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Area funeral home announces expansion to Clarkston

Coats Funeral Home, a Waterford-based, family-owned and operated business since 1925, has purchased the vacant building at 8909 Dixie Highway (formerly known as Harrington Funeral Home) and is planning to open Coats Tribute Center in March 2010....more >>

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Birth

Matt and Mindy (Latulippe) Siragusa of Grand Blanc are proud to announce the birth of their son, Alex James Siragusa. Alex was born at 1:59 p.m., Dec. 15, at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc....more >>

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Bus change under fire; decision delayed

Brandon Twp.- A plan to provide transportation for students only to their home schools next year was halted Monday. During the Feb. 8 board meeting, parents, local daycare providers, and a district bus driver were among those who voiced their opposition to a finance committee recommendation to stop transportation for in-district transfers....more >>

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Cuts imminent

Amended school budget reveals $2.5 million deficit

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- There are no easy answers, simple fixes, or solutions that won't affect students after the school board approved an amended budget that reduces the district's rainy day fund balance to 9 percent and makes cuts imminent....more >>

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Engagement

Lianna Frazer and Scott Trimble of Springfield Township, formerly of Brandon Township, are pleased to announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is a graduate of Oxford High School and Madonna University....more >>
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Fire destroys 155-year-old farmhouse, firefighter injured

By David Fleet Editor Brandon Twp.-A fire ripped though a 155-year-old farmhouse on the afternoon of Feb. 5 in the 2000 block of Perry Lake Road. Brandon Fire Department, along with Groveland, Independence and Oxford township firefighters responded to the blaze....more >>
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Martian basketball starry-eyed for all star game

At 6-foot-5-inches, 195-pounds, Goodrich High School senior Mitchel Vallie stands out on the basketball court or among classmates in the hallways. His physical presence, coupled with a decade of basketball experience, garnered attention recently, prompting a nomination to play in the McDonald's All-American Game....more >>

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Military

Air Force Airman Thomas C. Hatton graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Hatton completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills....more >>

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Mini Martian Marathon Club

Goodrich- Eight-years-old might seem a little young to run a marathon, but Drew Wischman and Amber Villalpando are well on their way. The Oaktree Elementary third-graders are among 30 members of the new Mini Martian Marathon Running Club, comprised of mostly third through eighth grade students that run laps from 6:30 p....more >>

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Study:Twp. consolidation less efficient, costly

The Michigan Townships Association, representing 1,240 townships across the state released a report earlier this month showing that smaller government is more effiecient and saves tax dollars....more >>

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Township continues recyclable program for residents

Brandon Twp.- Township officials have again contracted with Bedrock Express, LTD to provide recycling and large refuse collection for residents from April through December. Recyclable collection begins April 1, with residents able to take materials to the gravel pit located at 14415 CMI Drive in Groveland Township, near Grange Hall Road, just east of I-75....more >>

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Two seek school board seat in May election

Goodrich- Two area residents will vie for one seat on school board in the May 4 school election. Scott Statson, Jr.and Niki Wiederman will be on the ballot in the election replacing current school board trustee, Lynne Morisette, who was appointed to replace longtime Trustee Michael Thorp, who resigned on May 6, 2009 when he moved from the district....more >>
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What a catch: sturgeon spearing tradition continues

Area ice fisherman weary of catching small panfish all winter may want to check out what one area resident found on a frozen lake in northern Michigan. Jenny Olsen, a 1986 graduate of Brandon High School and Goodrich resident who hosts, produces and edits "Michigan Out-of-Doors" on PBS, made a trek to Black Lake located about 40 miles south of Mackinaw City....more >>
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'It's a world we don't even relate to'

Rhonda Hervey is half a world away from her husband Mark this Valentine's Day, but she has a new appreciation for the sacrifice he is making for them as he works and lives in Qatar, a wealthy Arab emirate located on a peninsula in the Persian Gulf....more >>

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'Maniac' sheds almost 300 pounds

Brian Dunaway is half the man he used to be. Dunaway knew he was big—he was wearing size 6XL shirts and size 60 pants—but when he stepped on a freight scale at a GM plant a few years ago, he was stunned to see exactly how heavy he was....more >>

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Academics

Michael Cybulski graduated from Michigan State University in December with a bachelor's degree in computer science and engineering. The 2005 Brandon High School graduate is employed as a risk management consultant at Deloitte & Touche in Detroit....more >>

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Avery Philip Grundy

Chas and Amber (Holleman) Grundy of Vandalia, Mich. are proud to announce the birth of their son, Avery Philip Grundy. Avery was born at 1:46 p.m., Oct. 15, at St. Joseph Hospital In South Bend, Ind....more >>

