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Ferndale restaurant proposes second location at 45 W. Flint St.

By Dan Shriner Review Editor If things go as planned, a new restaurant, featuring healthy Lebanese fare, is coming to downtown Lake Orion. Owners of Anita's Kitchen, a popular Lebanese Café restaurant on Woodward Ave....more >>
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Wine time!

It was all wine and women Sunday afternoon at the historic Buhl Estate in Addison Oaks County Park as the Oxford Women's Club hosted its annual wine tasting fund-raiser to benefit its scholarship program for local high school students....more >>

Ginopolis on enrollment: 'the conversation must change'

Ten-year enrollment study redefines declining enrollment

By Meg Peters Review Co-Editor In a meeting that altered the way the Lake Orion School administration perceived the district's declining enrollment, it was settled—the story had to be changed....more >>

Locals oppose so-called 'gag order'

They're not part of the recent federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a new Michigan law that limits the ability of local governments and school districts to provide information regarding ballot issues to voters, but local officials are certainly no fans of what opponents are calling a "gag order....more >>

School board to determine SOC expansion Feb. 10

By Meg Peters Review Co-Editor After an extensive look into School's of Choice (SOC) data last Wednesday, Lake Orion School Board trustees decided to postpone taking action on approving 100 additional students to the program....more >>

Look, values of proposed sub cause concern

It seems final site plan approval for the Manitou Hills subdivision is going to have to wait a bit longer. Last week, the Oxford Township Planning Commission voted 5-1 to postpone making its decision on the proposed development consisting of 20 single family homes until all the issues raised in the township consultants' reviews are addressed....more >>
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McPeek to retire as Crossroads president

OXFORD TWP. – A changing-of-the-guard is occurring at Crossroads for Youth as it was announced last week that Dr. Janet McPeek will be retiring as the 63-year-old agency's president on May 31....more >>

Chief deems Lake Orion unsafe

On the heels of a report from Highland Township about a 30-year-old man and his four-year-old son who drowned while ice fishing this week, Lake Orion Police Chief Jerry Narsh has issued a warning that it is unsafe to go out on Lake Orion....more >>

Leader picks up 4 MPA awards

Oxford Leader Editor C.J. Carnacchio earned four awards in the 2015 Better Newspaper Contest, conducted by the Michigan Press Association (MPA). In the Best Editorial category, Carnacchio, 39, of Oxford, earned both first and second place....more >>

County awards OTFD for saving Clarkston man

By Chris Hagan Review Staff Writer Last week Orion Township firefighters were invited down to Oakland County headquarters to be awarded for outstanding service after they saved the life a Clarkston resident....more >>

Scholarship info

The Oxford Lions Club is sponsoring two $500 scholarships for graduating 2016 high school seniors who reside within the Oxford school district and attend either public or private school....more >>

Hodag brings over 100 to Camp Agawam

Lake Orion Boy Scout Troop 128 walked away from the 2016 Hodag bearing the beloved 'Coup Stick," awarded to the unit with the most Scout Spirit, or perhaps in this case, the loudest....more >>
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Basket auction at library

The Friends of the Oxford Public Library's annual silent auction of baskets will be held from Friday, Feb. 5 through Friday, Feb. 19. The Friends have received donations from numerous Oxford merchants, Friends' members and library staff....more >>

Powers recognized as first distributor to utilize PACE in the state

By Chris Hagan Review Staff Writer Powers Distributing has become the first company in Oakland County and the state to take advantage of a new method for financing clean energy projects....more >>

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Flint water woes draws local assistance

Goodrich- Fresh water is often taken for granted these days, so when a neighboring community's supply was recently compromised it became news. District students, along with village residents, recognized the need and acted....more >>

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Snowstorm freezes Brandon family on I-75

The Cox family made a rest stop on their drive down to Disney World. A 14-and-a-half hour stop in the middle of the expressway, with no restaurants or restrooms in sight, but plenty of snow, ice, and other vehicles also frozen in place on I-75 in Kentucky....more >>

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'I thought it was gone forever'

Lost Purple Heart returned to Vietnam veteran

It felt hot— a burning sensation similar to the sting of a bee. That's how Gary D. Frank, now a 69-year-old White Cloud, Mich. resident, described the feeling of fragments from a Viet Cong booby trap that ripped through his right ear....more >>

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The Citizen staff scores in Michigan's biggest journalism contest

For the second straight year, The Citizen news staff has been recognized with five awards in the Michigan Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest. For the 2015 competition, Members of Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association reviewed 3,833 entries submitted by 113 Michigan newspapers....more >>

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Alaska life better for Air Force base families thanks to BHS grad

Lyndsey Ballard is on top of the world. Well, at least you can almost see it from there. Ballard, 34, a 1999 Brandon High School graduate, is the wife of Master Sgt. Ryan Ballard, 354th Fighter Wing inspection general self-inspection program manager stationed at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska....more >>

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School district names Brandon Teachers of the Year

Brandon Twp.- Two educators who are themselves a lesson in the importance of empathy and understanding have been selected as teachers of the year. Sharon Voyer is the Brandon Elementary Teacher of the Year....more >>

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Senior Care Helping Hand Fund

Brandon Twp.-More than 30 years ago, a plan for a senior housing complex in the community was born. However, the plan floundered with a lack of infrastructure to support such a facility....more >>

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2016 Relay for Life of Brandon/Ortonville kick-off

Ortonville- Eat a slice of pizza while taking a bite out of cancer. The first annual Pizzapalooza, a fundraiser and kick-off event for Relay for Life of Brandon/Ortonville, will be from 6-8 p....more >>

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Village hikes building fees

Ortonville- Implementation of building application fees, as well as reinspection fees, will insure the building department is self-funding, or as close to breaking even as possible....more >>

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Superintendent plantiff named in law challenge

A Goodrich school official and the Secretary of State have ended up in court. Michelle Imbrunone, superintendent of Goodrich School District, was one of the 18 plaintiffs named in the lawsuit filed on Jan....more >>

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Community & Education Exploration Night at BHS

From 4-8 p.m., Feb. 24, Brandon School District and the Ortonville Chamber of Commerce will host the Community & Education Exploration Night at Brandon High School, 1025 S. Ortonville Road, Ortonville....more >>

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MHSAA Scholar-Athlete committee eyes GHS senior

Kyle Gavulic's basketball career did not work out. Nor did a future in high school football. However, he can run. Very well, actually. So stellar was his running that last week the 17-year-old Martian senior was named as one of 120 finalists for the Michigan High School Athletic Association's Scholar-Athlete Awards for the 2015-16 school year....more >>

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Stoney Creek coach selected to lead Blackhawks football

On Jan. 22 Brandon High School officials announced that Brad Zube will take over as varsity football coach. Zube, who met with players for the first time on Friday, replaces head coach Tim Pizzala who announced after last season that he would step down following nine seasons at the helm of the Blackhawks....more >>

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Health concerns spark ordinance changes

Brandon Twp.-Health and hygiene concerns are sparking an amendment to the township's code of ordinances. The township board approved by a 6-1 vote the first reading of an amendment to chapter 18 of the code of ordinances at their Jan....more >>
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CBCCU embezzlement investigation sparks concerns locally

Bob DePalma and David Ax had more than a million dollars wire transferred last week and it had nothing to do with winning the lottery. DePalma, the Groveland Township supervisor, and Ax, the township's treasurer, were following advice from their auditor and protecting taxpayer money by requesting the funds be moved from the Clarkston Brandon Community Credit Union to another financial institution....more >>
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Defending our shores

Brandon Twp.- Coast Guard Ensign Jamel Chokr has assisted in the rescue of fishermen and pilot whales, intercepted migrants and drug smugglers bound for the U.S., and provided protection for President Barack Obama....more >>

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Lower interest rates sparks refinancing, saving for taxpayers

Brandon Twp.- The school board voted 6-0 at their Dec. 21 meeting to complete refinancing of bonds, saving the district about $12.4 million over the course of the loans. The board directed their financial adviser RJ Naughton and underwriter, Craig Taylor, to begin pursuing the sale of bonds and obtaining the lowest interest rate possible on both the voter-approved 2006 bond, as well as the School Bond Loan Fund, money borrowed from the state to meet bond payments....more >>

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Royal treatment

Order of the British Empire awarded to son of Groveland Twp. residents

John Bowers and Joanne Cook received a special delivery this week— all the way from across the pond. The Groveland Township residents were delighted to open their mail and relive, via the DVD inside, the day last November when their son, Paul Bowers, received the Order of the British Empire from Prince William during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace....more >>

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'Who do you trust? Water is staff of life'

Former Goodrich resident, now in Flint, speaks on crisis; locals offer aid

When Michael J. Thorp and his wife Ginny first noticed the water coming out of the faucets in their Flint home was cloudy and sandy-looking, they didn't think too much of it. The couple had moved to Flint from Atlas Township, where they'd had a well for 25 years that also had cloudy and sandy water....more >>

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Village audit OK'd by council, fund balance unchanged

Goodrich-By a 5-0 vote on Monday night, the village council accepted an audit report from Lewis & Knopf for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015. Stephanie Kraus, senior staff accountant for Lewis & Knopf, delivered the report to the council....more >>

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Powerball fever

Ortonville-Six bucks. Three tickets. "That's one ticket for each person in my family," laughed Craig Burnett, an Atlas Township resident who stopped by Tom's Market, 465 South St., Ortonville on Wednesday a few hours before the Powerball jackpot for the Jan....more >>

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Covered in kindness

Some area youth are a little warmer this winter thanks to the work of a Goodrich High School senior. Chyna Slade, 17, brightened the holiday hospital stay for some young patients by creating 40 fleece tie blankets in an effort to ease a difficult time....more >>

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Lansing takes aim at voter information with new regulations

Pam Mazich, has been Groveland Township clerk since 2000. She is responsible for elections that include about 4,200 registered voters in three precincts for township ballot issues....more >>

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Appraisals for new county, DNR park property completed

Groveland Twp.-A county park expansion in the western section of the township inched closer last month. In December 2014, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources reported a grant for $2....more >>

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Operation Iraqi Freedom: 'In hindsight, I was lucky to have survived'

Two deployments to Iraq. Meeting terrorists face-to-face. Homeless children. Families begging for food. For 31-year-old Army veteran Michael Brennan, the vivid experiences of war not only shaped his life, but etched a desire to give back long after the battles had ended....more >>

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County medical control offers Atlas Township EMS resolution

The ongoing issues of 9-1-1 response time in Atlas Township may be nearing a possible resolution. On Oct. 7, the Genesee County Medical Control Authority gathered in a special meeting to discuss a proposal to stave off losing about 50 percent of their funding....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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NCUA now manages CBCCU

National Credit Union Administration steps in following embezzlement

It's "business as usual" at Clarkston Brandon Community Credit Union, despite of, or perhaps in light of, a $20 million embezzlement investigation. The credit union's former chief financial officer, Michael LaJoice, walked into the Oakland County Sheriff's Office headquarters in Pontiac on Jan....more >>

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Seeking area Purple Heart recipients

Gary D. Frank was presented a Purple Heart for his sacrifice. At some point, however, the medal presented for being wounded or killed in any action against an enemy of the United States or opposing armed forces was separated from Frank....more >>

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Driver who crashed into school bus surrenders to police, claims amnesia

On Jan. 8, a 35-year-old Burton man told authorities he can't remember crashing his work truck into the rearend of a Goodrich school bus. The suspect, who at about 6:45 a.m., Jan. 6 allegedly drove a Markee Electric truck into the back of a Goodrich school bus that was stopped in the eastbound lane in the 7400 block of East Bristol Road near Irish Road to pick up students....more >>

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School bus crash: Student injured, truck driver flees

Davison Twp.-At 6:45 a.m., Jan. 6, Davison Township police officers were dispatched to the 7400 block of East Bristol Road just west of Irish Road for a report of a school bus accident....more >>

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Communities rebounding following drop in household incomes

Local household incomes were among the worst hit economically in Oakland and Genesee counties over the past five years. The data was released earlier this month by the U.S. Census Bureau for communties under 65,000 residents as part the American Community Survey....more >>

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Keep on chugging: GHS grad tops Beer Mile World Championship

Drinking four beers during the course of a one mile run paid off for a former Goodrich resident. Erin O'Mara, a 2002 Goodrich High School graduate, recently set the women's beer mile world record, winning the second annual FloTrack Beer Mile World Championships in Austin, Texas with a time of 6:08, topping the previous world record mark of 6:28 set by Chris Kimbrough in Nov....more >>

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Great Lakes, great dives

The Great Lakes hold much history and mystery in their depths, including an estimated 6,000 shipwrecks. Sara Heines is excited to dive down and see firsthand what lies beneath. The Brandon High School senior, 17, has been a competitive swimmer since she was 5 and became certified to scuba dive about four years ago after some encouragement from her father, Rick....more >>

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'If not us, then who?' November is Adoption Month

Every year, there are 14,000 children in foster care in Michigan, 3,000 of whom will become available for adoption, with approximately 300 waiting for a permanent home at any given moment....more >>

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Renaissance Festival parking, traffic draws ire of township

Groveland Twp.- The Michigan Renaissance Festival is over, but the traffic and parking woes for the late summer township event continue. On Tuesday night, the township board of trustees and Supervisor Bob DePalma vehemently expressed concern with the congestion from the festival that draws more than 250,000 visitors between Aug....more >>

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Ironman: Swim,bike,run for 140 miles

'I spent six months of my life doing almost nothing except training for this and I finally finished it.'

