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Final list of approved budget amendments/cuts, savings For Brandon

Final list of approved budget amendments/cuts, savings Early retirement incentive for instructional support, $970,000; Teacher reductions, $360,000; English as a Second Language teacher, ...more >>

Milestones

Academics

Amy Garner graduated from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio on May 1 with a bachelor of science degree in nursing. The 2006 Oakland Christian School graduate is the daughter of Jeri and John Garner of Ortonville....more >>

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Energy kits available at township

Groveland Twp.-Area residents can now pick up energy kits at the township offices, thanks to the state Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act)....more >>

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Johnson joins race for SOS

Groveland Township resident and former lawmaker Ruth Johnson has announced she will run for Secretary of State. Johnson said she will battle special interest groups who support allowing voters to register the day of an election and not requiring voters to have to show identification at polls....more >>

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Linenger-Smith

Tim and Donna Smith of Ortonville and Ken and Linda Linenger of Clarkston are pleased to announce the engagement of their children, Timothy Smith and Kendra Linenger. The groom-to-be is a 2004 Brandon High School graduate and a 2009 Wayne State University graduate....more >>

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Nighttime work begins on M-15, 8 p.m.-5 a.m.

Armando Lopez, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Davison Transportation Service Center delivery manager said a major section of M-15 between I-69 to the Oakland County line south of Goodrich will be resurfaced with one-and a half inches of asphalt starting in early May, with the projected completed by June 26....more >>

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Silver Tsunami: Community not ready for wave

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer A 'Silver Tsunami' will sweep over Oakland County soon. This natural phenomenon is predicted as the baby boom generation comes of age. The Oakland County Senior Advisory Council met May 3 and presented a year-long data study examining the social, economic, and quality of life impact that the wave of older adults will present in the county....more >>
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The former world's strongest man comes to Ortonville

Bill Kazmaier, 3-time "World's Strongest Man," will be in town this week. The 6'3," 315-pound Alabama resident who first won the title 30 years ago, will promote health and fitness from 3-5:30 p....more >>

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Township Park Club forming

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- A new group is forming to move development of the park forward in challenging economic times. An organizational meeting of the Brandon Community Park Club will be at 7 p....more >>

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TTFN: Text no more

Michigan lawmakers pass bill banning texting while driving; new law takes effect July 1

Alex Arnold considers himself lucky. The Goodrich High School senior was driving a friend's car over the summer when his phone went off in his pocket. He glanced down for an instant to read the screen and his car swerved over the curb, completely blowing out the right front tire....more >>
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Twp. grass fire chars10 acres, homes spared

Atlas Township firefighters, along with Davison Township, responded to a grass fire at 3:15 p.m. Monday along Gale Road near McCandlish Road. Township Fire Chief Fred Forys said a passerby noticed the fire along Gale Road and attempted to extinguish the blaze with a piece of carpet....more >>

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Wiederman wins school board seat, renewal passes

About 13 percent of district voters turned out to elect Niki Wiederman to the Goodrich School Board of Trustees. Wiederman, a former high school biology teacher and current guidance counselor in the Atherton School District high school, received 829 votes for one four-year term on the Goodrich Board of Trustees....more >>

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'Hello, Robert, we have your lungs, are you ready?'

Debra Buxbaum is celebrating this Mother's Day with a priceless gift— a son who can breathe freely after 24 years of being sick, thanks to a double lung transplant. "There are no words to describe watching your son suffocate in front of you and all you can do is pray," said Debra....more >>

Milestones

Academics

Melissa Marble graduated with honors on May 2 from the University of Michigan Flint with a bachelor of fine arts degree. The 2005 Brandon High School graduate remained on the dean's list throughout her years at U of M....more >>

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Achievement

Grace Kaiding competed May 2 at the State Gymnastics Competition in Holland, Mich., winning first place in vault, beam, bars and floor exercise, as well as first place in the all-around, amongst the 32 girls in her age group....more >>

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Birthdays

Gerald Marsh of Ortonville celebrated his 85th birthday on April 18 with a surprise dinner party given by his family at O'Malley's Galley in Fenton. Gerald was born on April 18, 1925 in Goodrich....more >>

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Board nixes compensation, block schedules remain

Goodrich-Just a little more than $330 per month. That's how much the school board was being compensated for serving on the board—until Monday night. In a possible effort to set the tone for a host of pending cuts that could top $2....more >>
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Brandon detective, deputies recognized

