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Show off your big head in the parade

Most of the time, it's not a good thing to have a big head. The exception is during Oxford's annual Lone Ranger parade. Organizers of the Aug. 1 parade are seeking businesses, organizations and individuals willing to sponsor papier-mache heads from the Detroit-based Parade Company's famed Big Head Corps....more >>
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Orion man cranks out 16 water wells in Tanzania

By Meg Peters Review Co-Editor Unlike the Tanzanian children, Orion Keg and Wine owner Mike Setto had shoes to cover his feet. He had 800 rosaries, a handful of soccer balls and a message to spread....more >>

Developer pitches 3-building concept to DDA

Dave Weckle is planning to build a major development in downtown Oxford that would encompass portions of E. Burdick, Mill and Stanton streets. Three new buildings containing a mix of retail, office and residential space are part of his concept plan, plus approximately 58 new parking spaces....more >>

Village millage to rollback for residents, cost the gov. $20k

By Meg Peters Review Co-Editor For fiscal year 2015 Lake Orion village residents will be keeping a little extra dough in their pockets. On July 1, the annual village millage is decreasing from10....more >>

Potential water 'crisis' brewing in Lake Villa

A potential $1.6 million problem is facing Oxford Township officials as the Lake Villa Manufactured Home Community on Lakeville Rd. is facing the very real possibility of losing its only source of water....more >>

Trustees review tax capture program for Baldwin & Brown

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer With the sight of new developments in the distance, Orion Township is interested in establishing a program that would capture the taxable value increases of future investments along Brown Rd....more >>

Rezoning OKed for residential development

A 41.7-acre parcel located in the southwest corner of Oxford Township was rezoned last week to allow for the development of smaller residential lots. Township officials voted 5-2 to rezone the property located on the north side of Stanton Rd....more >>

Memorial Day Parade May 25

Please join Post 233 in a series of events honoring veterans Monday for Memorial Day. Schedule of events: 9 a.m.—Memorial Observance at Eastlawn Cemetery 10 a.m.—Memorial Observance for Post 233, Children's Park in downtown Lake Orion 11 a....more >>

Purchase agreement for village site approved

Local developer Chuck Schneider is well on his way to owning a piece of Oxford Village property which he intends to transform into a mix of 76 residential units. Last week, the village council voted 5-0 to approve a purchase agreement with Schneider through which he would acquire 98 S....more >>

Dive into summer programs at Green's Park

By Dan Shriner Review Editor One of Lake Orion's little gems is Green's Park. It's a well-known place for children and families to enjoy the beauties of Lake Orion while also swimming and learning to swim in a safe environment....more >>

New road millage considered

Independence Township Supervisor Pat Kittle is exploring alternative ideas to fix local roads after voters strongly rejected the state's Proposal 1plan earlier this month. Kittle said any future decision to fund road repairs made by lawmakers means a long wait for any funding to reach communities....more >>
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Memorial Day observances in Oxford, Addison

Monday, May 25 is the unofficial start of the summer season, which means barbecues, beaches and boating. But let us not forget that Monday is also Memorial Day, a time to honor the countless soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen who sacrificed their lives at home and around the world to keep America free and secure, and liberate the oppressed from tyrants and totalitarian ideologies....more >>

Over $21,000 raised online for teen seeking new heart

By Chris Hagan Review Staff Writer In a matter of day's Ted Swietlik went from enjoying the activities of a healthy and active college teenager to facing the realization that his heart was failing....more >>

Twp. accepts $450K offer for Vets Hall

No haggling, just take the money and run. Oxford Township officials last week voted 4-3 to accept a $450,000 offer to purchase the Oxford Veterans Memorial Civic Center, located at 28 N....more >>

Local vet. to ride in historic LOPD 1941 Ford for Memorial Day Parade

Since 2006, The Lake Orion Police Department has partnered with the Lake Orion American Legion Post #233 to annually select and honor a local veteran for their service to their country on Memorial Day....more >>
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Historic French barn for sale

Not many folks these days can say they remember milking the cows before they went to school. But lifelong Oxford resident Bruce French can. Now, he's trying to sell the place where this unique childhood memory was made, a two-story white barn located just west of the intersection of Pontiac and Moyer streets in the village....more >>

Orionite throws Cancer Kick Workout to support victims of sarcoma

By Meg Peters Review Co-Editor When Keatington resident Ben Boudro learned one of his client's boyfriend needed six treatments of chemotherapy to prevent the loss of his leg, Buodro jumped into gear....more >>
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Oxford Tap named Main Street's Business of the Year

Next time you stop in The Oxford Tap and belly up to the bar for a beer, know that you're not just quenching your thirst in any old local tavern. You're sipping that ice-cold brew in Main Street Oakland County's Business of the Year for 2014....more >>

Lake Orion earns main street awards for historic preservation

By Meg Peters Review Co-Editor The historical preservation efforts of the Lake Orion Downtown Development Authority (DDA) did not go unnoticed at the annual Main Street Oakland County "Main Event" awards Tuesday, May 12....more >>