Jake Dolecki had never run a marathon, but on Aug. 30, he logged the 26.2 mile distance, after he had already swam 2.4 miles and biked 112 miles. With the completion of the triathlon, the 2012 Brandon High School graduate can call himself an Ironman....more >>

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County takes on township medical call issue

The ongoing battle to have Oakland County EMS make medical calls into Genesee County and Atlas Township is far from over. On Tuesday morning, the Genesee County Board of Commissioners approved $150,000 from the county EMS millage for the Genesee County Medical Control Authority; however, the funding will be held until the GCMCA and the Michigan Township Association Genesee County Chapter meet to resolve the ongoing EMS response issues with Atlas Township, along with other outlying municipalities....more >>

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'Bam—it hit me that fast'

Brandon Twp.-Scott Wood was almost home. At about 4 p.m., Aug. 14, Wood was returning from Detroit where he is employed by AT&T. "I kept thinking 'It's pretty windy today' and I could see a few branches blowing across the road," he said....more >>

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New principal at GMS

Hawaii native, middle school principal now a Martian

Goodrich-By a 7-0 vote on Monday night the board of trustees hired Tiffany Kapeka von Keltz as the new principal at the middle school. She replaces Steve Vowles who will be the new principal at Atherton High School....more >>

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Goodrich ACT tops in Genesee county school districts

Goodrich-ACT scores released last month by state education officials has the district students on top in the county in three of five catagories. Goodrich scores dipped in math from 21....more >>

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Focus group to meet on sewers

Ortonville-A focus group will meet from 6-8 p.m., Aug. 5 at the Old Town Hall, 486 Mill St., to answer questions regarding proposed sewers in the village. "We're looking for more friends, businesses, and residents to join," said Linda Davis-Kirksey, a consultant hired by Livable Legacy of Ortonville, which is sponsoring the focus group....more >>

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Audit complete, roads top priority in township

Atlas Twp.- Mark Perry, a CPA for Yeo & Yeo, presented the annual financial statements and auditor's report for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015 at Monday's township meeting. The township board voted 5-0 to accept the audit....more >>

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Mission: Saving women

Brandon Twp.- Karleigh Jenko spent a year in the Dominican Republic working to get women off the streets and out of prostitution. Now back in Lake Orion, the 24-year-old, a member of Seymour Lake United Methodist Church, is raising funds so she can return to the Dominican Republic and resume life as a missionary....more >>

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No big cats allowed:Township, exotic animal business spar

Groveland Twp.- The uproar over the exotic animal business operating in the township heated up last month as terms of a possible resolution were bantered. The township board of trustees gathered in closed session on June 25 and provided some alternatives to a complete closure of Premier Animal Attractions....more >>

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'Get the grenade in the hands of the right people'

Brandon Twp.-At about 7 p.m., June 23, a township woman and Port Austin man arrived at the township substation in a pickup truck with a military "pineapple" style grenade in a box on the back seat with the pin still in place....more >>

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Comments spark debate over issues of privacy at council meeting

Goodrich- Private conversations allegedly recorded in a public arena recently sparked a myriad of debate following a village meeting. It's common for government meetings to be recorded on video or audio to be broadcast at a later time....more >>

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Plenty new this year with four-day 12th annual CreekFest

Ortonville- Expect an even bigger CreekFest this year— one that is monster-sized. The 12th Annual CreekFest is back with a 4-day celebration planned for June 18-21 and once again features a carnival, fireworks, beer tent, parade, musical entertainment, educational exhibits, and contests, as well as new attractions including the Shell Camino Monster Truck, which attendees can pay to ride in and also get signed autographs from driver Shelley Camino....more >>

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Brandon deputies, resident recognized

A Brandon Township resident who assisted a mentally ill woman who was being evicted, as well as several township deputies who brought to a swift conclusion a school shooting threats case were among those honored May 13 by the Oakland County Sheriff's Office....more >>

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Brandon superintendent's contract extended

Brandon Twp.- Superintendent Matt Outlaw has met or exceeded goals for the school district in less than a year on the job and on Monday night, the board rewarded his work. In a 6-0 vote, the board approved extending Outlaw's contract by one year, to 2018....more >>

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Drain survey crews to begin in village

Goodrich- Upgrades to a dilapidated century-old drain which had slowed to a trickle may soon start flowing once again. Jim Gerth, director of surface water management for the Genesee County Drain Office, said look for work to resume in the month of April now that the snow is gone....more >>

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Sheriff issues standing order for Atlas Twp. 9-1-1calls routed to Groveland

Atlas Twp.-Groveland Township EMS has returned to Genesee County. Following a hour and half of heated dialogue at a special township meeting March 25 in which several Genesee County Township supervisors, area fire chiefs, and law enforcement bantered with Genesee County Medical Control Authority (GCMCA) officials over their protocol banning Oakland County-based Groveland Township EMS from making emergency runs into Atlas Township—the Genesee County Sheriff had seen enough....more >>
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DIA Inside|Out arrives in Ortonville

Ortonville- Art on a grand scale arrives in the village April 8, with eight pieces from the Detroit Institute of Arts' Inside|Out program being installed around town. "I can't tell you all the pieces and locations, it's a secret until installation," said Jillian Reese, community relations specialist for the DIA....more >>

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'DIA Away: Think Like an Artist,' comes to Brandon

Ortonville- Not all kids get to visit the Detroit Institute of Arts, but this week, students in Brandon had a small glimpse of what the museum offers brought to them. "DIA Away: Think Like an Artist," a free, mobile interactive classroom in a 53' double expandable trailer, was parked behind the Brandon Fletcher Intermediate School from March 9-12, and students of all ages were able to view and participate in the exhibit....more >>

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'Climate change and you'

With temperatures falling well into the negative digits this month, some may scoff at the idea of global warming. But the record-setting cold may actually be the result of climate change....more >>

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Brandon students: Young@Art

A classmate, a pond, a cheetah, a song, an estranged father. Inspiration comes from a variety of sources when creating art, as demonstrated in statements that accompanied drawings, paintings and sculptures made by Brandon students and selected for exhibit in the Young @ Art show....more >>

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Hindus, Buddhists: Practicing peace

(Editor's note: This is the third story in a continuing series on Religious Diversity Journeys. Nine Brandon Middle School students are currently taking part in the program and learning about various religions by visiting a different house of worship monthly....more >>

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Goodrich grad lands key role in 'Steel Magnolias'

She's tough, yet loving. That's how Rachel Hull describes her role as Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie, one of the lead characters in the award-winning Robert Harling play "Steel Magnolias....more >>

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Brandon teachers of the year

Brandon Twp.- It's a tale of two Tinas for the 2015 Teacher of the Year. Tina Baldwin has been named the Brandon Teacher of the Year at the secondary (6th-12th grade) level, while Tina Olsen received the recognition at the elementary level (K-5)....more >>

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Former business owner guilty of check fraud

A former Goodrich resident and business owner pleaded guilty in 7th Circut Court on Tuesday before Judge Joseph Farah on two counts of felony check fraud. On Jan. 24, 2014, Bernadette Jacobs was arrested in her driveway by Genesee County Sheriff's deputies and later charged with four felony counts of check fraud....more >>

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Groveland EMS denied request to respond to Atlas Township

Don't look for Groveland Township EMS responding into Genesee County anytime soon. The reason—as of Dec. 31, 2014 the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) requirement in Genesee County expired for Groveland Township EMS, banning any medical responses into Atlas Township....more >>
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The original pop-punk sounds of Oakhill on stage

The sound grew from the early 1970s with bands like The Ramones, resurfacing in the 1990s with bands such as Green Day and Bad Religion. Pop-punk—a mix of music that joins elements of punk rock with pop music is alive with a local band Oakhill is a pop-punk band consisting of Goodrich graduates Martin Kibler, Connor Foley, and Brandon Birkner are looking to record their first full-length album....more >>

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Will area roads improve?

Local officials consider possible sales tax hike impact on roads

The condition of a mile stretch of Tripp road between Dixie Highway and Grange Hall Road in Groveland Township has been deemed deplorable by some motorists. "Water runs over Tripp Road in the spring through a low area—the road is actually sinking," said Bob DePalma, Groveland Township supervisor....more >>

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DIA coming to town

Ortonville- You gotta have art. The Detroit Institute of Art's motto applies everywhere and this spring, the world-class museum from the big city will bring their Inside|Out program to the village, transforming a rural town into an art showcase....more >>
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Village requests assistance from county for sewers

Officials:Village closest it has ever been to making a wastewater treatment system a reality

Ortonville-Sanitary sewers or wastewater treatment system. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. The village council took another step toward improvement to the village by passing a formal resolution requesting assistance from the county at their Dec....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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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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Bond refund OK'd by school board

Taxpayers to save more than $2 million

Goodrich-By a 7-0 vote on Monday night the school board OK'd a resolution to refund the 2006 bonds. On Nov. 23, 2015, the Board of Education adopted an authorizing resolution by a 7-0 vote to refund the 2006 bonds....more >>

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Blackhawk grappler sets school win record

Blackhawk's five wins at invitational eclipses record

Bryan LaVearn will graduate and move on from Brandon High School this spring, however records of his stellar career as a Blackhawk grappler will remain. On Jan. 16, LaVearn notched five victories at the 140-pound weight class during the Brandon Invitational on his way to a new school overall record of 174-14....more >>

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Apartment complex eyed for village west side

48 units considered for Hegel Road

Goodrich-By a 5-0 vote on Monday night, the village council moved forward with a proposal to extend the village sewers west about 200 feet along the north side of Hegel Road just east of Shuman Drive....more >>

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Coach Pizzala steps down,Blackhawks seek new football coach

Brandon Twp.-When the Brandon Blackhawks Varsity football team take the field this fall it be under new leadership. Head Coach Tim Pizzala announced that he has stepped down after nine seasons at the helm of the Blackhawks....more >>

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Township man arraigned on eavesdropping charges

Brandon Twp.- A 51-year-old township man is in jail after attempting to capture video of his 15-year-old niece getting in the shower. The man, whose name is being withheld to protect the identity of his intended victim, has been arraigned on a charge of eavesdropping by using an electronic device, a 5-year felony....more >>

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Santa Dog project continues to feed shelter animals

Groveland Twp.-A box of puppies. A horse tied to the door knob. Hungry kittens. When Carl Liepmann arrives at work in the morning at the Genesee County Humane Society each week he finds something different....more >>

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'Deadly force was more than justified'

Ortonville- A 35-year-old man who aimed a loaded crossbow at police in an attempt to get them to shoot him did not get his wish. Instead, Richard Osantowski was arraigned Nov. 11 on three counts of felonious assault and remains in custody at the Oakland County Jail, with a $175,000 cash bond, no 10 percent....more >>

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Costly repairs may require sinking fund

Brandon Twp.- School district officials will consider asking voters to approve a 1-mill sinking fund to pay for necessary repairs to infrastructure. At a special meeting of the building and site committee, held prior to the Nov....more >>

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The nose will know—Levi arrives

Goodrich-Levi's tale as a police dog began on Monday night. Levi, a Belgian Malinois, along with his handler, Genesee County Paramedic Deputy Justin Hunt, attended the village council meeting to thank the council for the donation which brought the canine into service....more >>

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Breaking addiction stigma

As illegal drug use is on the rise not only nationwide, but in the state, county, and in this community, one Brandon Township resident is trying to break the stigma surrounding addiction....more >>

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Lady Martians tee up second at states

East Lansing-In their first full year as a varsity sport, the Goodrich Girls Golf team finished the 2015 season as runners-up to the state champions for Division 3 following competition Oct....more >>

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Township park closed for now

Brandon Twp.- The community park, 1414 N. Hadley Road, is temporarily closed. As of Oct. 12, the park will remain shut for the next six weeks, with the exception of Oct. 25, when it will open for a fun run....more >>

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Ashton Orchards celebrates 50 years

Brandon Twp.- In 1965, Dennis and Sharon Ashton bought a house and a 4-acre parcel of land that happened to have apple trees. They had no knowledge of caring for fruit trees, but half a century later, they have proven themselves adept at the craft....more >>

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Ortonville woman victim of West Nile Virus

Ortonville- Mary Ann Quisenberry survived a battle with cancer a few years ago, but the healthy, vibrant 81-year-old met a foe she couldn't beat in late August— a mosquito. Quisenberry died Sept....more >>

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A night for Coach Wolff

Goodrich-Friday night was a whiteout. More than 2,000 jammed Roy U. Stacey Athletic Complex to honor longtime Goodrich teacher and coach Fritz Wolff, 76, who died Aug. 19 due to complications from cancer....more >>

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Brandon High School Class of 1965 reunion

Tour of Harvey Swanson building, former home of the high school, planned

Brandon Twp.- Nancy Mills and her classmates helped open Brandon High School at what is now Harvey Swanson Elementary in 1962. Now, more than five decades later, the Class of 1965 will return to the school to celebrate their 50th reunion....more >>

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Brandon school staff trained to combat bullying

Brandon Twp.- Before classes even started this week, teachers and other staff in the district were taking steps to prevent bullying and ensure a successful year for students. On Aug....more >>

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GEA, district ink deal, wages still frozen

Goodrich-On Monday night the school board of trustees voted 7-0 to ratify a agreement with no wage increases with the Goodrich Education Association. In 2014 the Goodrich Education Association membership ratified a two-year contract with the district....more >>

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Osprey population soaring locally

Cell towers in Atlas, Brandon and Groveland townships provide communications and are now making an excellent home to osprey. Julie Oakes, DNR wildlife biologist, along with other conservationists are encouraged as the southeastern Michigan osprey population continues to rebound....more >>

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Order of the British Empire: 'It's a great honour'

Paul Bowers joined Royal Navy in 1989, served as a commander of Naval Air Squadron

Paul Bowers has a distinguished career as a captain in the Royal Navy, but he is humble about his accomplishments, even with his parents, John Bowers and Joann Cook of Groveland Township....more >>

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Music teacher, director, coach: Sebetic made it happen at BHS

Brandon Twp.- For 35 years, Debbie Sebetic honed the musical talents of students, with 16 of those years in Brandon. That career, which also included coaching young tennis players, reached the end of its long run in June with Sebetic's retirement....more >>

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Expats: Raising a family overseas

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer (Editor's Note: This is the first of a 2-part story about Justin and Sarah Walker, Brandon High School graduates who are working and raising a family overseas....more >>

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Pastors ponder marriage equality ruling, local couple celebrates

Brandon Twp.- June 26, 2015 will be remembered in history as the day the United States Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right in all 50 states. For Willie and David Ollie-Ray, township residents, the date is yet another to celebrate in their life together....more >>

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'Ordinary People by Extraordinary Artists'

Brandon Twp.- Prints and drawings by some of the world's most famous artists are no longer on public display at the Detroit Institute of Arts due to their fragile nature, but locally there is an opportunity this week to see and hear about these treasured works in a special program....more >>

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Brandon School Board OKs budget with surplus

Brandon Twp.- The school board unanimously approved the 2015-16 budget Monday night, while increasing the fund balance. The board approved a budget with revenues of $26,186,673 and expenditures of $25,711,753, adding $474,920 to the projected ending fund balance....more >>

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Peace pole

Brandon Twp.- When Emily Bretz returns to Australia on Sunday, she will have left her mark at Brandon High School. The exchange student, who was here for a 6-month stay, will leave an enduring legacy in the form of a peace pole installed June 3 at the school, which along with her name and country's flag, also will bear the names of four other exchange students that were at BHS this year, as well as the flags of their respective home countries....more >>
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From 460 pounds to 212: Woman loses weight, regains life

In the past 15 months, Melissa Groeneveld has lost more than half her body weight and gone from a size 36 pants to a 20. The owner of the Scruffy to Fluffy Pet Salon, 22 Ortonville Road, is barely recognizable to some clients and even family and friends after losing more than 200 pounds thanks to bariatric surgery and the resultant changes in her eating habits....more >>

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Test scores show improvement in Brandon

Brandon Twp.- Students here and across the state were tested this week with M-STEP. The M-STEP replaces MEAP, the previous Michigan standardized test, and while teachers and students weren't sure what to expect and results won't be known for an undetermined amount of time, district administrators are celebrating district success on another exam....more >>

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The art of religion: Creating understanding, acceptance

(This is the final story in a series about the Religious Diversity Journeys program, in which nine Brandon Middle School students took part this school year, learning about various religions by visiting houses of worship....more >>

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Ready, set, swim!

