Weatherly Stroh named MI Great Artist Winner

17 Dec

Weatherly Stroh, an oil painter who specializes in animal and landscape paintings, was chosen as winner of the 2014 MI Great Artist online competition. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson made the announcement Thursday, December 11 at the Park West Gallery. Patterson said, “Supporting the arts, not only improves the quality of life in Oakland County, but it is an important determining factor for international companies deciding to relocate or expand to Oakland County.”


L. Brooks Patterson and Kristie Everett Zamora present Weatherly Stroh with her awards

Patterson and Albert Scaglione, founder and CEO of the Gallery, presented Stroh with a check for $1500.00. Her work will be featured in a group exhibition at Park West Gallery, which runs through January 4, 2015, and in a two-month solo exhibition at the Oakland County Galleria in the Executive Office Building in Waterford.

Patterson said  “I’m awed by the talent of these fine artists. The competition was very close but Weatherly had a slight edge over the other four finalists. I congratulate her and thank the other ninety-one artists who entered the competition this year.” Stroh is a graduate of the University of Colorado with an undergraduate degree in fine art and a master’s in elementary education. She was an elementary school teacher but turned her focus to painting full time in 2010. She is the great-grandniece of American Impressionist painter Gari Melchers.

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AAA’s Tips for Winter Driving

12 Dec

Now that the cold weather is upon us, here are some winter weather driving tips from AAA. Follow these tips to drive safely in the rain, snow, sleet and ice this winter in Oakland County.


Winter driving tips:

Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks.

Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.

Make certain your tires are properly inflated.

Never mix radial tires with other tire types.

Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.

If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.

Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand).

Always look and steer where you want to go.

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OCC is offering a gift for someone who has it all!

5 Dec

Oakland County, MI Government:

Looking for a unique holiday gift this season, that is sure to be a big BOOM? Look no further than this once in a lifetime opportunity from Oakland Community College to implode a Metro Detroit skyscraper.

Place a bid for you or that special someone on your Holiday List here: Bidding is open through 11 p.m. Thursday, December 11, 2014. On the morning of December 14, 2014, one lucky bidder will have the chance to start the implosion of a 17-story building in Southfield, the future site of an (undecided) OCC project.

Proceeds from the auction are going to support OCC students through the Oakland Community College Foundation.


Add a little kaboom to your holiday season! Oakland Community College is auctioning the opportunity to implode a Metro Detroit skyscraper. usethisone

On the morning of December 14, 2014, one lucky bidder will have the chance to start the implosion of a 17-story building in Southfield,  Mich. Visit to place your bid. Bidding is open through 11 p.m. Thursday, December 11, 2014.

Auction winner will receive: 1) The opportunity to start the implosion of the skyscraper, 2) A commemorative photo of the event, 3) Recognition on the OCC Foundation website. Bids are tax-deductible and all proceeds go to OCC students.

“We are excited to offer this unique opportunity to one lucky winner,” said OCC Foundation Executive Director Carol Furlong. “Proceeds go to supporting our students.”

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OCC purchased the 42-year-old, 17-story, 340,000 square feet property known as North Park Plaza earlier this year. While there are no immediate plans for the property…

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22nd Annual Oakland County Business Roundtable

4 Dec

L. Brooks Patterson visits with WJR Radio’s The Paul W. Smith Show before the event.

Oakland County Executive, L. Brooks Patterson welcomed the public and private sectors on Tuesday morning at the Troy Marriot for the 2014 Business Roundtable meeting and breakfast. Patterson founded the Business Roundtable in 1993 so business leaders could engage with county government on issues that would enable them to prosper. Four Business Roundtable committees were organized to focus on specific areas within the county. They are the: Economic Development, Quality of Life, Transportation and Workforce and Education Committees. Also in attendance were the Elite 40 under 40 classes of 2012, 2013 and 2014. Deputy County Executive, Matt Gibb, remarked to the gathered group that he was pleased to see a lot of excitement in the room this year and attributed it to the growing economy.

Deputy County Executive, Matt Gibb

Fifth Third Bank sponsored the event and David Girodat, President and CEO, spoke on its behalf. The company was proud to sponsor the event and be a part of strengthening leaderships that have a vested interest in Oakland County. Girodat remarked that Fifth Third Bank was glad to share the mission of ensuring the preservation of the county’s quality of life and economic vitality.

