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Ah, country living

Oxford Township residents Alain and Linda Piette took a leisurely ride in a horse-drawn carriage Tuesday morning along Oakwood Rd. The Morgan horses are River and Radar. Photo by C....more >>
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Dragons roar proudly for annual festival

By Chris Hagan Review Staff Writer Thousands of people from all over Southeastern Michigan descended upon downtown Lake Orion for the annual Dragon on the Lake festival this weekend....more >>

Alcohol may have played role in possible drowning

Alcohol may have played a role in the death of a 49-year-old Oxford Township woman who was found in a swimming pool Sunday evening at her home in the 1900 block of Manalee Lane, just north of Indian Lake Rd....more >>

New smartphone app will pinpoint time of arrival for 68 district buses

By Meg Peters Review Co-Editor With the first day of schoolnext Tuesdaycomes an opportunity for parents to be a little more in tune with their student's schedule—knowing exactly what time their bus will arrive....more >>

Request denied:Oxford won't pay LO additional $9K for homeless student transportation

A couple of weeks ago, Oxford Superintendent Tim Throne and Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance Sam Barna traveled to Lake Orion to discuss transportation issues and see if there is a way the two districts could work together to provide service and cut costs....more >>

Oxford's Seniors Helping Seniors moves to Orion with special honor

By Meg Peters Review Co-Editor For the past seven years Oxford Township couple Dawn and Bob Neely has operated their business Seniors Helping Seniors from their cozy home in Woodbriar Village off Drahner Rd....more >>
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FISH stuffs 200 backpacks full of school supplies

"Joy." That was the little word that immediately sprang from Cassandra's smiling lips as she watched her children receive brand new school backpacks Saturday afternoon at the Oxford-Orion FISH pantry in Thomas....more >>

Woman saves 9-year-old choking on carrots at summer camp

By Meg Peters Review Co-Editor Lake Orion resident Marianne Donoghue said performing theHeimlich maneuverwasn't as hard as it looks. "It's just what had to be done, so it was pretty fast," the mother of two said....more >>
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Behold the beautifiers:Village beautification award winners announced

To many of us, yard work is just that work. But to a select group, it's a genuine labor of love. Mowing the lawn, pulling weeds, planting flowers and spreading mulch aren't weekend chores to be dreaded and cursed, they're joys to those folks who revel in keeping their properties in pristine condition....more >>

Dragons are Tigers for a day

There were Tigers and Dragons last Thursday at Comerica Park. Let's just say that Chief Jerry Narsh and crew, and Golling Buick GMC General Manager Jerry Cooper had their hands full....more >>

Calling all kids! Chamber seeks parade theme ideas

Some folks might think it's way too early to start thinking about sleigh bells, stockings and Santa, but not Nicole Stirrett. The executive director of the Oxford Chamber of Commerce is encouraging local children to put on their yuletide thinking caps and enter the 2015 Christmas Parade Theme Contest....more >>

Dragons fall short in upset bid of Chippewa Valley

By Joe St. Henry Review Special Writer Lake Orion and Chippewa Valley opened the 2015 high school football season for the second consecutive year last Thursday, with the Big Reds outlasting the Dragons, 35-28, in the Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State University....more >>
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Christian Science church to host interfaith dialog meeting

Folks interested in learning about Christian Science are invited to attend an interfaith dialog meeting on Sunday, Oct. 11. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and take place at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, located at 71 S....more >>

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Friends' Flavor Fest:Oct. 22 wine tasting, silent auction to benefit Addison Public Library The Friends of the Addison Township Public Library will be holding their Annual Friends Flavor Fest, Silent Auction, and Wine Tasting, at the Addison Oaks Conference Center, on Thursday, Oct....more >>

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Teen steals car, leads deputies on high speed chase

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

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GEA, district ink deal, wages still frozen

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

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New vaccination rule:Insight or incite?

