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Remembering with wreaths

A little Christmas cheer was spread Saturday to the 200-plus U.S. veterans buried in Oxford's Ridgelawn Memorial Cemetery. Members of Oxford American Legion Post 108 and Boy Scout Troop 366 placed evergreen wreaths with red bows to remember all those who served their country....more >>
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Just a couple of kids hangin' out with their heroes

"Shop with a Hero" community event treats 190 children to a fantastical shopping spree

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer For Lake Orion resident Scott Miller, Shop with a Hero was riding around upside down on the bottom of a grocery cart with his favorite type of hero in the world....more >>
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Christmas is coming!

Downtown Oxford was brimming with the Christmas spirit Saturday as the annual holiday parade rolled along Washington Street. Scouts, dancers, musicians, animals, floats, big trucks and of course, Santa and Mrs....more >>

Appointment of new supt. delayed until new board

At a special meeting held Monday night, the Oxford School Board decided to hold off on voting on the appointment of Tim Throne as superintendent until the new board is seated in January, due to the wishes of Throne and further reflection of board members....more >>

Students think outside the classroom

Over the past few weeks, Lake Orion students, families and staff have shared the true spirt of the holidays and made the season special for the less fortunate in our community. All of the schools hosted food drives that support the efforts of the Lake Orion Lions Club, Oxford/Orion FISH and other local food pantries....more >>
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Majewska charged with double murder

Sylvia Marie Majewska had a plan "and the plan had a conclusion that wasn't good," according to Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard. "For whatever reason, she came to the conclusion that (her) son and (his) child would be better off if they weren't alive," he said during a Dec....more >>

Last-minute attempt to appoint new school supt. sparks debate, criticism

Just a week after Superintendent Dr. William Skilling announced his retirement, current Deputy Superintendent Tim Throne, was almost appointed superintendent of Oxford Schools commencing September 1, 2015 – June 30, 2018 at the Dec....more >>

Lockhart's BBQ Restaurant is coming

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Throughout a year of go-aheads and hold-ups, Lake Orion can finally say Lockharts BBQ will officially be opening next summer. The owner of Lockharts BBQ restaurant in Royal Oak, Drew Ciora, signed the final purchase agreement for the vacated village hall located at 37 E....more >>
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Skilling to retire in Aug.

Oxford Schools will see a new superintendent next fall, as Superintendent Dr. William Skilling steps into retirement on Aug. 31 after 35 years in education. "I have been thinking about the transition plan, retirement plan for actually a couple of years," Skilling told this reporter in a one-on-one interview....more >>
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'We need more Andy Vascassennos in the world'

Longtime OHS athletic volunteer passes away at 93

Oxford is a little darker place now that it no longer has Andrew "Andy" Vascassenno's smile to brighten it. But it's also a much better place because of all the lives he touched and the selfless contributions he made to the community and its youth for more than four decades....more >>

Lake Orion High School earns 5-year accreditation

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer The results are in, proving again that Lake Orion High School is among the best in the state of Michigan. Lake Orion High School was recently named an accredited high school in the state through AdvancEd, a national external review committee and one of the largest non-profit organizations of education professionals in the world....more >>

Lake Orion High School earns 5-year accreditation

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer The results are in, proving again that Lake Orion High School is among the best in the state of Michigan. Lake Orion High School was recently named an accredited high school in the state through AdvancEd, a national external review committee and one of the largest non-profit organizations of education professionals in the world....more >>
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Exhibit visitors explore 'the way we worked'

"I love it. It brings back a lot of memories." That was Oxford resident Jan Hopper's assessment of "The Way We Worked," a Smithsonsian Institute traveling exhibition that opened Saturday at the Oxford Public Library (530 Pontiac Rd....more >>
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Going down!

Now you see it, now you don't. In about 8 seconds, a 17-story commercial building that stood for 42 years in Southfield was reduced to a massive pile of rubble surrounded by an enormous cloud of dust Sunday morning....more >>

The running Dragons will be exciting on the hardwood

By Dan Shriner Review Editor How much can a Dragon run? Quite a bit if they are a part of this season's Lake Orion boys' varsity basketball team. Coach Tom Risi sees some great potential in this year's team and expects the team to play a fast-paced game and run, run, run as they learn and progress through the year....more >>
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'Once you talked to him, he was your friend'

Crowd packs OMS to remember Daryne Gailey

Looking around the commons area at Oxford Middle School on Saturday, it's hard to believe there was anyone who didn't know Daryne Andrew Gailey. An estimated 400 to 450 people attended a memorial service for Gailey, who was slain in his Oxford Township home the weekend before Thanksgiving....more >>

Twp. to file suit against Ford over allegedly faulty ambulances

Two new ambulances and a lawsuit against the Ford Motor Company – that's what the Oxford Fire Department is getting for Christmas. Last week, the township board voted 7-0 to replace two allegedly faulty Ford ambulances by purchasing two new ones made by General Motors for a total of $319,534....more >>

Dragon swimmers are young and getting faster

By Dan Shriner Review Editor Even though the Lake Orion boys swim team as a group is young and somewhat inexperienced, there will be some excitement and possibly even a state record from one of the swimmers....more >>

Officials investigate sewer billing mess on West St.

An Oxford couple's questioning of their sewer bills led to a discovery that has township and village officials attempting to straighten out a mess that could potentially go all the way back to the 1970s....more >>
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Council green-lights book exchange in Centennial Park

A request to begin a free book-sharing program based in downtown Oxford's Centennial Park was approved 3-0 by the village council last week. "I think it's a good idea," said Councilwoman Rose Bejma....more >>

Up on the C.E.R.C. top...