Students to release classroom salmon

Brandon Twp.-On Friday a long 'tale' for about 70 Chinook salmon will begin. At noon, April 17—Peggy Miller-Zelinko's fifth-eighth grade science class at Brandon Academy of Arts & Sciences will release their salmon from the shore of the Clinton River, in Rochester Hills a local watershed that feeds one of the Great Lakes....more >>

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Proposal 1 explained by road commission

Brandon Twp.- Having trouble understanding Proposal 1? The Road Commission of Oakland County would like to help. Representatives from RCOC have been conducting presentations on the ballot proposal that if approved would increase the state sales tax to 7 percent and raise funds for maintenance of Michigan roads....more >>

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Cambodian invasion recalled by township veteran

Ed Gromek recalls the summer of 1969. "I remember the smell from the first step off the airplane—it was a rotting, sweet stench magnified by hot muggy air," recalled Gromek, of his first hours in Vietnam as a soldier....more >>
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Oakwood turns green for Alex and Cerebral Palsy Awareness

Everyone has their differences, but in a show of solidarity, students and staff at Oakwood Elementary wore green March 25. They were celebrating Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day as well as one of their friends, Alex Williams, who has the motor disorder....more >>

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Branching out

Enbridge Energy woodlands settlement provides free trees

Brandon Twp.- Township residents have 143 chances to win the lottery. The jackpot is a tree, and while money doesn't grow on it, the sunset red maple is hearty and should attract bees....more >>

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GHS senior Hurley's Volunteer of the Month

Mikayla Green admits she's a science nerd. "Or maybe even a science freak," laughs Green, 17. "When I was growing up, I collected rocks, hundreds of them. I even collected sand, little jars filled every place we went on vacation....more >>

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Former Martian lands on House floor

From a dusty hay field in Atlas Township to the floor of the House of Representatives—Jim Runestad has arrived in Lansing. In November Runestad, a 1978 Goodrich High School graduate, was elected to the House of Representatives District 44 that includes Milford, Highland, White Lake, Waterford and Springfield townships....more >>

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Lawmaker takes aim at school building sales

A state lawmaker is proposing legislation to hold school districts accountable for their vacant buildings. Rep.Tim Kelly wants to assure that taxpayer owned buildings are not demolished if there are offers on the table to purchase the unused facilities....more >>

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Charity week: Students ready to make wishes come true

Brandon Twp.-Lianna Riley and Courtney Rose are just two of the many Brandon High School students who will support making dreams a reality for Michigan children this month. They hope you will join them in their efforts....more >>

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School of salmon

Brandon Twp.-A few of the new classmates in Peggy Miller-Zelinko's science class at Brandon Academy of Arts & Sciences are all wet. But no towel is needed. Thanks to a $500 grant from Ortonville Rotary Club along with $200 from DTE students received Chinook salmon eggs last November from Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery in Mattawan, Van Buren County....more >>

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Board OKs Village audit

10K in additional road funding comes to village

Goodrich-By a 5-0 vote on Monday night, the village council accepted an audit report from Lewis & Knopf for the year ending June 30, 2014. Stephanie Kraus, senior staff accountant for Lewis & Knopf, delivered the report to the council....more >>

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MSP to study speed on M-15 in Brandon

Brandon Twp.- Township officials are seeking a second opinion on the speed limit for a section of M-15. The board approved a motion to request a speed study be conducted by the Michigan State Police on the stretch of M-15 between South Street and Glass Road....more >>

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'There is no right way of religion'

Brandon students explore Judaism, Islam, and more

Brendan Hunter will visit a mosque this coming week. Last month, he went to church and in November, he went to a synagogue. The 12-year-old self-identified Lutheran isn't having a faith crisis or searching for a new place to worship....more >>

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Economic boom, jobs expected from proposed ET Rover pipeline project

Jobs and an economic boost to communities impacted by the proposed ET Rover pipeline were touted by labor supporters at a recent public hearing. On Dec. 10, several hundred attended a meeting to provide input to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission at Gateway Centre in Mundy Township regarding the proposed ET Rover natural gas pipeline to take a route through Atlas, Groveland and Hadley townships....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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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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Local youth makes fast trip to World Series of Asphalt Car Racing

If a vehicle can be raced, chances are Michael Clancy, Jr. will win. Any age, on any wheels, 13-year-old Clancy, Jr. is comfortable—from a quad all-terrain vehicle at 2-years-old, a dirt bike by age 4, and quarter midgets at 5 years of age....more >>

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STEM Capstone and Career Exploration

Brandon Twp.- High school seniors here will have an opportunity to take a class and make it their own. At their Jan. 18 meeting, the school board approved adding a STEM Capstone and Career Exploration course to the list of elective options available for seniors in the 2016-17 school year....more >>

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Mobile Medical Response to locate EMS unit in village

Goodrich-Ambulance service may return soon. Jason McDonald, director of operations for Mobile Medical Response or MMR, announced last week the company will locate an ambulance 24 hours a day, seven days per week at 8389 S....more >>

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Brandon School District eyes $1.5 million in reductions for 2016-17

Good news: Report says WWT plant operating correctly

Brandon Twp.- The school district is planning nearly $1.5 million in cuts to the 2016-17 budget, but also recently received some potentially very good news about a dreaded pending expenditure....more >>

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Baskets of joy: Brandon Firefighters deliver

Brandon Twp.- The Brandon Fire Department warmed some hearts with sweet treats Dec. 12. After assembling 80 fruit baskets, Brandon firefighters delivered them to area group homes, carrying on a more than 20-year tradition....more >>

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Miss Molly's Diner opens: 'Something for everyone'

Brandon Twp.- Good golly, Miss Molly! Miss Molly's Diner, 5500 Oakhill Road, opened Dec. 1 in the township and is already developing a fanbase. "We're getting pretty attached to you guys," says Gloria McLaughlin, as she and her husband, Jim, walk in the front door of the restaurant located in the Cracker Barrel plaza at the corner of Oakhill and Sashabaw roads....more >>

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Natural Resources Trust fund OK's $300K for township path

Atlas Twp.-One more piece of funding for the Gale Road trail will be coming to the township. The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund announced earlier this month it has recommended $300,000 in funding for construction of the one-mile long path along the Gale Road right-of-way....more >>

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Heaven sent

Angel delivers kindness in Ortonville Post Office

Ortonville- Angels are found not only atop trees or on nativities at this time of year. The nuns of Mt. Thabor Monastery encountered one at the village post office on Monday. Sisters Anne Mary and Mary Saima stood before Clerk Jodi Thom and asked for 500 religious stamps and a sheet of 10 international stamps, which they would use to mail their Christmas cards....more >>

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Record Rosies

Locals join effort to set world record photo

Brandon Twp.-Jessica Kimmel wanted to do something special and unexpected with her daughter, whom she is raising to believe that anything is possible. So the 32-year-old township resident and her 4-year-old, Leona, joined more than 2,094 other women and girls in setting a new Guinness World Record— the most "Rosie the Riveters" to be photographed together....more >>

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Detroit Bold Coffee comes to town

Groveland Twp.- A.J. O'Neil is boldly going where others in this area have perhaps gone many times before, but bringing with him a fresh new brew, and a book, too. From 10 a.m. to 1 p....more >>

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Firefighters eye in the sky

Groveland Township turns to drone technology for searches, firefighting, training

Groveland Twp.-In late September, township firefighters were called to assist Michigan State Police as they searched a heavily wooded area near Grange Hall and Jossman roads for a missing person....more >>

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Village sewers? Community to decide on Tuesday

Ortonville- Voters in the village will decide Tuesday the fate of a bond proposal for sewers. Officials are urging residents to make their voices heard, regardless of which way they vote....more >>

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'The perfect storm of craziness'

I-75 detours, weather sparked Dixie gridlock at Renaissance Festival in Groveland Township

Groveland Twp.- Renaissance officials say changes will be made to help avoid Dixie Highway traffic gridlocks next year. Township officials are concerned after the Renaissance Festival weekends of Sept....more >>

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Kindness—link-by-link

Goodrich-The acts of kindness were diverse, simple and random. "I cleaned my room without being asked," "I paid for the person's food behind us at the drive thru," "A kid in my math class was crying because he did not have a partner so I promised him I'd always be his partner if he needed one....more >>

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NHL bound?

A former Brandon Township resident is skating on some elite ice. On Sept. 24, Defenseman Ben Gleason was among 42 of the 2016 NHL draft-eligible players that participated in the 2015 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects game at the First Niagara Centre in Buffalo, NY....more >>

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Three named to Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame

Brandon Twp.- A former professional football player, a retired chief executive officer of a billion-dollar business, and a lifelong Ortonville resident renowned for decades of volunteer service to the community are in the inaugural class of a Wall of Fame honoring former Brandon High School and Ortonville High School graduates....more >>

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Amidst troubling times: International Day of Peace

Ortonville- As people around the world face despair so great they would risk their own lives and those of their children, citizens of this community are invited to come together to pray for them and for people everywhere, whatever their struggles....more >>

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The Family Community Church of the Nazarene opens Sunday

Atlas Twp.-It's just all in the family. When the doors open on Sept. 13 at The Family Community Church of the Nazarene, 5366 S. State Road, it will be just like home for the visitors....more >>

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New vaccination rule:Insight or incite?

Parents seeking immunization waivers must have 'conversation' with OCHD

Brandon Twp.- School doesn't start until Tuesday, but lectures for some parents began earlier this year and Michelle Ervin is not pleased. Under a new rule implemented Jan. 1 of this year, Michigan parents and guardians requesting a vaccination waiver for their children for philosophical or religious reasons must have a conversation about the benefits of immunizations, as well as the risks of not doing so....more >>

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Circus comes to town with elephants, for now

When the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus announced in March that they would retire all of their performing elephants by 2018, it came as a both a blow and potentially a warning bell for Colleen Pages....more >>

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An Alaskan summer with salmon

Dan Penix spent this summer and last pulling 1,000-pound racks of salmon around an isolated Alaskan fishery in 16-hour shifts. Ideal, he says, for a college student like himself. "It's seasonal, good pay, and even better because of the overtime," he said....more >>

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Expats: Raising a family overseas

(Editor's Note: This is the second of a 2-part story about Justin and Sarah Walker, Brandon High School graduates who are working and raising a family overseas. See part one at www....more >>

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New times for Good Times in Goodrich

On Aug. 1, Good Times in Goodrich returns for a day of fun for the whole family. "It's a day shorter and three weeks earlier this year, but we've packed it with more vendors and some new activities in Goodrich," said Jenny McKenzie, committee chairwoman....more >>

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Where's the fire?

Century-old buggy recovered in Brandon back in use

Goodrich-On Monday afternoon, Atlas Township Fire Chief Fred Forys was on a test drive of some used firefighting equipment. "I finally have a vehicle to take out to a fire," said Forys, Forys' one horse power ride to a fire is the project of Bill Rausch, village resident and collector of antique fire equipment, who found the century old fire chief buggy in a barn near the intersection of Hadley and Seymour Lake Road in Brandon Township....more >>

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Skate Park to reopen

Reopens July 14; 3-7 p.m., Tues.-Fri., 1-7 p.m., Sat.

Ortonville- The Village Skate Park will reopen July 14, after being shuttered for nearly two years. The park, located at the corner of Ball and Cedar streets in the village, will be open 3-7 p....more >>

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Genius hour: BHS students provided innovation time

Since September Peyton Newell took one hour of five each week to look "outside the box" during her daily advanced placement English classwork. By June there was plenty to see. "I just love fashion," said Newell, 16, who will be a Brandon High School senior this fall....more >>

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ATFD 75 year anniversary painting donated

Atlas Twp.-It was Nov. 11, 1939 and the township board of trustees motion called for a public hearing for the purpose of organizing a fire department. A month earlier, the first fire truck was purchased from General Fire Truck Company of Detroit....more >>
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Stringer memorial bench installed at library

Brandon Twp.-A new bench at the library reflects the essence of the facility, as well as a beloved former librarian. The granite work of art was installed May 7 at the library, 304 South St....more >>

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Motorcycle fatalities lower in 2014, three years after helmet law change

Dave Gerber can't remember if he bumped his head. "I'm really not sure if I did or not—I was wearing a helmet," said Gerber, 55, a motorcyclist for about a decade and former helicopter pilot....more >>

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Robotics teams off to world championship

Both Goodrich and Brandon robotics teams are on their way to World Championship in St. Louis following a successful weekend. From April 8-11, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Team 68, Truck Town Thunder along with Goodrich Team 494 and Team 70 traveled to Deltaplex Arena in Grand Rapids, to compete with more than 100 teams at the FIRST In Michigan State Championship....more >>

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Brandon Preschool: Work and play

Brandon Twp.- "Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood." ~Fred Rogers On a recent afternoon, in Amanda Ingalls' preschool class at Harvey Swanson Elementary, some serious work and learning is underway while children play— with puppets, with blocks, and perhaps most importantly, with each other....more >>
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From Ortonville to the big screen: 'Beyond the Mask'

Brandon Twp.- When the Burns family made their first movie in their township backyard more than six years ago, they ended up spending about $80,000, used amateur actors (including themselves) and sent the film straight to dvd....more >>

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Schools of Choice growing in Goodrich

The number of Schools of Choice students are increasing in Goodrich. On Monday night the school board of trustees voted 7-0 to adopt a resolution exercising the option permitted by Section 105 of the State School Aid Act, to operate a Schools of Choice program and accept applications for enrollment of non-resident students from outside of the district who reside within a constituent district with the Genesee Intermediate School District....more >>

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EPA burned up over wood smoke

For the past 11 years, Brandon Township resident Gary Morris has kept his 2,000 square foot home warm by burning wood. "The emerald ash borer killed a lot of trees, storms knocked down trees—there's plenty of wood available," said Morris, who about four years ago built a free-standing wood furnace that uses hot water, replacing a more traditional indoor stove....more >>

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Play ball!

Brandon Rec applies for baseball field grant

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- When baseball season begins, Little Leaguers here will again be playing on undersized fields at the Sherman Village Park. But with some luck, township recreation may soon be able to provide new fields at the township community park....more >>

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EMS issues continue, move on to state level

Groveland, Brandon EMS take fight to cover Atlas Township to next level

The battle over public safety and a county line has now moved on to Lansing. In November, Groveland Township Fire Chief Steve McGee appealed to the EMS and Trauma Systems Section of the Department of Community Health in Lansing to intervene regarding an ongoing dispute over emergency medical calls into Atlas Township in Genesee County....more >>

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U.S. Ice Fishing team set for World Championship

The USA Ice Fishing Team is catching up with the rest of the world. On March 23-29 teams from across the globe will gather on frozen Lake Kallavesi near Kuopio, in eastern Finland for the 12th annual World Ice Fishing Championship....more >>

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ET Rover dumps plans for pipeline

Existing pipeline to deliver gas to Michigan markets and Canada

Rover cancels pipeline in Atlas, Groveland, Hadley townships Atlas Twp.- ET Rover has cancelled a plan to put a natural gas pipeline through the township. Less than a week after spokeswoman Vicki Granado said Rover planned to file a formal application for their pipeline route that would take it through both Atlas and Groveland townships, the company has sharply reversed course....more >>

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District superintendent evaluation positive

Goodrich-After just six months on the job, Michelle Imbrunone, district superintendent, has received a 2.43 score of a possible 3.0 following an evaluation by the school board released earlier this month....more >>

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Brandon youth bound over to Sixth Circuit Court

Jacob Young, the Brandon High School senior who posted online threats to kill everyone in a shooting rampage at school, will face trial in the Sixth Circuit Court. Judge Kelley Kostin of the 52-2 District Court ordered the case bound over to the higher court with Young facing the same charges on which she arraigned him Dec....more >>
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Into a mosque, out of my comfort zone

I stepped into a mosque and out of my comfort zone last week. Coincidentally, my visit to the Muslim Unity Center in Bloomfield Hills was Jan. 7, at the same time that news was breaking about the terrorist attacks at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper in Paris....more >>

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College financial assistance available at Goodrich High School

Goodrich- In 2011 Goodrich High School Senior Michelle Dunn received a phone call that made her college experience just a little easier. The executive director of the Kentucky Fried Chicken Foundation notified Dunn of a $20,000 award to help her to attend Ferris State University....more >>

