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E. coli detected in Lake Villa water sample

Park residents advised to boil water before using it

(Editor's Note: Connie Sims, environmental planner for the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner's Office, reported on Friday, Sept. 19 the follow-up water samples obtained from the Lake Villa Manufactured Home Park all tested negative for the presence of E. coli and total coliforms. As a result, the boil water notice is terminated.) Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria was detected in a water sample taken Sept. 16 from a residence on Hunters Rill in the Lake Villa Manufactured Home Community in Oxford Township....more >>
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Rockin' out!

Those talented kids!

The Oxford School of Music held a recital Sunday afternoon in downtown's Centennial Park. The event featured students singing and playing a variety of instruments including the guitar, drums and flute....more >>

Lakeville to add third 4th-grade class due to parent concerns

Parents expressing their concern over the need for another fourth-grade teacher at Lakeville Elementary received a positive result after appealing to the Oxford Board of Education at its Sept....more >>

Council votes to restrict truck traffic on W. Burdick St.

Many of the large trucks that normally travel along W. Burdick St. will have to find alternate routes beginning Wednesday, Oct. 8 due to new weight and time restrictions approved last week by the Oxford Village Council....more >>

One club scramble to benefit Rotary scholarship fund

Want to enjoy a fun afternoon and support a worthy cause? Then sign up for John and Virginia Hubbard's Fall One Club Scramble to held at the Oxford Hills Golf and Country Club (300 E....more >>

No fed money to pave Dunlap

Pave Dunlap Rd. in Oxford Township and turn it into a truck route. That was suggested at last week's Oxford Village Council meeting as a potential alternative for trucks no longer able to travel on W....more >>
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Vehicle hits walker on Coats Rd., speeds away

A 40-year-old Oxford woman was the victim of an apparent hit-and-run Sept. 8 while getting a little fresh air and exercise on Coats Rd. Melissa Lovins was walking along the side of Coats Rd....more >>

Bond refunding could result in $960K savings

Oxford Township officials last week took a step toward potentially saving their water customers almost $1 million. The township board voted 5-1 to approve a resolution that authorizes the issuance of no more than $9 million in refunding bonds to pay off the existing water bond debt in October 2015....more >>
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Oxford senior to play in World Series

A 71-year-old Oxford man is preparing to play baseball in his very own "Field of Dreams," minus all the ghosts. Jim Feltz was drafted by the New England Red Sox to play in the Roy Hobbs World Series Nov....more >>

Addison PC recommends denying rezoning request for gas station

When it came time to approve or deny a request by Boji Holdings LLC to rezone a westerly 13.03-acre parcel from residential to commercial, the Addison Township Planning Commission unanimously chose the latter at its Sept....more >>

Briefs

Historical society's fall meeting Oct. 27 Ron Rademacher will be the guest speaker at the Northeast Oakland Historical Society's annual fall meeting on Monday, Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m....more >>

Twp. to formalize policy on overgrown grass, weeds

Rather than drafting and enacting a new ordinance to deal with properties that have overgrown grass and weeds, it appears Oxford Township officials are going to formalize an informal policy that's previously solved the problem whenever it's arisen....more >>
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Conners celebrate 65 years

What's the secret to staying married for 65 years? "He's the head of the house. He wears the pants in the family and I tell him what pair to wear," said Oxford resident Shirley Conner....more >>

Village to wait and see what state does about prohibiting Jake brakes

Instead of enacting an ordinance to prohibit Jake braking within Oxford Village limits, council last week decided to wait and see what the Michigan State Legislature does with regard to this issue....more >>
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Riding and remembering

A total of 147 adults and kids took to the Polly Ann Trail in Oxford Saturday morning as part of the Third Annual Tour de Shane. The event is designed to raise awareness about suicide prevention and keep the memory of Shane Hrischuk alive....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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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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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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ET Rover meeting:'A well orchestrated disaster'

Atlas Twp.- Bryan and Tammy Merkel purchased a 3.5 acre parcel of land on Gale Road south of Horton Road in June, with plans to begin building their dream home this fall. But it appears ET Rover has plans for their property, too— a natural gas pipeline that a newly released route map shows running straight down the center of the Merkel property, rendering it unbuildable....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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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Thrills and chills

Author Ryan Fenzel tells a visitor about his mystery and thriller books featuring Michigan hisoty at Art in the Village last Saturday in Depot Park. Please see page 20 for more pictures....more >>

End in sight for M-15 repaving project

The M-15 road reconstruction project is in its final phase, moving through downtown south to Dixie Highway. Clarkston's portion of a $4.1 million road resurfacing project began after Labor Day....more >>
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Teacher raise in proposed contract

After two weeks without a contract, teachers and administrators reached a tentative agreement. The proposed contract provides a half-step pay increase for teachers on steps 1-15, excluding this year's hires; $200 off-scale, one-time payment to teachers on steps 1-15 except new hires; and a one percent on-scale payment to teachers at step 16....more >>

Get a Taste of Clarkston

One of the area's favorite events returns to fill downtown Main Street with yummy cuisine as local establishments pack the streets, offering visitors a chance to taste a variety of food from area restaurants....more >>
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Fun at Art in the Village

Depot Park was packed with white tents filled with food and crafts last weekend as visitors packed downtown to grab a bite to eat and browse tons of unique creations during the Art in the Village festival....more >>

Golfing for Angels

Angels' Place and Knights of Columbus have teamed up to host a golf outing to benefit Angel's Place, a non-profit organization that provides long-term care via over 20 homes in three Michigan counties....more >>
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Prayer vigil for pastor in peril overseas

First Congregational Church is hosting a prayer vigil 7 p.m., Sept. 26, for Pastor Saeed Abedini, who is serving an eight-year prison term in Iran because of his Christian faith. A church member saw the announcement of the worldwide vigil and suggested the Independence Township church take part....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Helping a friend, classmate

When Delaney Brown and her friends set out to raise money for an iPad for friend and classmate Nate Gipe they didn't expect the support. Gipe, a Clarkston High School junior, who is in the marching band, drama club, CSMTech and National Honor Society was diagnosed with ALL - Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in April 2014....more >>
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Passing the duties on

Next Wednesday LuAnn Stohrer will turn off the lights and shut the door to the athletic office in Clarkston High School for the last time. Stohrer retires on Sept. 24 after seven years of being the athletic secretary....more >>
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Racer kicks off heart walk

American Stock Car racer Casey Roderick will rev up thisyear's Congenital Heart Walk, Sept. 28 at Depot Park. "We're really excited to have him," said Terri Elliott, committee member for the walk and a congenital heart disease survivor....more >>
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Powers celebrate 65 years

James and Joy Powers of Independence Township got together during World War II and have been a couple ever since. "I was in the service and a buddy from Detroit knew my wife through an aunt they worked together," James said....more >>
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Keeping current with Cnews

Clarkston High School current events students are checking out local current events, courtesy of The Clarkston News. Last week, students in social studies teacher Brooke Davis' class keyed in on stories about Clarkston teacher contract negotiations, which featured comments from their teacher in his role as president of the Clarkston Education Association, how a gas station's treatment of a man in military uniform spread on social media, and the Wolves' football game....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Euchre for field house Back by popular demand is the euchre tournament to benefit the Clarkston Field House, Sept. 27, 7-11 p.m. The fundraiser is to continue the planned improvements....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1999 "Rapid skunk, bats found in Independence" Following the confirmation of two rabid skunks and nine bats in Oakland County, the county Animal Control office was warning residents to stay away from wildlife especially bats, foxes, raccoons and skunks....more >>
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