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Guest Column: Bill Kalmar


Why we enjoy living in Lake Orion



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April 11, 2012 - The signs at the entrances to Lake Orion say it all: "Where Living Is A Vacation". Anyone who lives in this idyllic community knows firsthand that this friendly town is a quiet respite from the noise and confusion and unrest prevalent in a lot of other cities and communities. There are many reasons why people from other communities gravitate to Lake Orion but here are just a few:

+ The many safety paths that surround the various subdivisions allowing residents to walk, jog, bike or roller blade uninterrupted by automobiles.

+ Whether you are a swimmer, a boater, a water skier, a fisherman or just a picnicker, you can choose from several parks with beaches.

+ For canine aficionados, we have one of the best Bark Parks in the county. Fido and friends can wander and run while their masters can enjoy a leisurely snack at one of the many picnic tables that dot the park

+ A school system that is the envy of other districts and a high school that rivals in beauty and functionality other schools in the state. And let's not forget the number of championship sports teams that have been recognized over the years

+ Some of the best restaurants in the area including Kruse & Muir, Longhorn Steak House, Culvers, Sagebrush Cantina, and C.J's Village Café to name just a few.

+ A Panera Bread restaurant that in the short time it has been located here has become a gathering place and almost a community center for people who enjoy tasty bakery items, great sandwiches and salads, and a talented staff that is friendly and professional

+ Canterbury Village with its various shops, restaurants, and of course year round Christmas item shopping

+ Bald Mountain State Park where swimmers and picnickers, canoers and bikers and kayakers and sightseers can congregate on a warm summer day and unwind

+ A library that attracts hundreds of people every day and seems to be a magnet for all the bookworms and information seekers in the community. The parking lot is always filled representing people who understand that this is one of the jewels of our town

+ The Polly Ann Trail that connects several towns in the area. It is open year round and is a favorite place for bikers and runners and walkers and even horse back riders.

I'm certain that I have omitted several other attractions and readers of The Lake Orion Review will also have their favorites I'm sure. One final note. Having moved from Grosse Pointe where we interacted with Skipper and Muffy, it was more refreshing here making friends with Bubba and Cooter – real life people with no phoniness and pretentiousness – just down to earth people!

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