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October 07, 2009 - Free wood chips

Grab your shovels, wheelbarrows and buckets; Oakland County Parks is giving away free wood chips 8 a.m.- 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 10, at Orion Oaks County Park, 2301 Clarkston Road, in Orion Township. Enter at the Clarkston Road gate.

No excuses

The Oakland County clerk's office recently launched a new online election reminder service, allowing voters to sign up to receive email reminders about upcoming local, school, state and federal elections.

Those who register will receive an email reminder two weeks before the, election and then again 24 hours before the polls open.

Check it by clicking on the Election Reminder logo out at www.oakgov.com/clerkrod.

Grab gloves, lend a hand

The Lake Orion Parade Group is looking for volunteers to help with traffic control, crowd control and hospitality during the annual nighttime holiday parade, Saturday, Dec. 5.

Call Alice Young at 248-693-3152 for more information, or email alice.young@comcast.net

Counts claims MPA award

Former Lake Orion Review editor John Counts claimed a third-place Michigan Press Association award for his story "Arson Damages."

"This story is a winner for its clear writing style andů the writer went the extra step to learn Kelly was under surveillance already," judges wrote. "Excellent work to tie previous fire incident to seriousness of the matter."

The accolade was awarded in the "Spot News, Weekly Class D" category—which is based on circulation numbers—in the MPA's annual Better Newspaper Contest. For complete results, visit www.michiganpress.org.

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