County Executive Takes ‘Oakland Together’ Plans On The Road

MEDIA ADVISORY – County Executive David Coulter takes ‘Oakland Together’ Plans On The Road For Three Town Hall Meetings

​County Executive David Coulter takes ‘Oakland Together’
Plans on the Road for Three Town Hall Meetings


David Coulter, Oakland County Executive
Oakland County residents

​Oakland County Executive David Coulter will engage residents in a conversation about his Oakland Together plans from his 2020 State of the County address during three town hall meetings in West Bloomfield, Farmington Hills, and Troy. His speech set a collaborative tone and ambitious agenda to expand health care for county residents, ensure adults complete needed education and job credentials, move a county division and its staff to downtown Pontiac, and develop an economic strategy for the next decade which includes tripling defense investment in the county by 2025. To register, go to and enter the search term “Oakland County Executive David Coulter.” To replay or learn more about the State of the County, go to


Feb 18, 2020, 2/18/2020, 2/20/2020, 2/24/2020, 6:30 PM
Additional Info

For media inquiries only, please contact Bill Mullan, Oakland County media and communications officer, at 248-858-1048.
MHSAA Now Vol 4 Issue 47

MHSAA Now Vol 4 Issue 47


MHSAA NOW: The weekly newsletter of the Michigan High School Athletic Association


Winter Tournament time has arrived, and we roll into a busy weekend featuring a wrestling team that has since claimed its first District title and a pioneering champion piling up accolades, along with a girls basketball team hoping to clinch its league tournament title this evening. We also announce our January MHSAA/Applebee’s “Team of the Month” and supply plenty of highlights from Tuesday’s Battle of the Fans IX visit to Buchanan.

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Have You Herd? Buchanan Tradition Lives On

Every year cheering in Buchanan High School’s student section is different – a different mix of students guarantees a different leadership style, different ideas and different levels of creativity. But let’s not confuse different with new. Buchanan has built one of the state’s richest student section traditions, and with the accolades to back it up – Battle of the Fans championships in 2013 and 2018 and four other finals finishes.

Caro Closing In On Historic Title Claim

With three seniors who had played at least parts of the last two seasons on varsity, and a standout freshman making her debut, the Caro girls basketball team had plenty of reasons to make winning its league the goal this winter. But with Reese coming off its 12th-straight conference title – and Caro seeking its first since 1985 – history was not on the Tigers’ side.

Tate’s Return Sees Cass Tech Return To Elite

It didn’t take LaTonya Tate long to begin her basketball coaching career. But it took her 20 years to find the right fit. Tate is in her fifth season as girls varsity basketball coach at Detroit Cass Tech, and the Technicians are experiencing success not seen since Tate was one of the state’s top players for Cass Tech during the mid-to-late 1980s.

Sandusky’s Ryan Repeats, Aims For 4

Logan Ryan had to learn how to handle losing. After a youth career that saw her win multiple national wrestling honors, including the NUWAY Nationals in 2017, Ryan’s freshman year competing at 140 and 145 pounds proved to be difficult. “I got destroyed that year,” the Sandusky sophomore said. Now the losses are much less frequent, but she has figured out how to turn them into positives.

Rivals Benefit By Combining Mat Forces

Most Bark River-Harris and Powers North Central athletic teams have been fierce rivals for decades. The situation is much different in wrestling, however, as the two schools combined forces for the first time this winter through a co-op venture. “A year ago, our numbers were really down,” said BR-H coach Joe Racicot. “We were approached by the North Central AD (athletic director Randall McLeod) and he asked if we’d be interested in starting a co-op program.”

Be The Referee: Held Ball Or Traveling

This week, MHSAA officials coordinator Sam Davis offers a basketball “You Make the Call” that comes into play when defensive and offensive players wind up in a stalemate. Be The Referee is a series of short messages designed to help educate people on the rules of different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.