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Thank you—It's 2015 and you're still reading

Three of every four households that receive The Citizen are reading the newspaper. That's the report from the Circulation Verification Council (CVC) that in late 2014 completed an audit of The Citizen newspaper....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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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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Township, business looks toward park plans

Groveland Twp.-The township planning commission is expected to discuss rezoning about 1,000 feet of Grange Hall Road frontage west of Dixie Highway for future development. On Jan. 11, the township board of trustees voted 5-0 to move forward with rezoning some of about 96 acres of township-owned property located on the north side of Grange Hall Road currently zoned extractive which was established about a half-century ago for mining, said Bob DePalma, township supervisor....more >>

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Deputies find van submerged in pond

It was a wet Christmas for two Brandon Township residents. According to Oakland County Sheriff's Office reports, Independence Township deputies responded at about 9:29 a.m., Dec. 25, to the area of Pine Knob and Waldon roads for a full-size van a passerby spotted submerged in a retention pond adjacent to the DTE Music Theatre....more >>

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'The Force Awakens,' arrives to crowds, Star Wars supporters

For about a week prior to Dec. 17, Goodrich resident Jon Leopold avoided social media. And for good reason. Leopold was attempting to dash the slightest clue of the latest outer space adventure— "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which opened nationwide last week and locally at NCG Trillium Cinema in Grand Blanc....more >>

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Exotic animals ousted from township

Groveland Twp-The zoo has moved. After months of battles between township officials and Premier Animal Attractions—once home to as many 60 exotic animals, including a tamandua anteater, red kangaroo, African serval and tigers owned by Andrew and Rachelle Gehringer—the menagerie is heading north to a location zoned for a zoo....more >>

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Martian Volleyball make history with regional win

The Goodrich Girls Volleyball team 39-9-1, continued their march a Michigan High School Athletic Association state title by defeating Marysville at Imlay City on Nov. 13 in three sets, 25-14, 25-16, 27-25, winning the regional championship for the first time in school history....more >>

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On the right path

Walk, Bike, Run Atlas Township recognized for innovation

Atlas Twp.-By 2017, a township pathway will border the west side of Gale Road from Goodrich High School to Atlas—the culmination of years of planning and cooperation between area leaders and residents....more >>

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Police: Domestic violence, 'Our most dangerous calls'

Brandon Twp.-One of the most dangerous calls for police officers to respond to is a report of domestic violence. This week, deputies in the township responded to two such calls, in one case, forcing entry to a home to confront a suspect and ensure the safety of his victim....more >>

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Fundraiser in Atlas for baby Brantlee today

Atlas Twp.- As a newborn, Brantlee Sanford's days should be filled with cuddles, warm milk, regular diaper changes and plenty of sleep at home. However, since his birth on Sept. 13 at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Brantlee has not spent even one day at home....more >>

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Michigan Spirit Quest visits Brandon Library

For Steve Wood it often starts with a phone call. "'I hope you don't think I'm crazy,' the caller will say," said Wood. " 'But there's something going on in my house and I just can't explain what it is....more >>

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Coke named to Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Honor

Mike Coke is not coaching this fall—a major life adjustment for the 71-year-old who has been on the sidelines in a variety of sports at both Goodrich and Hamady schools for almost 50 years....more >>

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Early Childhood Parent Cafe

2-3:30 p.m., Sept. 22 & 24, Oakwood Elementary

Brandon Twp.- Meet people from your community, in a similar stage of life, and possibly facing familiar challenges this week in an "Early Childhood Parent Cafe." Parents of children who are in preschool all the way up to third grade in the district are invited to attend the "cafe," from 2-3:30 p....more >>

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Township board to lower police millage

Brandon Twp.- Township taxpayers should have some decreases in their bills under proposed 2015 millage rates. Fire millages are scheduled to remain the same at 3.8000 for operating, and ....more >>

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Township battles phragmites

Phragmites are prohibiting clear vision along the roadways

Brandon Twp.- Phragmites be gone. The common reed, an invasive species that can grow up to 20-feet tall in dense stands, is more than a nuisance. The plant obstructs the view of motorists, creates a fire hazard and chokes out wildlife in the wetlands where it grows....more >>

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Funds needed for GHS, landscape,Capstone project

Goodrich-When high school students returns this fall, a new outdoor refuge will be waiting thanks to an ambitious project by a Martian senior. Brionna Sesock and some friends picked up shovels this past summer and began transforming an eyesore, an undeveloped courtyard area of the high school, into a usable community area....more >>

Swimmer nationally ranked

Taylor Sarnecki, 12, of Ortonville, competed in the USA Swimming Central Zone Long Course Meter Championship Aug. 7-9 in Minneapolis. She is a member of the Aqua Club swim team in Oxford....more >>

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Marijuana thieves caught on camera

Brandon Twp.- The plans of two township residents to make a clean getaway with stolen marijuana went up in smoke when they were caught on camera. Christian Alan Willoughby, 18, a township resident, was arraigned Aug....more >>

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New scoreboard

Goodrich-When the Martian nine take the field next spring, knowing the score will be easy thanks to a local business. Eariler this year, Jeff Dawley, owner of Atlas Real Estate, 8491 South State Road, Goodrich, donated a new and improved scoreboard for the baseball field located behind the high school....more >>

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'Teaching is the most important thing I've ever done in my life'

Pat George retires after more than 28 years at BHS

Brandon Twp.-Pat George was 37-years-old when he found himself at a crossroads in life in 1987. He had worked in healthcare finance at multiple hospitals since graduating from Michigan State University in 1971 with a bachelor's degree in finance and accounting....more >>

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Love is universal

What are the happiest days of your life? Many of us probably share similar answers. Mine include the day I married my husband and the day our daughter was born. Both occasions signaled the beginning of amazing journeys, as you know if you are married or a parent....more >>

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Top Hops grown here

Township hops farm to host open house

Atlas Twp.-Hop on a growing industry this weekend from 1-5 p.m., June 28 at Top Hops Farm, 9530 Ridge Road. Mark and Mel Trowbridge purchased 55 acres of farmland just south of Goodrich about seven years ago and four years ago Trowbridge Farms formed the hops yards of "Top Hops....more >>

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Groveland Twp. firefighters honored for saving life

Groveland Twp.- Two local firefighters were among those honored last month for their work in saving the life of a 53-year-old Holly woman in March. Firefighters/medics Dan Myers and Billy Starr, as well as Village of Holly Police Officers Craig Simpson and Heather Wolkow and Village of Holly Fire Sgt....more >>

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Trout coming to Kearsley Creek

The annual stocking of brown trout in Kearsley Creek will include a few more fish this spring. About 6,000 brown trout are expected to be released into the Kearsley Creek in mid-May at three sites including the Oakwood Road bridge, Kipp Road bridge, and east branch of the Kearsley Creek at Kent Road....more >>

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Area voters dump Proposal 1

Ninety percent say no way to sales tax hike, funding changes for roads

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Bookin' It and beating cancer

Brandon Twp.- For Marcy Carney, running isn't about finishing first or getting a personal best. Sometimes, it's just about crossing the finish line. And sometimes, it's about proving that you won't be defeated, regardless of what you're up against....more >>

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Bridge troubles mounting

Atlas Twp.-The Henderson Road bridge over the Kearsley Creek, located north of Kipp Road, is now one of five in Genesee County that may be closed within the next five years if additional funding is not received for repairs....more >>

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Spring break: Nicaragua

Kevin Loughlin, like many college students last month, went south for spring break. But rather than a vacation spent playing in the water in a popular destination such as Daytona or Myrtle Beach, the 2011 Brandon High School graduate worked to bring clean water to rural areas in Nicaragua....more >>

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Restitution settlement tops $30K so far in B-Hive case

Former Goodrich resident and business owner Bernadette Jacobs was back in court on Tuesday for a restitution hearing. In January, Jacobs pleaded guilty in 7th Circuit Court before Judge Joseph Farah on two counts of felony check fraud....more >>

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Geo whiz

Local to compete at state level of National Geographic Bee

Ortonville- Delaney Sebring isn't a world traveler yet— she's only 12, but she knows enough about the world to get her a trip to Kalamazoo to compete in the National Geographic State Bee....more >>

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'Coyote - Our Urban Adapter'

Area naturalist to discuss coyotes at Brandon Township Library

A recent alleged encounter with coyotes has prompted a naturalist to dispel a few myths about the canine. According to news reports, authorities were called to the 22-acre farm at the northeast corner of Delano and Oakwood roads in Oxford Township where owners Dr....more >>

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School district bonds sold

Goodrich-By a 6-0 vote on Monday night the board of education OK'd the refinancing of its 2005 and 2000 bonds, in a move that school officials say will save the school district more than $3 million....more >>

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Dr. Ron Lane, D.D.S. steps down after three decades of dentistry

A longtime local dentist is retiring. For more than 30 years, Dr. Ron Lane, D.D.S., has practiced dentistry in Brandon Township. "I've loved serving my patients all these years," said Lane, 56....more >>

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Rec survey and master plan

Brandon Twp.- As township and Village of Ortonville officials prepare to approve a joint recreation master plan, they are seeking the input of the community. A simple, 7-question recreation survey can be completed by residents by going online to brandontownship....more >>

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Reading with Preschoolers

'It's more important to teach that books are words, and words have meaning, rather than exactly how to read at that age'

Brandon Twp.- Parents may roll their eyes when their child asks for Mom or Dad to read them the same story yet again, but Margaret Sclesky says the repetition of these tales are essential for children....more >>

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Regiani Holistic Dental Center

Ortonville dentist moves practice to Clarkston

A long-time area dentist has moved just down the road. After more than 35 years of mercury-safe/mercury-free holistic dentistry in the Village of Ortonville, Dr. David Regiani has moved to a new facility, 10435 Ortonville Road just south of Oak Hill Road in Independence Township....more >>

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Poacher pleads guilty, given fines, probation

A Groveland Township man who poached a deer in October will not serve jail time, but will lose the right to hunt for the next three years and has been ordered to pay more than $2,500 in restitution and fines....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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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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Every 1 Counts: Program kicks off and kicks out bullying

Brandon Twp.- Just a few days before the school district's winter break, a father lamented the bullying his elementary age children once again endured on the bus. Wishing to remain anonymous to protect his children, the man expressed his frustration about school officials who seemed to ignore his pleas for a remedy....more >>

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Hillside Bible Church welcomes pastor

Ortonville- After nearly a year without a pastor, Hillside Bible Church has found a new leader and Cliff Powell has found renewal in his calling. Powell took the helm at the church this fall....more >>

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Township expands command at substation

Brandon Twp.- Supervision will be expanded at the police substation this spring. The township board approved by a 4-3 vote at their Jan. 4 meeting a motion to replace one of the patrol investigators with a lieutenant....more >>

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'We will never forget this Christmas'

Atlas Twp.-Christmas 2015 will be memorable for two major reasons for Jake Sanford and Tella Campbell. One, it is their son Brantlee's first Christmas, and two, it was when their 3-month-old finally came home from the hospital....more >>

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Slow ambulance response time: 'It's a serious warning sign'

County medical control authority proposal nixed by township

Atlas Twp.-Bruce Easton lives five minutes from Genesys Regional Medical Center in the township's southwest corner. His 81-year old mother-in-law lives next door to him. "I was working in Sterling Heights and had just left when my wife called crying that her mother was in pain and having problems," said Easton....more >>

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Community Christmas Toy Store needs help

CCTS starts fifth year for collecting toys and cash for local children at the holidays

Brandon Twp.-Christmas is coming and Santa needs help in delivering toys to some area children. The Community Christmas Toy Store is seeking donations to brighten the season for low-income families in the Brandon School District....more >>

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1-year OCSO contract OK'd by township

12 deputies,$1.6 million

Brandon Twp.- The township board has unanimously approved a 1-year contract with the Oakland County Sheriff's Office with no increase in cost. The township will contract for 12 deputies, with a total cost of $1,603,501 for 2016....more >>

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Village voters dump sewer proposal

Ortonville- Half of all registered voters in the village showed up to the Old Town Hall to cast their ballots Tuesday and overwhelmingly defeated a bond proposal for a wastewater treatment system....more >>

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Ortonville: Future of Village Skate Park uncertain

Ortonville- The Village Skate Park will close out the 2015 season at 5 p.m., today, Oct. 31. Whether the park will reopen at all in 2016 is unknown at this time. "We will revisit whether we will even open the Skate Park next year," said Village Manager John Lyons....more >>

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'When the pain of staying is greater than the pain of leaving, you leave'

Beth Morrison knows of many reasons women stay in abusive relationships—she hears them from the women who reach out to her for help. Christie (not her real name) stayed with her abuser, Nick, for more than a decade, being degraded, humiliated, shoved and choked....more >>

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Superintendent salary hike OK'd

Brandon Twp.-A 2 percent wage increase granted to most groups in the district has also been extended to the top. The school board approved by a 5-0 vote a 2-percent salary increase for Superintendent Matt Outlaw during their Oct....more >>

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Check your credit card statement

Ortonville- If you have used a credit card to buy gas or anything else at the Citgo station in town in September, check your financial statement. A former employee of the station is being investigated for fraud....more >>

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Lapp resigns; township board seeks new trustee

Brandon Twp.-The township board is seeking to appoint a new trustee after Ron Lapp resigned. The board unanimously accepted a letter of resignation from Lapp during their Oct. 5 meeting....more >>

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Bond refinancing spells good news for taxpayers

Brandon Twp.-The district hopes to save taxpayers more than $7 million by obtaining a lower interest rate on bonds. At their Sept. 21 meeting, the school board gave the go ahead to their financial adviser, RJ Naughton, and underwriter, Craig Taylor, to pursue selling bonds and obtaining the lowest interest rate possible on both the voter-approved 2006 bond, as well as the School Bond Loan Fund, money borrowed from the state to meet bond payments....more >>

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Brandon board, Ortonville council OK fire budget

Brandon Twp.- The township board and Ortonville Village Council unanimously approved 2016 fire department budgets during a special joint meeting Aug. 26. The fire equipment and housing budget was approved with anticipated 2016 revenues of $318,569 and expenses of $521,130....more >>

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Martian-Blue Devils lacrosse

Goodrich-Lacrosse has arrived. Earlier this year, the school board moved forward with lacrosse as a club sport. The new team will join with Lake Fenton Schools after their board of trustees OK'd the combined squads at their Monday night meeting....more >>

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Let's do this

Battle for M-15 Martians-Blackhawks

This year it's in Brandon High School's backyard. After a 33-7 Goodrich Martian win at the Roy U. Stacey Athletic Complex, the Blackhawks will try to even the rekindled—somewhat neighborly—rivalry at 7 p....more >>

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Daydream believer

It's the middle of August and as summer draws to a close, maybe you're reflecting on a great vacation or maybe you're lamenting the one you didn't take or drooling over someone else's photos of an exotic destination....more >>

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Suspect wanted for indecent exposure

Brandon Twp.- A local pizzeria wasn't ready for what recently showed up at their door. According to an Oakland County Sheriff's Office report, Brandon deputies responded at about 9:40 p....more >>

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School board OKs new Hegel Road sign

Goodrich-It's been 10 years since the old school sign, which utilized magnetic letters, was razed and a new marquee came to life just before homecoming 2005. "Since then a decade of Michigan winters had taken its toll on the school sign," said Michelle Imbrunone, district superintendent....more >>