Santa has been a very busy man in Lake Orion, and was the center of attention at the Lake Orion Lion's Club Third Annual Special Needs Christmas Luncheon at the Community Education Resource Center (C....more >>
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Remembering an infamous date

Veterans, patriots and citizens gathered at Oxford American Legion Post 108 Sunday afternoon for the annual Pearl Harbor Day Ceremony. On Dec. 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked Pearl Harbor, killing 2,403 Americans and wounding another 1,178....more >>

Local senior sounds the alarm about IRS phone scam

Lifelong Oxford resident Donna Miller is warning area residents to beware of threatening phone calls from individuals claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). She received one on Tuesday, Dec....more >>

Paad gets $300K check from MML

Marion Patricia Paad had a huge pay day last week. The former deputy clerk for Oxford Village received a $300,000 check from the Michigan Municipal League's (MML) Liability and Property Pool as settlement for her lawsuit against the municipality....more >>
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Christmas in Leonard

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Cruisers give Christmas cash to vets

Two Oxford veterans received an early Christmas present from a group of local classic car enthusiasts. The cruisers who gather every Thursday at The Burning Oak Smokehouse (595 N. Lapeer Rd....more >>

Artists make great last minute gifts

The 2014 Holiday Market is almost over!

Still looking for that perfect Christmas gift? You can find it and at the same time support local artists by visiting The Orion Art Center's annual Holiday Market through December 21....more >>
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Soups, sweets and songs while strolling

Downtown Oxford kicked off the Christmas season with the annual Soup & Sweet Stroll Friday evening. Visitors stuffed their tummies with lots of warm, tasty treats, then filled their ears with plenty of holiday music....more >>

Cop logs

Wednesday, Dec. 10 Sheriff's deputies received information that a man living in the 500 block of Pontiac Street had a prosecutor order warrant for his arrest. Upon arrival deputies made contact and the man was placed under arrest, handcuffed, searched and placed into the rear of the control vehicle....more >>

Wrestlers start out strong

Dragon wrestlers started their seasons in good form. The Varsity B team headed to Warren-Mott High School for the individual duals. Gavin Womack placed third and others were in the top six in scoring to help the team place fifth in the tournament....more >>
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Library hosts gala for Smithsonian exhibit

Attending an exhibit on work was anything but a chore for all the folks who turned out Friday evening for an opening gala to celebrate the arrival of a piece of the Smithsonian Institute at the Oxford Public Library....more >>

Twp. wants $600K for Vets Hall, parking lot

It looks like Oxford Township is going into the real estate business. Last week, the township board voted to set the asking prices for two pieces of publicly-owned property. Officials are listing the Oxford Veterans Memorial Civic Center (28 N....more >>
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I need a hero!

Everybody needs a hero from time to time. Fortunately, this area has a hefty supply of them as once again public safety personnel played Santa Claus during the "Shop with a Hero" event held Dec....more >>

Dragons's experience may lead to contention in OAA White

By Dan Shriner Review Editor The Lake Orion girls' varsity basketball team is loaded with experience this year and Coach Steve Roberts hopes it will push the Dragons into the upper levels of the OAA White Division....more >>

Explore western Europe from the comforts of your couch with ONTV

Orion Area Neighborhood Television took a giant leap out of their territorially comfortable zone. Starting Wednesday, Dec. 10, ONTV will be providing a series of travel videos on channels 10 (Comcast) and 99 (AT&T) from a handful of European countries, including Greece, Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia and Italy....more >>

Know a family who needs holiday help?

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Lake Orion Sureguard Roofing & Maintenance is installing more than adequate roofing this winter. Owner Anthony Saferian is reaching out to the community his business has been supporting for the last 30 years in an effort to make the holidays a bit brighter....more >>

Students STEP up to online testing with replaceable state assessment

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer In the spring Lake Orion students will say goodbye to pencils with a new state assessment test. Although the M-STEP, which replaces the 44-year-old MEAP test, will probably only be offered one time, it is a stride towards a deeper assessment of what students know....more >>

Daryne Gailey: 'Once you talked to him, he was your friend'

By C.J. Carnacchio Leader Editor Looking around the commons area at Oxford Middle School Saturday, it's hard to believe there was anyone who didn't know Daryne Andrew Gailey. An estimated 400 to 450 people attended a memorial service for Gailey, who was killed in his Oxford Township home on Nov....more >>

Kroger clerk's mom charged with double killing

By C.J. Carnacchio Leader Editor Sylvia Marie Majewska had a plan "and the plan had a conclusion that wasn't good," according to Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard. "For whatever reason, she came to the conclusion that (her) son and (his) child would be better off if they weren't alive," he said during a Dec....more >>
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Disney comes alive in downtown Lake Orion

"Some people are worth melting for."--Frozen

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer The 2014 Orion Lighted Parade was one of the best-attended parades historically in downtown Lake Orion. And to top it off, an old tradition was revitalized....more >>
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Brandon student charged in school shooting threats

Brandon Twp.- Jacob Michael Young, 17, has been charged as the individual who threatened a shooting in the school district this week. Young, a Brandon High School senior, was arraigned Dec....more >>
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BREAKING NEWS:Arrest made in "After School App" threat

Suspect warned on social media app, 'Gonna shoot and kill every last one of you and its going to be bigger than Columbine'

Brandon Twp.- Police arrested a 17-year-old male at his Brandon Township home this morning in connection with the shooting threats made on the After School app. The suspect's name has not yet been released. He is a senior at Brandon High School. The suspect is still being interviewed, but has confessed....more >>

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Random Acts of Kindness

Brandon Twp.-Alongside their lessons in math, science and social studies this month, some students in the district are learning a more basic concept, but perhaps even more essential to their education— how to be nice and show compassion....more >>

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Judge orders mediation in village class action case

Let's talk. About five months after Flint Attorney Dean T. Yeotis filed a class action in the Seventh Circuit Court for a group of Village of Goodrich residents, along with three Genesee County businesses, charging four counts surrounding the village sewage system, drains and mill pond— a county judge has ordered mediation for the case....more >>

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Stranger danger investigation yields no results

Brandon Twp.- Deputies were called to a Christmas tree farm in the township on Nov. 30 on a report of a man trying to coax a young girl into his van, however, while it initially appeared suspicious, further investigation has allayed concerns of police....more >>

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Ortonville Main Street evaluation approved

Ortonville-For the eighth year in a row, the village has received reaccreditation as a Main Street community. The designation allows the village to continue receiving benefits from Main Street Oakland County program, an economic development program which assists communities in preserving historic buildings and emphasizes "a sense of place....more >>