Parents seeking immunization waivers must have 'conversation' with OCHD

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

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Township board to lower police millage

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

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Brandon board, Ortonville council OK fire budget

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

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Goodrich Football: Fritz Wolff night set for Sept. 11

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

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The Family Community Church of the Nazarene opens Sunday

Atlas Twp.-It's just all in the family. When the doors open on Sept. 13 at The Family Community Church of the Nazarene, 5366 S. State Road, it will be just like home for the visitors....more >>
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Blackhawks win battle for M-15 with last second field goal

Brandon kicker Zach Clements hit a game-winning 37-yard field goal with two seconds remaining as the Blackhawks edged Goodrich in the Battle for M-15 by a score of 11-10. The win is the first since 1986 for the Blackhawks and keeps the overall series 30-12 in favor of Goodrich....more >>

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Commons rock arrives

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

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Neighbor, boaters save man from Bald Eagle Lake

'At some point you just accept drowning'

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

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

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

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Sewer ballot language OK'd

Election board next step before November vote

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

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Summer reading program

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

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Village council lends support to DDA sewer resolution

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

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Old Mill Museum receives donation of local artwork

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

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Brandon man killed in motorcycle accident

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

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Single father grateful for OCEF as back to school time nears

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

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

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

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Crime spree ends in car crash

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

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Village Skate Park to reopen

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

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Hope: Relay For Life

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

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Drones among us

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

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Road rage arrest

Suspect jailed after allegedly ramming another vehicle

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

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

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Board ramps up deputies in township, school liaison debated

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

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

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DIA art is here

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

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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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'Bam—it hit me that fast'

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

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New principal at GMS

Hawaii native, middle school principal now a Martian

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

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Goodrich ACT tops in Genesee county school districts

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

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Focus group to meet on sewers

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

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Audit complete, roads top priority in township

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

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Mission: Saving women

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

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No big cats allowed:Township, exotic animal business spar

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

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

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

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Comments spark debate over issues of privacy at council meeting

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

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

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

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Brandon deputies, resident recognized

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

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Brandon superintendent's contract extended

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

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Drain survey crews to begin in village

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'Climate change and you'

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

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Brandon students: Young@Art

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

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Hindus, Buddhists: Practicing peace

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

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Goodrich grad lands key role in 'Steel Magnolias'

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

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Brandon teachers of the year

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

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Former business owner guilty of check fraud

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

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Groveland EMS denied request to respond to Atlas Township

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

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

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Will area roads improve?

Local officials consider possible sales tax hike impact on roads

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

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DIA coming to town

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

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

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

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Random Acts of Kindness

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

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ET Rover hearing Dec. 10, last chance for comments

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

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Wage hikes, cell tower park funds approved by township

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

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Township, county EMS ink Ebola virus readiness plan

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

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Election certification adds votes to narrow school board election

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

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Recount looms in one vote victory in school board election

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

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Students use art to thank active military for service

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

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Leppan murder trial delayed

Former Brandon man's court date set for 2015

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

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At 50—1964 Mustang still cruising, turning heads

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

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Genesee County voters to decide transportation millage

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

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Fund balance dips, board eyes leasing buses

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

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Goodrich Moo & Moore

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

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Osprey population soaring locally

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Expats: Raising a family overseas

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

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Pastors ponder marriage equality ruling, local couple celebrates

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

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'Ordinary People by Extraordinary Artists'

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

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Brandon School Board OKs budget with surplus

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

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Peace pole

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

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

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Test scores show improvement in Brandon

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

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The art of religion: Creating understanding, acceptance

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

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Ready, set, swim!

Students to release classroom salmon

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

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Proposal 1 explained by road commission

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

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Cambodian invasion recalled by township veteran

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

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

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Branching out

Enbridge Energy woodlands settlement provides free trees

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

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GHS senior Hurley's Volunteer of the Month

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

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Former Martian lands on House floor

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

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Lawmaker takes aim at school building sales

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

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Charity week: Students ready to make wishes come true

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

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School of salmon

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

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Board OKs Village audit

10K in additional road funding comes to village

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

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MSP to study speed on M-15 in Brandon

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

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'There is no right way of religion'

Brandon students explore Judaism, Islam, and more

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

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Economic boom, jobs expected from proposed ET Rover pipeline project

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

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Judge orders mediation in village class action case

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

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

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

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CCTS seeks new toys for area children

Help make Christmas merry

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

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Township inks joint recreation plan

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

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Do You Hear What I Hear?

