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Down to the wire

Board denies budget

When Independence Township Supervisor Dave Wagner was asked if his recommended budget for 2010 had changed since the prior Dec. 8 public hearing, he said "not at all." "This budget is what is and it simply needs to be approved," Wagner told the Clarkston News Monday....more >>
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Santa got your nose!

So much for Jack Frost

Willow Tetmeyer, 6, of Goodrich, chats with Santa Claus during Goodrich's annual Downtown Christmas. Community members gathered for caroling, tree-lighting and good ol' fashioned holiday fellowhship....more >>

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Brandon Schools to offer early retirement, again

Brandon Twp.- The school board is moving forward with plans to offer an early retirement incentive to eligible teachers in the district. The board has received two proposals from firms that specialize in financial planning for school districts....more >>

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Bussing to home schools only next year

Brandon Twp.- In the past, elementary students here have been provided transportation to the school of their choice in the district. No more. Beginning next school year, students will be bussed only to the elementary school they are assigned to based on the area in which they reside....more >>
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Christmases Past: Local seniors share holiday memories

Grace Holstein grew up in a time when the world seemed safer and no one locked their doors or were concerned about kids being left alone. Little did her parents know that one Christmas Eve, there was reason to be concerned— about her brother....more >>

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GHS to host college financial aid workshop

By Chelsea Belanger Staff Writer College expenses too much? In the current economy paying tuition can seem overwhelming, but properly applying for financial aid can make all the difference....more >>

Opinions

Hometown heroes: On holiday duty

Editor's note: During the next few editions, The Citizen will recognize and support our local military men and women serving our country away from home during the holiday season by publishing their names, photos, and some information on each of them....more >>

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Making Christmas merry

More than 300 volunteers, countless donors to OCEF have helped make Christmas happen for 220 families, 885 individuals.

Brandon Twp.- Rumor has it that elves work at the North Pole. What is not as widely known is that Santa has his own helpers right here. Janet Kurnat is one of many. Kurnat, a Groveland Township resident and retired Brandon school teacher, hates shopping....more >>

Milestones

Military

PFC Alan C. Cole has graduated from basic combat training in Ft. Knox, Ky. Over the course of nine weeks, Cole received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values, and traditions....more >>
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Pizza maker turns to Christmas cookies

Ortonville- Got Christmas cookies? Joe D'Anna does. D'Anna creates thousands of pizzas all year long as the co-owner of Papa Bella's Pizza, but once a year in December, the pizza maker turns into cookie baker— creating on average about 2,500-2,800 cookies in about four hours with his family....more >>
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Rookie of the year

Atlas Twp.-Like most 16-year-olds, Stephen Bobek can drive. But unlike other teen drivers, when he climbs behind the wheel there are all left turns, inches off the ground and at nearly 100 mph....more >>

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School to post athletics survey online

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- School district officials are seeking opinions on the athletic program from past and present participants, as well as their parents. The board unanimously approved an athletics survey that will be posted online this week at www....more >>

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Twp. to receive stimulus money for road

Groveland Twp.- The ride through the township is going to be just a little smoother next summer. Another disbursement of federal stimulus funds will be released next week and Scott Sintkowski, Road Commission for Oakland County highway maintenance staff engineer is reporting that some of the more than $70 million earmarked for road work in the county will be used in the township....more >>

Milestones

Achievement: Jessica Laviolette & Paul Nikandrou

Jessica Laviolette, a 2006 Brandon High School graduate, was issued U.S. Patent number 7608438 on Oct. 27 for a process she created in which vacuum science and a selectively permeable membrane are used to make ethanol production 100 percent efficient....more >>

Milestones

Birth: Drake Damien Cobb

Dean and Kristine Cobb of Ortonville are proud to announce the birth of their son, Drake Damien Cobb. Drake was born at 9:55 a.m., Nov. 25 at Crittenton Hospital in Rochester. He weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and was 20 inches long....more >>

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Birth: Payton Lee Owens

Billy and Cherish Owens of Salisbury, Maryland are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Payton Lee Owens. Payton was born at 6:47 p.m., June 26 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury....more >>