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Brandon Township board votes to lower recreation fees

Brandon Twp.- The township board has unanimously approved at the Feb. 1 board meeting lowering non-resident recreation fees from $15 to $10. The decision brings non-resident fees back to the level they were at for several years prior to February 2008 when the board approved an increase to $60....more >>

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Center to offer free tax assistance for seniors

Ortonville- Income tax season can often cause feelings of anxiety when taxpayers are faced with numbers to crunch and forms to fill out, but help is right around the corner. Professional tax consultants will offer free tax assistance to senior citizens and anyone else needing help with their taxes from 9 a....more >>

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Councilman announces run for county commission

Another Oxford official has tossed his hat into the ring in the race to represent District 1 on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners. District 1, which includes about 48,000 residents, encompasses Oxford, Addison, Brandon and Groveland townships plus the villages of Oxford, Leonard and Ortonville....more >>

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Fultz-Hartman

Neoma Fultz of Ortonville and Chris and Susan Seffens of Ortonville are pleased to announce the engagement of their children, Jennifer Lynne Fultz to Christopher Daniel Hartman. The bride-to-be is a 2009 graduate of Baker College of Nursing and is employed as an RN at Select Specialty Hospital....more >>

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Gault named new trustee

Brandon Twp.- The township board unanimously approved the appointment of Cheryl Gault as a trustee during their Feb. 1 meeting. "I appreciate the opportunity afforded by this appointment to contribute to our community," said Gault, a resident of the township since 1987....more >>

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Goodrich class to help protect children from online predators

The Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative (Michigan CSI) is an Internet safety education program with customized presentations for kindergarten through eighth-grade students and a community seminar....more >>

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Library business workshops

'If you've ever wanted to open a business, now is a good time to do it'

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- High unemployment and a difficult economy might seem to be deterrents to opening a business right now, but Bill Schroer says the current economic climate is actually an ideal time for people to follow their dream of being their own boss....more >>

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Local named Marine of Year

On Jan 8, Janey and Michael Yard got an unexpected phone call. It was their 30-year-old son, Corporal Curtis Yard, with good news. Curtis, a 1997 Goodrich High School graduate and a US Marine Corps Corporal was named MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force) Marine of the Year....more >>

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Man charged in Bueche's robbery

A Groveland Township man has been charged after robbing Bueche's Food World last month. Jason Raymond Niemenski, 26, was arraigned on a charge of larceny from a person on Jan. 15 in front of 52-2 District Court Judge Joseph Fabrizio....more >>
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Ortonville house fire

A couch too close to a fireplace was the cause of a village house fire Tuesday. A passer-by called 9-1-1 at 12:55 a.m., Feb. 2 to the 100 block of Mill Street for a house fire. Three minutes later, Brandon firefighters arrived at the blaze where flames were coming through the living room area....more >>
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Senior Olympian takes home gold medal

Brandon Township is home to a gold medal Olympian. Township resident Alice Churchill, 84, competed in bocce in the Michigan Senior Olympics on Jan. 27 at Palazzo di Bocce in Lake Orion and came in first with her 52-year-old bocce partner, Rick Howard....more >>

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Timothy Scott Eddy

Ashley and Joe Eddy of Goodrich are proud to announce the birth of their son, Timothy Scott Eddy. Timothy was born at 10:07 p.m., Dec. 10 at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc....more >>

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Township assessments at county averages, better days forecast

Atlas Twp.-The state equalization value of residential property dropped by 14 percent in the township, just below the county average of 15 percent, according to a report issued late last month by the Genesee County Equalization Department....more >>

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'Bored' vandals sentenced to probation, restitution

Two Brandon Township men who damaged multiple vehicles because they were "bored" last summer have been sentenced to probation and will pay restitution to the vehicle owners. Tom Shahin, 19, was sentenced to 24 months of probation, and ordered to pay restitution, on Jan....more >>

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'Consumer Bill of Rights for Funeral Preplanning'

For many, worrying about how funeral arrangements will be handled can be stressful. After the trust and will are completed, pre-arranging funeral services may be the next step. Roy W....more >>
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'It's my passion'

International student takes aim at New England Conservatory in Boston

Atlas Twp.- Inside the top of 17-year-old South Korea-born Helen Lee's black violin case is a family photo, etchings created by her sister, and other memories of her home, a world away from mid-Michigan....more >>
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Daddy's little girl

160 possible budget cuts for Clarkston schools

Clarkston Community Schools presented 124 budget recommendations, along with 36 items for study, for $13 million in reductions. The cuts are to reach a balanced budget by June 2011....more >>

Clarkston School Board member files FOIA request with district

Not getting all budget information needed?

