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A slice of success: 'Alma Hill Bread'

Township couple eye career turning one loaf at a time with banana bread creation

Atlas Twp.- The neighbors of Amos Spahnie and Carla Lipari-Spahnie must have eaten well. During the past year the township Spahnies have been perfecting a recipe for banana bread and utilized those nearby to taste the mix—edging ever closer to perfection....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1994 "Kids learn about helping" Andersonville Elementary students Denver Williams, Danielle Vanicelli, Stephanie Reitano, Tony Marino, Laura Roby and Rachelle Meike gathered more than 200 food items and $85 for Lighthouse North for Thanksgiving....more >>

Spiritual matters

Give thanks to God even after turkey is eaten

Thanksgiving is increasingly one of my favorite times of the year. I like it because Thanksgiving really helps me focus on appreciating the simple things of life that mean so much but that we all too often take for granted....more >>
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Athletes & artists rally for OCEF, hunger

Ortonville- The danger of lead paint in toys has led to the birth of a new local charity. Athletes Artists Against Hunger (A3Hunger) is a non-profit organization formed by some local men....more >>


Community support at Bull Ring

Dear Editor: The Bull Ring Sports Grille, 8324 S. State Road, Goodrich, thanks the local community for all their recent efforts for the Goodrich Apartment fire victims fundraiser, the Cancer Connection fundraiser and last weekend's Toys for Tots collection....more >>


Goodrich school deficit could top $5 million

By the time the 2010-11 school year starts the per-pupil funding will be reduced to $6,716.

Goodrich- It's not a great picture. That's how Superintendent John Fazer described the financial forecast spanning the next three years for the school district, during the Nov. 23 school board meeting....more >>


Longtime barber returns after illness

Brandon Twp.-For more than 20 years, Jim Berta had been an area barber—clipping men's and children's hair from his Ortonville business known as Jim's Barber Shop, 125 N. M-15. About a year ago, Berta had to step down from his barber duties due to an illness that required a lung transplant....more >>
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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

There were some local faces in this year's 83rd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Goodrich seniors Kelsey Neville and Amanda Lindsay danced through the streets of New York City on Nov....more >>


Masons not so secret society

Locals discuss fraternity, topic of new novel

Ortonville- The history, symbolism, and mystery of the Masons are central themes in the recently released bestselling novel "The Lost Symbol," by Dan Brown. Henry Lozier and Al Jawors, local Masons, say it is a common misconception, however, that the Masons are a secret society....more >>
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OCEF volunteers create happier holidays

Brandon Twp.- All over the country, shoppers lined up outside retailers early yesterday morning, anticipating great deals on Black Friday. Last Monday afternoon, in a scene that may have looked the same, dozens of people lined up here, outside St....more >>


Polasek - Stevens

Jeff and Donna Polasek of Ortonville proudly announce the engagement of their daughter, Nicole Polasek, to Mark Stevens, son of Diana and Jim Greiner of Linden and Brad and Kathy Stevens of Flint....more >>


Sgt. First Class Michael Stockwell, Jr.

Sgt. First Class Michael Stockwell, Jr., 34, is a 1993 Brandon High School graduate. He is serving his third deployment in Afghanistan and is based out of Alaska. He joined the Army right after high school and is a communications specialist....more >>


Threats to teachers prompt Brandon schools lockdown

Student arraigned on terrorism charge after saying he would 'kill all the teachers'

An 18-year-old Brandon Township man is facing 20 years in prison after making threats this week that ultimately caused a 2-day lockdown of two Brandon schools. Christopher Thompson was arraigned Nov....more >>


Where's the Village of Goodrich logic?

Dear Editor, Economically, the State of Michigan is in dire straits and unemployment is at an all time high. Most of us are painfully aware of this and are doing everything we can to reduce spending and protect what savings we have, while keeping our homes....more >>


'They did not feel our students were in imminent danger'

Brandon Twp.- Tonia Seling says she "flipped out" when her husband Mike, an Oakland County Sheriff's Office deputy and township firefighter, came home and told her that Harvey Swanson Elementary was locked down Nov....more >>


BHS Community Service Club

As a student attending Waterford Mott High School, Leslie Coffer joined the school's Optimist Club as a means to just get out of the house. "Once I got started, I found it out it was very satisfying and I really enjoyed the club," said Coffer, 18....more >>