Dragons remember Warrior Princess on her 14th birthday

By Dan Shriner Review Editor The memory of Alayna Zalac, Lake Orion's Warrior Princess, sparked a gathering at Friendship Park on Monday for many of her friends and family on the day of her 14th birthday....more >>

Council OKs agreement to allow cemetery access

A license and use agreement that will allow Ridgelawn Memorial Cemetery to have another access road was approved 5-0 by the Oxford Village Council last week. The agreement enables the cemetery, at its own expense, to develop an unimproved strip of municipal-owned right-of-way at Dayton and Willow streets into a secondary ingress/egress....more >>

Dragons lose to Cougars, wrap up regular season

The Lake Orion girls' soccer team held Stoney Creek, the No. 1 team in the state, scoreless during the first half of girls soccer action last Saturday. That wasn't quite good enough as the lady Dragons ultimately fell to the Cougars, 2-0, during Senior Day....more >>

Chamber office remains open without director

There's nobody occupying the director's chair at the Oxford Chamber of Commerce office right now, but that doesn't mean it's closed. Far from it. Chamber President Debbie Uren reported various people are manning the office, located inside the village municipal complex on W....more >>

Cataract surgery common and effective

As men and women age, their risk for cataracts increases. Starting at age 50, cataract risk rises, and that risk only grows more significant as men and women get older. The National Eye Institute predicts that, by the year 2050, 50....more >>
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Headstone dedicated to fallen village nightwatchman

On a chilly, gray spring evening last week, a group assembled on a hill in the Oxford Township cemetery to dedicate a headstone for a fallen law enforcement officer that should have been placed 90 years ago....more >>

How to build and keep strong bones as you age

Osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to become weakened and brittle over time, affects millions of people across the globe. The International Osteoporosis Foundation says an osteoporosis-related fracture occurs roughly once every 3 seconds, accounting for more than 8....more >>

Fire destroys house, no one inside

By Chris Hagan Review Staff Writer Firefighters were awakened shortly after midnight on Thursday, May 14, for a report of a fire in an unoccupied residence. Neighbors called 911 and reported the fire saying flames and smoke were visible from the home located in the 500 block of Oakland Ave....more >>

One dozen Dragons are seeking glory at the state track meet

There will be 12 Lake Orion athletes competing for state honors this weekend at the state championship meet at Rockford High School, near Grand Rapids. Last week during the regional meet held at Bloomfield Lahser High School, Lake Orion qualified 12 total boys and girls to the state meet....more >>

Notre Dame's Carlson is "Athlete of the Year"

Notre Dame Prep senior Katherine Carlson has been named the 2015 Walt Bazylewicz Athlete of the Year by the Catholic High School League. Carlson, who lives with her family in Lake Orion,was selected from more than 27,000 students in nearly 30 Catholic high schools in the Detroit area....more >>
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'Louie has been such a blessing'

Area woman's health issues eased by whitetail's companionship

Atlas Twp.-It's 6:30 a.m. and Louie is ready for breakfast. "When he's ready to eat, it's right now," laughs Teri Wagner. "Louie's here every morning and then in the evening for supper right before dark—he's just a member of the family....more >>

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Township trail gathers support

'It takes advocacy groups to get these projects through'

Brandon Twp.- The township has an opportunity to be included in the Iron Belle Trail, but only with a show of support from the community. The trail got its first sign of broad support at a May 13 meeting hosted by the Blackhawk Community Trail Committee at the township library....more >>

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Sewer campaign begins: 'Livable legacy of Ortonville'

'Our goal is to educate the community, disseminating the facts and dispelling the fiction'

Ortonville- A new committee aims to educate the community on a proposed wastewater treatment system prior to a key election in November. "Livable Legacy of Ortonville" was formed April 27 by Robert Renchik, who owns commercial property in the village....more >>

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School liaison to return for 2015-16 school year

Brandon Twp.- A police liaison officer will be assigned to the school district for the 2015-16 school year. The school board unanimously approved keeping the police liaison position, contracted through the Oakland County Sheriff's Office....more >>

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'Interesting family history'

Brandon Twp.- Some people have skeletons in the closet, but it was a photo in the attic that led Jo Hammond to her family's skeletons. Her ancestors include a great-grandfather who was imprisoned, as well as a great-great-grandmother that was committed to an insane asylum, but she shares their stories openly, found on a journey of genealogy discovery....more >>

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Scoping OK'd for twp. pathway

Atlas Twp.-On Monday night the township board of trustees OK'd OHM Advisors of Flint to do the scoping work for a section of a future pathway along Gale Road from the Goodrich High School north to Atlas....more >>

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'Seeking the Sacred'

Brandon Twp.- Go Behind the Seen at the library this week to learn more about religion in art. Greg Leslie, a Detroit Institute of Arts volunteer, will present "Seeking the Sacred" from 7-8 p....more >>

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World Championship robotics team lead by Blackhawk

