Huron Valley History Initiative Won Digitization Grant for The Milford Times!


Do you remember seeing all of the #DigMilford tweets in your Twitter feed back in January? Well, all of those tweets led to something really worthwhile here in Oakland County! They helped the Huron Valley History Initiative to win a grant, valued at $2,500, to digitize The Milford Times.

The Huron Valley History Initiative (HVHI) is made up of The Milford Historical Society, the Milford Library and also historical groups and libraries from Highland Township, White Lake Township and Commerce Township.

The grant project is funded annually by the Robert and Susan Clarke Endowment through Clarke Historical Library of Central Michigan University.

HVHI submitted their grant request to the Clarke Historical Library with the hope of preserving the history of Milford, Highland, White Lake and Commerce, as The Milford Times has the only continuous account of the area going back to 1871. They wanted the newspaper to be made available to all residents in an online format to provide easier and faster access. The Huron Valley area has a rich history and was once referred to as the “Up north playgrounds of the Detroit wealthy.” by the Detroit News. The HVHI is delighted that the documentation of the people, industries and way of life in Milford and surrounding communities will now be available online.

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Congrats to Melody Arabo, 2015 Elite 40 Under 40 Winner

Congratulations to Melody Arabo, Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2015 winner. Melody has had an absolutely amazing year; she is also the recipient of Michigan’s State Teacher of the Year and author of a book titled Diary of a Real Bully. Arabo, a married mother of three children, is a third grade teacher at Keith Elementary School in the Walled Lake Consolidated School District.


Melody Arabo introduced Oakland County Executive, L. Brooks Patterson, at the 2015 State of the County Address.

The announcement was made February 4, 2015 at Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson’s State of the County address held at the Marriott Auburn Hills Pontiac at Centerpoint. As the winner, Arabo was given the honor of introducing Patterson to the crowd of over 500 people. “It is a true honor to represent the 2015 class of Oakland County’s Elite 40 under 40, especially considering the caliber of talent, dedication and professionalism of my fellow class members,” Arabo said. “I take great pride in calling Oakland County my family’s home and I am thrilled to be an ambassador for all it has to offer.” arabo_melody Arabo’s book, Diary of a Real Bully, tells the story of a school bully from the bully’s perspective, with the ultimate goal of helping identify the bully in all of us and making a change. Arabo’s years spent teaching are where she found the inspiration for her book. Her hope is that this book will break the bully stereotype and give students the tools they need to address and understand the issue of bullying. She is also the founder of Keith Caring Community Club, which encourages upper elementary students to get involved in service-oriented events to teach them about leadership, empathy and generosity. In addition, she is a founding member of TEACH, which helps displaced families in Iraq.


Melody Arabo and Jessica Rohrhoff, illustrator of Diary of a Real Bully

In 2014, Arabo was named 2014-2015 Michigan Teacher of the Year by the State Department of Education. She was named Teacher of the Year at her school, Keith Elementary, in 2008 and was runner-up for Walled Lake Teacher of the Year in 2009. “I’m anxious for the people to meet our Elite 40 under 40 winner for the year,” Patterson said. “She’s an unsung heroine who wrote a book about bullying and quietly emerged as Teacher of the Year in Michigan. Her talents are many and my job as county executive is to keep her here in Oakland County.” Melody was chosen out of 500 nominations by a panel of judges and then received the majority of the 4,000+ public votes that were cast for the three finalists. To view the entire Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2015, click here. For more Elite 40 Under 40 news, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest using #Elite40.

2015 Oakland County State of the County



Oakland County Executive, L. Brooks Patterson, presented his 2015 State of the County Address to a crowd of over 500 guests last Wednesday evening in Pontiac. The mood was one of excitement and anticipation as the room waited for the County Executive to take the stage and to find out who the winner of the Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2015 would be.

Melody Arabo was announced as the winner of the Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2015 and took the stage. Arabo spoke to the guests about her passion for Oakland County and about what an honor it is to live and work in the community. Melody proudly announced L. Brooks Patterson who took the stage full of energy and excitement. Continue reading

February 2015 Business Workshops

Show your small business some love this Valentine’s Day and sign up for one of Oakland County’s One Stop Shop Business Center February workshops. Whether your business is a passion project or labor of love, business owners and entrepreneurs will benefit from our hands-on business seminars delivered by an experienced staff and network of public and private sector partners.

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