Kevyn Orr, Emergency Manager of the City of Detroit, was the keynote speaker this year. He began by personally thanking Patterson for coming to the table and shepherding the Great Lakes Water Authority process. He also thanked Governor Snyder for taking on the most longstanding issues, including Detroit’s bankruptcy, in the state of Michigan. Orr spoke to the group about how he and his team were able come up with a plan to put Detroit back on the map to financial recovery. He emphasized that he wanted the residents of Detroit to feel cared about, that they mattered and that somebody invested in them. On Detroit’s bankruptcy problems, Orr said “the thing that surprised me the most was the resilience of the people. Even though they were upset, they knew it had to happen, and reason prevailed over emotion.” He recommended that people pull together, dig in, address issues and get in front of problems as soon as possible.


Detroit Emergency Manager, Kevyn Orr

Stephanie Bergeron, President and CEO of Walsh College Co-Chaired the event and shared the news that Walsh College would be investing in a location in Troy. She also related that about half of Walsh college graduates stay in Oakland County and they are working to build the future through scholarships.

The Economic Development, Quality of Life, Transportation, and Workforce and Education committees gave reports and provided recommendations for branding, promotion, growth, communication and accessibility.

Economic Development Committee

  • M1 “Coolest Corridor’ Super Task Force
  • Improve Access to Resources Available for Businesses

Quality of Life Committee

  • Age Friendly Oakland-aimed at retaining everyone from seniors to millennials
  • Increased branding and social media


  • 1-75 Corridor Expansion
  • Connected Cars

Workforce & Education Committee


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At the close of the meeting, Patterson advised that he and his team would come together and take a look at all of the recommendations and see what can be done to implement them. In closing he said, “On behalf of the 1.3 million residents of Oakland County, I thank you for your contribution and appreciate you being here.”

Cyber Monday Shopping Tips

1 Dec

464263169 When shopping from home tonight (Cyber Monday), beware of online scams and malware-ridden links. Here are some tips to use when shopping online:

Online Shopping Tips

  • If the deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Go right to the source. If you get an email, text or social media link to a coupon or store special, don’t click the link. Type the website into your browser.
  • Look for https. Before you enter any credit card number, you should see https and a padlock on the website’s URL. This means the connection is encrypted.
  • Lower prices can cost a lot. Knockoffs, stolen goods on auction sites or gray market merchandise (manufactured for other countries), may be cheaper, but the warranty will not be honored and may not be up to stringent US safety regulations.
  • Classified ads can be risky. Merchandise could be stolen or not as promised.
  • Use only a credit card or well-established online payment systems like PayPal. Most Credit Card companies have fraud protection.
  • Lastly, check your credit card statement at the end of the day. Make sure it’s from a fresh browser session, not the browser session you were shopping with.

Use these tips for a safer online shopping experience this Holiday Season and throughout the year. Phil Bertolini Thank you to Oakland County, Deputy County Executive-CIO, Phil Bertolini, for providing these online shopping safety tips. Stay connected with Oakland County Government at, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Congrats State Football Champs

1 Dec

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Congratulations and high fives to the players and coaches of Clarkston and Orchard Lake St. Mary’s High Schools for their victories in the Michigan High School Football Championships.

The Clarkston Wolves earned their second straight Division 1 state title beating Saline 33-25. The game was the 27th consecutive victory for the Wolves, longest active run in the state.

Orchard Lake St Mary’s Eaglets topped Muskegon 7-0 to take the Division 3 title. This was the 6th state championship for the Eaglets, the others occurring in 1977, 1994, 1999, 2000, and 2011.

We’d also like to give a ‘pat-on-the-back’ to the twenty-two other Oakland County teams that were in the journey to become a state champion.

Clarkston team photo: Mike Mulholland/MLive.

The Big, Bright Light Show & Lagniappe 2014

25 Nov

lagtitle Downtown Rochester held their annual celebrations of Lagniappe and The Big, Bright Light Show last night. In spite of the cold and high winds, the crowds still came out in large numbers to view the fabulous show of light. Thousands gathered on Main Street to count down to “Light the Town”.


The very festive employees at Holy Cannoli’s handed out treats to passersby.

The merchants of downtown Rochester kept up their annual tradition of Lagniappe, which comes from the Creole word that means “a little something extra” and passed out snacks and trinkets to passersby. The mood was one of happiness and joy as the crowd bustled from shop to shop, eager to start off the holiday season.

Folks will come from near and far to view The Big, Bright Light Show and can enjoy the beautiful display nightly through January 4th, 2015. For more Oakland County holiday events and photos, stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.


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