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

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FERC to host environmental review open house for ET Rover

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

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

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'Your voice is something rare'

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

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

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Robin Hood

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

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

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Fund balance up at Brandon Schools

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

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It's 'signs up' for township Eagle Scout

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

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Circus comes to town with elephants, for now

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

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An Alaskan summer with salmon

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

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Expats: Raising a family overseas

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

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New times for Good Times in Goodrich

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

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Where's the fire?

Century-old buggy recovered in Brandon back in use

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

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Skate Park to reopen

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

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

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Genius hour: BHS students provided innovation time

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

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ATFD 75 year anniversary painting donated

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

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

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

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

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Robotics teams off to world championship

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

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Brandon Preschool: Work and play

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

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

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Schools of Choice growing in Goodrich

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

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EPA burned up over wood smoke

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

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Play ball!

Brandon Rec applies for baseball field grant

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

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EMS issues continue, move on to state level

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

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

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U.S. Ice Fishing team set for World Championship

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

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ET Rover dumps plans for pipeline

Existing pipeline to deliver gas to Michigan markets and Canada

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

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District superintendent evaluation positive

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

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Brandon youth bound over to Sixth Circuit Court

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

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

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College financial assistance available at Goodrich High School

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

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

Three of every four households that receive The Citizen are reading the newspaper. That's the report from the Circulation Verification Council (CVC) that in late 2014 completed an audit of The Citizen newspaper....more >>

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Stranger danger investigation yields no results

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

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Twp. plots price increase at cemetery

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

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Stepping fourth

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

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Together until the end

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

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MDOT: Keep M-15 speed limit at 50 mph

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

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Meeting geared to residents affected by proposed ET Rover pipeline

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

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New library director named

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

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'They can't get it together'

Rec subcomittee meeting over before it begins

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

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Insurance company denies village coverage in lawsuit

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

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Ortonville's 34th Crop Walk

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

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Blackhawks win one for veterans

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

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Township battles phragmites

Phragmites are prohibiting clear vision along the roadways

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

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Funds needed for GHS, landscape,Capstone project

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

Swimmer nationally ranked

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

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Marijuana thieves caught on camera

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

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New scoreboard

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

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

Pat George retires after more than 28 years at BHS

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

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Love is universal

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

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Top Hops grown here

Township hops farm to host open house

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

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Groveland Twp. firefighters honored for saving life

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

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Trout coming to Kearsley Creek

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

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Area voters dump Proposal 1

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

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Bookin' It and beating cancer

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

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Bridge troubles mounting

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

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Spring break: Nicaragua

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

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

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

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Geo whiz

Local to compete at state level of National Geographic Bee

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

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'Coyote - Our Urban Adapter'

Area naturalist to discuss coyotes at Brandon Township Library

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

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School district bonds sold

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

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

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

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Rec survey and master plan

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

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Reading with Preschoolers

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

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

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Regiani Holistic Dental Center

Ortonville dentist moves practice to Clarkston

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

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Poacher pleads guilty, given fines, probation

A Groveland Township man who poached a deer in October will not serve jail time, but will lose the right to hunt for the next three years and has been ordered to pay more than $2,500 in restitution and fines....more >>

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Ortonville Main Street evaluation approved

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

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Twp. board narrowly inks 2015 budget

Wage increases for employees, officials

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

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Christmas in the Village

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

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Brandon grad on Peace Corps mission in Madagascar

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

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Recreation workshop unites village, township

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

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Dixie Gully Run roars in Groveland Township

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

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From down under to Goodrich; visiting Aussie now a Martian

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

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Whippet back in shape

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

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Lawsuit dropped by family of boy stuck in classroom desk

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

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Robotics season kicks off at Kettering

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

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Pink Pride shines at GHS

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

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Martian-Blue Devils lacrosse

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

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Let's do this

Battle for M-15 Martians-Blackhawks

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

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Daydream believer

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

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Suspect wanted for indecent exposure

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

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School board OKs new Hegel Road sign

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

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Despite levy of 13 mills, district shortfall continues

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

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One long ride

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

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

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Steep FOIA cost angers Goodrich parents

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

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Goodrich paraprofessional retires after more than two decades

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

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'I had no symptoms whatsoever'

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

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Reserve OCS deputy retires

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

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Seeking Book Club members

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

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Smart meter conversions to begin in township

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

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Memories of Lincoln

Local shares funeral items on anniversary of assassination

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

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Save a life:Township opens lockbox program