The Oakland County Sheriff's Office presented its annual awards last week, with three employees from the Brandon substation recognized for superior work. Deputy Gary Godschalk, substation desk officer, received the Professional Excellence Citation....more >>

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Bus privatization proposals sought by district, three respond

Brandon Twp.- The school district received three proposals last week for privatization of bus service. Superintendent Lorrie McMahon confirmed that three companies have submitted quotes for providing transportation in the district....more >>

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DNR to shock-survey Kearsley Creek fish

Atlas Twp.- The size, numbers and general health of fish in the Kearsley Creek will be examined during late July as the Michigan Department of Resources announced a fish survey will be conducted....more >>

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GHS role model day

Goodrich High School freshman Julia Kerwin's role model has always been her Aunt Katy. On May 20, Kerwin will get to tell her and her classmates why at 12:30 p.m. when Goodrich High School hosts a role model day in the cafeteria....more >>

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Lizon-Dilworth

Susan and Joseph Lizon of Ortonville are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Anna Katherine Lizon, to Scott David Dilworth, son of Laurie and David Gaul of Port Huron, and Robb Dilworth of Dryden....more >>
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Karen McArthur and Mary Kassuba will retire this month. Photo by Bob Flath. (click for larger version)

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Longtime township employees retire

Brandon Twp.-A combined 54 years of experience will be lost to the township this month when two valued employees retire. Elections/Human Resources Coordinator Karen McArthur, whose career with the township began in 1976, and Mary Kassuba, who has been deputy supervisor since 1987, will have their last day at the township offices on May 21....more >>

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Military

Army Sgt. Chad A. Brannan recently competed in the 3-day event "Best Sapper" to determine what 2-man team would endure as the Army's best combat engineers. Brannan, a 2006 Goodrich High School graduate, was part of a team from Alpha Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team at Fort Campbell in Kentucky....more >>

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MTA service, millage renewal discussed

Atlas Twp.- Questions regarding services provided by the Mass Transportation Authority in the area will be discussed at 7 p.m., May 17 during the township board meeting. MTA officials will provide information prior to an Aug....more >>

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Ortonville411.com to air Live With Passion!

Starting with Sundays, Ortonville411.com is filling in programming for the seven-day week. And, the first programming secured is Live With Passion!, hosted by Fr. Cedric Pisegna. While Fr....more >>

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Powerlifters on to nationals

Goodrich High School senior Kristen Schmiedeknecht and sophomore Candace Smith lifted their way to the top on May 1 in Flushing's YMCA for the Iron Man national qualifier powerlifting competition....more >>

School budget reductions OK'd; final vote in June

Brandon Twp.- After months of discussion and difficult decisions, the school board has moved one step closer to finalizing a budget for the 2010-2011 school year, approving a list of cuts expected to save the district more than $3....more >>

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Two vendors step up with new County 9-1-1 system

Atlas Twp.-Two area ambulance providers are encouraged by the Genesee County 9-1-1 plan to streamline emergency medical services and enhance assessablity to the township. Following Lloyd Fayling, 9-1-1 director for Genesee County, announcement that within a year a new mode of EMS dispatch could be in place that could speed service to the southeastern regions of the county, officials from Groveland Township EMS and Patriot Ambulance Service located in Burton, Davison and Marathon Township say they are willing to get on board with the program....more >>

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Two vie for township trustee seat in August

Brandon Twp.- When Supervisor Kathy Thurman asked 10 township residents applying in January for appointment to an open trustee seat whether they planned to run for election to the position this fall, all responded yes....more >>
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Local recalls longtime friendship with Harwell

Brandon Twp.- Baseball fans around Michigan grieved the death this week of Ernie Harwell, the beloved long-time Detroit Tigers baseball broadcaster. Locally, township resident Ward Stoddard remembered Harwell as not just the voice of Tigers baseball, but as a great person and friend of his for four decades....more >>
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Mom makes it better

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Local resident files for state representative seat

As an independent, conservative, and a problem solver, Independence Township resident Richard (Rick) Gutowski feels he would make a good candidate for State Representative of the 44th District....more >>

School layoffs now list 111

With 111 pink-slipped teachers and staff, paraeducator Pam Brown stood before Clarkston Board of Education and asked what is to become of the district's world-class standards. "I have heard 'don't worry because there are government standards to maintain,'" said Brown, special education paraeducator on the list to lose her job....more >>

Sharing services

Police could join fire, library on list for consolidation

Library, fire and possibly police services will be shared between the City of the Village of Clarkston and Independence Township. Township Board of Trustees approved the three contracts 6-1 and asked Township Attorney Steve Joppich to look at the contracts and make necessary changes....more >>