Opinions

Christmas in the Village outstanding

Dear Editor: Thanks to everyone who was a part of Christmas in the Village on Dec. 5. With well more than 300 people attending, this year's event was a smashing success! The DPW and village did a marvelous job with the decorations in town, and the Magical Merchants did an extraordinary job decorating their stores....more >>

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Citizen historical calendar a hit

Dear Editor: Kudos to The Citizen for another great calendar! Not only do we appreciate having a local newspaper, but one that values the history of the area and makes it available to us in historical photos! We are new to the area and it is so nice to get acquainted with the people and places in such a unique way! Thank you, and keep up the good work....more >>
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Dec. 7, 1941:One ship at Pearl Harbor

Atlas Twp.-Tom Nothhelfer, Jr. remembers the day he found the small metal box in the attic of his parents' township home. Following the deaths of Nothhelfer's parents, Tom, Sr. in 1971 and Helen in 1980, the container was discovered....more >>

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DNR: November firearm deer season, 'slow'statewide

Jeremy Shellnut is perplexed. After a productive October deer archery season in Brandon Township, Shellnut was anticipating a stellar firearm deer season in November. "This year the deer rut turned off in early November," said Shellnut, 37, a Brandon Township resident and area deer hunter....more >>

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Looking for Christmas gifts? Check out local shops

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Save time, gas, and money by shopping locally. Area businesses are offering a wide selection of merchandise and deals this season right here in town....more >>

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More charges leveled against man accused of terrorist threats

The 18-year-old man charged last month with making terrorist threats at the Brandon Alternative High School has been arraigned on additional charges stemming from other crimes in the township....more >>
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Simms Chevrolet set for next battle

Ortonville-Larry Simms is set to fight on. On June 1, Simms Chevrolet was notified by General Motors that a contract would not be renewed for 2010. Typically, new vehicles would begin arriving on dealers' lots in August for the next calendar year—a given for owner Larry Simms after purchasing the dealership in 1992 from Owen Chevrolet, which opened the M-15 location in 1979....more >>

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SLUM concert success for OCEF

Dear Editor: A thank you to the Seymour Lake United Methodist Church for sponsoring the "At the Crossroads" band for their beautiful music, time and dedication to the Ortonville Communty Emergency Fund on Dec....more >>

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So just what's for lunch

Dear Editor: Has anyone taken the time to read the school lunch menu printed in The Citizen each week? Our supposed state-funded food for our kids. Hmmm. Pizza squares, pizza rounds, chili fries and more chili fries....more >>

Opinions

There's a sports team-depression connection

As you regular, or irregular, readers of this column know, I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer, brightest bulb on your Christmas tree, nor does my mind see the obvious. All of which give me reason not to realize the cause of many of Michigan's sport teams to tank this year....more >>

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Township OKs wind energy ordinance, standards

Brandon Twp.- Passage of a township wind energy ordinance was a breeze Monday night. Several months after it was first discussed by the planning commission, the township board approved by a 6-0 vote a final draft of wind energy conversions systems regulations....more >>

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Wartella: Look at all the facts

Dear Editor: (In response to, 'Where's the Village of Goodrich logic?', The Citizen, Nov. 28, page 6): Why would a Village of Goodrich councilmember misrepresent the facts? As a concerned citizen for the Village of Goodrich who was present at the village monthly council meeting in November, I would like to answer the comments that Patricia Wartella presented to The Citizen....more >>
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White Christmas? Looks good so far

Whether the area will have a white Christmas is up in the air, but a cuddle alert has been issued. WDIV-4 Detroit Meteorologist Chuck Gaidica is known for advising cuddle alerts when the weather becomes unusually cold....more >>

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'Surviving Your Medical Crisis'

Brandon Twp.- When Jeri Garner's sister, Jan, was diagnosed with breast cancer that had possibly metastasized to her bones, she had lots of questions, primarily, what were her options? Garner became her sibling's support system....more >>
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Ho-ho-ho!