BHS Community Service Club

Army CW3 Mark A. Layne II, a 1994 Goodrich High School graduate, is currently stationed at Speicher Air Force Base, northwest of Tikrit in Iraq, serving as a Blackhawk pilot. This is Layne's third deployment— his first two deployments were from Fort Campbell, Ky....more >>


Brothers busted

Pair suspected in series of area thefts

Oakland County Sheriff's deputies arrested two Oxford Township brothers who are suspected in numerous chainsaw and motorboat thefts across southern Lapeer and northern Oakland counties....more >>


Cooper Everett Gill

Ken and Dawn Gill of Goodrich are proud to announce the birth of their son, Cooper Everett Gill. Cooper was born at 3:40 p.m., Oct. 13, at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and was 20-and-three-quarters inches long....more >>


GHS principal now state-side

After Middle East stint, David St. Aubin may be home by Thanksgiving

On June 10, Goodrich Principal David St. Aubin addressed the graduating class of 2009 via satellite from a bunker somewhere near Baghdad. Key in his message was encouragement for students to be thankful....more >>


New coach to lead Blackhawk varsity

Brandon Twp.- The new Brandon Blackhawks boys varsity basketball coach is a familiar face— Bryan Ray has been coaching the girls' varsity basketball team for the past decade. "It's an exciting challenge," said Ray....more >>


Report: Goodrich recommended for NCA accreditation

Goodrich-On Wednesday, during a special meeting of the Goodrich Area Schools Board of Education, a Quality Assurance Review (Q.A.R.) was presented following a three-day survey of the district....more >>
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School bus hero went 'above and beyond'

Brandon Twp.- Patrick Lewis was riding home on the school bus the afternoon of Nov. 11 when he turned his head to look behind him, where his friend, Curtis Tucker, was sitting. Patrick turned to the front again, and doesn't remember the next four minutes....more >>
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Front page

Terrorist threats lock down Brandon schools

An 18-year-old Brandon Township man is facing 20 years in prison after making threats this week that ultimately caused a 2-day lockdown of two Brandon schools. Christopher Thompson was arraigned Nov....more >>


Township cable channel available for EAS

Groveland Twp.- Area residents will now have a means to be notified in case of local emergency following a change in procedures from the local cable provider. Township Supervisor Bob DePalma was notified in September by Comcast it will no longer offer the service of "cable override" as a venue to disperse local emergency information....more >>


Township moves forward with park plans

Brandon Twp.- Completion of a playground and plans to install lighting and a lift station for an existing sledding hill at the community park will move forward. The township board approved, by a 5-1 vote at their Nov....more >>


Township retains current deputies— for now

Even with an increase in mills, there will still be a decrease in tax revenue,' Supervisor Kathy Thurman

Brandon Twp.- Police protection in the township will remain the same— for now. The township board approved, by a 4-2 vote at their Nov. 16 meeting, to postpone indefinitely any staffing adjustments to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office's Brandon substation....more >>
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Thankful students join in service

Students got an early taste of Thanksgiving, Nov. 19, courtesy of Clarkston Free Methodist Church. Volunteers served a full meal of turkey, potatoes, stuffing corn and gravy at Renaissance High School....more >>

Clarkston Rotary needs volunteer help

Clarkston Rotary Club needs more volunteers this holiday season. "When I took over Shoes for Kids about 10 years ago, about 200 children signed up," said Rotarian Joel DeLong. "This year, 647 are signed up – that's eight percent of the (Clarkston) school district....more >>
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Incredible finish to 12-1 season

Ford Field beckoned with only 18 seconds left in the semifinal playoffs when the air began to change. Clarkston senior Dakota Bender lost the ball at the 38-yardline. A chill went over the Wolves side of the field - the referees ruled the drop a fumble....more >>


Doc recommends H1N1 vaccine

Two days after receiving the H1N1 flu shot, David Lohmeier's oldest daughter Olivia, 14, came down with the flu. A few days later, her younger sister Emma was also sick. "Both were fine through the weekend until Sunday came, that's when Olivia came down with it and the fever spiked," said David, Independence Township resident....more >>
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Alert system back on line

Digital television conversions cost local communities emergency-notification capabilities. Three local townships have a plan to compensate. "It's an awesome system," said Mike Trout, Springfield Township supervisor, at a Nov....more >>