Changes on way for Memorial Day march

This Memorial Day, American Legion Post 63 will honor Clarkston's fallen heroes by reading the names of more than 800 veterans laid to rest in Lakeview Cemetery. It will be the last time, said Barney Schoenfeld, post commander....more >>
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Clarkston history comes to life at Cemetery Walk

Walking through the centuries-old Lakeview Cemetery in Independence Township, it's understandable if one feels the urge to ask occupants what their lives were like. Next weekend, you can....more >>

Crime rises, funds fall

A man breaks into an Ortonville Road gas station to steal cigarettes, Feb. 23. March 2, a woman walks into a Main Street convenience store and steals three bottle of vodka. April 3, a man steals nine bottles of booze from the same store....more >>
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Group plans more markers for historic homes

With the month of May being National Historic Preservation Month, the Clarkston Historic District (CHD) will be 30 years old on May 15. "The state of Michigan requires the Historic District to have a commission," said Charlotte Cooper, Commission chairman....more >>
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Old News goes home

Spring cleaning, Gary Scott of Independence Township found an old Clarkston News. It's 71 years old, so he thought it deserved more than the recycle bin. "I thought I'd bring it in when paying my bill (for subscription)," said Scott, a long-time reader of the paper....more >>
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Campaign kick off in Clarkston

For Kande Ngalamulume, Democrat candidate for U.S. Congress, Clarkston was just the spot to kick off his campaign. "I love the people of Clarkston and north Oakland County," said Ngalamulume, May 6, in front of 5 S....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Eagle scout's patio project enhances park

Brandon Toth of Clarkston learned the value of preplanning in his Eagle Scout project. "Get all materials on site, all the people scheduled, all tools ready," said Toth, who constructed a paving-stone patio at Clintonwood Park this past summer....more >>

Race is on for Angels' Place

Angels' Place 5K Race is earlier this year, set for May 22, instead of in September as before. "We wanted to try a new approach, avoid college football games," said Paul Maxwell of Clarkston, who started the race in 2008....more >>
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Bailey Lake service learning helps animals

First-graders in Ms. Stacey Conn's class finished writing their notes and put them into the freshly decorated paper bags for the dog adoption bags. They added a toy and the next treat going in the bag would be made by the fourth-graders - dog biscuits....more >>
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Sharing memories with mom

Mothers and their families enjoyed brunch and a chance to share school memories, at Clarkston Co-op's May 8 Mother's Day brunch. Current and past teachers, parents, and students brought old photos and stories for the gathering at Clarkston United Methodist Church....more >>
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White Cane Week a 'roaring' success

Drivers donated more than $11,000 to Clarkston Area Lions during its White Cane Week, this past April. "We wish to thank everyone for their support," said Lion Jerry Baumgart, chairperson....more >>
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Optimists honor Student Citizens

Clarkston Area Optimists Club honored North Sashabaw Elementary fourth-grader Tom Silvey and Bailey Lake Elementary fourth-grader Joey Franke with April Student Citizen of the Month awards, May 5....more >>
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Quarter century of care at Clarkston Veterinary Clinic

As owner and practitioner at Clarkston Veterinary Clinic for the past 25 years, Dr. Howard J. Schwartz personally cares for people's pets. "I see each patient, and clients know they'll see the same doctor," Schwartz said....more >>
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Spinning for SCAMP

Walkers and runners filled downtown Clarkston, May 1, during Walk & Roll for SCAMP. Participants chose from one, two and five-mile routes through Clarkston and Independence Township....more >>

Springfield students help others

Lars Covintree challenged the students in his classes at Springfield Elementary. If over 105 students participated in SCAMP's Walk and Roll on May 2 - he would let the students shave his head....more >>

Students all A.C.E.S.

Springfield Plains Elementary students took their positions on the grass for their cool-down. It was the biggest Yoga class anyone had seen - with 572 kids getting into a mountain pose....more >>
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Musicians earn state honors

Clarkston musicians earned several state honors and a spot at this weekend's Michigan Youth Arts Festival at Western Michigan University. Soloists qualifying for State level of Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association Solo and Ensemble include Clarkston students Shannon Goebel, horn; Patrick Furlo, horn; Kevin Thompson, tuba; Michael Gieske, bassoon; Lauren Rodewald, double bass; Andrew Thompson, 12, double bass; and Katy Bragan, 10, double bass....more >>