Mr. and Mrs. S. Claus made a special trip to Clarkston last weekend for the annual Christmas parade. Thousands braved the winter weather to watch about 50 entries in this year's Holiday Lights Parade in downtown Clarkston....more >>
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Downtown in lights

Thousands of Clarkstonites braved the winter weather Saturday night for the Holiday Lights Parade down Main Street. Around 50 community organizations, businesses, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, and other groups marched or rode in colorful, brightly lit floats during the hour-long parade, with jolly St....more >>

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It's back to the drawing board for recall petition

Recall proponents vow to carry on after county election officials rejected their ballot proposal. "Not having done this before, I expected that revisions might be needed," said Henry Woloson, treasurer of the group Citizens Against Independence Township Waste, formed to recall township Supervisor Dave Wagner....more >>
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Icy roads to get less salt service

With winter's first snow upon us, Oakland County hopes to limit road salt use to about 400 pounds per mile, half last year's level. Local officials don't predict a problem. Independence Township Supervisor David Wagner said everything should work itself out, and predicts an overall warm winter....more >>
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Farmers' Market bikes bound for Ghana

With the help of businesses and the community, Clarkston Farmer's Market collected more than 400 bikes along with spare parts to send to Ghana to help the Village Bicycle Project. "It was great fun and people seemed to be very supportive of the whole idea....more >>
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Clarkston grad performs in Nutcracker Ballet

Clarkston High School graduate Elizabeth Gorz performs with Greater Lansing Ballet Company's 10th annual performance of the Nutcracker Ballet, 2 p.m., Dec. 20, in the Fairchild Theatre at Michigan State University....more >>

Keep medical decisions between doctor, patient

Recent recommendations regarding breast cancer screenings have been subject to many misunderstandings, said Dr. Jeffery Forman of Independence Township....more >>
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New year for Mason officers

Cedar Lodge #60 Free and Accepted Masons of Clarkston hosted its 156th Installation of Officers, Dec. 5. Worshipful Grand Master Elwin Brown, Worshipful Grand Secretary Joe Power, Worshipful Grand Marshall Tom Stoddard, and Worshipful Grand Chaplin Jack Hansel installed into office 2010 Worshipful Master Eric Kimminau, Senior Warden Billy Wayne McCain Sr....more >>
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'Tis the season for buying local

Clarkston businesses have plenty to offer this holiday season

Instead of shopping for a gift online or at a Walmart, why not support the local village economy? Stores and shops along Clarkston's Main Street want you to know they have everything you need for everyone on your list this year....more >>
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Art brings Mills back to life

From paintings to photography, hand crafted jewelry, and garden tools, Clarkston Retailers Group celebrated their first annual Clarkston Art Show this past weekend at the Clarkston Mills Mall....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Santa visits Davisburg

Children were ready as they jumped on Santa Claus' lap with their list for his Christmas visit. The big man in red stopped by for his annual lunch with kids and parents at Hart Community Center in Davisburg on Dec....more >>
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Bailey Lake boy shoots for the Gap

Mason Prey jumped into the air and kicked his feet back like a skateboarder as a photographer clicked away. He landed on the trampoline with a smile, hoping the shot ends up used in Gap stores on advertisement posters....more >>
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Clarkston graduate brings Santa home for Christmas

Santa Claus has a satellite office, and it's here in the Clarkston area. "We decided to do this about 30 days ago," said Mike Simonson, who portrays Santa Claus. "Everything came together, and it's really taken off....more >>
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Toys music brings Christmas joy to children in need

With thousands of donated toys for children in need over the past 10 years, Oakland County Sportsmen's Club's Toys for Tots event rocks. "All toys stay in southeast Michigan that's the cool thing," said Dan Stiff, club manager....more >>

News Briefs

Springfield sheriff's contract approved

A new type of contract will save up to $42,000 for police services in Springfield Township. The Township Board voted unanimously Dec. 10 to approve a "no-fill" contract for 2010 with Oakland County Sheriff's Office....more >>