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Village will seek grant for walking trail

Ortonville-It's only about a half-mile trail that meanders near the Duck Creek. However, if village officials get their way that short jaunt could be extended more than 500 miles....more >>

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New Martian native of Taiwan

Yi Shan Hsieh arrived to a world of snow, Thanksgiving turkey and wide open land that feature deer roaming free. "There are open spaces," she said. "The animals roam all over." Yi Shan, known to her newly made friends at Goodrich High School as "Sammi," was immersed into American life from the Taoyuan country in the northwest region of Taiwan....more >>
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Cycle of love

Alicia Avery knows the hardships endured by a family battling cancer. She also knows how support in the fight is essential and Avery went on a journey of more than 300 miles to help ease the suffering of others, a mission that has not quite reached its end....more >>

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Atlas Township voters say yes to pathways

New paths, new faces. On Tuesday area voters went to the polls and unseated incumbents on the school board and in the Goodrich Village Council. Atlas Township voters also OK'd recreational pathways by a vote of 1,664 yes to 1,502 no....more >>

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Tis the season—OCEF seeking donations, volunteers

The Ortonville Community Emergency Fund will assist about 200 families this holiday season

Brandon Twp.- November has arrived and as many look forward to the holidays, OCEF seeks help to make both Thanksgiving and Christmas more joyous celebrations for those in need in this community....more >>

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No antler restriction this fall for local hunters

As the Oct. 1 deer archery season and the Nov. 15 firearm season approaches, local hunters will not be counting points on their bucks. In 2013 regulations required hunters in the northern lower peninsula counties of Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Lake, Manistee, Mason, Missaukee, Osceola and Wexford to count horns for the first time during last deer hunting season....more >>

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ET Rover hearing Dec. 10, last chance for comments

Residents affected or concerned by the ET Rover natural gas pipeline, currently proposed to take a route through Atlas Township, can give input to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission at a public hearing scheduled for 6 p....more >>

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Wage hikes, cell tower park funds approved by township

Brandon Twp.- The economy is showing signs of recovery in the township. At their Dec. 1 meeting, the board approved not only a budget with employee wage increases, but also approved, by a 6-1 vote, the transfer of $183,000 from the general fund to the park development fund....more >>

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Township, county EMS ink Ebola virus readiness plan

Groveland Twp.-What if the Ebola virus was diagnosed in the township? It's a question Oakland County officials recently addressed as the possibility of an outbreak intensifies. "It's not like you have the flu," said Steve McGee, township fire chief....more >>

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Election certification adds votes to narrow school board election

Goodrich- From one vote to nine. A one vote deficit in the school board election swelled by eight votes following the certification of the election results last week. Incumbent school board trustee Chip Schultz had lost his Nov....more >>

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Recount looms in one vote victory in school board election

Goodrich-One vote can make a difference. Ask incumbent school board trustee Chip Schultz, who lost his Nov. 4 reelection by just one vote to newcomer Jeff Brown. The unofficial results for the school board election were incumbent Daniel Keller received 1,676 (26....more >>

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Students use art to thank active military for service

Goodrich-An area teacher is using cloud technology to thank those serving in the military. Michelle LaRowe, a district teacher for the past 14 years currently serves as an eighth and sixth grade literature instructor....more >>

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Leppan murder trial delayed

Former Brandon man's court date set for 2015

A former Brandon Township man will not stand trial for murder until next year. On Oct. 17, the pre-trial for Charles Patrick Leppan, 42, was continued to Jan. 16, 2015 and a jury trial date of Nov....more >>

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At 50—1964 Mustang still cruising, turning heads

Goodrich-When Paul Jakey's Mustang was built, a gallon of gas was 30 cents per gallon, the Beatles first arrived in America and a stamp cost 5 cents. Today, 50 years after Jakey's 1964 Mustang rolled off the assembly line in Dearborn, it still turns heads....more >>

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Genesee County voters to decide transportation millage

On Nov. 4 Genesee County voters will decide on an additional .425 mills for five years to meet the demand for fixed route bus service, Your Ride and other related services for the elderly, persons with disabilities for the public transportation in Genesee County....more >>

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Fund balance dips, board eyes leasing buses

Goodrich- By a 6-0 vote on Monday night the school board of trustees accepted an audit from Lewis & Knopf for the 2013-14 fiscal year ending June 30. Board President David Cramer was absent....more >>

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Goodrich Moo & Moore

Goodrich-An area ice cream destination just got a little sweeter. Goodrich Moo & Moore—formerly Moo Cow—reopened Oct. 1, adding a host of new desserts and lunches. Jennifer and Nick Mendoza purchased the established business, bringing locally produced Cook's Farm Dairy Ice Cream along with Michigan made Ashby's Ice Cream to town....more >>

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DNR grant of $2.9 million OK'd for Oakland County Parks in township

Groveland Twp.-A massive park expansion moved one step closer last week. On Tuesday, the DNR reported a grant for $2.9 million was approved from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund for the purchase of more than 200 acres of property located near Mt....more >>

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CCTS seeks new toys for area children

Help make Christmas merry

Brandon Twp.- On one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year, Linda Mizejewski hopes bargain hunters will pick up a few things for children in need to make their holiday merrier....more >>

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Township inks joint recreation plan

Brandon Twp.- Recreation is poised to move forward again after stalls and stumbles over the past few years. The township board approved 6-0 at their Nov. 10 meeting a motion to write a joint parks and recreation master plan with the Village of Ortonville....more >>

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Do You Hear What I Hear?

