Safety Tips for Preparing your Holiday Turkey

20 Nov


Yum! It’s that time again. Start preparing for your perfect holiday turkey now, especially if you have a frozen turkey that needs to be thawed in time for Thanksgiving.

Remember these important tips on thawing, cooking, cleaning and leftovers. Continue reading

The Dream is Near – High School Football Semi-Finals

16 Nov
Ford Field

The View at Ford Field

When the High School football season started back in August, there were 584 teams that had the dream of going to the State Championships at Ford Field in November.

The regular season ended in October, 256 teams earned or were selected to take part in this years playoffs.

Three weeks later, 32 teams remain. Many deserving Oakland County teams’ season came to a end early, while five surviving teams are continuing the quest to become a state champ. Continue reading

On Stage: A Christmas Carol

14 Nov

For the 33rd consecutive year, Oakland University’s Meadow Brook Theatre presents everybody’s favorite holiday play, A Christmas Carol.

This oft told Charles Dickens classic, has been adapted in many different ways, in books, onstage in plays, on Television, and in films.

Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey with the three Christmas spirits takes him from being one big humbug, to a man who  now treats everyone with generosity and compassion.

November Shows December Shows
Friday 14- Sunday 16 Wednesday 3- Sunday 7
Friday 21 – Sunday 23 Wednesday 10 – Sunday 14
Friday 28 -  Sunday 30 Tuesday 16 -  Sunday 21

Please note that show time vary, some days have multiple shows.
Visit MB Theatre for times and further information.

On The Road to Ford Field (The Quest Continues)

10 Nov
Football - Brother Rice vs Groves

Birmingham Brother Rice vs Birmingham Groves

It was another exciting weekend of High School football, as many Oakland County teams continue the quest to Ford Field and a championship game. This weekend eight teams continue on the path for a State Championship. Continue reading

Ask the Veterinarian: Cold Weather

10 Nov

Oakland County, MI Government:

As winter weather approaches, here are some great tips from the Michigan Humane Society on how to protect your pets during cold weather.

Here are some of our own tips too:

1. Dry your pets off when they come in wet from rain or snow

2. Keep pets hydrated

3. Feed your pets (pets who have been outdoors may require more food to stay nourished)

4. Check paws for cracked skin and ice build up

5. Have a blizzard storm plan that includes your pets in place

6. Locate a pet-friendly hotel in case you need to leave your home in an emergency

Remember, if it’s too cold for you outside, it’s too cold for your pet!

Originally posted on Michigan Humane Society:


Check out the Michigan Humane Society blog on Mondays to see common veterinary questions answered. If you have an immediate medical concern with your pet, please call your veterinarian! If you have a non-urgent question you would like answered on the blog, you can comment here or email us at mail(at)

“How do I protect my pet from the cold weather?”

Keep pets indoors during cold weather. Small breed dogs and dogs with short hair should only go outdoors for short times when necessary. A sweater or coat may be needed to protect them from the cold, but remember ear tips, tails and feet are all prone to frostbite. After going outdoors, wash and dry your pet’s feet to remove any salt, ice or other irritating substances.

If pets are kept outdoors, they must be provided with appropriate shelter such as a heated garage or insulated house. The house should…

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TAMARACKS: Trees of Smoky Gold

6 Nov



The wind-swept, snow-laced dawn of November did not bring a total end to the magnificent kaleidoscope of colors that bathed October woodlands in the raw beauty of seasonal change. The brilliant leaves of sassafras, red maple and sugar maple are now huddled together on the forest floor offering shelter to tiny creatures underneath. Oak leaves are now brown and crackle in cold winds, but they do not fall to the ground until spring, for that is their way. Yet, in our healthy wetlands, a tree of subtle and brilliant beauty has reached peak color and seemingly illuminates the landscape at sunrise. Again at sunset, the view calls to mind shimmering lanterns of smoky gold.  The tamarack tree (Larix laricina), also known as the American Larch, went virtually unnoticed and unsung, until now.

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Patterson Wants the Region’s ‘Best of the Best’ for 2015 Elite 40 Under 40

4 Nov

Elite 40 LogoEach year, Oakland County Executive, L. Brooks Patterson’s Elite 40 under 40™ honors a class of the brightest and best young talent that live or work, and often times both, in Oakland County. The program, that began in 2012,  honors young professionals and thought leaders who excel in their field, have demonstrated dynamic leadership and have made significant contributions to the quality of life in the region.

“We are blessed to have so many talented young people who are vital to Oakland County and the region,” Patterson said. “Their innovation, talent and energy will help shape our future for years to come. We’re looking for the best and the brightest. If you know one or more of these young men and women – or you want to nominate yourself – I encourage you to submit a name for consideration.”

Nominations and entries are now being accepted for the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 under 40™ Class of 2015 and will be until November 21 at 5:00 p.m. Candidates can be submitted at

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