A “Farm Boy” in the Big City

Looking for some farm fresh goods?  Hey, we just happen to know the perfect place to go.

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Located at 3157 Auburn, just outside of Downtown Auburn Hills, Al VanHoutte’s “Farm Boy Produce” market has been selling fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants, and herbs since 1983.  All their produce is grown on the VanHoutte family farm in Romeo, where they’ve been farming for four generations.

The open air market is in operation from the first week in May until the end of October (it’s a great place to find a huge selection of Halloween pumpkins).  It’s open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., seven days a week. 

So, if you’re craving some farm fresh fruits and veggies, go visit an Auburn Hills institution – Farm Boy Produce.

Dale Mathes, Code Enforcement Officer

A “Farm Boy” in the Big City

Local Golfer’s Timely Victory

Since opening for play in 1998, Fieldstone Golf Club has become one of the industry’s premier golf courses. This Arthur Hills designed course hosts leagues, outings and other special events.

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Each summer, Fieldstone hosts the Club Championship. This competition determines the best-registered players at Fieldstone and gives players the chance to carry an official USGA Handicap with the GAM.   The main purpose of the event is to offer our members the opportunity to advance to the State Championship hosted by the Golf Association of Michigan (GAM) each fall. The GAM runs the Tournament of Champions each year. The field is open to anyone who wins their Member Club Championship or a 2014 GAM Championship. 

Back in 2013, Greer Clausen, an avid golfer and top player on her high school team, decided to continue her competitive program and enter our local event. Greer, with her experience playing in AJGA, USGA and local tournaments at Fieldstone, decided she had a pretty good chance. Greer was on her way to a great finish during the 2013 schedule when she advanced to the championship at Fieldstone, and went on to win the event over a very skilled field of players.  

Playing the 18-hole tournament at Hawk Hollow in Bath, Michigan, Greer was able to beat Stacey Slobodnik-Stoll, MSU’s Women’s Golf Coach, in a playoff after tying Stacey’s score of 73. We can’t confirm Greer beating Stacey had any influence on her attending MSU, but it did secure her spot on the MSU Golf team this year.

Greer was so kind to stop by a week ago on her way off to Michigan State to take a memorable photo with our head instructor Jeff Goble, her 2013 trophy and myself. We wish her the best of luck in East Lansing and yes, she will be defending her title and competing for that same trophy this fall when the GAM will host the Tournament of Champions at Oakland Hills Country Club.

Gordon Marmion, Manager and PGA Pro at Fieldstone Golf Club

Local Golfer’s Timely Victory

Housing Project in Early Planning Stages for Downtown

Staff has been working closely with Chicago-based Clayco Realty Group on an estimated $20 million housing development in the heart of Downtown Auburn Hills.img_0656

On July 14th, the Auburn Hills City Council entered into a purchase agreement to sell City-owned land to Clayco in the general vicinity of the former Mound Steel property, located at 3507 Auburn Road, with the intent of facilitating the construction of a new apartment complex along with associated parking and road improvements.  The exciting project will be designed to accommodate our growing college student population.  It is anticipated to house between 250 and 300 people.

The company was recruited by the City of Auburn Hills to help expand the number of residents living within close walking distance of the Downtown retail core, which national experts believe will help strengthen the viability of the area.

Although the project is still in the early stages of design right now, we’re hopeful to bring plans forward for public review later this year.

Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Housing Project in Early Planning Stages for Downtown

Why Should I Do Yoga?

Yoga is an ancient system of health and well-being that has been around for thousands of years. Yoga is becoming increasingly popular these days, and it is easy to see wherever you look there are new yoga studios popping up. Did you know we offer yoga classes at the Auburn Hills Community Center?

There are many styles of yoga from hot yoga to chair yoga, and it is important to find the style and teacher that are right for you. The classes we offer at our community center are a variety of basic classes that give you an opportunity to learn more about yoga, but more importantly it is your chance to learn more about you. As a teacher, each day I meet so many people who are knowledgeable and experienced in many areas. Yoga asks us to focus within and to become knowledgeable about ourselves. Moving towards our center; becoming intimate with our breath, learning about how our body moves and supports itself, how the muscles help us to move and to accomplish our daily activities – these are some of the greatest benefits of yoga. Many people come to yoga practice with specific goals in mind, such as recovering from an injury, learning to relax, becoming more flexible, improving balance, and even weight loss. Possibilities that once seemed unreachable become possible when we connect with ourselves on a regular basis. Yoga is a practice, and therefore it is not a quick fix like a pill or surgery.

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The benefits of yoga practice I have experienced and witnessed as a yoga teacher are many more than I can list here. People who practice yoga learn patience, gain compassion and awareness, improve balance, boost self-confidence, and gain flexibility and strength. Yoga helps us to release tension and stress, and helps to replace tension with a sense of well-being. Yoga practice can assist in recovering from injuries and can even help us to prevent injury. Following a practice, we notice our mind is more quiet and peaceful. This feeling of peace spills over into other aspects of our lives, improves our outlook, and strengthens our immune system. Yoga offers us a rare opportunity to slow down from our frantic pace, stop competing, and just listen to our body and feel positive about ourselves.

