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Fixing Orion's roads will not be an easy fix

By Meg Peters Review Co-Editor As Orion Township's roads have cracked open over the last couple of weeks, like many roads in Oakland County experiencing the freeze-thaw cycle, many residents are left wondering—how much of the current gas tax is directly spent on fixing Michigan's roads? The answer is, not the majority of it....more >>
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Off to see the Wizard

"The Wizard of Oz" graced the Oxford High School stage last week....more >>
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Newly renovated Orion library is a gem

By Dan Shriner Review Editor The Orion Township Public Library has some new kid-friendly spaces and even a thing or two for adults inside its recently-remodeled digs. The library has long been a popular spot for kids and their parents but the new renovations and additions are just begging to be enjoyed by kids of all ages....more >>
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Bus driver shortage leads to some doubling up on routes

Because of a shortage of drivers, a few Oxford Community Schools bus drivers are doubling up on routes, which has generated concerns among some parents. One mother, Andrea Syzmanski, even voiced her concern on social media....more >>
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Lake Orion teacher receives national honor

By Chris Hagan Review Staff Writer Lake Orion High School English teacher Joshua Hosler personifies what being a great teacher means. For his efforts helping Lake Orion students, he has been honored by the John F....more >>

DDA recommends hiring coordinator for Lone Ranger Festival

Somebody needs to take the reins of this year's Lone Ranger Festival and the Oxford Downtown Development Authority (DDA) suggested Lisa Renaud for the job. "We are behind the eight ball (in terms of planning this event)," said village President Sue Bossardet, who serves on the DDA board....more >>

Celtic Knot hosting fund-raiser to pay for marine patrol on Lakeville Lake

ADDISON TWP. – Paul Tobian wants to ensure Lakeville Lake remains a safe place to boat, fish and swim this summer. That's why he's organized a fund-raiser at The Celtic Knot (1318 Rochester Rd....more >>

No skill required for upcoming Art Center benefit

By Chris Hagan Review Staff Writer Art can often be viewed in similarity to California wineries; places only the rich and snobby converse over hors d'oeuvres and black tuxedos....more >>
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OHS grad battles cancer, seeks funds for treatment

Cancer. It's the dreaded word nobody wants to hear come out of their doctor's mouth at any age. But it's especially terrifying when that's the diagnosis and you're only 19 years old....more >>

Downtown Lake Orion's newest business is Motor City Granite

By Chris Hagan Review Staff Writer Two local entrepreneurs have successfully mixed professional and fun when it comes to their new offerings to northern Oakland County. Located at 33 N Broadway, Motor City Granite opened on March 2 with a simple idea: give customers detailed professional service and make sure those customers enjoy their experience....more >>

DDA recommends appointment of bank employee to board

A familiar face in the arenas of local business and local government could be joining the Oxford Downtown Development Authority (DDA) board. Last week, the board voted 8-0 to recommend to the village council that Geno Mallia, Jr....more >>
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Orphan Train lecture stops at library March 31

An orphan boy comes to a strange town by train, gets adopted by a local couple and grows up to become a prominent physician who serves his community for decades. That's not the plot of some bestselling novel or Hollywood movie....more >>

Addison passes budget with new hall, 2 percent raises

For the past six years, the Addison Township budget has been able to stay out of the red and this year is no exception. Township officials voted unanimously to approve the 2015-16 budget at the March 16 regular board meeting....more >>
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Orion mourns its fallen hero

By Meg Peters Review Co-Editor Over the past week the Lake Orion community has mourned the loss of Staff Sgt. Trevor Blaylock, a native Dragon and one of the 11 servicemen who died in a tragic Black Hawk helicopter crash the evening of March 10....more >>
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Spring has sprung in Leonard

Leonard Elementary celebrated the arrival of spring Friday night with the school's annual Spring Fair. There was all kinds of fun to be had as kids rode a mechanical bull, played games, got their faces painted and shot each other with air cannons....more >>
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Lake Orion's swimming Dragon is best in state

By Dan Shriner Review Editor YPSILANTI – The 2015 Division 1 boys swimming championships on Saturday at Eastern Michigan University was something of a coming out party for Lake Orion's Devon Nowicki who established himself as one of the greatest high school swimmers in state history....more >>

Briefs

Decorate Easter cookies and help FISH Downtown Oxford's Sweet & Savory Bake Shop is inviting children to come meet the Easter Bunny and decorate cookies from 12-3 p.m. on Saturday, March 28....more >>

Orion Fire Department will replace aging equipment

By Chris Hagan Review Staff Writer The Orion Fire Department will soon be updating several pieces of important equipment that have matured beyond two decades of age. The Orion Township board on Monday night approved the purchase of vehicle rescue tools and a new ambulance....more >>

Scripps teacher is "Artist of the Year"