Gift wrap for puppies

Canine Companion Rescue hosts a gift-wrapping fundraiser, 6-10 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 23, at Hamlin Pub, Sashabaw at Waldon, to benefit its Puppy Parvo Virus Fund. For more information, call 248-834-9419....more >>

Budget talks continue

Independence Township Board was set to discuss and vote on the 2010 budget at its Dec....more >>

Jobs seminar at St. Dan's

St. Daniel Catholic Church's Job & Help Ministry hosts a HOPE for the Unemployed Seminar, 7:30-9 p.m., Dec. 21. Industry expert and transition coach Tami Dowd leads the panel discussion of speakers sharing job-search strategies....more >>

Don't forget the reason for the season

I have to admit that thinking about others wasn't always the first thing on my mind when I was a boy. Now that I look back on it, that fact was probably never more glaring than on Christmas day, after there were no more presents left under the tree....more >>
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Here comes Santa Claus

The kids of Keatington were literally jumping for joy as Santa came into view Saturday, and as far as anyone can remember, it's been the same every year since 1967 or so. Along with the elves, Santa gets a hand from the Orion Township firefighters and Keatington neighbors, and together they collect toys, clothing, food and cash for local charities....more >>

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One of four

On the heels of a discussion about carving $10 million - or more - from next year's budget, the Lake Orion Board of Education voted Dec. 9 to contiune funding May school elections

Ferndale, Hazel Park, Lamphere and Lake Orion. Only four school districts in Oakland County are still holding May elections, and, while last week's 6-1 vote in Lake Orion moves school elections to odd years only, the district will still incur costs it wouldn't see if November election dates were adopted....more >>
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'Happy tears'

AngelFISH program delivers Christmas to 278 local kids

Some parents carried the packages to their cars, and returned to Myrick Hall at St. Joseph's Church in tears. But they were "happy tears," as Elizabeth Ballard was quick to point out....more >>
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'You're my hero'

Orion police, 911 operators and firefighters take 34 kids shopping

The Meijer store in Oxford was filled with police officers and firefighters Dec. 9, but they weren't there to bust bad guys or pull anybody out of a burning building. Instead, they were there to make sure the current economic climate didn't prevent local kids, ages 3-14, from having Christmas gifts for themselves and their families....more >>

News Briefs

A poster contest, whether or not...

The Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness is sponsoring a Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest, open to all students currently enrolled in fourth or fifth grades. Posters must illustrate how people should prepare for severe weather, such as tornadoes, floods, snowstorms, severe cold,and thunderstorms in Michigan....more >>

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Charity low on essential items

Love In the Name of Christ of North Oakland County (Love INC) is in great need of household goods, especially dishes, pots, pans, towels, sheets (twin size white or cream preferred), and small appliances for its household goods ministry....more >>

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Door-to-door scam hits Lake Orion

Police chief: first, make sure all solicitors have a permit

By Don Rush This past summer Riva Campbell answered the knock on her door -- and got taken on a ride that lasted for months. Door-to-door solicitors canvassed the area, including Cambell's Lake Orion Village neighborhood this past June....more >>

News Briefs

Get ONTV

Orion Neighborhood Television is inviting Orion residents to get involved with the community, beginning with a free orientation session on Wednesday, Jan. 6, from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Orientation will introduce ONTV procedures and policies while participants learn how to create their own unique programs for the community....more >>
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The Lions' share

Lake Orion Lions President Jack Patton, left, accepts a check from John Schmitt of the Lake Orion Police Association. The funds were donated in support of the Lions' 2009 Christmas Basket Program....more >>

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Free cellular phones offer peace of mind for seniors

The Oakland County Sheriff's Office offers a 911 Emergency Senior Cell Phone Program designed to equip seniors with a mobile means of contacting help in the event of an emergency....more >>

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EDITORIAL

School board's reasons for wasting money on May elections are disturbing

The Lake Orion Community Schools' Board of Education sent mixed messages to the community last week and put democracy on a slippery and frightening downward slope when it voted 6-1 to continue with May elections....more >>
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Principals get creamed!