For more than 35 years, violinist Mary Margaret St. John has captivated crowds as an associate concert master with the Flint Symphony Orchestra. On Tuesday the mellow sounds that resonate from St....more >>

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FERC to host environmental review open house for ET Rover

'Keep in mind it's not final until the application is final'

On Dec. 10, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will host an environmental review open house at the Holiday Inn, 5353 Gateway Center, Flint regarding the ET Rover pipeline project....more >>

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'Your voice is something rare'

BHS singer sings at Grand Ole Opry; next up: Carnegie Hall

Brandon Twp.- When Jordan Park took to the stage to perform at the Grand Ole Opry with 359 other choir students on Oct. 29, she was in good company— the singers comprised the top 1....more >>

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Robin Hood

Performances 7 p.m., Nov. 13, 14, & 15, BHS Performing Arts Center, 1025 S. Ortonville Road

Brandon Twp.- Jon Dean loved the Disney animated classic "Robin Hood" as a kid. Now the 17-year-old will bring the outlaw character to life. The Brandon High School junior will act in his first role ever and be the star of "Robin Hood," with performances at 7 p....more >>

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Fund balance up at Brandon Schools

Brandon Twp.- The school district is in "great condition," according to its most recent audit. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, the district received at the Oct. 20 school board meeting an unmodified opinion from Plante & Moran, the highest level attainable from the auditors....more >>

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It's 'signs up' for township Eagle Scout

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- Travelers on M-15 will get a warmer welcome to the township next year with the installation of two new signs. The township board approved with enthusiasm an offer by Tyler Solo to build two "Welcome to Brandon Township" signs as his Eagle Scout project....more >>

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Twp. plots price increase at cemetery

Brandon Twp.- The township is offering an end-of-the-year sale of sorts, but it's not likely a gift on your Christmas list. Shoppers can buy a plot in the Seymour Lake Cemetery for the bargain price of $250 through Dec....more >>

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Stepping fourth

Goodrich- A district elementary student has "stepped fourth" to help needy children this December. Rayne Laurin, a 10-year-old Oaktree Elementary fourth grade student recently utilized an international program idea to assist with some local needs this winter....more >>

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Together until the end

They were always holding hands. That's how family and friends remember Eileen and Gerald Rance, who died within a day of each other following an Independence Township automobile accident on Nov....more >>

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MDOT: Keep M-15 speed limit at 50 mph

Brandon Twp.-The speed limit of 50 mph on M-15 is appropriate, according to a traffic study conducted by the Michigan Department of Transportation. The traffic study was ordered by township officials last year after two fatal accidents that occurred within five months of each other in nearly the same location, by McDonald's, in the 900 block of S....more >>

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Meeting geared to residents affected by proposed ET Rover pipeline

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Atlas Twp.-Just the facts, from unbiased sources. A town hall meeting regarding the proposed ET Rover natural gas pipeline project is planned for 6-9:30 p....more >>

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New library director named

Brandon Twp.- After a turbulent year, the library will enter 2015 with a new leader. Rebecca Higgerson has been named the new library director. "I'm excited about Rebecca, she is coming from a bigger system down to a smaller system, she has a wide range of library skills and experiences and I think she will bring a lot of enthusiasm and energy to the library," said Library Board Trustee Ann Schmid....more >>

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'They can't get it together'

Rec subcomittee meeting over before it begins

Brandon Twp.- The first meeting of the newly formed township parks and recreation subcommittee was scheduled at 9 a.m., Oct. 16 and ended less than 15 minutes later in confusion and anger....more >>

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Insurance company denies village coverage in lawsuit

The village is on their own. That's the statement from Thomas McKenney, village attorney who attended the council meeting on Monday night and addressed a pending class suit that was filed last summer "The insurance company looked at the policy and the allegations and determined the village is not covered," he said....more >>

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Ortonville's 34th Crop Walk

Ortonville- For the past eight years, Sharon Voyer has invited students to participate in the annual Ortonville CROP Walk with her, in an effort to build a sense of community within them, as well as raise money for a good cause....more >>

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Blackhawks win one for veterans

Brandon Twp.-Arguably the best moments at the Blackhawks game against Clio had nothing to do with touchdowns or defensive plays, but everything to do with sportsmanlike conduct. On Sept....more >>

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Twp. board narrowly inks 2015 budget

Wage increases for employees, officials

Brandon Twp.- The township board approved the 2015 budget by a 4-3 vote at their Dec. 1 meeting. Trustees Dana DePalma, Ron Lapp and Jayson Rumball voted no. The general fund budget has $2,508,743....more >>

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Christmas in the Village

Ortonville- Kick-off the holiday season Dec. 6 with Christmas in the Village. "I love how downtown Ortonville gets dressed up for Christmas, it's the perfect way to start the holiday season," said DDA Executive Director Molly LaLone....more >>

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Brandon grad on Peace Corps mission in Madagascar

Monica Lambert spends a lot of time thinking about food as a Peace Corps volunteer in Madagascar. "Volunteers are always thinking about or talking to each other about food, myself included," said Lambert via e-mail from the world's fourth-largest island nation, located in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern coast of Africa....more >>

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Recreation workshop unites village, township

Brandon Twp.-About 15 citizens attended an Oct. 30 recreation workshop in which the planning commissions of both the township and the Village of Ortonville took public input on the recreation master plan....more >>

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Dixie Gully Run roars in Groveland Township

Groveland Twp.-Early next month the roar of gravel mining equipment will be replaced by the purr of high performance engines pushing four-wheel drives to the limit. From 9 a.m.-4 p....more >>

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From down under to Goodrich; visiting Aussie now a Martian

Yellow school buses and really amazing hamburgers. "Before I left home, friends told me what to expect in America," laughed Lyall Beveridge, 15, an Australian native who has lived in Goodrich as a visiting student since August....more >>

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Whippet back in shape

Groveland Twp.- In some small way John Dargel rescued a dog. "It was pretty sad when I found the Whippet in a field near Holly in the fall of 2013," said Dargel, a township resident and retired auto-body specialist....more >>

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Lawsuit dropped by family of boy stuck in classroom desk

A Goodrich classroom incident that drew local and national attention may have reached its conclusion. The family representing the 10-year-old student with Asperger's Syndrome who became lodged in a desk chair while Oaktree Elementary fifth grade teacher Nicole McVey recorded the incident, voluntarily dismissed the pending litigation last month without prejudice to all of the defendants....more >>

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Robotics season kicks off at Kettering

On Saturday Goodrich and Brandon students, along with others statewide, had an opportunity to participate in the 15th Annual Kettering Kickoff Robotics Competition and the grand opening of the FIRST Community Center at Kettering University in Flint....more >>