Audit clean, city still looks to cut spending

Difficult decisions are coming to Clarkston, according to City Manager Dennis Ritter. "Nothing is sacred," Ritter said. "We have to look at every single expenditure of every department....more >>
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Fun and fancy free

Clarkston Elementary School's Ladies Night Out had all the details needed for a fun night - shopping, delicious food and pampering. The event was hosted by the school's PTO. Vice-President Jen Herrmann and Secretary Jennifer Detkowski called the first annual event a success....more >>

Verdict's in:

Contracted lawyers out

Upon recommendation of Trustee Neil Wallace, Independence Township board voted unanimously to cancel their contract with Charlie Dunn and Giamarco, Mullins & Horton law firm. "We were told at the time the Cheshire Park thing arose that firm was being retained to help us through that," Wallace said....more >>
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Vet help group meets Wednesday

Clarkston Cares for Military Families, a community group of volunteers supporting local veterans, meets Wednesday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., at St. Dan's Cushing Center. The group's mission is to provide whatever support is needed to people in the military and their families throughout their deployment cycle, said volunteer Holly Workman....more >>
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Angel cards to help community

A winged angel in white, serenely playing a violin with her eyes closed – local artist and church member Jan Mayer hopes Christmas cards adorned with her painting bring peace and joy, and helps provide for those in need....more >>
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Golden Times

Whittling the time away

When Joe Savino of Independence Township retired at the age of 62 after 32 years with General Motors, he was ready to try something new. "I was never so bored in my life," said Savino, now 82....more >>

News Briefs

Coats for Cold

Oakland County Sheriff's Office collects Coats for the Cold for people in need. Local drop off sites include Outback Steakhouse, 6435 Dixie Highway; Real Estate One, 31 S. Main; and Sheriff's Office Independence Township Substation, 6560 Citation Drive....more >>

Alternative Gift Fair set, Dec. 5

The fifth annual Alternative Gift Fair will be held at the Clarkston United Methodist Church, 6600 Waldon Road on Saturday, December 5 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall....more >>

Local teacher at 'Potters Market'

Clarkston teacher Teri Spytman shows off her pottery skills at the Potters Market, Dec. 3-4 in Madison Heights. The market at 876 Horace Brown Drive features 135 potters offering nearly 40,000 pieces of pottery ranging from pots, vases, platters, tiles and mugs to bird baths, jewelry, ceramic framed mirrors, sculpture, lamps, and tile-topped tables....more >>


Clarkston Community Schools Transportation Department's Stuff-a-Bus is Dec. 12-13. Bus driver volunteers collect food and donations for Lighthouse Emergency Services at the Kroger store on Sashabaw and Maybee roads....more >>
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New place to shop

Salvation Army's new Thrift Store in the former Farmer Jack at Sashabaw and Waldon is open just in time for the holidays. "We have lots of good, unique gift ideas," said Colleen Kinney, director of community relations for The Salvation Army, Southeast Michigan, Adult Rehabilitation Center....more >>

Business News

Belle Visage of Independence Township welcomes new employees Laura Alexander and Laurie Ayers. Alexander is license certified and insured in Permanent Make-up Applications using a state-of-the-art method for best results and comfort....more >>
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Talkin' turkey!

The little Pilgrims and Indians of Paint Creek Elementary--also known as kindergartners--left their parents and grandparents looking happy and proud after a Thanksgiving performance at the school Monday....more >>

Little dip

Township passes 2010 budget with minimal draw from fund balance

Even as revenues continue to shrink, Orion Township is expecting to maintain a fund balance of more than 93 percent in its general fund by the end of next year. The township board unanimously approved the 2010 budget at its meeting Monday....more >>


Village using national program to 'stabilize' neighborhood

For sale: single-family home, 390 Newton Drive, 4 bedrooms, 1 bath, REDUCED PRICE $1. It was a deal they couldn't refuse. So, using funds from Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) the Village of Lake Orion purchased the home at 390 Newton Drive for $1....more >>
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Actress Faye Dunaway filming at LOHS

After scouting across the Metro Detroit area, it came down to two choices: Meadow Brook Theatre or Lake Orion High School. Actress Faye Dunaway chose to film scenes for her new movie at LOHS, she said, because the school's auditorium is similar to Juilliard, where the movie is set....more >>

High school mourns sophomore

A 16-year-old Lake Orion High School student died by suicide Tuesday, Nov. 3, according to Oakland County Sheriff Deputies. "He obviously was very well liked," said Mike Fenchel, interim high school principal....more >>

News Briefs

Keep it short

The little things mean a lot Discover how small changes in landscaping and home practices can make a big difference in the health of local creeks, lakes, drains and rivers as the Clinton River Watershed Council (CRWC) presents "Little things you can do to protect water quality," at the Orion Township Public Library, 825 Joslyn Road....more >>

News Briefs

Water use restrictions?