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Despite levy of 13 mills, district shortfall continues

Brandon Twp.- Taxpayers in the Brandon School District saw a jump in their bills from 9.66 mills to 13 mills on July 1. The increase was mandated by the state under Public Act 437 passed in 2012....more >>

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One long ride

Despite adversity, local pilot completes historic cross country women's air race

Flying more than 2,000 miles cross country in three days in a single engine airplane is a challenge. Doing it with a fractured foot is that much tougher. From June 22-25, the Thunderbird women— pilots Roxanne Swope, a Brandon Township resident, and Terry Kane of Ann Arbor, participated in the 39th Annual Air Race Classic....more >>

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Steep FOIA cost angers Goodrich parents

A staggering FOIA charge has a Hadley Township couple still looking for some answers. Goodrich School District parents Sherry and Kevin Smith and their 19-year-old son had been a part of the district's special education program and recently completed his secondary education....more >>

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Goodrich paraprofessional retires after more than two decades

Goodrich-When school starts this fall Sue Giegling admits she'll miss students and staff. She will not, however, miss Michigan winters. "We're moving to Chary, North Carolina," said Giegling, who at the Monday night school board meeting was honored for more than 22 years in the district....more >>

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'I had no symptoms whatsoever'

Brandon Twp.- Dan DeGasperis will celebrate this Father's Day the same way he has the past three years and in a way he deems very appropriate— by walking three miles in an effort to raise awareness of prostate cancer and men's health....more >>

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Reserve OCS deputy retires

After 36 years of service in the Oakland County Sheriff's Office reserve unit, Dennis DeCovich announced his retirement. "I have seen many changes over the years with the unit and I have had the privilege to work with many fine deputies over those years," said DeCovich....more >>

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Seeking Book Club members

Brandon Twp.-Like to read? Want to talk about books and make new friends? There is a book club waiting for you at the library, 304 South St. Royann Hassinger and Susie Lewicki, both township residents, are original members of the Brandon Bibliophiles, now known simply as the "Book Club....more >>

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Smart meter conversions to begin in township

Atlas Twp.- Smart phones. Smart cars. Now smart meters. Consumer Energy customers in the township will receive a new smart meter within the next six months as part of a statewide upgrade....more >>

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Memories of Lincoln

Local shares funeral items on anniversary of assassination

Lincoln embossed on a tattered black silk ribbon —a somber memory reflecting an assassination that spiraled a nation into grief. According to news reports, shortly after 10 p.m., April 14, 1865, actor John Wilkes Booth entered the presidential box at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D....more >>

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Save a life:Township opens lockbox program

Groveland Twp.-Lou Peiffer was distraught. His wife Patricia, 73, had collapsed in the bathroom of their township home due to an aneurysm. "I was frantic," said Peiffer, 77, a township resident for more than 20 years....more >>

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Bridge deck dilemma

Rural bridges just one of fixes in Proposal 1 cross-hairs

Atlas Twp.-Tom Wimble arrived at his Green Road home just after dark. "I was home for about a half-hour before I realized my truck tire was flat," said Wimble, a construction worker....more >>

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Old Mill Museum vandalized

Ortonville- The village's historic treasure, the Old Mill Museum was defaced this week with a Nazi phrase coupled with the name of the village council president. "Seig Heil! Wayne Wills" was printed in roughly 2-inch high letters using what appeared to be a black permanent marker on the Old Mill underneath a museum sign....more >>

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'One Brandon'

First annual community night for all Brandon sports

Tim Pizzala knows football. At the helm of the Brandon Varsity Football team for the past eight years, Pizzala emphasizes the multiple aspects of building a solid athletic program....more >>

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Meeting Grandma: great-great

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- Vonna Reins, 79, met her first great-great-grandchild last weekend and was completely charmed. "She was so good, just a-cooing and smiling and kicking," said Reins of the baby, Karsyn, who was born Oct....more >>

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Six new buses for Goodrich

Goodrich-The board voted 6-0 on Monday night to purchase six new school buses to replace aging vehicles in its fleet of fifteen.Board Secretary Dan Keller was absent. "Our dirt roads continue to cause damage to our buses," said Superintendent Michelle Imbrunone....more >>

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Oaktree closed due to water damage

Goodrich- Oaktree Elementary was closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday last week due to water damage as a result of a fire suppression sprinkler line that burst sometime in the early hours Feb....more >>

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Gary Schafer named Atlas Township Firefighter of the Year

Atlas Twp.-Firefighter Gary Schafer recalls a scared cat hiding under the bed. "It was one of the first house fires I'd ever responded to," said Schafer, who joined the Altas Township Fire Department in 2004....more >>

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ACT Test Prep Seminar

Brandon Twp.- The state board of education's decision to replace the ACT college entrance exam with the SAT does not impact this year's high school juniors or seniors and students planning to take the test in March can benefit from a seminar coming to the library....more >>

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Brandon Recreation to apply for park grants in 2015

Brandon Twp.-Opening day for baseball is still months away, but Recreation Director Fred Waybrant is making plans now for improvements in the township for players and fans of the game....more >>

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BMS robotics soar, local teams growing

On Dec. 20, competitors in Michigan's largest middle school robotics event to date—attracting about 50 teams statewide— gathered at Brandon High School for the First Tech Challenge Supra....more >>

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Allar steps down after nine years on Brandon Board of Education

Brandon Twp.- Greg Allar served on the school board through what has been some of the most difficult years in the district. Elected to the Brandon Board of Education in 2006, Allar vacated his seat at the Dec....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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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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Brandon preschool programs achieve 5-star rating

Brandon Twp.- Parents who choose any of the district's preschools will be putting their children in a program that has received a 5-star rating from Great Start to Quality. "We have two of only 12 schools in Oakland County with this rating now," said Diane Zedan, director of preschool programs for the Brandon School District....more >>

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Council selects new member

Ortonville-The village council welcomed a new trustee Monday night. At their Dec. 14 meeting, the council unanimously approved the appointment of Keith Dylus to the seat vacated by Liz Waters last month as she was appointed to the Brandon Township Board....more >>

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Parks & Recreation Master Plan OK' by council

Goodrich-By a 4-1 vote on Monday the village council OK'd an updated parks and recreation master plan. The vote comes after two public hearings, which included Monday night prior to the council meeting....more >>

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Brandon test scores improve

Brandon Twp.- Standardized test scores recently released to the district reveal significant improvement, as well as plenty of space to grow. "The big takeways are that we are improving at a very fast rate and still have a lot of room for growth," said Superintendent Matt Outlaw after presenting the results of NWEA tests at the Nov....more >>

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Citations, injuries reported after girls basketball altercation

Goodrich- The Genesee County Sheriff Department and school officials are investigating a verbal exchange which escalated into a physical altercation necessitating intervention by local law enforcement personnel during a fifth grade girls basketball game with Bendle Schools on Oct....more >>

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BHS's new look at 'Pride and Prejudice'

Brandon Twp.- The Brandon High School fall play is Morgan Barton's dream production. For Director Jeff Malicke, it is a new challenge. But both believe audiences will enjoy a new take on "Pride and Prejudice," with performances at 7 p....more >>

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GHS grad earns ATHENA Award

It's a long way from the halls of Goodrich High School to the remaining wartime tunnels dug by the Vietnamese, but for Emily Francis the underground experience adds to an extensive education....more >>

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Village council lends support to DDA sewer resolution

Ortonville- The village council has taken various steps in support of a wastewater treatment system during the past few years. On Monday, they took another by approving 4-2 a resolution supporting a Downtown Development Authority resolution supporting the sanitary sewer project, as well as educational efforts of the Livable Legacy of Ortonville, a pro-sewer campaign seeking to inform village residents prior to a Nov....more >>

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Goodrich loses Hall of Fame Coach Fritz Wolff

Coach Fritz Wolff died Aug. 19 at the University of Michigan Medical Center due to complications following his recent diagnosis with cancer. He was 76. Wolff is survived by his wife of 52 years, Lynda; children, Michelle, Michael and Jeffery; and four grandchildren....more >>

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Wheelock drain project to begin in spring 2016

Goodrich- Progress on the dilapidated century-old Wheelock & Watkins Drain is inching forward this summer. Jim Gerth, director of surface water management for the Genesee County Drain Office, said the property surveys where the drain improvements are needed have been completed....more >>

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Community blazing township trails

931 signatures favortownship trail development

Brandon Twp.- A few dozen proponents of trails were present at the township board's Aug. 3 meeting, many of whom voiced their support for a trail segment that would connect the township to the Iron Belle Trail....more >>

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DNR youth demonstration days

Try out shotguns, rifles, bows, crossbows Aug. 5

On Aug.5, from 4-8 p.m., the Ortonville Shooting Range, 5320 Sawmill Lake Road, will host Demonstration Days at the Ortonville Recreation Area. Mentored youth hunting regulations require that mentors ensure the hunting devices properly fitted and suited to the youth hunter under the age of 10....more >>

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County road commissioners to be elected

Next year road commission representation will take on a new look. The Genesee County Board of Commissioners voted on June 15 to change how the five county road commissioners are installed....more >>

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M-15 speed limit to stay at 50 mph after safety studies

Brandon Twp.-The speed limit on M-15 between Glass and Grange Hall roads will remain at 50 mph. A speed limit study conducted last month by the Michigan Department of Transportation and Michigan State Police concluded that the majority of vehicles are traveling near the current posted limit of 50 mph....more >>

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Illegal deer hunting costs man big bucks

New law targets those seeking illegal trophy bucks enforced

Some illegal hunting recently cost a Waterford man dearly. Last December Michigan Conservation Officer, Sergeant Brandon Kieft was conducting some random checks of deer processing facilities in the Waterford area....more >>

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Goodrich appoints new council member

Goodrich- By a 3-1 vote at the June 8 village council meeting Shannon McCafferty was appointed as a new member, replacing Tim Brannon who resigned last month for personal reasons. Pete Morey, Mark Baldwin and Rick Horton voted yes....more >>

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Community remembers Ed Thompson

Business owner, township planner, friend, and loving husband—Ed Thompson will be missed by his community. Thompson died June 9, 2015. He was 76. Thompson was born June 11, 1938 in Detroit to the late Goodenow and Ruth (nee: Hanning) Thompson....more >>

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Herpetological survey begins in parks

If it crawls, creeps or slithers—we want to know about it. That's the message from Brittany Bird, natural resource planner for Oakland County Parks, on the eve of the most comprehensive study ever launched for the more than 6,000 acres of public land in the Oakland County Parks system....more >>

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Goodrich grad to host local news

David Custer, 34, a 1998 Goodrich High School graduate, will be the face of a new local newscast at 10 p.m. on WNEM-TV5. Custer, a University of Michigan-Flint graduate, is launching an hour-long newscast after successfully producing a 10 p....more >>

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Big changes coming for 2015 Relay for Life

Brandon Twp.- The 2015 Relay for Life of Brandon/Ortonville will have some significant differences from previous years. Changes planned include a non-holiday weekend, a new venue, and a shortening of the length of the event in which participants celebrate, remember, and fight back against cancer....more >>

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New tornado siren OK'd for township

Genesee County test set for 1 p.m. March 7

Atlas Twp.- And now there are three. More area residents will soon have loud and clear notification of inclement weather following last week's announcement that funding for a third township tornado siren was approved....more >>

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Brandon 2025: Transforming the district

Brandon Twp.- The 10-year plan is in place and work is underway. During the Feb. 9 school board meeting, Brandon 2025, a plan for transforming the district in the next decade, was presented by students, parents and staff....more >>

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Deputies respond to second heroin OD

Brandon Twp.- For the second time in less than two weeks, police and medics responded to a heroin overdose in the township. Like the last time, the man who overdosed was saved, this time by the fast actions of his brother and the use of Narcan on the victim by responding Brandon medics....more >>

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School district to shed vacant property

Brandon Twp.- Two parcels of school district-owned property are back on the market. The school board approved at their Jan. 19 meeting placing the property they own at 330 Sherman Court in the village of Ortonville up for sale, as well as a parcel located off Oakwood Road near Leece Road....more >>

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GMS students accept Rachel's Challenge

It's deemed "The Story." Rachel Joy Scott, 17, was the first of 12 students and one teacher killed at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. on April 20, 1999, the result of a shooting rampage....more >>

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Teacher keeps truckin' down bucket list

Brandon Twp.-Judy Thurston has a bucket list which has increased in significance since she was diagnosed with cancer. When the former Brandon teacher climbed into the passenger seat of a semi-truck on Dec....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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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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Goodrich Haven senior living community moves forward

Goodrich- The first look at the Goodrich Haven was presented to the village council on Monday night. Phase one of a building to house 52 one or two bedroom apartments for individuals 55-years-old and up will be located on six and one half acres on the northeast corner of M-15 and Hegel Road....more >>

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Connected in the Ukraine

GHS student shares about her life in a country in crisis

Goodrich-Anna Sorchynska will take countless American memories back to her hometown of Vinnytsya in west-central Ukraine, including dinner at Taco Bell, the atmosphere of downtown Detroit, and the absence of cigarette smoke....more >>

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Paris Chalk Talk

Brandon Twp.- "Why was Paris a target? What is Paris doing about it? Who will be next? How many died? So sad. :( Why did it happen?" Just a few days after the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, France, Kelly Sawyer stood in the classroom where she teaches French to students at Brandon High School contemplating how to start a discussion about what had happened....more >>

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School district audit energy costs drop with new buses

Goodrich- By a 7-0 vote on Monday night the school board of trustees accepted an audit from Lewis & Knopf for the 2014-15 fiscal year ending June 30. The audit was presented by Antia Abrol, principal....more >>

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Brandon man found stuck in pizza oven vent gets carry-out

Suspect arrested

Brandon Twp.- Rich Walker figures a man who got stuck in the pizza oven vent at his Cracker Barrel store on Sunday is lucky he didn't die trying to get a slice. "Cracker Barrel has such good pizza they're jumping down the vents," said Walker, owner of the store located at 5500 Oak Hill Road. "Seriously, though, he was in a life-threatening situation. If he wasn't conscious, we could have turned the oven on and cooked him. This was very, very weird."...more >>

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Flint water woes draws local assistance

Goodrich- Fresh water is often taken for granted these days, so when a neighboring community's supply was recently compromised it became news. District students, along with village residents, recognized the need and acted....more >>

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Young mom suffers stroke

Brandon Twp.- Felisha Anderson is only 31-years-old, but had recently worried that she was developing varicose veins in her leg. It turns out it was something much more serious— a blood clot that would result in her suffering a stroke....more >>

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Gale Road Atlas Township trail moves one step closer

Atlas Twp.-Trails through the township inched closer on Monday night when the board of trustees voted 5-0 and OK'd a memorandum of understanding with the Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission for the purposes of constructing, operating and maintaining about a mile section of the Iron Belle Trail....more >>

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DNR:The 2015 deer season should be a lot like 2014

Jason Bradley is ready to hunt. For the past 30 years, Bradley, a Groveland Township resident, has harvested his share of deer. "This year looks decent," he said. "We've been out scouting and the population down here looks about the same as last year....more >>

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Bridging the divide, by bicycle

Ortonville- Chris Register rolled into the village Monday on his bicycle, one more stop on a journey in which he hopes to find what unites Americans, rather than divides them. The Houston resident is on the second leg of an ambitious project he calls "Conversations with US....more >>

