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2010 Year in Review: Part II



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January 05, 2011 - July 7 Items alleged illegally removed from a palace in Korea during 1950-53 war, then auctioned in Oxford Township earlier this year are the subject of an investigation by the United States and South Korean governments.

A Fourth of July fire destroyed a home at the corner of Sebek and Fernlock.

A pickup truck owned by the Oxford Township Parks and Recreation Department was accidentally driven into Stony Lake.

Glenn and Pat Eisenhardt will be the Grand Marshals for this year's Strawberry Festival parade in Leonard.

Oxford resident Lee Noftz has spent 54 years teaching teenagers how to drive.

July 14 Addison Towship Supervisor Bruce Pearson said the township hall is "falling apart" and either needs to be repaired or torn down and replaced.

The Oxford-based Warnke Tool, Inc. and the Metamora-based Grid Logic, Inc. are teaming up to develop and build a high-tech device for electric utilities called a Fault Current Limiter.

Officials are looking into the possibility of moving the Addison Township Public Library into the Lakeville Towne Square strip mall. A proposed lease agreement is in the works.

Oxford resident Rob Burns, 57, is enjoying a part-time career as an extra in movies and television shows.

A two-vehicle crash on Lakeville Rd., just west of Wildcat Drived, claimed the life of Roberta Jean Petty, an 84-year-old resident of Oxford.

July 21 Oxford Township officials voted 5-2 to make a "final settlement" offer to the village regarding lawsuit over the fire department.

A medical marijuana dispensary known as the The Kind Tree was closed down by Oxford Village before it even opened its doors. The village manager said the business hadn't filed the appropriate paperwork with the municiaplity nor is it permitted because that type of use is not specifically addressed in the zoning ordinance.

Leonard held its 58th Annual Strawberry Festival at which approximately 2,100 strawberry and chocolate ice cream sundaes were served.

The first 10 inductees for the newly-formed OHS Hall of Fame were announced. They are Elmer Ball, Jim Bates, Chris Gambol, Mike Goodfellow, Mike Lantry, Dr. Ed Meads, Helen Smith, Ian Smith, Roz (Van Guilder) Chapman and Andy Vascassenno.

Oxford Township has hired an architect to produce plans and specifications regarding the needed repairs for a 116-year-old mausoleum in the cemetery on the north side of W. Burdick St.

Oxford Township has placed a 120-day moratorium on all medical marijuana facilities.

Alice (Hauxwell) Nicholson, better known as "Flashlight Alice," passed away at the age of 95. The Oxford resident worked at the town's only movie theater from the 1940s until the late 1990s.

July 28 The Oxford DDA has awarded $40,000 in facade grants to three downtown buildings.

Addison resident Spencer Cameron, 16, was honored for saving his family's life in an April 29 house fire.

Aug. 4 Addison voters approved a police tax renewal and fire tax increase in the primary election.

A massive silver maple, estimated to be about 150 years old, was cut down on Park St. in Oxford Village. The tree was rotted inside and becoming a safety hazard.

Oxford Township Planning Commissioner Kallie Roesner was found not guilty of assaulting her ex-sister-in-law.

Aug. 11 Oxford resident Shirley Acheson is very upset after Oxford Bank told her it no longer wished to do business with her and to close all of her accounts, both personal and business. She had accounts with the bank since May 1929.

Oxford resident Douglas Alan Smith, 50, and his 16-year-old son Eric James Smith drowned after they got caught in a suspected rip tide while swimming in Grand Marais Harbor, part of Lake Superior.

Celebrate Oxford ended on a sour note this year after a tent stake ruptured a 2-inch natural gas line downtown, causing the evacuation of Victoria's Delights.

Filming of the $80 million movie "Real Steel," starring Hugh Jackman, generated excitement and curiosity in Oxford. Scenes were filmed on American Aggregates property located west of M-24 between Dunlap and Hummer Lake roads. No one was allowed to visit or see the set.

Due to an error on the part of the village government, Oxford resident Barbara Fox discovered she's been paying property taxes on a piece of land she hasn't owned since 2001.