By Chris Hagan Review Staff Writer Art is an expression of one's ability to create a physical version of an idea. Whether in paint or pastel, those ideas come from all sorts of motivations deep within a person's emotion and imagination....more >>

Pur Cuisine brings some purely good food to Orion

By Meg Peters Review Co-Editor Pur Cuisine Café at 1081 S. Lapeer is ready and rearing to serve the community food to make them healthier. Just because it's healthy doesn't mean it's not tasty....more >>

Dr. Rocco Ciccone is Orion's top dental destination

Starting their 17th year of being one of Orion's leaders in dentistry, Dr. Rocco Ciccone's practice is continuing their commitment to patient care and contemporary technology. The family practice is constantly keeping up-to-date on the newest, most advanced technologies being developed in the field of dentistry....more >>

Voter registration drive at Lake Orion High School nets 100

In a voter registration drive conducted at Lake Orion High School last week, Orion Township Clerk Penny Shults registered more than 100 students who will now be able to vote. With their new, fresh status, those students will have the option to vote in the statewide special election Tuesday, May 5, where voters will be asked their approval to redirect gas taxes at the pump into new allocations....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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Atlas Township voters say yes to pathways

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

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Tis the season—OCEF seeking donations, volunteers

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

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

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No antler restriction this fall for local hunters

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

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'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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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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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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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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'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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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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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....more >>

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My life as a Navy SEAL

Goodrich graduate retires from elite force after 25 years

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

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CERT seeks senior citizens for home checks this winter

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

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'New' board aims for better recreation

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

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ET Rover: 'Surveyors are allowed on private property'

'You have to write and deny them access'

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

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ET Rover pipeline survey crews draws ire of residents

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

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

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

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Score one for Schollar

Long-time Goodrich basketball scorekeeper honored

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

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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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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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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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On all 'fours'

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

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Deer poacher charged under harsher guidelines

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

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Township coffers swell to more than $3.9M

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

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Man hospitalized after township shooting

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

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Alward named Coach of the Week

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

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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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Five awards for The Citizen staff in MPA Better Newspaper Contest

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Kids sharpen business skills with free fair

Clarkston kids are getting some hands on business experience planning an Easter festival on April 1, and that's no joke. "They will run every aspect of it," said Tom Neal, instructor for Oakland Technical Center Northwest's iTeam class....more >>

Board considers 5 open-enrollment options

In an effort to increase revenue, Clarkston Community Schools district is considering open enrollment. Last week, they released five options and an online survey to gauge community sentiment....more >>
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Property plan irks neighbors

A subdivision plan in a wooded spot off Dixie Highway has residents worried. Developer Michael Furnari plans to develop a 26-acre piece of land just south of I-75 on the east side of Dixie Highway at Deerhill Drive....more >>
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Lost power

Kroger employees pick up cones to reopen their gas station on Sashabaw Road at Maybee, Monday. An equipment problem knocked out power to more than 3,000 DTE Energy customers along Sashabaw, Maybee Road and Dixie Highway, March 23....more >>
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Millstream

Woman's Life continues legacy of good deeds

A Clarkston group is out to change the world one good deed at a time. Women's Life, a group formed in Clarkston, is a group of do-good gals. They are friends. They get together, socialize and have fun while deciding who to help next....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Career day

Sevenths graders at Sashabaw Middle School were introduced to more than 30 career possibililities at Career Day, March 10. Students heard from parents, grandparents, local business owners and community leaders, who spent the morning at SMS sharing information about their careers and professions....more >>

News in Brief

Absentee voting Absentee voting is open for the May 5 special election. Voters will decide on Proposal 15-1, to amend the State Constitution to increase the sales/use tax from 6% to 7%, eliminate sales tax on gas, and increase gas tax and vehicle registration fees....more >>

Community garden

Clarkston Community Garden is signing up gardeners for its 100 plots off Pine Knob Road. Cost is $25 for Independence Township residents per plot and $35 for nonresidents. Gardeners keep whatever they grow in their 10-by-10-foot plots....more >>

New speaker for townhall series

Oakland Town Hall announces a change in their April 8 lecture series.  Tom Gjelten, National Public Radio reporter, will replace Carlos Luria, CIA insider and author due to illness....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 2000 "Auto carjacked from area gas station" A Clarkston woman was lucky after her 1998 Ford Taurus was returned to her after a man car-jacked it from the Amoco gas station off Sashabaw Road a week prior....more >>
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1853: Vincent Van Gogh, Dutch impressionist artist.
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in history
1941: The German Afrika Korps under General Erwin Rommel begins its first offensive against British forces in Libya.
1943: Rodgers and Hammerstein's first collaboration, Oklahoma, opens on Broadway.
1944: The U.S. fleet attacks Palau, near the Philippines.
1945: The Red Army advances into Austria.
1946: The Allies seize 1,000 Nazis attempting to revive the Nazi party in Frankfurt.