Register online at www.auburnhills.org, or visit and register in-person at the Community Center, Monday – Friday, 8AM-9PM & Saturdays, 10AM-9PM. If you have questions, call 248 370-9353.

Lisa Calice, Yoga Instructor, Auburn Hills Community Center

Why Should I Do Yoga?

Team Effort Helps Opdyke Dome “Evolve”

April 13th was a real tough day for Randy Stephens, owner of Evolution Sportsplex.

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After the collapse

Randy’s investment, that he acquired just two years earlier at 141 S. Opdyke Road, literally burst at its seams when high winds took down the 70 foot tall, 72,000 sq. ft. dome in a matter of minutes (click here to read the Oakland Press story on the collapse).  His operations have been at a standstill ever since … an eternity for a small business owner.

Understanding that this shut down and loss of revenue has been absolutely devastating for Randy, the City of Auburn Hills worked proactively and fast to help him obtain new permits and heal old wounds with his neighbors.  We’re very happy to report that a new and improved dome will soon be constructed over the next two months.  Because we all worked together as a community, Randy will reopen by early November just in time for the winter training season.

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Before the collapse

Evolution Sportsplex plans to “evolve” and restructure its operations to focus on just being an indoor practice facility for area sports teams (e.g. golf, soccer, lacrosse, softball, football, etc.).  The 30-year old outdoor driving range currently located on the site, along with its associated 80 foot tall poles and torn nets, will be removed in sections over the next few days much to the delight of the neighbors.

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The facility before the collapse

This is a tremendous win for everyone involved and another success story for the City of Auburn Hills.  Can’t wait for the grand re-opening.

 

Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Team Effort Helps Opdyke Dome “Evolve”

The Annual Bluegrass Festival

Friends,

It’s that time of year for the best-kept entertainment secret in Oakland County to happen again!  Please plan on joining us for the 18th annual Auburn Hills Parade of Stars Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, September 6, 2014 from noon-7pm.  It will be held at scenic Civic Center Park, 1827 N. Squirrel Rd., Auburn Hills, MI.  Admission is only $5 for adults, students and kids are free – and bringing a lawn chair is a good idea.

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Our four national bands this year feature some old friends and some new ones.  This year’s festival will feature a “Salute to Women of Bluegrass” and we’ve got some of the best! So, once again, the Claire Lynch Band will be with us, as will Sister Sadie, an all female band of all-stars, headlined by Dale Ann Bradley.  Flatt Lonesome, a new band of young people making a splash nationally, is made up of 2 women and 4 men.  Our host band, Special Consensus, has all guys in it, but even they have a few surprises in store for us.

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Mr. David Blakney, of CJAM Windsor, will once again be our knowledgeable and personable emcee, along with Allen Audio providing stellar sound.  There will be free giveaways, great food by Alfoccino’s of Auburn Hills, band cd’s, t-shirts and more, and a fun time will be had by all!!

My awesome staff at the Parks & Rec Dep’t has been working hard to be ready for YOU!  For more information, call us at the Community Center office at 248-370-9353, or go to our website at www.auburnhills.org. See you September 6th!

Brian Marzolf, Recreation Director

The Annual Bluegrass Festival

After the Election…

8:00 P.M. on Primary Election Day is not the end of the day for the Clerk’s office staff. Each precinct and absentee counting board brings their results to our office for review, verification, and preparation for sending them to Oakland County. We establish Receiving Boards, who are trained to check the sealed results to make sure the number on the tape printed by the machine that counts the votes, the number of voter applications, and the numbers of voters recorded on the electronic poll book are all identical. This double check of the number of ballots cast ensures that no vote is left uncounted, and the opposite – that no extra ballots could be “stuffed” into the ballot container.

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After all the reviewing is completed, another team, called the Resealing Team, takes apart the three sets of reports created at the precinct, and separates them into envelopes for the County Clerk, the County Board and Canvassers, and me. That way there are reports in three separate departments, so in the event of a fire or other disaster we still have the results available. A Certifying Team is used only in State Primary Elections to certify the results of the Precinct Delegate races.

From our office at the end of the night, two sets of envelopes are delivered to Oakland County. Within a few days after that, the Board of Canvassers goes over each precinct with a magnifying glass and fine-toothed comb, making certain all the numbers are correct. The election results are considered “unofficial” until the canvass is completed, usually within a few weeks.

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With all these checks and balances in place, it is safe to assume the results from Auburn Hills for the State Primary Election are accurate.

The City is very proud of our election staff and the integrity of the results. We send a huge thank you to all the Chairs, Inspectors, office staff, Receiving Board, Resealing Board and Certification Boards who make our elections successful. We couldn’t do it without you.

And thanks for voting, if you were one of the 15% who did. If not, see you on November 4th!

Terri Kowal, MMC, City Clerk

After the Election…