Aug. 18 Oxford Leader Editor C.J. Carnacchio discovered a $346,000 accounting error in the township's police budget projections.

Oxford Township has placed a six-month moratorium on irrigating lawns with lake water.

The Oxford Village Council voted 3-1 to award a $256,800 bid to paint the municipality's 500,000-gallon water tower, inside and out, to the Farmington Hills-based V&T Painting.

Thomas Patrick Cupples, 52, of Oxford, was arraigned on four criminal sexual conduct charges stemming from his alleged molestation of a 13-year-old girl over a period of two years.

Oxford Township Parks and Recreation is adding more land to its system. It received the go-ahead to purchase 7 acres at 510 S. Coats Rd. for $212,000.

The Flint-based Richfield Equities, LLC will be Oxford Village's new trash hauler Sept. 1. Council awarded the company a three-year contract.

Aug. 26 Straight-line winds of up to 70 miles per hour roared through the Oxford-Addison area uprooting trees, downing wires and causing power outages.

Oxford Schools is spending $75,625 on a new wireless radio system.

Members of the Oxford varsity football team beat members of the Lake Orion hockey team in an eating competition held at 'Wiches in downtown Oxford.

After nearly two years of restoration work, Oxford American Legion Post 108 dedicated its Bell AH-1G attack helicopter.

The Oxford Village Police beat the Oxford Fire Department 20-19 in the Smoke 'N' Cuffs softball tournament held at Seymour Lake Township Park.

September 1 After a 27-year hiatus, the Oxford Wildcat and Lake Orion Dragon football teams renewed their rivalry on the gridiron. The Dragons said welcome back by detroying the Wildcats 45-6.

Barbara Mira Johnson, 40, of Leonard, was arrested during police raids on medical marijuana operations across Oakland and Macomb counties. She faces six felony counts of delivery and/or manufacture of marijuana, a controlled substance.

The Oxford school district welcomed 44 new staff members for the 2010-11 school year.

Residents are being advised to keep an eye out for those who are vandalizing the Polly Ann Trail.

September 8 Ex-Oxford Fire Capt. Terry Roeher is threatening the township with legal action is he's not rehired and reimbursed for all of his lost pay and benefits. He was fired from the department in May after he allegedly showed up for work while intoxicated.

Oxford students went back to school this week for another year of academic excellence.

Janelle Grai, a 2007 OHS graduate, spent the summer interning for O. The Oprah Magazine.

OHS welcomes its new assistant principal Todd Dunckley.

A total of 600 customers lost power after strong winds caused a tree branch to break off and fall on some nearby power lines. The wires arced, burned apart and fell to the ground.

Mark A. Young, owner of the jewelry store bearing his name in downtown Oxford, took fourth place in his class at the 2010 Mopar Nationals for his 1970 Dodge Coronet R/T convertible.

September 15 The Oxford School Board approved receiving settlements totalling $680,000 with two companies that did work associated with its 2001 bond issue. The money will be placed in the district's fund balance.

The Oxford Village Council voted 4-1 to direct its planning commission to write an ordinance that regulates the growth, distribution and sales of medical marijuana.

The Oxford Public Library has a new five-year strategic plan designed to increase its user-friendliness, attract new patrons, reach out to the community and create new revenue streams. The director's hoping it will pump wind into the facility's sails.

What used to be Oxford Schools central administration building at 105 Pontiac St. is now the new home for the district's childcare and preschool programs.

The school district lost phone service this week, while Leonard Elementary lost water service.

September 22 Eight Oxford firefighters were honored for two incidents in which they saved the lives of two cardiac arrest victims.

The North Oakland Transportation Authority is looking for a new place to house its offices, dispatch and buses.

The Oxford Village Council rejected a proposed ban on outdoor sales in the downtown area.

A total of nine charges are pending against four Oxford teens for a series of break-ins they allegedly committed over a two-week period in August. They allegedly broke into two homes and five vehicles in the village.

September 29 David James Short, 25, of Addison, is facing felony charges of first- and second-degree child abuse for allegedly violently shaking his 22-month-old stepdaughter.