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Library budget hearing

Brandon Twp.- A public hearing on the library budget will begin at 6:45 p.m., Aug. 24, at the library, 304 South St. Attendees can expect to hear good news. Library Director Rebecca Higgerson will be presenting a proposed 2016 library budget with projected revenues of $1,039,083, an increase of 9....more >>

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Memorial bench damaged at Brandon Library

Brandon Twp.- A granite memorial bench at the library has sustained damage, possibly from a skateboard. Police are seeking the public's help in identifying suspects who may have caused the damage, estimated to be $1,250....more >>

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District borrows $2.5 million as talks continue

Brandon Twp.- The school board unanimously approved a total of $2.5 million in state aid borrowing for the 2015-16 school year. This is an increase of $500,000 from a previously approved June resolution to borrow $2 million for general operating purposes only....more >>

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New police dog 'Levi' named for Goodrich founder

Goodrich-Thanks to some leftover Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) funds a new sheriff dog will be named after a local village founder. On June 8, the village council OK'd $10,792 held over in the village D....more >>

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Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk, family affair

Ortonville-Melissa Cardenas is rather pushy and refuses to back down from a fight. That's a great thing when it comes to battling cancer. In the summer of 2000, Cardenas' mother, Diana Amrein, had been diagnosed with breast cancer and asked Melissa to join her in the Susan G....more >>

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28th Annual Youth Recognition Night

A record 161 children honored

Brandon Twp.- April 30 was a record-setting night for Brandon Groveland Youth Assistance as the organization paid tribute at the 28th Annual Youth Recognition Ceremony to children who volunteer in the community or have made strides to overcome their own personal challenges....more >>

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Math wiz tops on ACT

Erika Lustig loves a great adventure. Whether it's a hiking trip to the bottom of the Grand Canyon or four days in the Porcupine Mountains—the Goodrich High School senior thrives on a good challenge....more >>

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Vote coming on sewers

Hundreds attend council meeting to express concern over project

Ortonville- Village residents will have the opportunity to vote in a special election to determine the fate of a proposed sewer system. A few hundred residents, the majority of whom appeared to be sharply opposed to a $20 million wastewater treatment project, attended a March 23 village council meeting....more >>

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BGYA takes aim at bullying with program

Bullying is not a new problem, but it will get a new treatment in the school district this fall with implementation of Olweus, a bullying prevention program. "Bullying has been around forever, but society's views are changing, and we are beginning to view it as something that we need to talk about and address," said Kenzi Bisbing, education manager with the Oakland Mediation Center....more >>

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Township man charged in rape of 13-year-old

Brandon Twp.- A 20-year-old township man has been charged with criminal sexual conduct, third degree, after allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl. The suspect's name is being withheld to protect the identity of his victim....more >>

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State of Brandon District

Brandon Twp.- In the last two weeks, the president gave the "State of the Union" address, the governor gave the "State of the State" address, and here in the township, Superintendent Matt Outlaw gave his first "State of the District" address....more >>

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Ortonville DDA to outline progress for council

Ortonville- Robert Renchik will lead the Downtown Development Authority in the new year, beginning by bringing information about the organization to the village council at their next meeting, set for 7 p....more >>

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A bag of thanks

Atlas Twp.-A small paper bag recently carried a big message. For Veteran's Day 2014 Oaktree Elementary students were assigned to color paper bags with a message and picture supporting military....more >>
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Finding common bonds

Brandon students visit mosque, study Islam

(Editor's note: This is the second story in a continuing series on Religious Diversity Journeys. Ten Brandon Middle School students are taking part in the program and learning about various religions by visiting a different house of worship monthly....more >>

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Former Brandon Schools superintendent lead new high school bond drive in 1990s

His vision spawned a Brandon High School facility that almost 40 years later remains the cornerstone of education in the community. From 1978-1990 Dick Wilson served as Superintendent of the Brandon School District spearheaded a bond to construct the high school in addition to significant improvements to other facilities in the district....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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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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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....subscribers>>

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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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Baseball dreams: Brandon Township park expands

Brandon Twp.- The township board took another step toward bringing new ball fields and improved recreation to the community at their Jan. 4 meeting. The board unanimously approved a $15,000 contract with Hubbell, Roth and Clark to provide engineering services regarding expansion of the park....more >>

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Custom, personalized:Mayhem Designz

Ortonville-Looking for a last minute Christmas gift that doesn't look last minute? Stop in to Mayhem Designz, 457 Mill St., and get a made-to-order present crafted by Drew Guirey. "A lot of items are custom and personalized," said Guirey, who opened the shop downtown in June and is growing as word-of-mouth spreads....more >>

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Cell tower eyed for township

Atlas Twp.- A growing need for cellular communications has at least one company eyeing some township property. Skyway Towers, LLC has proposed to build a 180-foot Monopole Communications Tower in the 8000 block of East Baldwin Road....more >>

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Upper Peninsula wolf issues linger for hunters, DNR, deer

Six different wolves on trail cameras. Seven different dead deer killed by wolves. That's the report from Jeff Stonerock after returning from a week-long deer hunting trip to his family's 550 acres in Iron County in the Upper Peninsula's western region....more >>

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Wage hike OK'd for firefighters, twp. employees

Brandon Twp.- Township employees and firefighters' salaries have not kept pace with the rising cost of living over the past eight years, but wages will get another boost with a 2 percent raise to take effect in January....more >>

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Take Personal Action Toward Health

Ortonville- Find your own path to better health during a series of Monday workshops set for the next six weeks at the Edna Burton Senior Center. The free sessions, known as PATH (Personal Action Toward Health) workshops, are sponsored by McLaren Oakland and are meant to teach participants of all ages how to deal with ongoing health conditions....more >>

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Viral meningitis postpones Blackhawks football game

Brandon Twp.- Viral meningitis caused a one-day postponement of the Blackhawks' varsity football game against Swartz Creek. The Blackhawks would fall at home to the Dragons by one point, 22-21, the afternoon of Sept....more >>

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Township adopts construction board of appeals

Atlas Twp.-By a 5-0 vote on Monday night the township board of trustees OK'd an ordinance to establish a three person construction board of appeals. Michigan Law mandates that every municipality that enforces the State Construction Code to have a construction board of appeals....more >>

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Brandon firefighters promoted

Brandon Twp.- The township board unanimously approved at their July 13 meeting the promotions of two fire department personnel and the hiring of a new full-time firefighter. Billy Starr has been promoted to captain, replacing Mike Faust, who recently retired....more >>

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Brandon Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame

Brandon Twp.- Just a few weeks ago, the district sent another class of graduates out into the world, but Superintendent Matt Outlaw plans to establish a new Class of 2015 this fall, consisting of alumni with impressive accomplishments....more >>

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Ortonville Village budget: 'We're in really good shape'

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Ortonville- The village council unanimously approved at their June 22 meeting the 2015-16 budget, with matching revenues and expenditures of $730,825....more >>

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Twp. resident assaults man, threatens to 'blow head off'

Brandon Twp.- A 50-year-old township man was arrested for felonious assault, but avoided an even more serious charge when police arrived before the matter escalated. According to an Oakland County Sheriff's Office report, Brandon deputies responded to the 4700 block of Stanton Road at 5:18 p....more >>

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Ballot for sewer vote eyed by village council

Ortonville- The village council will consider ballot language for the contentious sewer question at their next meeting, set for 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 26, at the township offices, 395 Mill St....more >>

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Goodrich Commons sign OK'd by council

Goodrich-By a 5-0 vote on Monday night the village council OK'd a park sign for the Goodrich Commons. Plans for the six-foot high solid limestone sign to be located just west of the Hegel Road bridge was presented by Angie Adamec and Amy Slagle of the Goodrich Village Volunteers....more >>
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Green Parrot Superstore hatches new business in town

Goodrich-Since opening last December, Suzanne Dodoro's business has been soaring. Dodoro opened Green Parrot Superstore, 8165 State Road, located in the Goodrich Plaza after the demand for birds grew too great for the family home in Goodrich....more >>

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School liaison position spurs debate

Brandon officials grapple with funding for school cop

Brandon Twp.- School board members, the superintendent, and government officials all agree that a police presence in the school district is valuable. But who should hold that position, with what authority, and how it will be paid for is up for debate....more >>

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Century-old Hadley family home razed

Soon a small piece of Hadley history will be gone. The century-old two story home located at 4540 Pratt Road just east of Hadley Road will be demolished within the next few weeks. The Baptist Church of Hadley purchased the home and property in 2000....more >>

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Dream home returns after ET Rover pipeline halt

Bryan and Tammy Merkel had always wanted to live and raise their family in the Goodrich area. "We had been looking for a piece of property to build our dream home on for many years," said Tammy....more >>

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Identity theft prevention

Brandon Twp.- Thieves often prey on senior citizens, but a new program aims to help elders in this community from becoming victims. Identity theft prevention will be the topic of discussion during a presentation at 10:45 a....more >>

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To Goodrich from Deutschland

Atlas Twp.- On Jan. 20, the township board of trustees moved forward on two grant requests from Homeland Security funding that has been allocated to Genesee County. A total of $93,484 has been provided to Genesee County through the Region 3 Homeland Security Planning Board for projects—the funds will be divided up among communities within the county....more >>

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Bullring at 40

Goodrich-Dave Cushman took a chance 40 years ago. Forgoing a secure skilled trade career with then Flint-based Buick for a small village pub along M-15 with one pool table, no kitchen and Blatz Beer on tap....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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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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El Niño may spoil White Christmas

El Niño will probably play the spoiler for a white Christmas. Dan Thompson, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in White Lake, is predicting no snow for Christmas this year, as well as a warmer and dryer than normal winter overall....more >>

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'Engineers are needed'

Continental chief engineer visits Brandon

Brandon Twp.-When Robert Beaver arrived at Brandon High School on Tuesday morning an M-15 accident near the entrance delayed his arrival. "We are working to prevent such accidents," said Beaver, referring to the auto mishap, to about 100 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics students who gathered in the high school's performing arts center....more >>

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Cancer screenings: Weighing risks, benefits

Brandon Twp.-Medical advice changes as knowledge increases. Dr. David Pinelli, D.O. will offer a free program on updates in cancer screening guidelines from 7-8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec....more >>

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Police warn of IRS threats

'These scams are going on all over the place'

Beware IRS threats by phone. Police and area residents are reporting that scam artists pretending to be IRS agents are making phone calls in an attempt to get money. Shelly Kidd, Groveland Township deputy treasurer, said she began receiving complaints from residents about two weeks ago....more >>

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OCEF food pantry seeks holiday donations

Last year, OCEF assisted more than 200 families with Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners

Brandon Twp.-In November, the month in which Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, Karyn Milligan shares letters from grateful area residents assisted by the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund....more >>

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School jumps on village sewer proposal

The Brandon Board of Education has officially endorsed a yes vote for sewers in the upcoming election. During their Oct. 19 meeting, the board passed 5-0 a resolution in support of a sanitary sewer system in the Village of Ortonville....more >>

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Habitat for Humanity: Helping hands

Brandon Twp.- Angela Ewald's house on Michael Street is a fixer-upper. Under sunny skies on a recent Thursday morning, men are shoveling shingles from the roof. Inside, the house is a shell, stripped down to the studs already in many rooms, and Richard Ewald, Angela's father, is busy demolishing moldy drywall....more >>

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Pros, cons of sewer system discussed as village vote looms

Ortonville- Jim Lane doesn't want to bear the cost of sewers any more than many of the people who have publicly objected to a proposed village wastewater treatment system due to the financial burden....more >>

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Brandon School District employees receive wage hikes

Brandon Twp.-All employee groups in the school district now have settled contracts, most with 2 percent wage increases. At their Sept. 21 meeting, the school board unanimously approved salary adjustments for non-union groups in the district, completing contract settlements that began last month....more >>

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Fritz Wolff obituary, visitation

Wolff, Frederick Phillip "Fritz"- age 76, of Goodrich died Wednesday, August 19, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. He was born on February 27, 1939 in Menominee, Michigan, to George and Elizabeth Wolff....more >>

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Township inks 5-year deal with Emterra

Atlas Twp.-On Monday night the board of trustees voted 4-0 to extend the garbage collection and recycling contract for five years with Emterra. Township Treasurer Ann Marie Moore was absent from the meeting....more >>

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Sheriff warns of traveling gypsies in township

Brandon Twp.- Police are warning residents about a band of traveling gypsies who have stopped in the township. "They go from state to state selling asphalt driveway jobs and they are not licensed to do so," said Oakland County Sheriff's Office Sgt....more >>

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Pastor Won has arrived

It's been a long journey for Won Kim. On Sunday morning that ride will end at the pulpit of the Goodrich United Methodist Church as the new pastor. Won's trek to GUMC as the new pastor started in Seoul, South Korea 35 years ago....more >>

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School board OKs budget

Outside clerical contracts draw ire, fund balance up

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich-By a 7-0 vote on Monday night the school board of trustees adopted the 2015-16 initial budget. The 2015-16 school year will begin with a 7.74 percent, or $1,477,990, fund balance, up from the $1,336,527, or 7....more >>

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Sewer ballot language OK'd

Election board next step before November vote

Ortonville- The village council has approved ballot language for a November vote on a proposed wastewater treatment system. The council unanimously approved at their June 22 meeting a sewage disposal system contract proposition to be submitted to the Oakland County Elections Board....more >>

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Fireworks spook horse, police enforce ordinance

Brandon Twp.- Fireworks are popular at this time of year, but not everyone is a fan, particularly animals. After a woman was injured by a horse spooked by fireworks this week, police are reminding residents the township has an ordinance that governs use of fireworks and anyone not following the ordinance will be ticketed....more >>

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It's good to be home

Goodrich-On Friday, May 1, Oaktree Elementary fifth grade student Donovan Stower had to change buses for the ride home after school. Stower, 10, had been assigned to school bus 2, instead he was instructed to ride bus 9....more >>

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Narcan saving lives

Medics use drug to reverse heroin OD

Brandon Twp.- Township firefighters used Narcan to save the life of a 24-year-old woman who overdosed on heroin last week. According to an Oakland County Sheriff's Office report, Brandon deputies and medics responded at 2:41 a....more >>
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Young sentenced in school shooting threats

Pontiac- Jacob Michael Young will serve 3 years probation and 90 days in jail as punishment for threatening a school shooting in Brandon. Young was sentenced April 1 by Oakland County Sixth Circuit Court Judge Wendy Potts....more >>

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KBH United caps off season as Metro League Champs

Despite a short bench, the Kearsley Brandon Holly United hockey team ended the 2014-15 season with a Flint Metro League title, led by Flint Metro Coach of the Year Steve Yuchasz. "Going into the season we set some pretty lofty goals, winning the Flint Metro among them," said Yuchasz....more >>

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110 Stories

9/11 emotions, experiences and fears of those who survived

Many Americans have stories recalling where they were on Sept. 11, 2001, the day planes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, a Pennsylvania field and the Pentagon, killing more than 3,000....more >>

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Signs of a 'healthy relationships'

Brandon Twp.- Are you in a healthy or unhealthy relationship? Learn the signs of each as well as how to improve your relationship and break out of a bad one during "Healthy Relationships," set for 7 p....more >>

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Area home prices jump in 2014, sales level

