Oakland County Parks and Recreation offers free Christmas Tree Recycling at 11 park locations.
Dec. 26, 2014 - Jan. 20, 2015
Free Self-Serve Christmas Tree Recycling, seven days, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Please remove all decorations, metal, plastic and string.
Addison Oaks near Oxford; Catalpa Oaks in Southfield; Glen Oaks in Farmington Hills; Groveland Oaks near Holly; Independence Oaks near Clarkston; Lyon Oaks in Lyon Township; Orion Oaks in Orion Township; Red Oaks in Madison Heights; Springfield Oaks in Davisburg; Waterford Oaks in Waterford; and White Lake Oaks in White Lake Township.
Jan. 21 - Feb. 3, 2015: Extended Free Self-Serve Christmas Tree Recycling, seven days, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the following parks:
Independence Oaks (Pine Grove parking lot) and Orion Oaks (Clarkston Rd. parking lot) only.
The parks system processes trees to make compost and wood chips, which will be available to the public in 2015, free of charge at Orion Oaks only on select days.
Subscribe online at DestinationOakland.com and select Christmas Tree Recycling to get a free White Pine tree seedling in the spring from the Oakland Conservation District. For more information, contact 248-858-0906.
Just in time for the 28th Annual Tree Lighting & Santa Celebration, Waterford's civic center campus had a permanent Christmas tree transplanted early this November.
Join us December 2, 2014 6-8pm for the annual tree lighting, performances by the Waterford Mott Jazz Band and Pontiac-Waterford Big Chief Chorus, decorate cookies, children's crafts, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus (don't forget your Santa letter!) and more.
All activities are FREE, refreshments available for purchase. Please bring a can of non-perishable food or an unwrapped toy for the Waterford Goodfellows holiday baskets.
Join the Waterford Area Cultural Council for the 2nd Annual Art at Town Hall event!
Artwork from more than 15 local artists will be on display November 7 - November 21.
Kickoff even Friday, November 7th 5-7pm featuring artwork, live music, and light refreshments. Many pieces available for purchase at the opening night ceremony as well.
The Waterford Coalition for Youth, in patnership with the Waterford School District and McLaren Oakland, is proud to present Drug Recognition Expert Ken Krygel in two free educational evenings entitled "Not My Kid" on Monday, October 27 from 6-8pm at Waterford Kettering High School or Tuesday, November 18 from 6-8 p.m. at
Waterford Mott High School.
This adults only forum will serve to educate the community and parents of all ages of students on the latest trends and issues involving drug and alcohol use in youth. Call 248.618.7424 to reserve your space for free child care. From Marijuana to Cloud 9, Prescription Drugs and Heroin, you'll know and understand more than you ever have after attending. Think your child is exempt from the risks? THINK AGAIN. There are no
exemptions when it comes to drug and alcohol use in youth. Please be the solution, attend, learn and reduce the risks by becoming informed. For questions please contact director Heather Halls in the coalition office at 248.618.7424
$1,000 Scholarship opportunity for Waterford High School Students: The deadline of October 24th is fast approaching for submission of your 250 word minimum essay about what you've done to "Make a Difference" in your community (or someone can submit on your behalf). Email entries to email@example.com no later than 10/24/14 for your chance to be named Junior Grand Marshall for the Holiday Extravaganza Parade and have your chance to receive the $1,000 Fran Anderson Making a Difference Scholarship.
For more information, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/holidayextravaganza
Sh-Sh-Shake Your Mailbox on October 18
Road Commission for Oakland County observes 6th Annual Shake Your Mailbox Day
Beverly Hills, Mich. — The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) asked residents who have mailboxes at the road edge to prepare for winter by shaking their mailbox. Gov. Rick Snyder has officially proclaimed Saturday, Oct. 18, the 6th Annual “Shake Your Mailbox Day” in Michigan.
The initiative is intended to prevent mailboxes from being damaged by snow pushed off the road by snowplows. “In most instances where mailboxes are damaged, the snowplow doesn’t actually hit the mailbox, but the force of snow thrown from the roadway is enough to knock down a loose mailbox,” explained RCOC Managing Director Dennis Kolar. “Damage to posts and receptacles can often be prevented by proper routine maintenance.”
Shake Your Mailbox Day started in 2008 as the innovative idea of one county frustrated by residents’ complaints of damaged mailboxes. The County Road Association of Michigan and the United States Postal Service joined forces in 2009 for a statewide campaign. The campaign that generated a few chuckles at first has come to save homeowners both money and headaches.
Many homeowners have started the practice of changing batteries in smoke detectors and filters in furnaces when clocks are changed for daylight savings time. In the same manner, Shake Your Mailbox Day reminds homeowners to prepare their mailbox for winter.
“Taking time to tighten screws and secure mail receptacles now can prevent serious headaches later,” Kolar said. “If the mailbox moves when shaken, it probably won’t withstand standard snow-removal operations and should be repaired or replaced before winter.”
Although RCOC has a policy in place regarding replacement of mailboxes that have clearly been hit by a snowplow, road agencies have never assumed responsibility for mailbox damage caused by standard snow-removal operations.
Mailboxes are one of the only objects allowed by law to be placed in the road right of way. The location and construction of mailboxes must conform to the rules and regulations of the U.S. Postal Service and standards established by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).
“Each fall we find mailboxes that pose a serious roadside hazard to motorists and a liability risk for homeowners,” Kolar said. “Although milk cans filled with concrete, brick structures and other items can be considered attractive, they present significant dangers to motorists.”
If you have questions on what is permitted, please contact RCOC. The Road Commission can be reached by phone at 877-858-4804 or via the RCOC Web site, www.rcocweb.org
(click on “contact us” on the homepage).
Waterford's Town Hall is home to a new donated work of art today thanks to one of its generous residents.
Artist and resident Maria Kennedy-Brow is helping to spruce up the hallways of Town Hall's second floor with her copper etched work of abstract art.
Please be sure to check out Maria's donated artwork the next time you're in Town Hall.
Maria's gallery can be seen at http://www.artbreak.com/spirtartmaria/works.
DTE Energy Storm Update
Monday, July 28, 2014 – 6 a.m.
As of 6 a.m., approximately 165,000 DTE Energy customers are out of electric service due to the high winds and lightning that hit southeast Michigan Sunday afternoon. DTE has restored power to 21,000 customers that were affected by the storm, which included wind gusts of up to 70 m.p.h. in the DTE service area.
The majority of outages are in:
Oakland County: 96,000
Macomb County: 32,000
Wayne County: 19,000
Washtenaw County: 6,000
Livingston County: 5,000
Lapeer County: 5,000
DTE Energy crews are working 16-hour shifts around the clock to restore service; about 300 linemen from Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin will be here today and Tuesday to assist in the restoration effort.
The vast majority of DTE customers are expected to have their electric service restored by late Wednesday night.
It is estimated that approximately the service for 14,000 customers in Waterford was affected by this storm.
Click here for the full report
PARK*IT - A Free Family Fun Night!
Live Music, Kid Activities, Giveaways, Movie Under the Stars - Despicable Me 2
When: Tuesday, July 22
Location: Hess-Hathaway Park
Time: Event begins at 6pm - Movie begins at 8:15pm