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Pink Pride shines at GHS

Goodrich- Matt Flotemersch has worn many jerseys in more than 12 years of soccer. During the fall the 16 year-old GHS junior proudly sports the number "5" Martian jersey—a symbol of pride for the accomplished varsity player....more >>

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Fire guts Brandon home

Help needed for township family of five

Brandon Twp.- A family of five lost their home following a Tuesday afternoon blaze. Township firefighters responded at 3:27 p.m., Tuesday to the house fire in the 100 block of Presidio Drive just west of Oakwood and Baldwin roads....more >>

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Goodrich Downtown Christmas 5-9 p.m., Dec. 5

Block off the streets, plug in the lights and notify Santa— Goodrich's Downtown Christmas will be glowing from 5-9 p.m., Dec. 5 as the local holiday tradition is sure to provide plenty of cheer....more >>

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'Arsenic & Old Lace'

Goodrich-Twelve corpses and two old ladies who are sisters with unique wine-making techniques combine for "Arsenic and Old Lace." The play is open to the public at 7 p.m, Nov. 20-22 and 2:30 p....more >>

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CCTS: Gearing up for Christmas

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- Santa's making a list and checking it twice. The Community Christmas Toy Store is gearing up for Christmas and seeking help from the elves....more >>

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Door-to-door scams reported

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.-If a solicitor of any kind shows up on your doorstep, ask to see their permit. Scam artists are not only targeting victims by phone or computer, they are also going door-to-door with what may appear to be legitimate fundraisers, but are absolutely not....more >>

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Mental Illness Workshop

Brandon Twp.- While there may still be a stigma attached to mental illness, Emily Thomas is finding a growing acceptance by society of depression, anxiety and bipolar disorders. In an effort to help both those suffering from these ailments as well as their family members, Thomas is hosting a Mental Illness Workshop from 2-4 p....more >>

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Employee charged in gas station embezzling case

The former manager of an Ortonville gas station has been charged with embezzling more than $100,000 from the business. Carin Day was arraigned Sept. 25 in front of 52-2 District Court Judge Joseph Fabrizio on three charges of embezzlement— the first for embezzlement over $100,000; the second for embezzlement over $50,000 but less than $100,000; and a third count of embezzlement over $1,000, but less than $20,000....more >>

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Brandon Academy of Arts and Sciences growing

North Central Association Commission on Accreditation & School Improvement OK Academy

Brandon Twp.- When the Brandon Academy of Arts and Sciences opened a year ago in the district's former H.T. Burt Elementary, 30 students were enrolled. The academy finished the school year with 65 students and when the doors opened for the start of the school year earlier this month, 90 students entered, tripling their numbers from 2013....more >>

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New home for Avenue of Flags

Groveland Twp.- Soon about 600 American flags will have a suitable home. On Tuesday morning Ortonville Cemetery Association members, Oakland County Vocational School students, and township officals gathered for the groundbreaking of a building to house the American flags displayed each Memorial Day to honor veterans....more >>

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International Day of Peace for world, families, community

Ortonville- In a world filled with turmoil, Karyn Milligan hopes to foster peace with a quiet event in this town. The International Day of Peace is a worldwide event started by the United Nations to bring attention to world problems....more >>

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Townships set to oppose latest Rover pipeline plans

ET Rover has submitted a new proposed natural gas pipeline route to the relief of some Brandon Township residents, but which causes angst among neighbors to the north, including residents of Atlas and Hadley townships....more >>

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Goodrich School Board votes to refinance bonds

The Goodrich Board of Education has OK'd the refinancing of its 2005 bonds, in move that school officials will save the school district more than $2 million. By a 7-0 vote on Nov. 24 the board OK'd the refinancing based on analysis by the financial advisors at Stauder, Barch & Associates....more >>

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Pathway projects outlined by committee

Atlas Twp.- A pathway is on the way. Actually, three township trails will be the first of a network of pathways crossing the township and will be discussed at the Atlas Township Pathway committee meeting at 6:30 p....more >>

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Ready to snow

Unseasonable cold opens Mt. Holly early, again

Groveland Twp.-How about some autumn skiing? On Nov.15 Mt. Holly Ski and Snowboard Resort opened—the third earliest date in 38 years. "We shoot for Thanksgiving Day," said Mark Tibbits, general manager....more >>

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Brandon Township goes to war on phragmites

Brandon Twp.- The township will be joining with other local communities in an effort to control phragmites, an invasive weed that decreases property values and presents a fire hazard....more >>

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Standing corn factor in firearm deer opener

When the statewide firearm deer season opens today, Nov.15, area hunters could find one more challenge. While the 2014 deer season is forecasted to have similar success rates to last year, a very late corn harvest could impact hunters' ability to find their often elusive targets....more >>

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Australian student at home in Goodrich

Emily Waru is a country girl a long ways from home. The 15-year old Australia native, who has been in Goodrich since late August as an exchange student, grew up in Wallerawang, New South Wales, a small rural community about two hours west of Sndney "I was born in Sydney but lived on a farm near Wallerawang," said Waru, who is living with Jenny and John McKenzie of Goodrich until January....more >>

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Ebola hits home

As virus reaches U.S., locals empathize with those at ground zero

Brandon Twp.- Elizabeth McGhee traveled to west Africa just two months ago and even amidst an Ebola outbreak in the region, would return to help combat the disease if invited. The virus, also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, has infected more than 10,000 people in Africa in the latest outbreak, killing nearly half, and cases have now been reported in multiple countries around the world, including four in the United States (resulting in one death) as of Wednesday, causing widespread fear and quarantining of medical workers....more >>

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Twp. board back to square one on recreation, workshop set

Brandon Twp.- Try again. At their Oct. 21 meeting, the township board unanimously approved rescinding a motion made at their Oct. 6 meeting that formed a new recreation subcommittee....more >>

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The 'Urban Warrior'—a person of change

Brandon Twp.- What possesses a man to give up all the creature comforts in his life to bring justice to a community? This is the question Lynne Kishell Huff seeks to answer in her new book, "Urban Warrior," a biography of Motor City Blight Busters founder and Ceo John Joseph George....more >>