The sale price of existing area homes jumped in 2014, according to a report from Realcomp issued last week. In 2014 Brandon Township home sales led the way with a 21.9 percent increase over home prices in 2013 followed by a 16 percent jump in Groveland Township and a 9....more >>

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Michigan Sales tax hike on May ballot

In May voters will be asked for a hike in state sales tax—the first since 1994. The sales tax ballot initiative needed two-thirds support by members of both the House and Senate in a Lame Duck session on Dec....more >>

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When heroes come to class

GHS student calls on Marines for assistance

Goodrich-There are heroes among us. That's the message Bayley Schultz, a GHS senior, hoped Reid Elementary kindergarteners will take with them after a visit on Wednesday from a few United States Marines....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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Not just for summer: Frosty Boy open all year

Brandon Twp.-A summertime favorite is now open through the winter. Frosty Boy of Ortonville, 955 S. Ortonville Road, is under new ownership and open year-round featuring soups, side dishes, sandwiches and Canadian poutine....more >>

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'Our Town'

Become a resident of "Our Town" later this month when Goodrich High School theatre brings the Thornton Wilder American classic to the stage. In his 15th year as GHS drama director, Steve Mitchell mirrors the recently produced off-Broadway production by placing the audience on stage, in seating just inches away from actors....more >>

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Iron Belle Trail meeting Oct. 29

Groveland Twp.- Walkers or bikers heading south could end up at Belle Isle near Detroit, while those trekking north could arrived at Ironwood located on the western fringe of the Upper Peninsula....more >>

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Tragedy unites community

'He was a kind, gentle man, and really there to make the world a better place'

In a show of support for the family of fallen Michigan State Trooper Chad Wolf, community members opened their wallets to donate thousands of dollars last weekend and illuminated the exteriors of their homes with blue lights in a display of solidarity with law enforcement everywhere....more >>

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Goodrich Football: Fritz Wolff night set for Sept. 11

Goodrich-Friday night will be a white out. At 7 p.m., Sept. 11, the Roy U. Stacey Athletic Complex will turn white to honor Coach Fritz Wolff, 76, who died Aug. 19 due to complications from cancer....more >>

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Cops say teen stole car, led them on high speed chase

Brandon Twp.- A 16-year-old Oxford High School student is facing criminal charges instead of returning to the classroom this week. The teen allegedly led police on a high speed chase in a stolen vehicle before crashing into township woods and fleeing on foot Sept....more >>

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Branching out: All tree applications successful

Brandon Twp.-Trees for everybody. Everybody in the township that applied for one, anyway. Township officials approved in March the purchase of 143 sunset red maple trees to be given away in a lottery for township residents who applied for the tree....more >>

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Neighbor, boaters save man from Bald Eagle Lake

'At some point you just accept drowning'

Brandon Twp.-Mondo Lopez is a strong swimmer and an experienced fisherman—confident in a boat or wading a Michigan river. But the events on a calm, warm Sunday afternoon on a busy Bald Eagle Lake will alter those outdoor activities forever....more >>

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Fire Department adds LUCAS II

Brandon Twp.- The fire department will soon have two more tools to use to save lives. The township board unanimously approved a request by Fire Chief Dave Kwapis that allows him to purchase two LUCAS II Chest Compression Systems from Physio-Control at a cost not to exceed $28,000....more >>

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Mothers battle heroin:'I thought I could save him'

(Editor's Note: Names and some details have been changed to protect identities of the Brandon Township family in this story.) Trisha has the fiercely protective instinct shared by most mothers, but over the course of the past year of her son Aaron's heroin addiction, she has learned a hard truth....more >>

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Summer reading program

Brandon Twp.- Summer is here and with it, perhaps some time for leisure reading. The library, 304 South St., offers plenty of incentives to do just that with summer reading programs for children, teens, and adults....more >>
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Miles apart, close at heart

Allie Evans will celebrate her first Mother's Day tomorrow with her 6-week-old son, Gideon. As the two mark the milestone, however, Allie will be looking forward to Mother's Day 2016, when she and the baby can celebrate the holiday with her husband and Gideon's father, Spc....more >>

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A new era: Ortonville Woman's Club

Ortonville- The times they are a changin,' and the Ortonville Woman's Club and the women in it are, too. Six women from the club, established in 1905, reminisced on how views of women and their roles in society have changed over the years, as well as what the club has meant to them as it undergoes its own changes....more >>

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An OCEF Easter

Easter is almost here and there is still time to help your neighbors in need by donating food to the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund. Volunteers will distribute food to low-income families in the Brandon School District this Monday....more >>

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Seder meal at GUMC

Congregation Shema Yisrael to offer Passover feast

At sundown April 3 Passover, commemorating the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt, begins. A Seder feast, which marks the start of the Jewish holiday of Passover, will be at 5 p....more >>

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Cuts coming to Brandon Schools

Brandon Twp.- The school board will vote on $1.6 million in proposed cuts to the district during a meeting set for 6:30 p.m., March 16 at the I-TEC Center, 609 S. Ortonville Road. The cuts, which the board reviewed during a special study session March 2 led by Superintendent Matt Outlaw, include 15 full-time teaching positions, closure of the Belle Ann school building as well as the alternative high school program, consolidation of bus routes, reduction of parapro hours, elimination of the aquatic center director position, consolidation of a central office clerical position and grant funding only of literacy coaches....more >>

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Valentines for more than 70 years

Goodrich- As lovers ask, "Will you be mine?" this Valentine's Day, Corky and Edward Bohlen answered that question more than 70 years ago, vowing to each other, "I will," on July 20, 1944....more >>

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Township police chase ends in arrest

Brandon Twp.- The actions that led to the arrest of a 42-year-old Alger man on Jan. 15 began with him knocking on the door of a township resident. Christopher Michael Montney was arraigned Jan....more >>
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Taking the bench

GHS grad, former assistant prosecutor now judge

By David Fleet Editor It was at Goodrich High School more than 20 years ago that Jennifier Manley decided she would seek a career as a lawyer. On Tuesday night she returned to GHS as not only a successful attorney, but now a district court judge....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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Ortonville Village council seeks new member

Ortonville- Help wanted. The village council is looking to fill a seat on the council after Liz Waters resigned last month to accept an open seat on the Brandon Township Board. A village resident will be appointed to serve on the council until next November, when an election will determine who completes the 2-year partial term, as well as three 4-year terms and a 2-year term for council president....more >>

Life before death

When I sat down at my computer a little over a week ago, I opened my Facebook page and received, as most Facebook users probably do, a reminder about birthdays of friends. November 12, it turns out, was my friend Elizabeth McGhee's birthday....more >>

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Brandon Township board appoints new trustee

Brandon Twp.-The township board has gained a new trustee, while the Ortonville Village Council has lost one. The township board voted 5-1 at their Nov. 2 meeting to appoint Liz Waters to the trustee seat vacated by the resignation of Ron Lapp last month....more >>

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Township OKs 2015 millage rates

Brandon Twp.- Taxpayers will get some relief on their December tax bills. The township board approved the 2015 millage rates by a 4-2 vote at a special Sept. 24 meeting. Clerk Candee Allen, Treasurer Terri Darnall, and trustees Dana DePalma and Jayson Rumball voted yes....more >>

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Ortonville Historical Society time capsule fundraiser

Ortonville-In 1975, before Judy Miracle moved to Ortonville, she made a time capsule. She used a shoe box, and in it, she placed a pair of shoes from one of her children, tokens, a family photograph and a little story about what the family's life was like at that time....more >>

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Township coffers top $4.2 million

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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Elsworth scores first CFL touchdown, starting at linebacker

Kyler Elsworth has arrived in the Canadian Football League. On Aug. 13 at the 4:27 mark of the first period at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium, Elsworth, the starting linebacker for the Montreal Alouettes, picked up an Edmonton Eskimos fumble and charged 71 yards downfield for a touchdown....more >>

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Junk Monkey Pickup Company

Many area communities are just a little cleaner today thanks to a local company. Goodrich-based Junk Monkey, founded by Metamora native Andrew Nicklas, specializes in debris removal for commercial and residential properties along with hazard claims, renovations and demolitions....more >>

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Snapchat leads to rollover

An 18-year-old Oxford man who drove off the road last weekend, rolling his vehicle over while using a popular social media app on his phone, is expected to recover. According to an Oakland County Sheriff's Office report, the man was driving eastbound in the 5200 block of Oakwood Road near Hurd Road, when he took his eyes off the road while looking at Snapchat on his cell phone....more >>

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Heroin overdoses continue in Brandon Twp.

Brandon Twp.- Medics and deputies responded to two more heroin overdoses in the township within the space of a few days last week. Both lives were saved by using Narcan, bringing to three the number of lives saved within the last two weeks with the medication that counteracts the effects of opiates....more >>

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T3, Martians take on world

Last weekend area robotics teams took on the world. From April 23-25 both Goodrich and Brandon robotics competed at the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) World Championship in St....more >>

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Sharin' O' the Green

OCEF has a client base of 187 families and assists 120-135 families per month

Brandon Twp.- The identity of an anonymous benefactor to the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund has been revealed. The OCEF Board announced this week it has renamed it's annual matching fund drive the "Roger Duval Sharin' O' the Green....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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Arrest made in township road rage

A slow driver sped into dangerous territory on Tuesday in a road rage incident in which the Brandon Township man assaulted a woman and pulled a gun on two men who stopped to help. John David Lerke, 59, was arraigned Oct....more >>

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CERT volunteers needed

Brandon Twp.-Kim Kimball joined the Community Emergency Response Team out of a desire to be better prepared for a disaster. Now he hopes others will join to not only help secure their own homes and families, but to assist others in the community....more >>

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The heartbreak of heroin

I witnessed one of the most heartbreaking things I've ever seen in my life this past week and something I hope never to see again— a 6-year-old child standing next to a casket holding her mother, gazing at the woman who brought her into the world, but won't see her grow up....more >>

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Twenty-eight Boston Marathons and counting

For Bill Snyder his 28th Boston Marathon looked a whole lot different. "You see a lot more of the course when you walk," laughed Snyder, 71. "I have a new respect for walkers and all the spectators that lined the streets for hours on a cold, wet and windy day....more >>

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Elder abuse/older adult safety

Brandon Twp.- Learn how to protect yourself or elderly loved one during a program planned for this Wednesday. "Elder abuse/older adult safety issues" will be presented by the Oakland County Health Division from 6:30 p....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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Space heater suspected in fire

Brandon Twp.- A space heater placed too close to combustibles is believed to be the cause of a fire that destroyed a mobile home earlier this month. Brandon firefighters responded at about 2:26 p....more >>

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Century old engines rev up for Septemberfest

A part of American history will be up and running at Septemberfest. A demonstration of antique gasoline engines owned by Brandon Township resident and engineer Ai L. Wood will be featured at Septemberfest behind the Old Mill....more >>

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Village council lends support to DDA sewer resolution

Ortonville- The village council has taken various steps in support of a wastewater treatment system during the past few years. On Monday, they took another by approving 4-2 a resolution supporting a Downtown Development Authority resolution supporting the sanitary sewer project, as well as educational efforts of the Livable Legacy of Ortonville, a pro-sewer campaign seeking to inform village residents prior to a Nov....more >>

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Commons rock arrives

Goodrich-The sign is here. In April the village council OK'd a stone park sign for the Goodrich Commons. The 6-foot high solid limestone sign now located just west of the Hegel Road bridge was delivered on Monday after more than three years of work and planning....more >>

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No Village Skate Park—again

Ortonville- The Village Skate Park could remain closed for the second year in a row. Unless village officials receive at least 30 registrations by May 15, Village Manager John Lyons said the park will remain locked all summer....more >>

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Woman injured after falling into bonfire

Brandon Twp.- A 19-year-old Howell woman suffered burns to her arms and torso when she fell into a bonfire in the township recently. According to an Oakland County Sheriff's Office report, a deputy responded to the Clarkston Medical Group Urgent Care at 11:53 p....more >>
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Township exotic animal business spark questions, concerns

Groveland Twp.-It was a phone call township Bob DePalma was not expecting. On April 15 a township resident reported seeing a white tiger near their home. "At first I thought—well maybe the resident was seeing a really big white dog," said DePalma....more >>

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Sewer resolution back on table at council meeting, 7 p.m., March 23, BHS PAC, 1025 S. Ortonville Road

Village project draws questions as bond sale is considered

Ortonville- At the last village council meeting, a vote was postponed on a resolution that would pave the way for answering the question of whether residents want to bring sewers here....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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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 >>

Finding Christmas

I found Christmas this week. I know, you're probably thinking, 'How can you miss it?' Christmas Day is almost here, shoppers are out en masse, decorations are everywhere. For weeks now, I have pondered and purchased gifts....more >>

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Christmas cookies extravaganza

Ortonville- As co-owner of Papa Bella's, Joe D'Anna spends a lot of time making pizzas, but one day a year, he turns his pizzeria at 425 Mill St. into a Christmas cookie bakery. On Dec....more >>

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Nativities from around the world

Ortonville- Penny Bennett has a nativity that was made in the very place which is celebrated by Christians as the actual birthplace of Jesus—Bethlehem. The nativity, constructed of olive wood, has been displayed in Bennett's home for the past 30 Christmases, but this year, visitors to Christmas in the Village can view the creche at a 'Nativities from around the world' display from 1-5 p....more >>

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Record season ends for Goodrich Lady Martians

The Goodrich Girls Volleyball team came up short on Nov. 20 in their drive for a state championship when they were defeated by Ann Arbor's Father Gabriel Richard High School in the Michigan High School Athletic Association state semi-finals at Battle Creek....more >>

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Senior, affordable apartment housing eyed by village group

Goodrich- A new senior housing project may be coming to the village. Local officials were expected to meet on Thursday to discuss phase one of 50 one or two bedroom apartments for individuals 55-years-old and up....more >>

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Citizen of the Year: Lois Robbins

Brandon Twp.- Lois Robbins, champion of the community's natural treasures, is the 2015 Citizen of the Year. Robbins has been a tireless activist for environmental protection and education since she moved to this area more than two decades ago and her efforts are appreciated as shown in the many nominations she received for the award....more >>

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Atlas Real Estate celebrates 20 years

It's been two decades since Jeff Dawley and Marion Wojtkowicz recognized a need in the community and opened Atlas Real Estate. While the company's success of more than 4,000 sales over the past 20 years is outstanding—what Dawley is most proud of is the trust gained from their customers....more >>

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Old Mill Museum receives donation of local artwork

Ortonville- Sue Howard was downsizing the number of items in her village home when she came across a file drawer full of photocopies of original pen and ink drawings she had created years ago....more >>

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Iron Belle Trail

Plan proposed by Blackhawk Community Trail Committee

Brandon Twp.- Connect with members of your own community this week and learn how you can help link this community to others with a historic trail opportunity. The Blackhawk Community Trail Committee will host a presentation on the proposed Iron Belle Trail at 7 p....more >>

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Building inspector pay hike questioned by supervisor

Atlas Twp.-On April 20 the township board of trustees voted 4-1 to pay Matt Hart a salary of $45,000 per year as building inspector. Shirley Kautman Jones, township supervisor voted no....more >>

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Meet Miss Basketball

Goodrich- At 5-foot, 3-inches tall, it's unlikely that Tania Davis has towered over many players on the basketball court. Yet, after four seasons ringing up 1,500 points, 100 victories along with a handful of team championships, Davis' game may have less to do with height and more to do with heart....more >>

