Commissioners present honors


Photos by John Meiu

Photo 1: At the Wednesday, Aug. 23, Oakland?County Board of Commissioners meeting, Commissioner Wade Fleming (right) along with Commissioner Michael Spisz (left) presented a proclamation to Rob Gillette (center), COO of American House Senior Living and son of company founder Bob Gillette, recognizing the company’s efforts to provide high quality, affordable housing to local seniors.  Fleming praised the dedication to veterans and the work of the American House Foundation, which partners with the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University to assist seniors struggling to obtain food, heat, medications, housing, and other basic necessities.  The Foundation also contributes to funding research for Alzheimer’s, hypertension, diabetes, and disabilities.  American House Senior Living was founded by Bob Gillette in Westland, Michigan in 1979.  Six locations in Michigan, including the one in Troy, received Best of 2017 Awards from, which recognizes outstanding senior living and home care providers that have received consistently high ratings from residents and their families.  In Oakland County, American House Senior Living has locations in Farmington Hills, Hazel Park, Milford, Pontiac, Rochester Hills, Southfield, Troy, and West Bloomfield.

Photo 2:  Also during the Aug. 23 meeting in Oakland County Board of Commissioners auditorium in Pontiac, Commissioner Adam Kochenderfer (second from right) presented a proclamation honoring downtown Rochester for receiving national accreditation from the National Main Street Center for their vision and commitment to making their downtown an attractive destination for businesses, residents, and visitors.  Downtown Rochester has been accredited by the National Main Street Center for twelve consecutive years.  On hand for the presentation were (left to right) DDA Executive Director Kristi Trevarrow, DDA Chairman Mark Albrecht, Rochester Mayor Cathy Daldin, and Rochester City Manager Blaine Wing.

Photo 3: In addition, Oakland County Commissioner Tom J. Berman (center) presented proclamations to 2017 Miss Oakland County Emma Seidel (left) and 2017 Miss Oakland County Outstanding Teen Aubrey Hammis (right).  As 2017 Miss Oakland County, Seidel’s platform is “Youth Empowerment: Raising Strong G.I.R.L.S.”  Hammis’ platform is “STEAM: Putting the Arts in STEM,” an effort aimed at keeping art programs in school systems.