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November 06, 2013 - Kochis fund-raiser

Buffalo Wild Wings (770 N. Lapeer Rd.) in Orion Township will host a Wednesday, Nov. 13 fund-raiser to benefit the children of William "Billy" Kochis, a 2002 Oxford High School graduate.

Kochis, 29, was killed in a Sept. 10 traffic crash on U.S. 131 south in Kent County's Plainfield Twp. He left behind four children, all age 5 and under, and a wife, Shannon Gerbe, a 2004 OHS graduate. This fund-raiser is being held to help generate money for a college fund for the Kochis children.

Buffalo Wild Wings will donate 20 percent of the bill for dine-in and takeout orders between 11 a.m. and 2 a.m. on Nov. 13. This will apply to both food and drink orders, but not gift cards.

Folks wishing to attend the fund-raiser are asked to please pick up a special flyer at either OHS or Buffalo Wild Wings. This flyer must be presented to wait staff in order for the bill to count toward the fund-raiser.

There will be a silent auction from 5-8 p.m. featuring items ranging from concert tickets to autographed sports memorabilia.

M-24 plan open house

Folks wishing to view and comment on the concept plan to calm M-24 traffic and improve safety in Oxford Village are invited to attend an open house on Thursday, Nov. 7 from 5-7 p.m. The event will be held in the village council chambers located at 22 W. Burdick St.

Right now, the concept plan calls for additional traffic signals; the installation of multiple crosswalks with colored concrete to make them more visible to motorists; the creation of center left-turn lanes at certain intersections to reduce the number of rear-end collisions; and the construction of raised medians dividing north and southbound M-24 to both slow traffic and give pedestrians a safe harbor while crossing the busy state highway.

Right now, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has $1.48 million in funding approved for 2018 to install a left-turn lane from Minnetonka Dr. all the way to just south of Burdick St.

Village officials fear this fifth lane would only serve to make traffic flow faster through town and do nothing to enhance pedestrian safety. They wish to present MDOT with an alternate plan.

Packing party

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 108 will be creating care packages for U.S. troops on Sunday, Nov. 10. Those with leftover Halloween candy are asked to please drop it off at Post 108 (130 E. Drahner Rd.).

Folks who wish to help offset the cost of shipping are asked to please make checks payable to the American Legion Auxiliary and in the memo portion write "Packing Party." It costs $14.85 to ship each box and the Auxiliary usually sends 125 to 150 packages at a time. Those with questions are asked to please call Auxiliary President Pat Bliss at (248) 628-3101.

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