In light of surprising difficulties, at least one Clarkston School Board member was not satisfied with information supplied by school administration. School board trustee Rosalie Lieblang filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with Superintendent Dr....more >>

Clarkston Schools budget debacle

Public has its say in planned school cuts

Kara Marsac, Clarkston High School senior, stood and walked to the podium. "I understand class sizes have to be raised," said Marsac, who is taking three advanced placement classes....more >>

Township layoffs looming

For Carol Gabris, human resource director for Independence Township, budget reductions are a matter of dollars, not people. "If you budget for $100,000 and you have to reduce it to $75,000, as a department head, you have to cut $25,000 out of that budget," she said....more >>
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Grease is the Word at Clarkston High School

It's the classic story about two teenagers, Danny and Sandy and their friends, brought to life by the Clarkston High School Drama Club's rendition of "Grease." "Over the summer Sandy meets Danny and they get separated," said Assistant Dance Captain Katie Hokanson....more >>

Suspect sought in robbery

An Independence Township pharmacist served a tour in Vietnam without getting shot at. A store robber broke that record, Feb. 1. The suspect, wearing a "Scream" mask and rust-colored hoodie, approached the 63-year-old pharmacist, placed a red bag on the counter, and demanded drugs....more >>
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Making new memories, sharing old ones at Wint

Amongst the photos adorning page 21 of the June 26, 1985 edition of the Clarkston News is Lynn Conover, attaching a stuffed woodpecker to a tree exhibit at the new Wint Nature Center at Independence Oaks....more >>

Springfield forms budget committee

With double-digit tax revenues drops expected, Springfield Township officials are getting an early start on budget work. Supervisor Mike Trout, Treasurer Jamie Dubre, and Trustee Dennis Vallad met for the first time, Jan....more >>
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Dog of the week

Brody's foster mom is already absolutely in love with him, and she knows you will be too once you meet. He likes to try and be a lap dog because he really loves snuggling up to you the best....more >>
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Enjoying a day at the spa

McLaren Breast Center, sponsored a 'Pink and Pampered' day at the Carriage house in Clintonwood park on Jan. 27. The ladies enjoyed Mini-manicures, facials, neck hand and foot massages, nutrition counseling, and eye brow waxing....more >>
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Singers rock Depot Theatre

Depot Theatre off White Lake road was filled Saturday night as a large crowd came to listen to the sounds of "The Geric Brothers," Bob and Dan, along with David Moesher. Bob and Dan have played both individually and together for 20 years singing about "life, love, dogs and monkeys....more >>
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Dancing with daddy

Dads and their daughters filled Clarkston High School cafeteria, twice, during Clarkston Community Education's annual Daddy Daughter Dances, Feb. 6. More than 1,000 attended the dances, one in the afternoon and the other in the evening....more >>

Culver's donates to earthquake relief

Culver's of Clarkston will donate 10 percent of all sales, Feb....more >>
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Fun night at Andersonville

Andersonville Elementary School students stood with their tickets ready and practiced their throws. They waited in a long line for a chance to win a fish to take home. All they had to do was get a ping pong ball into a glass bowl....more >>

News Briefs

Early road salting

County road workers hit the roads, Tuesday morning, in a preemptive strike against expected snowfall. Road Commission for Oakland County trucks sprayed salt water on selected roads to help slow formation of ice....more >>

Water quality meeting

The Wild Ones, Oakland Headwaters Chapter, and Clinton River Watershed Council host a free "Little Things You Can Do To Protect Water Quality" presentation, 7:30-9 p.m., March 3, St....more >>

Rotary aid work

Rotary Club delivered ShelterBox help for 20,000 people in Haiti so far, and are preparing help for 11,000 more. Boxes are filled with emergency supplies for 10 people each, with a tent, cooking equipment, sleeping bags, blankets, and tools....more >>

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1995 "Learning from the source" American Indian Wayne Jackson showed off an array of Native American tools and garments, and explained some of his ancestors' beliefs to students at North Sashabaw Elementary....more >>
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Be mine, Valentine

The age-old exchange of Valentines took center stage as Carpenter Elementary kids—along with visiting parents and grandparents—enjoyed games, crafts and sweet treats during early Valentine's Day parties last week....more >>
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Gibb: We're starting to live by a new philosophy

The future looks bright for Orion, but only if it plays its collective cards right. That was the word from Orion Township Supervisor Matthew Gibb last week as he addressed a crowd gathered to hear him speak about the state of the township at King's Court in Canterbury Castle....more >>

Countdown

Seniors who fly south in winter are important for 2010 census, say officials

Calling all snowbirds. Local officials have a message as the 2010 U.S. Census swings into full gear in the month ahead. "We have a large population of seniors who spend the winter in places like Florida or Arizona," said Orion Township Clerk Penny Shults....more >>
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Under surveillance