A 20-year-old Grosse Pointe Shores man named James William-Ellis Wilson, is facing multiple criminal charges for allegedly burglarizing a home in Addison Township.

The government of Mexico has donated a bunch of books, all in Spanish, on a variety subjects to the Oxford school district. A special ceremony took place at Lakeville Elementary.

Lakeville Elementary demonstrated its commitment to peace by making a pledge to its new "peace pole."

Oxford Township officials approved a total of $8.71 million in budgets and property tax rates totalling 10.0972 mills for the upcoming 2011 fiscal year.

October 6 Oxford Schools have increased their enrollment by 154 students, bringing the total pupil population up to 4,768.95. The superintendent credits the district's lack of program cuts and focus on a global education.

OHS seniors Allen Bozeman and Samantha Murphy were crowned the 2010 Homecoming King and Queen.

Oxford Leader Editor C.J. Carnacchio earned six awards from the Michigan Press Association.

Construction began on a new 4,362-square-foot McDonald's restaurant in Oxford. It will be located on the west side of M-24, north of Market St. and south of Ray Rd.

A total of 13 members of the OHS Class of 1945 reunited at the Knights of Columbus in Orion. The class includes Oxford's very first homecoming king, Dr. Charles Williams.

October 13 The Oxford Village Council voted 3-2 to immediately terminate Clerk Dan Luick for performance-related issues. Just prior to his firing, Luick publicly announced his need for a kidney transplant.

Three young girls were chased by an unknown man while walking to Oxford Middle School in the Lake Villa Manufactured Home Community.

The Oxford district signed a sister school agreement the Northeast Yucai School of Shenyang in China.

Addison resident Joe Rossell won the 10th Annaul Big Pumpkin Weigh-off at Louie's Food & Spirits in Lakeville. His winning pumpkin weighed a whopping 461 pounds.

The Oxford Village Council voted 3-2 to have no time schedule for Halloween trick-or-treating this year. There will be no beginning and no ending time as there has been in past years.

Lakeville Lake in Addison is being used to film scenes for a movie called "The Reasonable Bunch."

Ocotber 20 Oxford Village was recognized by a University of Michigan annual study as one of the top 55 communities in Michigan in which to do business.

Ava Ferguson, daughter of 1987 OHS graduate and football player Norman Ferguson, is battling Stage 4 non-Hodgkin's T-cell Lymphoma.

After 30 years of service, village resident Mike Bejma retired from his volunteer work as an police reserve officer for Oxford.

Oxford Township approved a new master plan for future safety paths that focuses on building them along M-24 and Seymour Lake Road.

October 27 The Oxford Village Council voted 4-1 to reverse its previous decision and set Halloween trick-or-treating hours for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

Oxford firefighters beat Orion firefighters in an eating contest held at 'Wiches in downtown Oxford.

Addison Township officials voted to pay an extra $5,000 to help provide meals for local senior citizens who visit the community's senior center on a daily basis.

November 3 Oxford Township's police millage renewal was approved by voters, however, its requested police tax increase failed by just two votes.

Incumbents Colleen Schultz and Bill Keenist were re-elected to the Oxford Board of Education.

Voters chose Brad Jacobsen to represent them in the state House, Jim Marleau in the state Senate and Beth Nuccio on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners.

Scenes for a movie called "Close Quarters" were filmed on the Koenig Sand & Gravel property in Oxford.

Fire destroyed the Maloney St. home of a 78-year-old Oxford woman.

Oxford Elementary's new Heritage Wall celebrates all the countries which students, staff and their families originally came from.

November 10 Officials are considering expanding the North Oakland Transportation Authority's service area to include riders from Independence Township and the City of the Village of Clarkston.

Oxford Village officials are considering a proposal from the DDA to erect an ice rink downtown to give the community a Norman Rockwell-type feeling.

The K-9 Stray Rescue League celebrated its 20th anniversary with a two-day open house. The group was founded by Carole Powell, of Dryden.

Fires destroyed a house on Donna Mae in Addison Township and a mobile home on Brook Hollow in Parkhurst Estates (Oxford).

Jim Hughes, a 1978 OHS graduate, will appear as an extra on the ABC television show "Detroit 1-8-7."