This Week In High School Sports: 2/14/20

This week’s show highlights Farmington United gymnast Elena Vargo, presents Game Balls to Mount Clemens basketball’s Javaughn Hannah and Houghton basketball’s Brad Simonsen, explains hoops’ held ball rule and discusses the multi-sport background of a Super Bowl star.


Upcoming MHSAA Tournament Schedule

Girls Swimming & Diving (UP) · Finals: Feb. 15
Boys Swimming & Diving (UP) · Finals: Feb. 15
Boys Skiing · Finals: Feb. 24
Girls Skiing · Finals: Feb. 24
Team Wrestling · Finals: Feb. 28-29
Girls Competitive Cheer · Finals: Mar. 6-7
Boys Bowling · Finals: Mar. 6-7
Girls Bowling · Finals: Mar. 6-7
Individual Wrestling · Finals: Mar. 6-7
Boys Swimming & Diving (LP) · Finals: Mar. 13-14
Girls Gymnastics · Finals: Mar. 13-14
Ice Hockey · Finals: Mar. 14
Girls Basketball · Finals: Mar. 21
Boys Basketball · Finals: Mar. 28


Friday, Feb. 14

Girls Basketball · Grand Haven vs. Rockford, 6:00 p.m.
Girls Basketball · Schoolcraft vs. Kalamazoo Christian, 6:00 p.m.
Boys Basketball · Farmington vs. Troy, 7:00 p.m.
Boys Ice Hockey · Port Huron Northern vs. BH Cranbrook Kingswood, 7:15 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15

Boys Wrestling · Individual Districts at Fremont, 9 a.m.
Boys & Girls Swimming & Diving · UP Finals, 10:00 a.m.

Click here for a full varsity schedule of available student broadcast streams.

Governor Make Appointments

Governor Make Appointments

Governor Gretchen Whitmer Banner - headshot with bridge graphic

February 14, 2020
Contact: [email protected]

Governor Whitmer Makes Appointments to Boards and Commissions

LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today announced the following appointments to the Board of Boiler Rules, Michigan Community Corrections Board, Manufactured Housing Commission, Michigan Freedom Trail Commission, Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice, Mental Health Diversion Council, and the Michigan Veterans’ Trust Fund Board of Trustees.

Board of Boiler Rules

Glenn F. Glidden, of Paw Paw, is a mechanical engineer with Byce & Associates, Inc. He holds a bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Western Michigan University. Mr. Glidden is appointed to represent consulting engineers in this state who have boiler experience for a term commencing February 14, 2020 and expiring July 30, 2021. He succeeds David Robin who has resigned.

Donald Kronewitter, of Ionia, is a skilled trades supervisor and heating systems mechanic at Michigan State University and a mechanical contractor with Kronewitter Mechanical, Inc. He is a veteran of the United States Navy. Mr. Kronewitter is appointed to represent owners and users of boilers in this state for a term commencing February 14, 2020 and expiring July 30, 2021. He is filling a vacancy with no predecessor.

The Board of Boiler Rules was created to prescribe uniform rules for boilers; provide for the licensing of boiler inspectors, installers, and repairers; set fees for licenses, permits, inspections, and certificates; and to provide penalties for violation of the act.

These appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Michigan Community Corrections Board

Marilena B. David-Martin, of Detroit, is the training director and deputy director of the State Appellate Defender Office. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University Law School. Ms. David-Martin is appointed to represent criminal defense attorneys for a term commencing April 1, 2020 and expiring March 31, 2024. She succeeds Keith Turpel whose term expires March 31, 2020.

Marlene Davis, Ph.D., of Southfield, is the CEO of Leadership Strategies, LLC. and an adjunct professor at Wayne State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Purdue University. Dr. Davis is appointed to represent the general public for a term commencing April 1, 2020 and expiring March 31, 2024. She succeeds Cory Chavis whose term expires March 31, 2020.

William A. DeBoer, of Byron Center, is the president and CEO of the Kalamazoo Probation Enhancement Program. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Western Michigan University. Mr. DeBoer is reappointed to represent existing community alternatives programs for a term commencing April 1, 2020 and expiring March 31, 2024.

