Archive for June, 2009

Join us on July 4th for the Clarkston Independence Day Parade and Festival of Fun

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

This year the parade theme is “The History of the American Flag”

We suggest you park at the end of the Parade route (Clarkston Community Education Center 6558 Waldon Rd at Cherrylawn Ave prior to 9 AM, transportation will be available to the Parade start which is St. Daniel Church 7010 Valley Park Dr (nearest corner is Miller and Holcomb St).

The parade begins at 10 AM and the parade route is about one mile long. The parade will end at 11:30 AM

We are also looking for a parade vehicle.

This parade is lots of fun, we will have banners, flags, and candy, but we need you to make it a success!

Watershed Forum June 18th at the Orion Twp Library

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Reminder: Saturday is the 8th Congressional District Meeting in Ortonville at the Brandon Twp Public Library, Community Room, from 10 AM to Noon.



June 12, 2009

Contact: Dan Keifer, Clinton River Watershed Council,

Tracy Jensen, North Oakland Democratic Club,
The Clinton River Watershed Council and the North Oakland Democratic Club will be sponsoring a Watershed Forum at 6:30 pm on Thursday, June 18, 2009, at the Orion Township Public Library, 825 Joslyn Road, Lake Orion, MI. This discussion is nonpartisan and open to all members of the public. Attendants are urged to come late if unable to arrive by 6:30 pm.

The discussion will highlight the importance of watershed maintenance and include an update on the health of the Clinton River Watershed. Detailed topics will include stormwater runoff, phosphorus overload, and wetland permitting.

* Stormwater runoff: When it rains, water falls on impervious surfaces and picks up pollutants such as dirt, oils, grease, pesticides, fertilizers, and pet waste. These pollutants are carried by runoff to our drainage systems and eventually end up in our lakes and streams. Stormwater and its pollutants cause erosion, sedimentation, algae blooms, high bacteria counts, and other water quality impacts that affect aquatic habitat for fish and insects, threaten public health and recreation, and spoil the beauty of our rivers and streams.

* Phosphorus: Phosphorus is the primary nutrient of concern throughout the Clinton River Watershed. Sources of phosphorus include fertilizers from lawns, golf courses, failing septic systems, animal waste, and improper connections between sanitary and storm sewers. Excessive amounts of phosphorus cause aquatic plants to grow out of control and algae blooms are common. However, phosphorus runoff can be controlled in simple ways, and individual homeowners can greatly reduce this problem.

* Wetland permitting: Wetland permitting is an issue of prime importance as Michigan seeks to protect its resources while also managing severe funding cuts. Currently the wetland permitting program is under review and may be managed by the federal government in the future.

Panelists will include:

* Dan Keifer, Clinton River Watershed Council, moderating;

* Jeff Bednar, Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick Consulting Engineers;

* Dave Dortman, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Land & Water Management Division;

* Keith McCormack, Michigan Water Environment Association; and Hubbell, Roth, & Clark Consulting Engineers;

* Jim Wineka, Oakland County Water Resources Commission (formerly the Drain Commission).

Interested residents, groups, representatives of homeowners associations, and all lakefront homeowners are encouraged to attend and learn more about these issues that so directly affect our roads, our drinking water, our local lakes, and the Great Lakes.

The Clinton River Watershed Council provides programs and services in watershed management and stormwater education to protect, enhance, and celebrate the Clinton River, its watershed, and Lake St. Clair.

For more than 30 years, CRWC has served to coordinate the efforts of local governments, businesses, community groups and individuals in improving water quality, promoting innovative watershed management techniques, and celebrating the river as a natural and recreational resource.

The North Oakland Democratic Club serves the North Oakland County area of Addison, Brandon, Groveland, Holly, Independence, Orion, Oxford, Rose, and Springfield Townships.

The NODC, as a public service, frequently hosts speakers from area nonprofits, business, and both sides of the political aisle. Past speakers have included Lieutenant Governor John Cherry, County Clerk Ruth Johnson, and County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper, as well as numerous candidates for office.

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NODC June Events – Mark your calenders

Monday, June 8th, 2009

There are a number of events which you are invited to, please attend and get to know fellow Democrats in North Oakland County better!

Now is the time to join or renew your membership with the NODC, if you haven’t already.

There are a number of events in Oakland County that may be of interest to you, they are listed farther down in this email.

Saturday, June 13: 10 AM to Noon – the 8th Congressional District Committee will meet at the Brandon Township Library, 304 South St, Ortonville, MI. Join us as we discuss social networking tools such as Facebook and Twitter and the 2010 election. This meeting rotates between the five counties of in the 8th District, so this is the meeting closest to you!

Wednesday, June 17: our Holly area Meetup, meet State Senate District 15 Candidate Pam Jackson and OCDP Political Director Jason Bauer. 6:00 pm – 7:45 PM, Wednesday, June 17, 2009, at the Holly Township Library, 1116 N Saginaw St, Holly, MI

Thursday, June 18: our Watershed Forum, a panel discussion cosponsored with the Clinton River Watershed Council.
6:30 PM to 8:45 PM, at the Orion Township Library, 825 Joslyn Road, Lake Orion.

Saturday, July 4th: 9 AM to 11 AM – Join us in the 4th of July Parade in Clarkston! Walk a mile in our shoes and support our club. The parade is a lot of fun. Help us hand out candy to kids along the one mile parade route. After the parade, join us at Clintonwood Park in Independence Twp for the annual Festival of Fun. Contact Phil Reid for more information.

– Organizing for Oakland County!
HEALTHCARE – Demand drug industry accountability!
EDUCATION – Stop privitization/outsourcing of school support staff!
JOBS – Support Hire Michigan First legislation!
ENVIRONMENT – Keep water bottles and non-carbonated beverages out of our landfills by supporting the Bottle Expansion Bill!
ENERGY – Create jobs and encourage innovative business development through the Renewable Energy Sources Act!
GOOD GOVERNMENT – Support our County Commissioners!
TRANSPORTATION – Create a strong regional transit authority!