The Oxford Jr. Wildcats Freshman Blue Team won the Northern Youth Football League's Super Bowl VI by beating the Clarkston Chiefs 26-7.

November 17 The first-ever employment agreement between Oxford Township and the Oxford Fire Fighters Union was approved by both sides.

Oxford High School graduate Dave Rayner is now kicking for the Detroit Lions.

Walkability expert Dan Burden visits downtown Oxford and determines that M-24 is too noisy, too fast and too congested for pedestrians.

November 24 A recount has been scheduled for Oxford Township's failed police tax increase. Voters turned it down by a margin of 2,885 to 2,883 in the Nov. 2 election.

Oxford residents Elizabeth, Cassandra and Jack Perry were presented an award from the Michigan Eye-Bank for their fund-raising efforts on the group's behalf.

Blood, bodies and gunshots were reported at Oxford High as the school held a training exercise to prepare staff, students and emergency personnel for what to do in the event of a gunman entering the building.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2011, all Oxford Township employees will pay 2.5 percent of their health, dental and vision insurance premiums. Their portion will be increased to 5 percent on Jan. 1, 2012.

December 1 The Oxford Village Council is not pleased that the DDA wishes to seek bids from private contractors for snow removal in the downtown area. That function is currently performed by the village DPW.

The North Oakland Transportation Authority plans to stuff three of its buses with food, clothing and toys for needy families and individuals.

Oxford teachers were awarded $8,462 in grants from the Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan.

Oxford was "fastest city" in the 2010 Iceman Cometh Challenged held in northern Michigan. A total of 26 Oxford residents biked the 27-mile course with an average time of 2 hours, 27 minutes, 55 seconds.

December 8 Oxford Superintendent Dr. William Skilling traveled 260 miles to Granville, Ohio to interview for a superintendent position there and participate in a public meet-and-greet. Although the Granville district is publicly calling him a "finalist" for the job, Skilling is telling folks in Oxford that he's "not an official candidate" and is "only a person of interest to them."

The Oxford Christmas parade came rolling through town with Virginia Hubbard, co-founder of the Oxford Hills Golf and Country Club, serving as the Grand Marshal.

The Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor was remembered by local veterans at American Legion Post 108.

Addison resident Marc Mikula recounted his big game hunting adventures in Africa.

Oakland County Equalization reports that property values will once again decrease in 2011, which means property taxes will go down as well.

December 15 While visiting China, Oxford Superintendent Dr. William Skilling announced via an e-mail to his staff that he's taken himself out of the running for a superintendent position in Granville, Ohio.

Oxford and Orion townships are considering consolidating their Oakland County Sheriff's Department substations in order to save a combined $859,178 per year.

A blizzard dumped several inches of snow on the Oxford area, shutting school down for two days and causing about 1,400 folks to lose electricity.

The OHS varsity hockey team defeated Troy 4-1 in a game played at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.

December 22 The Polly Ann Trail Management Council is looking for a new manager after Troy Farwell submitted his resignation from the post he's held since 2008.

Thanks to the kicking skills of OHS grad Dave Rayner, the Detroit Lions broke their record of 26 consecutive road losses by beating Tampa Bay 23-20.

Addison resident Calvin Vaughn earned his pilot's license at the age of 17.

Oxford resident Lauren Jacobsen has one of the largest collections of Elvis Presley memorabilia outside of Graceland.

December 29 Kenneth Darnell Hall, 42, of Detroit, was arrested after he allegedly broke into Master Manufacturing, Inc. in Oxford Village and stole more than $74,000 in items including a truck and a safe.

Former Oxford resident Jim Shaw has written a new novel for young people entitled "Molly's Stallion."

The Oxford Lightning, a basketball team consisting of middle school girls, went undefeated this season and won a championship.

Jack McMahon, owner of the Oxford McDonald's restaurant, donated 3.09 acres of land to the Oxford Fire Department.

Oxford Village resident Karen Patricia Reynolds, 51, was killed while jaywalking across M-24 at night. She was wearing dark clothing and crossing in an unlit area.

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