Natalie V. Thompson, of South Haven, is the chief of police for the South Haven Police Department. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Western Michigan University. Chief Thompson is appointed to represent chiefs of city police departments for a term commencing April 1, 2020 and expiring March 31, 2024. She succeeds Todd Woodcox whose term expires March 31, 2020.

The Michigan Community Corrections Board serves in an advisory capacity to the Director of the Michigan Department of Corrections and is charged with approving many components of community corrections programs including: goals, eligibility criteria, program guidelines, program standards and policies, the application process, procedures for funding, and criteria for evaluation.

These appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Manufactured Housing Commission

Glenna J. Adams, of Lansing, is the retired property manager for Cadgewith Farms mobile home community and a member of the community’s homeowner association. Ms. Adams is appointed to fill a vacancy representing an organization whose membership consists of mobile home residents for a term commencing February 14, 2020 and expiring May 9, 2021. She succeeds Carole K. Elliott whose term expired May 9, 2012 and has remained vacant.

Michael A. Chosid, of West Bloomfield, is the operations manager and engineer for the Burkhart Road Associates, LLC. and an operations and construction engineer and sales manager for Comfort Living Homes, LLC. He holds a Master of Engineering from the University of Michigan. Mr. Chosid is appointed to represent a licensed mobile home dealer for a term commencing February 14, 2020 and expiring May 9, 2022. He succeeds Steve Karbal whose term expired May 9, 2019.

Phillip Copeland, of Holly, is the vice president of engineering for Champion Home Builders, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Construction Engineering from Michigan Technological University. Mr. Copeland is reappointed to represent a manufacturer of mobile homes for a term commencing February 14, 2020 and expiring May 9, 2022.

Veronica K. D’Hondt, of Lake Orion, is the vice president of training and processes for Meritus Communities and a member and treasurer of the board of the Michigan Manufactures Housing Association. Mrs. D’Hondt is appointed to represent operators of licensed manufactured housing parks for a term commencing February 14, 2020 and expiring May 9, 2022. She succeeds William Lettinga whose term expired May 9, 2019.

The Manufactured Housing Commission is responsible for establishing uniform policy relating to all phases of manufactured housing, business, manufactured housing parks, and seasonal manufactured housing parks. The Commission has the legal authority to approve local governmental ordinances which would regulate manufactured housing, grant variances to the Manufactured Housing Commission Rules, approve licenses for manufactured home installer/servicers and retailers, and impose penalties on persons who have violated the Mobile Home Commission Act or Rules.

These appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Michigan Freedom Trail Commission

Roy E. Finkenbine, Ph.D., of Livonia, is a professor of history and the director of the Black Abolitionist Archive at the University of Detroit Mercy. Dr. Finkenbine is appointed to a represent member knowledgeable in historic preservation for a term commencing February 14, 2020 and expiring February 1, 2021. He succeeds Kerry Baldwin who has resigned.

Vivian L. Ritter, of Battle Creek, is a volunteer national ambassador of the Sojourner Truth Institute in Battle Creek and a former docent with the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. She holds a bachelor’s degree in art education from Washington Adventist University. Ms. Ritter is appointed to represent local communities in which the underground railroad had a significant presence for a term commencing February 14, 2020 and expiring February 1, 2024. She succeeds C. David Teeter whose term expired February 1, 2020.

Donna Odom, of Kalamazoo, is the executive director of the Society for History and Racial Equity. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Kalamazoo College and a Master of Arts from Loyola University. Mrs. Odom is appointed to represent a member actively involved in civil rights issues for a term commencing February 14, 2020 and expiring February 1, 2021. She succeeds Kevin Turman who has resigned.

Jason Young, Ph.D., of Ann Arbor, is an associate professor of history with the University of Michigan. He earned his Ph.D. in History from the University of California. Dr. Young is appointed to represent a member of the academic community knowledgeable in African American history, for a term commencing February 14, 2020 and expiring February 1, 2024. He succeeds Roy Finkenbine whose term expired February 1, 2020.

