A Company As Cool As Its Name

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

A fun, new sweet spot has opened in Auburn Hills just in time for summer.  CoolYo Frozen Yogurt is fresh on the scene.

CoolYo Yogurt is great place for a cool treat this summer
CoolYo Yogurt is great place for a cool treat this summer

With an emphasis on all-natural ingredients, co-owners Cheryl Gudobba and Jean Washington want CoolYo to be a place that provides “fresh, high quality, healthy dessert items in a clean, fun, friendly, positive environment,” allowing customers to enjoy a relaxing break in their day.

signCoolYo offers  a mouth-watering variety of flavors including Hawaiian Pineapple, Irish Mint, New York Cheesecake, Outrageous Orange and Pistachio, just to name a few.

Yogurt options include non-fat, low-fat, no sugar added, original tart, non-diary sorbet and non-fat Greek.  Check them out on Facebook for a list of current offerings.

CoolYo is located at 2602 N. Squirrel Road in the Auburn Square Plaza at the corner of Squirrel and Walton.   We are very pleased to welcome Cheryl and Jean to Auburn Hills and wish CoolYo much success!

A Company As Cool As Its Name

Let’s Talk Turkey

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

We have a new “unofficial” mascot at the City of Auburn Hills.  His name is Toto the Turkey (well, we think Toto’s a male).  Some around here call him “Butterball.”

Toto - The Turkey of Auburn Hills
Toto – The Turkey of Auburn Hills

Toto’s been hanging out in the City Hall parking lot for about a week now.  He likes to walk around the City’s Blue Dodge Charger “Pool” vehicle like it’s his.  Toto talks a lot, but seems harmless.

Toto the Turkey's New Ride
Toto the Turkey’s New Ride

We’ve come to appreciate the beauty of the Auburn Hills’ Civic Center Campus over the years – and so have the animals.   It’s such a beautiful place to live and work.

You get to meet a lot of interesting critters, like Toto (a.k.a. Butterball).   We wish our new friend well.

Auburn Hills is a wonderful mix of nature and people.
Auburn Hills is a wonderful mix of nature and people.
Let’s Talk Turkey

The Fish Whisperer

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Water Resources Coordinator

On a sunny Friday afternoon last month, 160 Chinook salmon  were released into the Clinton River at Riverside Park, located in Downtown Auburn Hills.  These aren’t your usual fish.  They were raised by Mike Mansour, Naturalist at our own Hawk Woods Nature Center.

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The fish were part of the “Salmon in the Classroom” Program with Ms. Francess and Ms. Garcia’s fourth grade classes at Will Roger Elementary School.  Mike started out with 300 salmon eggs he received from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) last fall.

For seven months, great care and attention was provided to maintain high water quality and the right temperature to attain a greater survival rate.  Once the eggs hatched, the young fish had to be kept on a special diet and feeding schedule.  Mike’s efforts paid off big this year with 160 salmon making it to the release date.

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The program, designed by the MDNR, helps build a connection between students and the natural resources found around them, like the Clinton River.  Students learn about the life cycle of salmon including the challenges they face during their journey to Lake St. Clair.  Some will even travel as far as Lake Erie.

We wish all 160 salmon the best luck on their journey and hope to see them back in three or four years to complete the cycle.

The Fish Whisperer

‘Sie Sind Willkommen’ to Attend a German Pig Roast

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Looking for something fun to do with the whole family?

On Saturday, June 1st, the iconic German-American Marksmanship Club will hold a ‘Heimat und Spanferkelfest’ or Pig Roast featuring live entertainment and lots of fun.  The event is open to the public and will start at 5:00 p.m.

Event organizer Virgina Werner invites all interested to attend.  She told us “If you like homemade German food, come on over!”    

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For almost 75 years, the Club has been a staple of the German community in Metro Detroit providing a social outlet for German-Americans and those looking to preserve German heritage.  The group holds monthly meetings and offers marksmanship competitions, home cooked meals, and many fun events on their property located at 2650 Auburn Road.  The Club has 120 members and is open to all nationalities.