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Village residents demand a vote on sewers

Ortonville-Village residents— at least the majority of the ones present at a standing room only village council meeting on Monday— want a vote on sewers. "A decision this large, the only honorable thing to do, ethical thing to do, right thing to do is to put it to a vote of the people," said village resident Kevin Vogler during the Feb....more >>
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The proposal

Groveland Twp.-Alicia Rea thought her mother was getting married on Valentine's Day, but the surprise was on her. Rea is now planning her own wedding. Marine Corporal John Sawicki flew across the country Feb....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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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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Community delivers

Community Christmas Toy Store gives joy to children, parents

Brandon Twp.- The toys are everywhere and Christmas has yet to arrive. On Dec. 11, Karen Kukuk and Elizabeth Rheaume stand in a hallway at St. Anne Church, surrounded by toys— Barbie dolls, card games, coloring books, superhero action figures, Hot Wheels cars, Frisbees, Yo-Yos, Legos, and more....more >>

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New substation commander; additional supervision eyed

Brandon Twp.-Hello and goodbye. The township board welcomed Oakland County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Dale Brown as the new Brandon substation commander this week. Brown is a familiar face as he served as a patrol investigator in the township from 2009-2013....more >>

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Goodrich's Downtown Christmas

Block off the streets, plug in the lights and notify Santa— Goodrich's Downtown Christmas will be glowing from 5-9 p.m., Dec. 3 as the local holiday tradition is sure to provide plenty of cheer....more >>

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Library settles lawsuit against former director

Brandon Twp.-Nearly a year after filing suit against the former library director, the library board has reached a tentative agreement with Paula Gauthier. Board Trustee Ann Schmid announced Sept....more >>

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Oakland County Fair opens

The Oakland County Fair has a long history with various locations— the fair dates back to the 1860s when troops were trained in Pontiac for the Civil War. The fair moved around, but in 1947 became the Oakland County 4H Fair and was located on Perry Street in Pontiac until 1971 when it moved to Springfield Township where it remains....more >>

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Australian student loving Brandon

An obsession with country music and driving huge pickup trucks. That's how Emily Bretz, a 16-year-old junior high school student, from the capital city of Brisbane in the state of Queensland, Australia describes her impressions of America....more >>

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Goodrich Schools receives accreditation

At a special school board meeting on April 29, AdvancED recommended Goodrich Area Schools for accreditation for a five year term ending June 30, 2020. The final report will be issued in 30 days....more >>

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Board OKs $1.6 million in cuts

15 teacher positions eliminated, alternative high school closed, buses reduced

Brandon Twp.- District officials put in months of study on their way to making $1.6 million in cuts to balance the budget. Approval of the cuts on Monday night, however, was done in just about an hour....more >>

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A Russian connection

Aygul Sayapova's first perceptions of America were derived from movies. "I wanted to come to America since I was 10-years-old— it was my dream to come here," said Aygul (pronounced eye gull)....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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Brandon enrollment tops expectations

Brandon Twp.- The number of students starting kindergarten in the district this year was higher than anticipated, helping to reduce enrollment losses. The district previously projected a decline in enrollment of 175 students for the 2015-16 school year....more >>

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Brandon deputy to retire

After more than three decades of law enforcement—Oakland County Sheriff's Office Deputy David Rheaume says it's time to hang up the badge and retire. "I have loved every minute of my work in the Ortonville area," said Rheaume, 59....more >>

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Caution urged after outbreak of brush fires

Brandon Twp.- Residents are being urged to use caution when burning leaves after multiple brush fires last month. Firefighters responded to a blaze that spread to a wooded area near Palisades and Circle Drive in the township, as well one near Baldwin and Oakwood roads that required mutual aid from the Oxford Fire Department....more >>

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Sikh and ye shall find: All are equal in the eyes of God

(Editor's Note: This is the fourth story in a series on Religious Diversity Journeys. This week's story features Sikhism. Nine Brandon Middle School students are participating in the InterFaith Leadership Council program....more >>

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60 percent more for roads

MDOT estimates proposed sales tax hike impact

An additional $50,000 in road funds will go a long way in improving Ortonville Roads. That's what Ortonville Village Manger John Lyons expects if voters OK a sales tax hike this spring that targets road repairs statewide....more >>
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Cats

Brandon Twp.-Debbie Sebetic is a dog person. She owns four Boston terriers and never understood cats. The long-time Brandon High School teacher and musical director saw a production of "Cats," the third-longest running musical in Broadway history, in the 1980s in Ohio, but vowed she would never bring the production to the BHS stage....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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Santa delivers for area veteran, family

Brandon Twp.- Santa Claus arrived a few days early for George Stratton and his family. On Dec. 22, Sheriff Michael Bouchard, along with an entourage from the Oakland County Sheriff's Office, pulled boxes full of wrapped Christmas gifts from a vehicle and walked up to the front door of the home Stratton, a veteran, shares with his fiancee, Donna, and their children, Joshua, 5, Lila, 3, and Luke, 2....more >>

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'Revelations: Cast in Blood'— 'I like the horror genre'

Ortonville- Jaime Johnesee's walk on the wild side started as a zookeeper caring for a variety of real-life animals.Now she writes about fictional creatures including werejaguars. The Groveland Township resident, 38, has self-published several novellas, a short story collection, and most recently signed a 3-book deal with Devil Dog Press to co-author a "Revelations" horror series....more >>

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Maple Lane Kennels celebrates 30 years

Brandon Twp.- Midge Stewart was excited to become a small business owner when she purchased Maple Lane Kennels from Hank Podell in 1999. She was blissfully unaware of the challenges she would face over the next decade as the recession took hold following the Sept....more >>

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Local woman killed in plane crash

Elizabeth McGhee, a Brandon Township resident, died Nov. 10 when the single-engine plane she was piloting crashed in Ray County, Mo. She was 57. According to The Kansas City Star, McGhee was traveling alone from Michigan to Wheeler Downtown Airport when she lost radio contact about 7:30 p.m....more >>

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Brandon man killed in motorcycle accident

Brandon Twp.- A 21-year-old township man died Monday night after losing control of his motorcycle on Hadley Road. According to an Oakland County Sheriff's Office report, Jacob Thomas Siggins was traveling southbound on Hadley Road on a 2004 Honda CBR 600RR at 10:54 p....more >>

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New BGYA caseworker

Brandon Twp.- Ragen Rockwell is ready to help kids and parents move in a positive direction as the new Brandon Groveland Youth Assistance caseworker. Rockwell begins work this month, replacing Gail Innis, who has been transferred by Oakland County Youth Assistance....more >>

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Drones among us

Yesterday it was "selfies." Today it's "dronies." That's how Romeo Durscher, director of education for Da-Jiang Innovations (DJI) the manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles or drones for aerial photography and videography, referred to a picture of Brandon High School students who gathered on Wednesday in the performing arts center....more >>
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Township demands exotic animal business comply with ordinance, zoning

Groveland Twp.-The future of an exotic animal business that operated for almost a decade under the radar of township officials as well as many neighbors is uncertain. On Monday night Township Supervisor Bob DePalma updated the community on Premier Animal Attractions, the 22-acre home to exotic animals such as tamandua anteater, red kangaroo, African serval and tigers owned by Andrew and Rachelle Gehringer....more >>
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Holocaust remembered

Brandon Twp.-The black and white photos are anywhere from 70 to 82 years old. The eyes that stare out from them are those of men, women and children. The expressions on the faces vary, but are most often ones of confusion, resignation, and absolute misery....more >>

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Deep freeze chills spring sap flow so far

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp.-On Monday morning the wood-fired maple syrup evaporator in Jim Aseltine's township sugar shack was cold. "We should be loaded with sap right now and we're not," said Aseltine, 85, who along with his wife Faith, for the past 42 years has coaxed thousands of gallons of sap each spring from maple trees scattered over about 20 acres of rolling woodland....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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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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Single father grateful for OCEF as back to school time nears

Ortonville- Dereck, a single father of three, has clothes in layaway at Kmart in preparation for sending his children back to school next month. He is behind schedule for getting the clothes out for the first day of school, Sept....more >>

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'Church can happen in a lot of different places'

Seymour Lake United Methodist Church new pastor Janine Plum

Brandon Twp.- Church membership may be down, but Janine Plum is hoping to make some new disciples. As the new pastor of Seymour Lake United Methodist Church, she is reaching out to the community....more >>

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Village Skate Park to reopen

Ortonville-A divided council has approved reopening the long-shuttered Skate Park. Council Member Liz Waters made a simple motion to "reopen the Skate Park as soon as possible" at the June 22 council meeting....more >>

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Hope: Relay For Life

Ortonville- For the first time in several years, the Relay for Life of Brandon/Ortonville experienced an increase in numbers. "It went very well this year," said Erin Bovan, volunteer lead of the event, held June 13....more >>

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Road rage arrest

Suspect jailed after allegedly ramming another vehicle

A 29-year-old Brandon Township man was arraigned on multiple charges after being involved in a road rage incident which ultimately ended with him attempting to evade arrest and being combative with police....more >>

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Board ramps up deputies in township, school liaison debated

Brandon Twp.- In the depths of the economic recession, the township board made cuts to many areas, including police staffing, going from 14 full-time deputies to 10 full-time deputies and one part-time position....more >>

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Truck Town Thunder earns two awards at Kokomo

By David Fleet Editor On March 13 and 14 the Truck Town Thunder Robotics team 68 competed in the First Robotics Kokomo Indiana District Competition. The team finished 25th of 32 that competed over the weekend long event....more >>

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BGYA: Nominate a youth for recognition

Brandon Twp.- Do you know a student worthy of recognition for their efforts to improve the lives of others or who has overcome obstacles in their own life? Brandon Groveland Youth Assistance is seeking nominations for Youth Recognition....more >>

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Library director arrives in Brandon Township

Brandon Twp.- The new library director has arrived in town, welcomed warmly by staff and patrons, if not by the weather, which featured frigid temperatures compared to California, from whence she came....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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Area trail workshop Oct. 29

Brandon Twp.- Residents of the township, as well as the Village of Ortonville and Groveland Township are invited to the library on Oct. 29 to discover how they can connect their communities through trails....more >>

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Forty-three years as a firefighter— 'it's been wonderful'

Brandon Twp.-Mike Faust recalls his first call as a Brandon firefighter. "It was 1972 and I just happened to stop by the fire hall," said Faust. "They asked me if I could drive that truck out to a barn fire near Seymour Lake and Dartmouth roads....more >>

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Heroin: 'We are seeing more and more of it up here in Brandon'

Ortonville- Police and medics were called to the Citgo gas station, 495 S. Ortonville Road, last week after a 24-year-old man overdosed on heroin in the parking lot. "Heroin is becoming more and more prevalent throughout the county and we are seeing more and more of it up here in Brandon," said Oakland County Sheriff's Office Sgt....more >>

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Goodrich volleyball team wins district championship

On Nov.7 the Goodrich Varsity Volleyball team defeated Corunna in the district finals at Powers High School in Flint. Goodrich won in 5 sets; 23-25, 25-19, 25-23, 30-32, 15-13. "This is an awesome win for this group of girls," said Robyn Batterbee, head coach....more >>

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Crime spree ends in car crash

Ortonville- A crime spree ended in a hit and run serious injury accident June 25 and the arrest of a 19-year-old village man who is facing six felony charges. Kenneth Scott Parker, 19, was arraigned on a 6-count felony warrant at 52-2 District Court....more >>
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Last days of World War II

Township resident among first troops in Japan following surrender

Marvin Featherston recalls the complete darkness. "No lights of any kind," said Featherston, 89. "The war was supposed to be over—they just did not want anyone to know we were coming....more >>

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DIA art is here

Ortonville- In the Bavarian Alps, there is a lake called Konigsee, created by glaciers during the last ice age. That lake came to the village on Wednesday, and now hangs on the exterior of the Brandon Township Library in the form of a painting, available to be viewed by all....more >>
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Scoring big for Superbowl

Rich Kozlowski, grocery manager at Neiman's Family Market, and Ryan Pizzo, assistant store manager, put the finishing touches on their store display for the big game, Super Bowl 50....more >>

Help troops at Hoops

The third annual Hoops for Troops is already gearing up to be a fun event at the Lady Wolves basketball game, Feb. 18. All proceeds from this year's event go to Michigan Bikers Helping Veterans, a nonprofit charity which helps Michigan veterans and active duty military personnel in critical need....more >>

Beware phony jury-duty phone scams

After a phone scam attempt in Springfield Township, Oakland County Sheriff's Office warns residents to watch out for phony calls about jury duty and warrants. A resident received a call on Jan....more >>
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Students honored with citizen awards

Ruby Antonelli, fifth grader at Clarkston Elementary School, and Pine Knob Elementary fifth grader Chloe Krawczak were honored as their schools' Outstanding Student Citizens. Hosted by Clarkston Area Optimist Club, Clarkston's seven elementary schools choose one student a year for the award....more >>
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Golden Shoe for Clarkston El

Collecting more than $3,670 for SCAMP, Clarkston Elementary won this year's Golden Shoe Award. Clarkston Elementary had the most pledges for the 2015 Walk & Roll, and invited SCAMP representatives to present the award....more >>
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Millstream

Clarkston grad heads home for internship

February is just beginning, but Clarkston graduate Lance Holsbeke already has summer plans lined up. The 2013 graduate of Clarkston High School and junior at Central Michigan University is interning with Student Painters....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Ruling the mountain

The Clarkston High School Ski teams head into their last week of races in the league before they head into the divisional races next week. The Boys Varsity team beat Lake Orion in the Slalom race on Jan....more >>
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Winter party

Independence Elementary transformed their school into a Winter Carnival, Jan....more >>
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Concert honors

The Clarkston High School Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Mrs. Wendy Stuart, performed a concert last weekend at the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association's Conference at DeVos Hall in Grand Rapids....more >>
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$3k raised for cancer fight

Mueva Fitness of Independence Township raised $3,380 for a local family in need. "We all know at least one person who has been affected by cancer and the hardships it can bring financially," said Jennifer Breen, co-owner....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Public hearing Clarkston Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on a Special Land Use request for a building addition to Clarkston United Methodist Church, Monday, March 7....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 2001 "Still no vacancy for Holiday Inn" It looked like there was "no vacancy" in Independence Township for a Holiday Express. The revised plans for the development proposal for M-15 and I-75 was not being recommended for approval by township planning consultants....more >>
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Born February 7th
1804: John Deere, farm equipment manufacturer
1812: Charles Dickens, prolific English novelist whose stories reflected life in Victorian England. Some of his more famous works include Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol and A Tale of Two Cities.
1837: Sir James Murray, Scottish lexicographer and editor.
1867: Laura Ingalls Wilder, author whose works were the basis for television's Little House on the Prairie.
1885: Sinclair Lewis, novelist of satire and realism. (Arrowsmith, Elmer Gantry).
February 7th
in history
1964: The British band The Beatles are greeted by 25,000 fans upon their arrival in the United States at JFK Airport.
1965: U.S. jets hit Don Hoi guerrilla base in reprisal for the Viet Cong raids.
1968: North Vietnamese use 11 Soviet-built light tanks to overrun the U.S. Special Forces camp at Lang Vei at the end of an 18-hour long siege.
1978: Ethiopia mounts a counter attack against Somalia.
1983: Iran opens an invasion in the southeast of Iraq.