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Drain Commissioner moves forward with drain project

Despite a pending lawsuit from 19 plaintiffs seeking compensation after they were allegedly damaged by village drains, sewers, and the millpond in the village—the Genesee County Drain Commissioner's Office, one of seven defendants in the case, plans on moving forward with work on a major infrastructure upgrade project....more >>

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Fall parenting and caregiver series at library

Brandon Twp.- Help your children learn to solve problems on their own with a new program at the library. A conflict resolution workshop which kicks off a fall parenting and caregiver series is planned for 6:30 p....more >>

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Township employee arraigned on drug charges, on paid leave

A longtime Brandon Township employee has been placed on paid leave after her arraignment on felony drug charges last week. Christine Fisher, 46, was arrested Sept. 8 by the Oakland County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Enforcement Team after drugs including heroin, cocaine and marijuana, as well as various drug paraphernalia used for drug trafficking were discovered during a search of her Waterford residence....more >>

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Friday storm takes toll on historic Goodrich Cemetery

Goodrich-The vicious storm that ripped through Atlas Township on Sept. 5 producing winds of nearly 70 mph took down trees and some local history. "The straight-line wind that came out of a thunderstorm was produced by the 90 degree temperatures and high humidity on Friday," said Dan Thompson, meteorologist from the National Weather Service in White Lake Township....more >>

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Board pecks away at new chicken rules

Brandon Twp.- Bring on the chickens, but hold the roosters. The township board approved 4-2 at their Dec. 1 meeting the first reading of an ordinance amendment that will allow residents with lot sizes of 2....more >>

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Vietnamese student connected in America

Groveland Twp.- Dane Granlund and Jennifer Martin-Granlund wanted their children to experience another culture. So when an opportunity to host a foreign exchange student presented itself this summer, they took advantage....more >>

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Village plans Oakwood Road, Mill St. improvements

Ortonville- The village council is taking steps toward the improvement of two roads. At their Oct. 27 meeting, the council unanimously approved contracting their engineering firm, Rowe Professional Services, at a cost not to exceed $2,300 to design a plan for extending the shoulder of Oakwood Road....more >>

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My life as a Navy SEAL

Goodrich graduate retires from elite force after 25 years

It's been 14 years since Matt May parachuted onto Goodrich High School's football field to deliver the game ball to his younger brother, starting Martian quarterback Lane May. According to news reports, with the crowd on their feet and the National Anthem blaring, Matt landed on the 50-yard line with the football tucked under his arm and walked over to embrace the brother he had never seen take the field....more >>

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CERT seeks senior citizens for home checks this winter

Brandon Twp.- Before the snow fliesand winter grips the area—the Community Emergency Response Team wants to know the senior citizens and other residents who may need a little help....more >>

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'New' board aims for better recreation

Brandon Twp.- Reformation of a recreation subcommittee will retain two of the current members, but add three new ones and will take a page or two from the fire authority. "It's obvious things are not working in the best interest of the committee or recreation," said Bob McArthur at the township board's Oct....more >>

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ET Rover: 'Surveyors are allowed on private property'

'You have to write and deny them access'

Groveland Twp.- Under pressure from legislators and township supervisors for information on their proposed natural gas pipeline, ET Rover representatives met with officials in a Tuesday morning meeting that was closed to residents and media....more >>

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ET Rover pipeline survey crews draws ire of residents

Atlas Twp.- If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. ET Rover, the company that is proposing a natural gas pipeline currently slated to go through this township, took this popular proverb two steps further and after failing to gain permission for a land survey not once, not twice, but four times, finally succeeded in getting what they wanted— without permission....more >>

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'What They Were Thinking: Reflections on Michigan Difference-Makers'

Brandon Twp.- The distance between an idea for a book and it's actual publication can be years. In the case of Bill Haney's latest work, that span was two decades. The seed for "What They Were Thinking: Reflections on Michigan Difference-Makers" was actually planted in Haney's mind 20 years ago, when the township resident published Michael Betzold's book, "Appointment with Doctor Death," chronicling Dr....more >>

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Score one for Schollar

Long-time Goodrich basketball scorekeeper honored

Goodrich- Kathleen Schollar claims she makes way too much money at her job. "I'm overpaid for sitting at that scorer's table during basketball games," laughed Schollar. "And I don't make a dime....more >>

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New administrative assistants for fire department, treasurer

Brandon Twp.- Two current township employees have new titles and duties. Kay Caryl, currently the administrative assistant to the township clerk, is moving to the Brandon Fire Department, where she will fill the administrative assistant position....more >>

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How bizarre: Michigan Mysteries & Oddities

Brandon Twp.- Discover pure, bizarre Michigan in a library program this month. Ron Rademacher, author of Michigan Backroads, will present "Michigan Mysteries and Oddities," from 7-8 p....more >>

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Brandon School board to eye $1M in cuts next year

Brandon Twp.- The school board approved a first amendment to the 2014-15 budget which essentially balances the budget and leaves the district with a relatively healthy 8.14 percent fund balance; however, hefty cuts are coming in order to keep the district above the state's critical threshold of a 5 percent fund balance....more >>

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Drain talks with county continue

Drain commissioner, village, Parjana Co. set to meet

Goodrich- Upgrades to a dilapidated century-old drain which had slowed to a trickle—may soon start flowing once again. Changes in village council following the Nov. 4 election, coupled with a pending lawsuit from 19 plaintiffs seeking compensation after they were allegedly damaged by village drains, sewers, and the mill pond in the village, has stalled progress on upgrades to the Wheelock & Watkins Drain....more >>

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Township resident drives MTA to top

Robert Foy's career has been a very long ride. The Atlas Township resident and former general manager for the Flint Mass Transportation Authority (MTA) was one of six people inducted into the Michigan Transportation Hall of Fame on Wednesday....more >>

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Atlas Twp. aims to curb fracking of oil, gas

Atlas Twp.- On Monday night the board of trustees voted 4-0 on a moratorium regarding high volume hydraulic fracking of oil, gas and other hydrocarbons. Trustee Patrick Major was absent....more >>

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Identity fraud reports spike

