I-75 closed June 9-12 for Davisburg Road bridge demolition

I-75 closed June 9-12 for Davisburg Road bridge demolition

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I-75 closed from US-24 to Saginaw Road in Oakland County June 9-12 for Davisburg Road bridge demolition

CLARKSTON, Mich. ­– Beginning 9 p.m. Friday, June 9, contract crews will be closing I-75 in each direction from US-24 to Saginaw Road for the demolition of the Davisburg Road bridge over I-75. All traffic will be detoured onto Dixie Highway. Work is expected to be completed by 5 a.m. Monday, June 12. This work is part of the Michigan Department of Transportation’s $160 million investment to resurface and repair I-75 from M-15 (Ortonville Road) to the Oakland/Genesee county line. This project includes resurfacing I-75, repairing 11 bridges, drainage improvements, culvert replacements, signs, and guardrail. Various work will be performed in different locations with different schedules throughout the 15 miles over four years.

In 2024, work will include milling and resurfacing northbound I-75 from M-15 to the county line. There will be two lanes of northbound and southbound traffic sharing the existing southbound roadway.

In 2025, milling and resurfacing will occur on southbound I-75 from the county line to M-15. Traffic will share the existing northbound roadway.

In 2026, work will include removing the temporary crossovers and remaining miscellaneous activity.

Funding for this project is made possible by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Rebuilding Michigan program to rebuild the state highways and bridges that are critical to the state’s economy and carry the most traffic. The investment strategy is aimed at fixes that result in longer useful lives and improve the condition of the state’s infrastructure.

Based on economic modeling, this investment is expected to directly and indirectly support 1,936 jobs.


Oakland County Revitalizes Youth Programs

Oakland County Revitalizes Youth Programs

Oakland County Revitalizes Youth Programs Affected by COVID With $4.8 Million Out of School Grant

Post Date:05/25/2023 1:05 PM
  • Oakland County with United Way for Southeastern Michigan awarded Out of School Time grant funding to support students negatively impacted by COVID-19.
  • The grant was divided among 30 applicants who had paused or reduced their social-emotional and academic enrichment programming due to the pandemic.
  • The Out of School grant is estimated to serve 11,820 children ages 0-18 in community and school settings.

Pontiac, Michigan – Oakland County, in partnership with the United Way For Southeastern Michigan, has awarded a $4.8 million grant to 30 organizations with programs focusing on children and teenagers. The Out of School grant, which will serve more than 11,000 children, supports multipurpose activities such as clubs and afterschool care, specialty programs such as coding, music, and sports, and academics such as reading or math tutoring and summer
learning programs.

“Having healthy residents is one of Oakland County’s strategic goals and that includes behavioral health for our residents. The Out of School grant is part of an unprecedented $24 million investment to improve and expand mental health services to all residents in Oakland County,” Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter said.

At the start of the pandemic, the National Education Association underscored that social-emotional learning is not only vital to students’ academics but to relationship skills and self-awareness as well.

“There is plenty of evidence that our students were especially impacted by the COVID pandemic, experiencing learning delays, and loss of social and emotional support networks. The Out of School grants are expected to serve an estimated 11,000 children, with many of the programs beginning in the coming weeks as school breaks for the summer,” Coulter said.

Joining Coulter at the announcement at Lawrence Technological University (LTU) were Dr. Tarek M. Sobh, president of Lawrence Technological University (LTU); Lisa Kujawa, vice president for enrollment Management and outreach for LTU; and representatives from the YMCA, Holly School District, and Pontiac Parks and Recreation – all organizations conducting summer programming through the Out of School Time grant.

LTU’s grant will fund 100 full scholarships to its summer science, technology, and design camps for students from 10 different communities in Oakland County. Students who live in Hazel Park, Holly Township, Keego Harbor, Madison Heights, Oak Park, Pontiac, Southfield, Walled Lake, Wixom, or
Royal Oak Township can use the code “Oakland” at checkout for the full scholarship, a value of up to $950. The registration deadline is June 10. For the full list of options, visit https://www.ltu.edu/summer-camps/.

“We look forward to seeing 100 students from these communities to experience college life, make new friends, and learn about the sciences and technologies that interest them the most,” LTU President Tarek M. Sobh said. “And we thank United Way for Southeastern Michigan for making these valuable and rewarding experiences possible for more youth.”

Other recipients include the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit for drop-in programming, summer camps, youth sports, and Girls on the Run; Holly Area Schools for a summer camp for kindergarten students in five northern Oakland County communities; and the City of Pontiac for academic and social emotion learning supports after school. Also, the Ennis Center in Pontiac is offering art therapy classes and Accent Pontiac has a music program for 75 students.