Students at Daniel Axford and Oxford elementaries got to find out what it was like to hit the principal in the face with a whipped cream pie, without a trip to the office as a reward for raising more than $135 each for the schools' annual fun run, fund raiser....more >>

Blue turf?

Committee seeks private funds for synthetic sports field

Synthetic turf could soon find its way onto the Oxford High School football field after two previous bond proposals failed to provide the necessary funding. The 15-member committee of Oxford citizens plan on raising the remaining funds through private means in order to install the turf....more >>

Gravel co. donates land for future fire station

If Oxford Township ever needs to build a third fire station, it's already got a spot picked out and the land donated. Supervisor Bill Dunn was pleased to announce that the Detroit-based Edward C....more >>

Deputies' help building OAYA float appreciated

Hank Szlenkier is extremely grateful to the Oakland County Sheriff's staff who volunteered their time and talents to help build Oxford-Addison Youth Assistance's Cinderella-themed float for the Christmas parade Dec....more >>
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Phyliss proves there's life after coma

Last week, the Leader began a story about Phyllis K. Klenk, a 66-year-old Addison resident who, as a result of a slow brain bleed, spent 1991-94 fighting to get out of a coma, then struggling to communicate with the outside world despite being locked in her own body....more >>

Village maintains police staff despite less tax revenue

Despite the fact that property tax revenues are expected to continue decreasing, the Oxford Village Council is going to keep four full-time police officers on the payroll and on the streets at least through the end of the current fiscal year....more >>

Village expected to lose $222K

Like most communities in Oakland County and around Michigan, the village has experienced some significant revenue losses and is expecting more in the foreseeable future. In 2009, all the village properties lost more than $12 million in taxable value, which equated to a property tax revenue loss of more than $125,000 for the municipality compared to last year....more >>
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Cemetery honors deceased vets with wreathes

Beneath a soft blanket of snow they peacefully slumbered in Oxford's Ridgelawn Memorial Cemetery as a shivering crowd of about 60 people gathered there Saturday to lay Christmas wreaths by their graves and remember their sacrifices....more >>

Twp. okays $522K to replace old fire truck

A 22-year veteran of the Oxford Fire Department is retiring next year and township officials have already got the replacement picked out. Last week, the township board authorized the department to spend $522,243 on a new Pierce pumper truck with a 1,000-gallon tank and the capability of pumping 1,500 gallons of water per minute....more >>
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Local heros take kids Christmas shopping

Oxford's Meijer was filled with police officers and firefighters Dec. 9, but they weren't there to bust bad guys or pull anybody out of a burning building. They were there to make sure these rough economic times don't prevent 52 local kids, ages 3-14, from having Christmas gifts for themselves and their families....more >>
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Rotarians host holiday luncheon for seniors

Those thoughtful and generous members of the Rotary Club of Oxford did it again last week as they hosted a free Christmas luncheon for area senior citizens at the Oxford Hills Golf and Country Club....more >>
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Sample grandma's cooking

There is nothing quite like eating a Sunday dinner after grandmother and mother cooked in the kitchen all day. Michelle High remembers the days of going to her grandma's house and eating hearty meals made from scratch....more >>
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Born August 23rd
1883: Jonathan Wainwright, U.S. general who fought against the Japanese on Corregidor in the Philippines and was forced to surrender.
1898: Albert Claude, biologist who won the 1974 Nobel for his work on the sub-structure of the cell. He never graduated from high school.
1912: Gene Kelly, dancer, choreographer and actor.
1931: H.O. Smith, molecular biologist credited with helping 'open the door' on genetic engineering.
1934: Sonny (Christian) Jurgensen, professional football player and sports announcer.
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in history
1821: After 11 years of war, Spain grants Mexican independence as a constitutional monarchy.
1863: Union batteries cease their first bombardment of Fort Sumter, leaving it a mass of rubble but still unconquered by the Northern besiegers.
1900: Booker T. Washington forms the National Negro Business League in Boston, Massachusetts.
1902: Fanny Farmer, among the first to emphasize the relationship of diet to health, opens her School of Cookery in Boston.
1914: The Emperor of Japan declares war on Germany.