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

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Bridge deck dilemma

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

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

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Old Mill Museum vandalized

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

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'One Brandon'

First annual community night for all Brandon sports

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

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Meeting Grandma: great-great

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

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Six new buses for Goodrich

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

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Oaktree closed due to water damage

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

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Gary Schafer named Atlas Township Firefighter of the Year

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

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ACT Test Prep Seminar

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

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Brandon Recreation to apply for park grants in 2015

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

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BMS robotics soar, local teams growing

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

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Allar steps down after nine years on Brandon Board of Education

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

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Village will seek grant for walking trail

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

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Fire guts Brandon home

Help needed for township family of five

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

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

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

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'Arsenic & Old Lace'

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

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CCTS: Gearing up for Christmas

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

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Door-to-door scams reported

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

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Mental Illness Workshop

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

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Employee charged in gas station embezzling case

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

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Brandon Academy of Arts and Sciences growing

North Central Association Commission on Accreditation & School Improvement OK Academy

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

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New home for Avenue of Flags

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

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International Day of Peace for world, families, community

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

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Townships set to oppose latest Rover pipeline plans

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

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Village council lends support to DDA sewer resolution

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

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Goodrich loses Hall of Fame Coach Fritz Wolff

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

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Wheelock drain project to begin in spring 2016

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

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Community blazing township trails

931 signatures favortownship trail development

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

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DNR youth demonstration days

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

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

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County road commissioners to be elected

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

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

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

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Illegal deer hunting costs man big bucks

New law targets those seeking illegal trophy bucks enforced

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

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Goodrich appoints new council member

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

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Community remembers Ed Thompson

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

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Herpetological survey begins in parks

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

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Goodrich grad to host local news

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

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Big changes coming for 2015 Relay for Life

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

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New tornado siren OK'd for township

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

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

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Brandon 2025: Transforming the district

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

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Deputies respond to second heroin OD

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

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School district to shed vacant property

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

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GMS students accept Rachel's Challenge

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

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Teacher keeps truckin' down bucket list

Brandon Twp.-Judy Thurston has a bucket list which has increased in significance since she was diagnosed with cancer. When the former Brandon teacher climbed into the passenger seat of a semi-truck on Dec....more >>

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New Martian native of Taiwan

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

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Goodrich School Board votes to refinance bonds

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

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Pathway projects outlined by committee

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

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Ready to snow

Unseasonable cold opens Mt. Holly early, again

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

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Brandon Township goes to war on phragmites

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

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Standing corn factor in firearm deer opener

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

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Australian student at home in Goodrich

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

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Ebola hits home

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

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

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

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

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The 'Urban Warrior'—a person of change

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

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Drain Commissioner moves forward with drain project

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

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Fall parenting and caregiver series at library

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

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Township employee arraigned on drug charges, on paid leave

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

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Friday storm takes toll on historic Goodrich Cemetery

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

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Bridging the divide, by bicycle

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

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Library budget hearing

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

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Memorial bench damaged at Brandon Library

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

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District borrows $2.5 million as talks continue

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

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New police dog 'Levi' named for Goodrich founder

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

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Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk, family affair

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

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28th Annual Youth Recognition Night

A record 161 children honored

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

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Math wiz tops on ACT

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

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Vote coming on sewers

Hundreds attend council meeting to express concern over project

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

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BGYA takes aim at bullying with program

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

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Township man charged in rape of 13-year-old

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

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State of Brandon District

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

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Ortonville DDA to outline progress for council

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

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A bag of thanks

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

Brandon students visit mosque, study Islam

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

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

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

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Board pecks away at new chicken rules

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

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Vietnamese student connected in America

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

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

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Village plans Oakwood Road, Mill St. improvements

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

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My life as a Navy SEAL

Goodrich graduate retires from elite force after 25 years

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

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CERT seeks senior citizens for home checks this winter

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

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'New' board aims for better recreation

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

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ET Rover: 'Surveyors are allowed on private property'

'You have to write and deny them access'

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

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ET Rover pipeline survey crews draws ire of residents

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

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

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

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Score one for Schollar

Long-time Goodrich basketball scorekeeper honored

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

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Township adopts construction board of appeals

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

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Brandon firefighters promoted

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

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Brandon Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame

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

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

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

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

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

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Ballot for sewer vote eyed by village council

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

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Goodrich Commons sign OK'd by council

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

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

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School liaison position spurs debate

Brandon officials grapple with funding for school cop

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

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Century-old Hadley family home razed

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

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Dream home returns after ET Rover pipeline halt

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

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Identity theft prevention

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

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To Goodrich from Deutschland

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

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Bullring at 40

Goodrich-Dave Cushman took a chance 40 years ago. Forgoing a secure skilled trade career with then Flint-based Buick for a small village pub along M-15 with one pool table, no kitchen and Blatz Beer on tap....more >>
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Brandon student charged in school shooting threats

Brandon Twp.- Jacob Michael Young, 17, has been charged as the individual who threatened a shooting in the school district this week. Young, a Brandon High School senior, was arraigned Dec....more >>

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New administrative assistants for fire department, treasurer

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

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How bizarre: Michigan Mysteries & Oddities

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

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

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

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Drain talks with county continue

Drain commissioner, village, Parjana Co. set to meet

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

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Township resident drives MTA to top

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

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Atlas Twp. aims to curb fracking of oil, gas

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

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Identity fraud reports spike

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

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Driver drags, strikes woman with vehicle

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

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

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

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B-Hive case moves on to circuit court

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

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Fritz Wolff obituary, visitation

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

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Township inks 5-year deal with Emterra

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

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Sheriff warns of traveling gypsies in township

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

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Pastor Won has arrived

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

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School board OKs budget

Outside clerical contracts draw ire, fund balance up

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

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Fireworks spook horse, police enforce ordinance

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

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It's good to be home

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

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Narcan saving lives

Medics use drug to reverse heroin OD

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

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

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KBH United caps off season as Metro League Champs

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

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110 Stories

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

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

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Signs of a 'healthy relationships'

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

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Area home prices jump in 2014, sales level

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

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Michigan Sales tax hike on May ballot

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

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When heroes come to class

GHS student calls on Marines for assistance

Goodrich-There are heroes among us. That's the message Bayley Schultz, a GHS senior, hoped Reid Elementary kindergarteners will take with them after a visit on Wednesday from a few United States Marines....more >>

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Mary Christmas

Robin Sullivan of WMUZ to speak at Lakeview Community Church

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

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Weather, costs produce mixed bag for deer hunters

Local deer processor to aid Gleaners Pontiac

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

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A Night in Hollywood at Brandon High School

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

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Veterans brunch to feature military historian

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

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Life aboard the USS Bush

Deployed aircraft carrier home to local sailor

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

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Tree stand safety key as archery deer season opens statewide

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

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Family Disaster, Safety and Planning Class

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

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Trustees join resolution for more control over drilling sites

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

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Branching out: All tree applications successful

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

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Fire Department adds LUCAS II

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

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

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A new era: Ortonville Woman's Club

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

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An OCEF Easter

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

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Seder meal at GUMC

Congregation Shema Yisrael to offer Passover feast

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

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Cuts coming to Brandon Schools

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

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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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Elsworth scores first CFL touchdown, starting at linebacker

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

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Junk Monkey Pickup Company

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

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Snapchat leads to rollover

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

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Heroin overdoses continue in Brandon Twp.

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

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T3, Martians take on world

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

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Sharin' O' the Green

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

Brandon Twp.- The identity of an anonymous benefactor to the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund has been revealed. The OCEF Board announced this week it has renamed it's annual matching fund drive the "Roger Duval Sharin' O' the Green....more >>
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On all 'fours'

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

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Deer poacher charged under harsher guidelines

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

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Township coffers swell to more than $3.9M

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

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Man hospitalized after township shooting

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

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The heartbreak of heroin

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

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Twenty-eight Boston Marathons and counting

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

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Elder abuse/older adult safety

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

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Alward named Coach of the Week

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

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No Village Skate Park—again

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

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Woman injured after falling into bonfire

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

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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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Iron Belle Trail

Plan proposed by Blackhawk Community Trail Committee

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

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Building inspector pay hike questioned by supervisor

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

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Meet Miss Basketball

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

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

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Australian student loving Brandon

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

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Goodrich Schools receives accreditation

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

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Board OKs $1.6 million in cuts