The Out of School grant is also estimated to provide opportunities to more than 5,700 children living in cities with households earning below the Federal Poverty Level or below the ALICE Threshold (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed), including Pontiac, Hazel Park, and Southfield.

“We are proud to continue supporting programs for students and families across Oakland County,” said Tonya Adair, chief people, equity, and engagement officer, United Way for Southeastern Michigan. ”These grants will provide much-needed resources to address learning loss and provide critical socialization opportunities for young people. We are grateful for Executive Coulter’s leadership and the collaboration resources to make sure every Oakland County student has quality experiences and every opportunity to succeed, recover, and thrive.”

The Out of School grant is divided into four grant categories. Below is a complete list of grants and their recipients.

Community Level Grant ($250,001-$400,000)

  • City of Pontiac
  • YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit
  • Oakland University Center for Autism
  • Detroit Zoological Society

Program Expansion Grant ($100,001-$250,000)

  • Hazel Park Schools
  • Franklin Wright Settlements
  • Cranbrook Educational Community
  • Center for Success Network
  • Lawrence Technological University
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit
  • West Bloomfield School District
  • Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit
  • Ferndale Schools

Operational Support Grant ($30,000-$100,000)

  • Ennis Center
  • Catholic Charities of Southeastern Michigan
  • Midnight Golf Program
  • Boys & Girls Club of Troy
  • Academy of the Sacred Heart
  • On My Own Michigan
  • Accent Pontiac
  • D.R.I.V.E. One
  • The Color of Autism Foundation

Restarting Program Grant ($30,000-$100,000)

  • Connecting Through the Arts & Education DBA Scuola Creativa
  • Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program
  • Friendship Circle
  • Read to a Child, Inc.
  • Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan
  • E-Community Outreach Services
  • Urban League of Detroit & Southeastern Michigan
  • Holly Area Schools


Baseball District Preview

Baseball District Preview

Baseball District Preview.

Written Friday May 26th at 8:05 AM

Here is my insight and thoughts heading into the baseball districts.

District 16 at Livonia Stevenson

FARMINGTON vs. Novi Detroit Catholic Central

FARMINGTON/Novi Detroit Catholic Central vs. NORTH FARMINGTON

Novi vs. Livonia Stevenson


EARLY PICKS: This district looks like it could be the Shamrocks vs the Spartans. The Wildcats are the sleeper in this district. I like Novi Detroit Catholic Central to move on.


District 20 at Grosse Pointe South

Grosse Pointe South vs. St. Clair Shores Lakeview

Grosse Pointe North vs. HARPER WOODS


EARLY PICKS: The battle of Grosse Pointe could be on again between the Blue Devils and the Norsemen. I like Grosse Pointe North to move on.


District 22 at Royal Oak

ROYAL OAK vs. Sterling Heights

ROYAL OAK/Sterling Heights vs. BERKLEY

Warren Cousino vs. Warren Mott


EARLY PICKS: The Ravens and Bears would be a fun district semifinals, whoever wins that game wins the district. With apologies to the school on Lexington Blvd, the team from Catalpa should move on.


District 24 at Birmingham Brother Rice


GROVES vs. Birmingham Brother Rice


EARLY PICKS: This has the makings of a Warriors vs Maples district finals. Too much pitching leads Seaholm to a major upset.


District 27 at Romeo



STONEY CREEK vs. Utica Eisenhower


EARLY PICKS: This is a very tough district. The Eagles are solid as is the Bulldogs but the Highlanders senior class has another deep run in them.


District 28 at Avondale





EARLY PICKS: This is a pick me district. There is a lot of good teams in this district. If I had to pick one to win this district, it’s the Blackhawks.


District 29 at West Bloomfield

Waterford Mott vs. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s

Waterford Mott/Orchard Lake St. Mary’s vs. Waterford Kettering



EARLY PICKS: This is a very tough district. The Eaglets got a great draw while the Dragons and Lakers have to go through each other. Orchard Lake St. Marys is the best team in this district but they have been vulnerable lately. I think Lake Orion or West Bloomfield has a chance to upset them.


District 31 at Oxford

Fenton vs. Holly

Fenton/Holly vs. OXFORD

CLARKSTON vs. Grand Blanc


EARLY PICKS: Clarkston vs Grand Blanc should be a doozy. Oxford got a great draw. I see a Wildcats vs Bobcats district final with Grand Blanc moving on.

Baseball District Preview

Softball District Preview

Softball District Preview.

Written Friday May 26th at 8:05 AM

Here is my insight and thoughts for the softball districts.

District 20 at Farmington Hills Mercy

NORTH FARMINGTON vs. Farmington Hills Mercy



EARLY PICKS: Can’t go against the Marlins in this district.


District 22 at Royal Oak




EARLY PICKS: Berkley vs Groves should be a very interesting matchup. The Falcons won the Blue. I see the Battle of Woodward in the district finals with the Bears moving on.