Anthony Lapp did not attend the FIRST Robotics Competition held in St. Louis on April 23-25. And for good reason. Lapp, a 1999 Brandon High School graduate, was with his wife Erin, who gave birth to their son, Edison....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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Senior stays on target for college

Clarkston High School graduating senior Josephine Auchterlonie has a bright future in her sights, after earning the 2015-2016 Civilian Marksmanship Program Youth Scholarship. The sharpshooter earned the $1,000 scholarship with her marksmanship, grade point average, and merit....more >>

Manager calls questions on attorney info 'inappropriate'

City Manager Carol Eberhardt told City Council she was protecting attorney-client privileged information when refusing to answer CNews questions regarding calls from the city attorney....more >>

Need named to school board

Gregory Need joined the Clarkston Board of Education for his first full meeting, May 18, after his appointment the week before. After interviews last week, school board members each provided their top-two picks....more >>

City approves fees, fines

Citing parking problems and the increasing number of events in downtown Clarskton, City Council approved a slate of new and revised fees and fines. Fines approved at the May 11 council meeting include: $35, parking facing traffic; $100, parking in front of fire hydrants; $50, blocking crosswalk, sidewalks, alley or driveways; $100, parking in a fire lane; $25, up from $10 previously, violation of parking time limits; $35, failure to display parking permit; $35, parking in handicap spot without a permit; $10, replace lost parking permit; $75, parking in a no-parking or loading zone....more >>
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Suspect sought in burglary

Detectives are looking for a suspect in connection with two commercial burglaries in Independence Township. Investigation indicates someone broke into exterior and interior doors of the businesses in the 6100 block of Dixie Highway by prying, during the night of May 11-12....more >>
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Park pile not polluted, city says

Residents concerned about a storage area used by the City of the Village of Clarkston near the stream in Depot Park have nothing to worry about, City Manager Carol Eberhardt said. The city Department of Public Works cleaned the site up anyway....more >>
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Record set at Angels Place Race

A record number of runners and walkers took part in the 2015 Angels Place Race in Clarkston. "We had 420 runners and walkers, a new record for the 10k Run, 5k Run/Walk and the 1 Mile Family Fun Walk," said organizer Paul Maxwell....more >>
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Success at Relay for Life

Walking Marie's Miles finished one more lap at the Clarkston Junior High School track on Saturday as many other teams did during the annual Relay for Life. The 24-hour event included 17 teams and 173 participants while raising over $30,000....more >>
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Matthew Dargay and Angela Sedano created a new charity, Clarkston Feeds The Homeless. Photo by Lauren Barnhardt (click for larger version)

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Teens team up to feed the homeless

BY LAUREN BARNHARDT Special to the Clarkston News Big ideas can start small, and this was no different for Clarkston High School seniors Matthew Dargay and Angela Sedano, and three fellow students when creating a new charity, Clarkston Feeds The Homeless....more >>
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Spring welcomed with wine tasting

Clarkston Rotary Club welcomed the return of nice weather with the Spring Wine Tasting, May 14 at Fountains Golf and Banquet Center. The event featured Michigan wines, as well as tables filled with appetizers....more >>
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Marathon runner

Anne Marie Vaara, oldest daughter of Mel and Jo Vaara of Clarkston, completed the 21-Miler at the 2015 Big Sur International Marathon, April 26, with a time of 4:40:03, at a pace of 13....more >>
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Day for kids at the park

The sun shined on Clintonwood Park on Saturday as the community came out for the 2015 Ryan Kennedy Kids Day in the Park. Families came out to enjoy activities, games and crafts sponsored by local businesses and held by the Independence Township Parks, Recreation and Seniors....more >>
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Walk for health

It is now 13 years since Heather Valencic received a kidney transplant from her mother, Susan Valencic, but every year she takes part in the Kidney Walk at the Detroit Zoo the nation's second largest Kidney Walk....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Memorial Day parade American Legion Post 63 of Clarkston leads a Memorial Day parade and ceremony, 10 a.m., Monday, May 25. The post Honor Guard will lead the parade from Depot Park to Lakeview Cemetery, where they will host a ceremony honoring all veterans....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 2000 "Springfield civic center moves towards construction" The Springfield Township board took the next step towards construction for their new civic center when they approved a 2000 budget amendment for the center....more >>
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Born May 23rd
1820: James Buchanan Eads, engineer of the Eads Bridge in St. Louis
1875: Alfred P. Sloan, Jr., president and chairman of the board for General Motors.
1891: Par Lagerkvist, Swedish writer (The Dwarf, Barabbas).
1908: John Bardeen, physicist, co-inventor of the transistor.
1910: Artie Shaw, bandleader and clarinetist.
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in history
1701: Captain William Kidd, the Scottish pirate, is hanged on the banks of the Thames.
1785: Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals.
1788: South Carolina becomes the eighth state to ratify U.S. Constitution.
1861: Pro-Union and pro-Confederate forces clash in western Virginia.
1862: Confederate General Stonewall Jackson takes Front Royal, Virginia.