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

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

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

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

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Brandon deputy to retire

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

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Caution urged after outbreak of brush fires

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

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

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

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

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

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Deep freeze chills spring sap flow so far

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp.-On Monday morning the wood-fired maple syrup evaporator in Jim Aseltine's township sugar shack was cold. "We should be loaded with sap right now and we're not," said Aseltine, 85, who along with his wife Faith, for the past 42 years has coaxed thousands of gallons of sap each spring from maple trees scattered over about 20 acres of rolling woodland....more >>
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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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'Church can happen in a lot of different places'

Seymour Lake United Methodist Church new pastor Janine Plum

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

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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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Trooper laid to rest

A GoFundMe page raised over $123,000 so far to help the family of Michigan State Police Trooper Chad Wolf, 38, who passed away from injuries after an accident early Friday morning, Aug....more >>
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Vandals target historic cemetery

A $1,000 reward is being offered for information to catch the vandals who knocked over dozens of headstones dating back to 1810 in the Sashabaw Plains Cemetery. "They damaged many of the graves of the founders of Clarkston, including the Maybee, Beardslee, and Sashabaw families," said Ron Hudson, who was walking in the cemetery on Maybee Road at Mary Sue Drive in Independence Township....more >>

Teens arrested in cemetery vandalism

Michael Thomas Dickinson, 19, of Waterford Township and Jonathan Lawrence Matthews, 17, of Pontiac face charges in the Sashabaw Plains Cemetery vandalism case. About 30 gravestones were knocked over or damaged at the cemetery, 5331 Maybee Road, on Aug....more >>

3 suspects held in home invasion

Three suspects have been charged with armed robbery in an Aug. 21 home invasion in Independence Township. The suspects, Lavar Crachiola, 19; Danielle Serna, 23; and Dawyght Moore, 22, all of Pontiac, were charged with one count each of breaking and entering, and three counts each of armed robbery....more >>
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Owners, officials call for parking consistency

All ideas are on the table when it comes to parking downtown, residents and officials said. Business owners Robert and Peg Roth hosted a meeting of the Clarkston Retailers Group, Aug....more >>

One last march for summer

About 30 entries are signed up to march in Monday's Clarkston Labor Day Parade, including Detroit Twirling Steppers baton group, Clarkston Chiefs football, Clarkston High School marching band, Clarkston Optimists Club, Miss Senior Michigan 2015, Miss Preteen Michigan, military vehicles, and John Rasmussen's 1917 Ford Model T....more >>

City lawsuit moves forward

Richard Bisio's Open Meetings Act lawsuit against the City of the Village of Clarskton has a response and timetable. Judge Leo Bowman of the Sixth Circuit Court of Oakland County scheduled the case for trial on March 25, with experts, witness list, and proposed exhibits presented by Nov....more >>
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Teachers' trip to Harvard all about learning

A group of Clarkston teachers and administrators traveled to Harvard University in July to learn new methods during a Project Zero conference. According to Harvard, Project Zero was launched in 1967 to examine how children learn while investigating intelligence, thinking, understanding, creativity, and other aspects of learning....more >>

News files police report

The Clarkston News called on Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper last June to investigate the possible Open Meetings Act of March 9. Information, which included City Council minutes, city attorney Paul Ryan's March 9 memo to the city, and Clarkston News reports, was forwarded to Assistant Prosecutor Paul Walton....more >>
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Storage ideas

Clarkston Facilities Committe members Jim Brueck, at left, and Thomas Hunter, along with City Manager Carol Eberhardt, discuss possible properties for storage of city equipment. The city must move its DPW equipment out of 3 E....more >>
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Neiman's is open and hiring

Contrary to rumors, Neiman's Family Market is doing fine. Voted Best Grocery Store by readers in the Clarkston News' Best of the Best, Aug. 19, the supermarket is actually hiring more employees....more >>

Committees to be formed for school goals

With school back in session in a couple weeks, Clarkston Board of Education is looking at what it wants to do this year. The school board discussed creating committees to work on strategic goals for the 2015-2016 year....more >>
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Final visit downtown for former editor

Jean Saile took one last trip around Clarkston on Aug. 14. Saile's family carried her ashes through town before she was laid to rest in Lakeview Cemetery in Clarkston that afternoon....more >>
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Protecting the Monarchs

