplace. Under this law, most Americans must have health coverage in 2014 or they will pay a fee if they do not qualify for exclusions. Some parts of the law are now in place, other parts are being phased in later. Many key parts of the law take effect in 2014.

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Staying Healthy in School

The first day of fall has come and gone, and schools have gotten themselves rolling in a big way. With flu season fast approaching, it’s important that students be mindful of their environment so they can not only stay healthy themselves, but prevent the spread of illness to their fellow students.

Oakland County Health has a lot of very useful information for students who wish to keep themselves alert and ready to learn going into the fall and winter. Here are a few top tips:

  • Get a flu shot. It only takes a few minutes and it’s very affordable. It will save a lot of heart ache, and especially stomach aches. Remember, the flu can be lethal in the right circumstances. Be sure to keep yourself vaccinated if you can. Seasonal flu shot clinic locations and hours can be found at Oakland County Health’s website.
  • Wash your hands. A good general rule of thumb is to wash your hands with soap and water any time you can. Being in a public place such as a school means that you come into contact with a variety of bacteria and germs.
  • Carry antibacterial hand sanitizer. If there aren’t any sinks around, you’re covered.
  • Cover your mouth when you sneeze, either with your arm or a tissue.
  • Avoid touching anything unnecessarily. Hands tend to wonder, and it’s one of the biggest ways germs spread. Be conscious of what your hands are doing at all times, and at the very least, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Stay home if you’re sick. Consider it a public service to your fellow students. Arrange work with your teacher or professor outside of class, and get well. In the end, everyone benefits.

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Veterans Services in Oakland County

For over 50 years, Oakland County Veterans’ Services has provided services to veterans and their families residing in Oakland County.

Our experienced benefits counselors are dedicated to ensuring that the sacrifices of our nation’s veterans are recognized, and that they and their families receive all veterans benefits to which they are entitled. And in being a division of Oakland County Government, these services are provided free of charge.

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Licensing Your Dog – Quick & Easy!

Did you know you can easily and quickly purchase dog licenses from the Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center? Better yet– you can purchase them online, too!

The State of Michigan requires all dogs over the age of 4 months to be current with the rabies vaccine and have a Michigan dog license. Failure to comply may result in a misdemeanor ticket. This is to help ensure the safety of both humans (owners included!) and dogs of all shapes and sizes.

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