The cost is $20.00 for dinner and park admission (children under 10 are free, 11 to 16 years of age are half price). The cost for those wishing to skip dinner (admission only) is $4.00.

I wish my Grandpa and Grandma Bremer were still alive.  They would have loved this!

‘Sie Sind Willkommen’ to Attend a German Pig Roast

A Natural-Born Leader

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

He’s a natural-born leader.  Ask anyone around City Hall and they would describe him as a smart, fair, and kind man … someone you would want as your friend.

I’m talking about Don Grice.

DPS Deputy Director Don Grice talking to kids about the importance of trees
DPS Deputy Director Don Grice talking to kids about the importance of trees

Don works as the Deputy Director of the Department of Public Service.  He assists Director Ron Melchert with the day-to-day operations of the group that builds and maintains the City of Auburn Hills’ complex system of roads and utilities.  Don’s a very busy man.

Last week, he took the time to prepare and facilitate a half-day retreat for the Community Development Department.  Yes, it’s not uncommon around here for people to help each other.  Auburn Hills got rid of the departmental “silos” you typically see in governmental agencies long ago.  But, this was a different type of thing.  Don really put himself out there for our team.

He inspired us to stay passionate about our role in cultivating this great town.  “Passion” was the key word for the day.  We all left the retreat even more aligned with the common mission to serve each other and our customers.  No doubt, there’s no greater endeavor.

Don will tell you that he’s no different from anyone else, but those who work with him – and know him – would beg to differ.

A Natural-Born Leader

Go with the Flow

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Water Resources Coordinator

Paddlepalooza is back!  Saturday, June 1st will mark the 5th anniversary of Paddlepalooza and your chance to join an expected 150 paddlers on an eight mile trip down the Clinton River.

The eight mile stretch from Riverside Park in downtown Auburn Hills to the River Crest Banquet Center in Rochester Hills, is one of the most scenic and challenging stretches of the river’s main branch.  Participants often glimpse white tail deer and heron among other wildlife that reside along the river’s forested corridor.

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For those who like more of a challenge, you may want to enter the eight mile one-person kayak race or the eight mile two-person canoe race.

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Participants will receive a free t-shirt, raffle ticket and a lunch ticket before launching their watercraft in the early morning.  The finale takes place near the patio at the River Crest Banquet Center which overlooks the river.  Lunch will be served and awards and prizes will be presented between 11am and 1pm.   Visit www.auburnhills.org for more information including what-to-wear advice and registration forms.

Go with the Flow

Fieldstone Golf Club … Meet Your New Neighbor

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

More good news for the City of Auburn Hills and the State of Michigan!

Ralco Industries, Inc. has submitted plans to construct a new 126,000 sq. ft. world headquarters and manufacturing facility on 18.80 acres located along the north side of Taylor Road, east of Giddings Road, directly across from the Fieldstone Golf Club.  The total investment is estimated at $13.5 million.

Ralco Industries, Inc. has operated facilities in Auburn Hills since 1986.
Ralco Industries, Inc. has operated facilities in Auburn Hills since 1986.

Ralco Industries, Inc. is a manufacturer of complex, tight tolerance metal stampings.  During recent years their business has expanded beyond the capacity of their existing facilities.  This existing business as well as a recent expansion into newer technical markets, such as wheel chair manufacturing, will require them to construct this new state-of-the-art facility to house all of their operations under one roof.

The new 124,000 sq. ft. building will be fully air-conditioned for the comfort of their 180 employees.  It will operate on two shifts from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., 5 days a week.
The new 124,000 sq. ft. building will be fully air-conditioned for the comfort of their 180 employees. It will operate on two shifts from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., 5 days a week.

The Planning Commission is scheduled to hold a public hearing to review their plans on Tuesday, May 28th, with a final decision by the City Council on Monday, June 3rd.

We are excited that Ralco Industries, Inc. has chosen to stay in Auburn Hills and grow with us.  The company’s owners could have built this new facility anywhere in the Midwest, but they want to be here.  That’s great news!

Fieldstone Golf Club … Meet Your New Neighbor