The Michigan Freedom Trail Commission was created to preserve, protect, and promote the legacy of the Freedom Trail and Underground Railroad in Michigan. The Commission works in conjunction with state and federal authorities to sponsor commemorations and public forums and assists with applications for inclusion in the national and state register of historic places for places related to the Freedom Trail and the Underground Railroad in Michigan.

These appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice

Janeé Ayers, of Detroit, is an at-large member of the Detroit City Council. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bowling Green State University. Ms. Ayers is appointed to represent a locally elected official representing general purpose local government for a term commencing February 14, 2020 and expiring December 31, 2022. She succeeds Lawrence Emig whose term expired December 31, 2019.

Amiyah L. Davis, of Detroit, is a youth council member with the Annie E. Casey Foundation. She is a graduate of Belleville High School. Ms. Davis is appointed to represent members under the age of 28 who have been, or are currently, under the jurisdiction of the juvenile justice system, for a term commencing December 14, 2020 and expiring December 31, 2022. She succeeds Jessica Black whose term expired December 31, 2019.

Allie Greenleaf Maldonado, of Petoskey, is the chief judge and a citizen of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School. Judge Maldonado is appointed as an Indian tribal representative or other individual with significant expertise in tribal law enforcement and juvenile justice in Indian tribal communities, for a term commencing February 14, 2020 and expiring December 31, 2022. She is filling a new seat on the Committee.

Jason A. Smith, of Ann Arbor, is the director of youth justice policy for the Michigan Council on Crime Delinquency. He holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan. Mr. Smith is appointed to represent private nonprofit organizations for a term commencing February 14, 2020 and expiring December 31, 2022. He succeeds Kenyatta Stephens whose term expired December 31, 2019.

The Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice is an advisory body within the Department of Human

Services that promotes the effective implementation of juvenile justice policy and greater administrative efficiency for juvenile justice programs. The Committee was created in accordance with the federal requirements under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 for receiving grant funds to support juvenile justice initiatives.

These appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Mental Health Diversion Council

Sara Spencer-Noggle, of Mount Pleasant, is a Judge with the 21st Circuit Court in Isabella County. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the Michigan State University College of Law. Judge Spencer-Noggle is appointed to represent the judiciary for a term commencing February 14, 2020 and expiring January 30, 2024. She succeeds Judge Curtis Bell whose term expired January 30, 2020.

The Mental Health Diversion Council is an advisory body to the Governor within the Department of Health and Human Services charged to advise and assist in the implantation of a diversion action plan and provide recommendations for statutory, contractual or procedural changes to improve diversion.

This appointment is not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Michigan Veterans’ Trust Fund Board of Trustees

James R. Dempsey, Jr., of Dexter, is a retired department service officer for Disabled American Veterans and a veteran of the United States Air Force. Lt. Col. Dempsey is reappointed to represent disabled American veterans for a term commencing February 26, 2020 and expiring February 25, 2023.

Carol L. Hebert, of Roscommon, is the executive director of AMVETS and a veteran of the United States Army. Mrs. Hebert is appointed to represent other congressionally chartered veterans’ organization for a term commencing February 26, 2020 and expiring February 25, 2023. She succeeds Edward Hirsch whose term expires February 25, 2020.

Thomas M. Smith, of Grosse Pointe, is the president of taktik(z), Inc. and a veteran of the United States Navy. Mr. Smith is reappointed to represent independent veterans for a term commencing February 26, 2020 and expiring February 25, 2023.

The Michigan Veterans’ Trust Fund was created in 1946 from $50 million in postwar reserve funds to provide grants for the emergency needs of veterans. The Michigan Veterans’ Trust Fund Board of Trustees governs grant policies and adjudication, county committee appointments, and expenditure from trust earnings.

These appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Activities Around Orion Township

Activities Around Orion Township

Don’t miss the Mardi Gras Lunch!
Wednesday, February 26
12-1:30 pm | $10R/$12NR
“Laissez les bons temps rouler!” Enjoy an authentic New Orleans lunch, music from the North Oakland Dixieland Band, and lots of fun!
Costumes are welcome.
Membership and Registration Required
Thank you to our Sponsors:
Wellbridge of Clarkston
Independence Village
NODB is very excited to play for Orion Center members, don’t forget to register today!
(please note February’s Java Joes is on a Monday, not Tuesday)
9:30-10:30 am
Group Discussion Leader: John Reilly
State Representative for the 46th District
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Inside The OAA: New District Playoff Format

Inside The OAA: New District Playoff Format

The New Playoff District Format already has mixed reviews.

Written Monday February 17th at 9:00 PM

ONTV Feature Writer: Sammy Taromina

It looks like the new playoff format has received some blow back from coaches.

According to a MLive article written by Jared Purcell. He mentioned that when the brackets were released on Sunday for the Girls Basketball Districts. There was a knee-jerk reaction according to the written article.

Probably the most critical is that the top two seeds do not get byes in five, six, or seven team districts. Purcell said that coaches, players, and fans took to social media and contacted the MHSAA to complain about the new MPR format that decides the districts.

The MHSAA installed this new formula in May 2019 which is very similar to seeding teams in the postseason but only the top two seeds are seeded and is placed on the opposite side of the bracket while everyone else is based on alphabet.

The new system was enacted so that the top two teams don’t meet until the district finals.

The new system was used this season in Boys Soccer. The MPR also used in Lacrosse but they seed EVERYONE and not just the top two seeds.

According to Purcell, coaches were frustrated that they feel that everyone should be seeded based on their MPR and the timing of when the matchups were announced because there are critical games that are still to be played at the end of the season.

Bottom line the Boys and Girls Basketball pairings are DIFFERENT, NOT THE SAME.

The Boys Basketball pairings will be released next week.

My Initial Thoughts.

When the pairings were announced which involves OAA schools. The team I immediately thought of was Troy. The Colts are a number one seed in their district at Stoney Creek for Girls Basketball but they will have to play a pre-district game on that Monday against a very good Utica team. The Chieftains have had a good year thus far but because Utica is the B team in the district based on the alphabet, that’s the matchup. The Chieftains also beat Troy in the district final last season and return the majority of that team.

I wished the MHSAA would seed everyone and not just top two seeds. It would make the most sense but there are those folks who don’t want that, it’s a very divisive issue. The two biggest grievances that are out there is that the MHSAA is should the top two seeds be given the byes but there are those that prefer that the top two seeds should play on that Monday as some coaches have tweeted it. It depends who you talk too on this matter. Also another issue is that the MPR does NOT reward those teams who play a tough schedule. The new football playoff format rewards teams that play a tough strength of schedule.

Let the debates began.

Here is the Jared Purcell article.


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I have highest function of autism (Asperger Syndrome.) I’m a huge Dallas Stars fan. I like to play and watch football, especially when the Dragons play on Friday nights. I am a 2006 alum and used to play football for the Dragons. I ran track, I ran the 100, 200, 400 meter dashes along with shot-put and discus. During my time in Orion I was a manager for Junior Varsity Boys Basketball team. I’m the volleyball, girls basketball, and football announcer for the team and do the book on the road for girls basketball. I do the clock for volleyball in the fall along with girls basketball in the winter and announce some boys basketball games as well. In the spring I coach shot-put at Scripps Middle School, in my fifth season coaching. I run the shot-put for high school meets. I played Special Olympics Basketball, I’ve won three gold medals for them. I host “Between Taorminas” which is on ONTV along with a podcast called “OAA Now”. In other various things outside of Lake Orion, I love to jet ski over Saginaw Bay. Saginaw Bay is basically my life. I’m a trained weather spotter for the National Weather Service for Oakland and Huron counties.