Police are keeping an eye on vacant village properties

Look at that empty house next door with the "for sale" sign in the lawn, or the house down the street in foreclosure. What happens if it catches on fire? Or if its pipes break and the whole place floods? Property values might go down even more, or worse, you and your house might be in danger....more >>

Wanted: Handymen to keep up foreclosed homes

Lake Orion Police Department is looking to compile a list of village and township businesses that offer handyman services to help banks maintain foreclosed homes. "If you have a service where you can remove snow, mow lawns, fix windows and provide all of the services that would be needed by a bank from a long distances," Police Chief Jerry Narsh says they need you....more >>

County clerk's Mobile Office rolls into Orion, Feb. 25

The Mobile Office for the Oakland County Clerk and Register of Deeds Office heads to the Orion Township Public Library on Thursday, Feb. 25. Residents of Orion, as well as those from surrounding areas, are welcome to use the service, said Oakland County Clerk Ruth Johnson....more >>
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Artist showcases work at Orion Art Center

Suzanne Rock's fascination with people began when she was just a young girl. Trips to the dime store with her mother, she said, were a welcome opportunity; a chance to look up at the intricacies and emotions painted across the faces of strangers....more >>
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Man charged with domestic assault

Chadd W. Evans, a 32-year-old Lake Orion resident, was arrested for domestic assault Jan. 30, after allegedly battering a 28-year-old woman living with him on the 200 block of S. Broadway....more >>

Sex charge is 15-year felony

An Orion Township woman charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct was bound over for trial after preliminary exam Monday in 52-3 District Court. Norma Elisa Lira, 32, was arrested Jan....more >>

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Dems discuss the issues North Oakland Democratic Club will host a discussion with guest speakers Alma Wheeler Smith, Mark Brewer and Casandra Ulbrich at the Orion Township Library, 7 p....more >>
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Winter isn't so bad wearing a crown

Oxford High School seniors Travis Roth and Chelsea Kessler were named King and Queen of Winterfest 2010 during half-time at Friday night's basketball game....more >>

Council intends to offer tax abatement to LED company

It's by no means a done deal and nothing's for sure yet, but a local company looking to move into the Village of Oxford, expand its operations and hire hundreds of additional employees got one step closer to obtaining the state and local tax incentives needed to help make it all happen....more >>

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Relume donates wireless system for street lights

A local company is going to give the Village of Oxford a gift worth $50,000 and all the community has to do in return is be a test site for one of its new products. On Tuesday night, the village council voted 5-0 to accept the Oxford-based Relume Technologies' offer to install its new Sentinel Wireless Lighting Control System free of charge....more >>

Attempt to thaw pipe leads to house fire

A house caught fire in Addison Twp. after an attempt was made to heat a frozen pipe with a blowtorch on Friday, Feb. 5. Addison Twp. Fire Department responded to a call in the 900 block of E....more >>
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Karate master inducted into int'l hall of fame

Only the best of the best get inducted into a hall of fame for what they've accomplished in their profession. Jeff Bryant must be on his way to legendary status as he made it into his second hall of fame in two years....more >>
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LTU students study energy efficiency at Upland Hills

Students from Lawrence Technological University visited the Upland Hills Ecological Awareness Center in Addison Township Saturday to begin studying how well alternative energy sources, working in conjunction with unique architectural features, power and heat the building constructed in the 1970s....more >>

Linrary caters to needs of visually, physically impaired

Oxford resident Marsha Katona is on a mission to make everyone aware of great resource that unfortunately doesn't get much publicity. It's called the Oakland County Library for the Visually and Physically Impaired and she's been using it for about 40 years now....more >>
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Born August 22nd
1908: Henri Cartier-Bresson, photographer.
1917: John Lee Hooker, blues singer and guitarist.
1920: Ray Bradbury, science fiction writer whose works include Farenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles.
1934: H. Norman Schwarzkopf, American general and commander of the coalition forces during the Persian Gulf War.
1935: E. Annie Proulx, writer (Postcards, The Shipping News).
August 22nd
in history
1485: Henry Tudor defeats Richard III at Bosworth. This victory establishes the Tudor dynasty in England and ends the War of the Roses.
1642: Civil war in England begins as Charles I declares war on Parliament at Nottingham.
1717: The Austrian army forces the Turkish army out of Belgrade, ending the Turkish revival in the Balkans.
1777: With the approach of General Benedict Arnold's army, British Colonel Barry St. Ledger abandons Fort Stanwix and returns to Canada.
1849: The Portuguese governor of Macao, China, is assassinated because of his anti-Chinese policies.