An amended village ordinance could mean restricted lawn-watering times. If Lake Orion Village Council passes it, residents with odd-numbered addresses will only be able to irrigate Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, with even-numbered addresses Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday....more >>

...dance, dance, dance the night away

Some 180 people turned out at Canterbury Castle Friday to enjoy dinner, dancing, silent auction and a special presentation by actress Faye Dunaway. The event, a benefit for the Lake Orion Education Foundation, was co-chaired by Karen Appledorn and Leeann Bartley....more >>

'Kids helping kids'

Brownie troop raises $1,165 for hospital

"Kids helping kids" was this year's theme for Lake Orion's Brownie Troop 13354 community service project. The troop is made up of 11 seven-year-olds. At troop meetings the girls discussed how fortunate they all are to be healthy and able-bodied....more >>

'Lego' that trophy!

Techs Mix FIRST Lego Robotics team, from St. Joseph School, competed in Sharkfest Regional qualifying tournament in Troy, earning the Outstanding Research trophy and a spot to compete against the best in the state at a competition next month....more >>
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Kalloway's bldg. sold

New eatery to open within three months

The mystery of what is going to happen to the vacant Kalloway's building has been solved. Motorists over the past week have seen a big red "SOLD" sign on the property and the parking lot lights being turned off at night, giving the indication that the building will be occupied in the near future....more >>
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Oxford grad earns state award for PE

To physical education teacher Megan McTaggart, gym class isn't just a chance for kids to run around, play dodgeball and climb the big rope. It's also an opportunity to break down cultural and language barriers and help diverse groups of kids get to know each other in a fun setting....more >>
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District purchases $57K printing press for Crossroads

A Heidelberg printing press recently arrived at Crossroads for Youth and will be used in conjunction with the Oxford school district's graphic arts program. The press wouldn't have been possible without the board's unanimous decision to purchase the $57,000 press last month....more >>

District cuts school days to train staff, save money

Oxford students will be spending some extra time at home as the district decided to cut some days in order to give its staff more time for training and save some money in light of the state's funding cuts....more >>
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PC approves plan for old James Lumber property

Chalk up another victory for the free market and the entrepreneurial spirit. Steve Stoll got the green light he needed last week from the Oxford Village Planning Commission to transform the vacant James Lumber property (43 E....more >>

Plenty of Christmas fun, giving downtown

The Oxford Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is celebrating the upcoming holidays in downtown Oxford, by giving back to those in need through the Oxford Giving Trees, a seasonal promotion aimed at reinforcing the spirit of community....more >>
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'Little Drummer Boy' returns to Christ the King

Come to Christ the King, pa rum pum pum pum. A Christmas play with carols they'll sing, pa rum pum pum pum. Admission for all is free, pa rum pum pum pum. Bring your friends and see, pa rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum ....more >>
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Legion raises Old Glory at new thrift store

The day the community was waiting for since early August finally arrived as the Salvation Army Thrift Store, located on M-24, just south of Drahner Road, opened it's doors to the public on Saturday, Nov....more >>
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Local author sinks Antarctic cruise ship in new novel

Two things you can deduce about author W. Dale Ogle from reading his books – he loves danger and cold places. Last week, the Oxford resident released his second book entitled "Tsunami: Beast of Antarctica....more >>
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Local girls to dance in Nutcracker

Girls in the Oxford Academy of Dance and Preforming Arts dream of one day being able to preform under the bright lights in cities around the world. This December, four dancers from the Oxford Academy will get the opportunity to perform alongside the professionals from the Cincinnati Ballet Company when they showcase the Nutcracker Ballet at the Detroit Opera House....more >>

Park rezoned, land gift accepted

In order to pave the way for the potential construction of a new Verizon cellular tower, Addison Township officials last week voted to rezone Watershed Park and accepted a land donation....more >>
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