Brandon Twp.- Two reports of fraud this past week are just the latest in a string of identity thefts perpetrated against township residents. "We are being inundated with reports of fraud, they are non-stop," said Oakland County Sheriff's Office Sgt....more >>

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Driver drags, strikes woman with vehicle

Brandon Twp.- A 34-year-old woman was injured this week after being dragged and then struck by a vehicle driven by her husband. According to an Oakland County Sheriff's Office report, Brandon deputies responded at about 2:03 a....more >>

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Township board fires 'well-liked' employee amidst drug charges

Brandon Twp.- After nearly two and a half hours of deliberation behind closed doors, the township board came out of a closed session at a special meeting Monday night and made the unanimous decision to terminate Christine Fisher as a township employee....more >>

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B-Hive case moves on to circuit court

Two felony fraud charges against a Goodrich woman arrested on Jan. 24 by Genesee County Sheriff's deputies for allegedly writing bad checks to pay sellers at her former consignment business have been dismissed by a 67th District Court Judge....more >>

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Mary Christmas

Robin Sullivan of WMUZ to speak at Lakeview Community Church

Atlas Twp.- Mary, Mary, Mary Christmas. Robin Sullivan, a radio show host on 103.5 FM, WMUZ, will be the guest speaker at the Ladies Advent Tea Celebration Brunch, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m....more >>

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Weather, costs produce mixed bag for deer hunters

Local deer processor to aid Gleaners Pontiac

Brandon Twp.- An area business is helping cut into hunger. Rich Walker, owner of the Cracker Barrel, 5500 Oak Hill Road, has been processing deer for the past 30 years and has been selected to process the deer harvested from the Oakland County Parks controlled hunts....more >>

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A Night in Hollywood at Brandon High School

At 7 p.m., Nov. 21, the Brandon Special Education Department will host A Night in Hollywood at the Brandon High School Performing Arts Center. The event will feature formal attire including tuxedos and gowns, live band and vocalists and a basket drawing for attendees....more >>

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Veterans brunch to feature military historian

In 1861, at the outset of the Civil War, the Marine Corps was authorized by Congress to increase its strength to 3,000 men. In comparison to the hundreds of thousands of Army troops massing early in the war the number was miniscule....more >>

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Life aboard the USS Bush

Deployed aircraft carrier home to local sailor

(Groveland Township resident Heather Ricksgers corresponded with The Citizen newspaper through a series of emails while on active duty aboard the USS George H.W. Bush deployed in the Middle East....more >>

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Tree stand safety key as archery deer season opens statewide

Heights did not bother Jeremy Shellnut. So, on Sept. 6, 2013, Shellnut climbed about 40 feet up in a tree stand in preparation for the Oct. 1, 2013 archery deer season. "I was just checking out the stand, "said Shellnut, a veteran Brandon Township deer hunter....more >>

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Family Disaster, Safety and Planning Class

Brandon Twp.- Strong storms rolling through southeast Michigan just over a week ago knocked out power to nearly 400,000 homes and businesses. Power outages caused by storms are not uncommon in the township....more >>

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Trustees join resolution for more control over drilling sites

Groveland Twp.-On Monday night the board of trustees voted 5-0 joining West Bloomfield Township along with other communities in Michigan supporting more local control over where gas and oil companies can locate drilling sites....more >>

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New Martian native of Taiwan

Yi Shan Hsieh arrived to a world of snow, Thanksgiving turkey and wide open land that feature deer roaming free. "There are open spaces," she said. "The animals roam all over." Yi Shan, known to her newly made friends at Goodrich High School as "Sammi," was immersed into American life from the Taoyuan country in the northwest region of Taiwan....more >>

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Library takes aim at recouping $270K from fired director

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- The library has filed suit against former director Paula Gauthier, seeking damages in excess of $270,000. The complaint filed with the Oakland County Clerk on Sept....more >>
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On all 'fours'

Groveland Twp.- Mud, snow and plenty of Jeeps. On Saturday and Sunday about 300 contestants participated in the Dixie Gully Run, at 14300 Shields Road. Located just north of Groveland Oaks County Park, the 35-acre demonstration off-road vehicle course was created on former gravel mining ground....more >>

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Deer poacher charged under harsher guidelines

Groveland Twp.- At about 8:20 a.m., Oct. 10, a gunshot rang out in the township. A resident who heard the shot called the Department of Natural Resources poaching hotline, and a conservation officer responded to investigate, ultimately ticketing another township resident....more >>

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Township coffers swell to more than $3.9M

Groveland Twp.- On Monday night the township board of trustees approved an audit presented by Ken Palka, from the accounting firm of Pfeffer, Hanniford and Palka. Palka reported on the township finances following the completion of the yearly audit....more >>

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Man hospitalized after township shooting

At 12:07 p.m., Sept. 4, Michigan State Police responded to a home in the 11000 block of County Line Road in Groveland Township. The 9-1-1 call was from a 61-year-old victim that alleged he had been shot by his 88-year-old father when he arrived to deliver food to him....more >>

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Alward named Coach of the Week

Coach Alward has been selected as the Detroit Lions/NFL Foundation/Farm Bureau 'Coach of the Week' for Week six of the 2014 season. "We are very proud of Coach Alward's accomplishment," said Dave Davis, athletic director....more >>

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Five awards for The Citizen staff in MPA Better Newspaper Contest

The Citizen news staff has been honored with five awards in the 2014 Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. Members of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association reviewed 3,417 entries submitted by 119 Michigan newspapers in this year's contest, which covers a wide range of categories....more >>
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Martians remember

It's been 72 years since Isabel Rossman received her Goodrich High School diploma. At 99-years-old, Isabel was the "Senior Martian" and perhaps the last known member of the Goodrich Class of 1932, sharing memories of teachers, school and friends during the Martian Reunion on Sunday....more >>

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O.A.T.S. to provide Horses for Heroes

Brandon Twp.- Chris Klann was a first class airman in the Air Force for six years, including time in South Korea, Alaska, and a 4-month stint in Qatar. He retired with a disability in 2009 and like many other veterans, found himself struggling to adapt post-service....more >>