District 23 at Ferndale


Detroit Mumford vs. Detroit Renaissance


EARLY PICKS: This is not a strong district but the Eagles should move on with ease.


District 24 at Grosse Pointe North

Detroit Cass Tech vs. Detroit Western

Detroit Cass Tech/Detroit Western vs. Grosse Pointe South

Grosse Pointe North vs. HARPER WOODS


EARLY PICKS: I can see a battle of Grosse Pointe in the district finals. I like the Norsemen to win this district.


District 25 at Avondale




EARLY PICKS: This is a very interesting district. The Blackhawks have a high octane offense and are very prone to shootouts. The Colts are solid as is the Maples. The Yellow Jackets are the wildcard. Bloomfield Hills is the early favorite but something tells me Troy could off a stunner.


District 26 at Utica

Utica Ford II vs. Sterling Heights Stevenson



EARLY PICKS: The Chieftains have been solid all season. I think the Red Hawks are a sleeper but end of the day I like Utica over the Falcons in this district.


District 29 at Oxford

Davison vs. OXFORD

Davison/OXFORD vs. Lapeer

Port Huron vs. Port Huron Northern


EARLY PICKS: It’s hard to go against the Cardinals in this district but the Wildcats could give them some fits. I like Davison to move on in this district.


District 30 at Lake Orion

CLARKSTON vs. Waterford Mott

CLARKSTON/Waterford Mott vs. ADAMS

LAKE ORION vs. Waterford Kettering


EARLY PICKS: The Dragons got a great draw and should get to the district finals. The Wolves have a tough draw especially if they play the Highlanders in the district semifinals. I think Lake Orion gets by this district with their high octane offense but if they run into a good starting pitcher then it could be trouble.


District 31 at Romeo

Utica Eisenhower vs. Romeo



EARLY PICKS: It would be very hard to go against the Cougars but Macomb County has been solid all year long. Erin Flynn should leave her mark in this district.

DNR News: Crews cleaning up after 136-acre fire

DNR News: Crews cleaning up after 136-acre fire

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DNR News

May 30, 2023
Contact: Don Klingler, 989-370-0440

Crews cleaning up after 136-acre fire near Manton; fire danger remains extreme in much of the state

Columns of smoke and flames cross the landscape during the Fife Lake Outlet Fire on May 28, 2023. Fire crews are still mopping up today after an escaped campfire caused an approximately 136-acre wildfire Sunday near Manton in Wexford County.

The Fife Lake Outlet Fire began after a campfire at a private residence escaped its ring and burned through dry grass, said Bret Baker, fire supervisor in the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Cadillac office.

It was fueled by dry grass and dry leaves and needles on the ground, Baker said. The fire burned through jack pine, red pine and oak trees.

“It hasn’t been this dry before this early in the season,” Baker said.

The homeowner had put water on the fire before going inside.

Michigan State Police assisted the DNR by evacuating a nearby campground. A total of 18 DNR firefighters and crews from five local fire departments battled the blaze. It was contained at about 10 p.m. Sunday. Evacuees were allowed to return to the campground around 11 p.m.

DNR firefighters were assisted by the City of Manton Fire Department and the Fife Lake Area, Cedar Creek, South Boardman and Haring Township fire departments. Equipment used included four bulldozers, one skidder and four engines. The USDA Forest Service provided two Fire Boss tanker airplanes, which strategically dropped water on the fire in a coordinated effort with the DNR’s spotter airplane.

With very little rain statewide during May, conditions remain very dry across the state. As a result, the DNR is not issuing any burn permits at this time. Yard waste burning is the top cause of wildfires in Michigan. If a backyard fire gets away from you, call 911 immediately.

Check Michigan.gov/BurnPermit before you start a fire to make sure weather conditions allow for safe burning. In southern Lower Peninsula communities, consult local fire authorities.

Tips to stay fire safe

A map showing an outline of Michigan's Upper and Lower peninsulas with letters signifying fire danger, which is extreme in many areas. Here are tips to keep your outdoor activities fire safe:

  • Keep a hose or other water source nearby when burning.
  • Prevent sparks. Keep trailer chains from dragging when you’re on the road; don’t park hot equipment on dry grass.
  • Contain your campfire or bonfire in a pit or ring and make sure you put it out thoroughly before leaving for the night. Douse the fire with water, stir the ashes and douse again.
  • Never leave any fire — including hot coals — unattended.
  • Never shoot fireworks into the woods, dry grass or shrubs.
  • It’s illegal to burn plastic, hazardous materials, foam or other household trash. This can release dangerous chemicals into the air.
  • You can use a burn barrel with a screen on top to burn paper, leaves and natural materials.

Fire safety information is available at Michigan.gov/FireManagement.