During the Monarch Butterfly Festival at the Shiawassee Basin River Preserve, Aug. 22, visitors fed butterflies sugar water and tagged their wings for researchers before letting them go....more >>

Residents continue development protest

Independence Township residents, unsatisfied with Deerhill Farms development plans, contacted township Treasurer Paul Brown with a complaint about a development in Birmingham. The resident group Clarkston Citizens for Integrity said the property, which is owned by Deerhill developer Michael Furnari, is in disrepair....more >>

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Food rush

The shelves at Lighthouse were empty Friday night but after the Clarkston Football Program's 18th annual Rush for Food on Saturday, they were filled. With help from the community, the football players collected 7,475....more >>
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H. Michael Hendrix, with his wife, Brenda, created the mural "Moses." Photo by Phil Custodio (click for larger version)

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Artist gives thanks for health with huge painting

Art has filled H. Michael Hendrix's life ever since he figured out as a child he was good at drawing people's faces even after two heart surgeries 13 years ago and two brain surgeries eight years ago left him with short term memory loss....more >>

News in Brief

City joins TIA Clarkston City Council voted unanimously, Aug. 24, to join the Traffic Improvement Association. Yearly dues are $300, said Mayor Joe Luginski. The non-profit agency provides traffic engineering and enforcement services to members, and can provide a parking study for Clarkston at no extra charge, said Council member Sharron Catallo....more >>
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Rush for Food

The Clarkston Freshman Football team sorts donations into boxes for the Lighthouse food pantry during Rush for Food, Saturday....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Gridiron golfers

Clarkston fans, alumni and coaches came out to Pine Knob Golf for a afternoon of playing the game of golf and hanging out with friend for the 15th Clarkston Football Golf Outing last Friday....more >>
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Downtown beauty

Mia Gower takes a minute to stop and smell all the beautiful flowers along Main Street in downtown Clarkston. Flowers are planted and cared for by Clarkston Farm and Garden Club. Photo by Andrea Beaudoin....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Office closed for Labor Day The Clarkston News office will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7, for the Labor Day holiday. Deadline for classified ads is Friday at noon. Truth in Taxation Independence Township's Truth in Taxation public hearing will be at the Sept....more >>

Recognition for POWs, MIAs

American Legion Post 63 hosts a ceremony to commemorate POW/MIA Recognition Day on Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. The legion will acknowledge members or their family members who have been, or still are, a POW or MIA....more >>

Candidate forum

The League of Women Voters - Oakland Area is sponsoring a Clarkston City Council Candidate Forum, 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 17, in the Clarkston Independence District Library meeting room, 6495 Clarkston Road....more >>

Spirit of the Wolf scholarship

The Clarkston High School Football Program and Custom Threads & Sports have partnered to develop the "Spirit of the Wolf" College Scholarship, which will go to a graduating senior football player selected by Kurt Richardson, head coach for the varsity team....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 2000 "'Big box' development stalled by Planning Commission" A request for a wetland mitigation plan for a proposed retail center on the northeast corner of Sashabaw and Maybee roads was denied by the Independence Township Planning Commission, 5-0....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 2000 "Third annual 'Rush for Food' a success" Clarkston High School football players were out in force for the third annual Rush for Food. Sixty parent volunteers and football players collected enough food for Lighthouse to fill a full-sized van, a pick up truck and Chevy Blazer....more >>
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Born September 4th
1846: Daniel Hudson Burnham, architect and city planner.
1905: Mary Renault (Mary Challans), author who wrote about her wartime experiences in The Last of the Wine and The King Must Die.
1908: Richard Wright, novelist best known for Native Son.
1918: Paul Harvy, radio commentator.
1920: Craig Claiborne, food critic and cookbook author.
September 4th
in history
1479: After four years of war, Spain agrees to allow a Portuguese monopoly of trade along Africa's west coast and Portugal acknowledges Spain's rights in the Canary Islands.
1781: Los Angeles, first an Indian village Yangma, is founded by Spanish decree.
1787: Louis XVI of France recalls parliament.
1790: Jacques Necker is forced to resign as finance minister in France.
1820: Czar Alexander declares that Russian influence in North America extends as far south as Oregon and closes Alaskan waters to foreigners.