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Battle of the bands at BHS

Brandon Twp.- Bring on the bands. The Brandon Marching Band Invitational, planned for 10:15 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 18, at Brandon High School, 1025 S. Ortonville Road, is expected to be the largest ever....more >>
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Tattoo tales

Brandon Twp.- R.J. Munger got his first tattoo 20 years ago, when he was 16-years-old. The 1997 Brandon High School graduate talked his mom into giving him consent for the court jester that was inked onto his calf, and she accompanied him to the tattoo shop, getting her first tattoo as well— a rendering of Tweety, the cartoon bird....more >>

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Village resident charged with CSC

A 59-year-old Ortonville man has been charged with criminal sexual conduct after assaulting his stepdaughter. Charles Spragg was arraigned Oct. 6 on one count of criminal sexual conduct, third degree, a 15-year felony, at 52-2 District Court....more >>
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News of the season

Susan Reddy hurries over for a donation during the Goodfellows newspaper drive on Main Street last Friday for Clarkston Rotary's Shoes for Kids program....more >>

State vote goes against McLaren

Michigan Senate voted last week against changing the state Certificate of Need process, dealing a blow to McLaren's hopes for a new $300 million hospital on Sashabaw Road. Local officials are disappointed in the decision....more >>
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Station demolition makes way for redevelopment

The vacant gas station at Dixie Highway and Ortonville Road is no more, thanks to a grant from Oakland County to Independence Township. The former BP station at 6756 Dixie Highway was vacant for more than four years....more >>
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New bridge for Depot

The old Depot Park bridge, worn out by years of travelers crossing the Clinton River in Clarkston's Depot Park, is history. Last week, workers from Clarkston DPW and contractors removed the bridge to make way for a new structure, which will be installed this week....more >>

Hoops for Troops

"Live for what matters" are the words Megan Goldberg shares from her friend Jenna Beno's quotes. Goldberg is spreading the message while organizing the Lady Wolves Basketball Program's second annual Hoops for Troops set for February 13, 2015 - which is held in honor of Beno, a 2006 Clarkston High School graduate who passed away October 2012 from injuries she sustained in Iraq....more >>
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Food for families, toys for kids

From left, Denise Cox and Eric Berry collect donations in front of Neiman's Family Market on Saturday for Clarkston Community Schools Transportation Department's annual Stuff-A-Bus....more >>
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Christmas cards for 2015

Clarkston artist Jan Mayer's Christmas cards for 2015, featuring a snowy caroling scene, are available at Clarkston United Methodist Church office, 6600 Waldon Road. Packets of 10 cards are $15; signed and numbered, limited edition 11-by-14 prints are $35 each....more >>
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Artist helps bring Christmas to classics

Clarkston art teacher Jessica Hall was one of 30 art teachers from around the world illustrating the new children's book, "If Picasso Had a Christmas Tree." Her piece emulates the classic painting "Birth of Venus" by Sandro Botticelli, with a Christmas tree in place of the newborn Venus....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Trophy on parade

Bill Popp, father of senior Joe Popp, puts the finishing touches on an oversized state championship trophy for the Wolves' football float just in time for this Saturday's Holiday Lights Parade, downtown....more >>
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Cedar 60 grant to Desert Angel

The Cedar Masonic Lodge #60 recently awarded a Community Charitable Grant in the amount of $3,000 to the Desert Angels Program. The money awarded will be used to provide gift boxes to active service men and women overseas....more >>
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Breakfast with dad

Fathers, friends, and other family members filled Bailey Lake Elementary's cafeteria for Donuts with Dad, Dec. 5. The annual PTA event takes two days to fit in everyone, and is scheduled with the school book fair every year, said Andrea Beauchamp, chair along with Christy Kreucher....more >>
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Kids demo coding at Capitol

Coding Club students from Clarkston Community Schools were among nearly 30 schools in Michigan participating in the 14th annual Student Technology Showcase on Dec. 3 at the State Capitol Building in Lansing....more >>
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Snow season for senior spikers

For Clarkston area senior volleyball players, winter is the perfect time for their sport. "It's good exercise inside, out of the cold weather," said Fred Stark. "Volleyball is a sport you can play at almost any age....more >>
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Running's all in the family

The Detroit Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot was a three-generation affair for the Sarmiento family of Clarkston. Fred Sarmiento, 71, a Clarkston resident for the past 22 years, brought his two daughters, Stacy Locher of Clarkston and Rikki Puzzuoli of Bloomfield Hills, and grandsons Dakota, Stacy's 14-year-old son; and Seth, 16, Rikki's son....more >>

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News in Brief

Holiday hours Offices of The Clarkston News will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, as well as New Year's Eve and Day. Deadline for classifieds are the Friday before the holidays....more >>
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Jazzy Christmas

Jazz star Alexander Zonjic will host a Jazzy Christmas Concert featuring special guest, Detroit's "Queen of the Blues" Thornetta Davis. The musical celebration is 4 p.m., on Sunday, Dec....more >>
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Boots for Kids

Prudential Great Lakes Realty of Clarkston is collecting new boots and donations for Health Alliance Plan's Boots for Kids Campaign. Boots and donations will be collected at Prudential Great Lakes Realty, 20 W....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1999 "Revitalizing Clarkston" There was a major movement across the country to revitalize its downtowns and Clarkston had at least one key to a successful revitalization - its history....more >>
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Born December 17th
1807: John Greenleaf Whittier, American poet, abolitionist, reformer and founder of the Liberal Party.
1908: Willard Frank Libby, American chemist who won a Nobel Prize for his part in creating the carbon-14 method in dating ancient findings.
December 17th
in history
1944: The German Army renews the attack on the Belgian town of Losheimergraben against the defending Americans during the Battle of the Bulge.Winter Fury near Elsenborn Ridge.
1948: The Smithsonian Institution accepts the Wright brothers' plane, the Kitty Hawk.
1950: The French government appoints Marshal de Lattre de Tassigny to command their troops in Vietnam.
1952: Yugoslavia breaks relations with the Vatican.
1965: Ending an election campaign marked by bitterness and violence, Ferdinand Marcos is declared president of the Philippines.