News Briefs

Get rid of old electronics

While spring cleaning the next few weeks, put the unwanted electronics to the side. Clarkston Community Schools partnered with Computer Recyclers of Michigan to offer Community Recycling Day, 9 a....more >>

Armed Forces Day at Springfield Oaks

Springfield Oaks County Park hosts Armed Forces Day, May 15. The park, 12451 Andersonville Road in Springfield Township, opens at 11 a.m. Activities include games, military displays, live music, moon walks, crafts, special guests, and food....more >>

Everest presents 'Fiddler'

Everest Collegiate High School Drama Club presents Fiddler on the Roof, 2 p.m., Sunday, May 16, at Everest Collegiate High School & Everest Academy, 5935 Clarkston Road. Tickets are $5 per person or $15 per family....more >>

City sends millage proposal to voters

Clarkston City Council voted 6-0 to approve for city residents to have the opportunity to vote in the August primary to raise the city millage from 15 mills up to 20 mills. Due to the Headlee amendment this amount actually being levied is 13....more >>

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1995 "Bomb suspects are ordered to stand trial" Five Clarkston teenagers were ordered to stand trial on explosives charges by 52-2 District Court Judge Gerald McNally....more >>
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Business, but not 'as usual'

The Lake Orion Review is partnering with our community of entrepreneurs and small businesses to network, exchange information and help one another succeed. The Coffee Club meets Fridays, 7:30 a....more >>

Art with heart

'Artunes' expands for May 22 event at Bald Mountain

rth grader who said 'Love the hair,'-- make Chizzy laugh. Others are touching. "I'm an emotional person," he said. "It takes me a long time just to get through them." But more importantly, the letters let him know his message is getting across when he spends time demonstrating his art in local elementary schools....more >>
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Look, mom, we're ONTV!

Your local source for print news has gone digital. The Lake Orion Review and Orion Neighborhood Television (ONTV) renewed an old partnership to get Lake Orion news to the public, not just in ink, but on TV....more >>
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Don't give up!

Hope is not lost with comotose loved ones

By Leah Yanuszeski, Review intern Greta Emling, an Oxford dental hygienist, never thought herself to be a writer. That is, until she met Phyllis K. Klenk and her husband. Klenk, after a brain bleed, went into a coma....more >>

FISH food pantry under new management

A changing of the guard concerning Oxford/Orion FISH is due to take place at the end of this month. Valarie Cass, who's been the nonprofit group's pantry coordinator for the last six years, is stepping down and handing the job over to Sandy Klersy and Kelly Fuller....more >>
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'Mums for mom' a success!

The teaser Farmers Market day was a flowering success. The word from market Manager Kathy Wieland: over 420 people attended the pre-Mom's Day Sale on May 5. And that's a good number, she says, considering the weather and the fact that the regular Farmers Market does not open until May 26....more >>
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Girl scouts help furry friends

Fifth grade St. Joseph School Junior Girl Scout Troop worked tirelessly this school year to earn their Bronze Award in scouting. This group of young ladies include Katie Spengler, Mary Riss, Anna Traczinski, Sarah Falkowski, Lauren Gaule, Claire Thomas and Serena Bianchi....more >>

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Twp. to collect village taxes The village council unanimously passed a proposal at their May 10 meeting, allowing Orion Township to mail and collect village tax bills. Letting the township take care of the legwork will cost $5 per parcel, but end up saving the village thousands in the long run, officials said....more >>
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Stocking the shelves

It was a busy day Saturday at the Oxford-Orion FISH food pantry in Thomas. Volunteers unloaded and shelved a total of 16,200 pounds in non-perishable food items to be distributed to local individuals and families in need....more >>

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End of the line for bus drivers?

District seeks bids for transportation services

Now that custodial services have been privatized, Oxford Schools is looking to outsource its busing as well. On April 30, Requests for Proposals (RFPs) were sent to five companies, headquartered both in and out of state, that provide student transportation services, according to Tim Loock, assistant superintendent of business and operations....more >>

Potential bidders for bus services

Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, First Student, Inc. transports 4 million students to and from school every day in more than 1,500 districts across the United States and Canada. The company has more than 60,000 school buses and 68,000 drivers....more >>

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Public tells council no tax hike

Members of the public filled the Oxford Village Council chambers Tuesday night and although only a few spoke, the message was quite clear they don't want a tax increase. "Any increase is just totally unacceptable; this council should be looking at a reduction," said Jan Drogosch, a village resident and former council member....more >>
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Second Front

Starbucks closing, space for lease

Java lovers will have to find their daily caffeine fix somewhere else in Oxford because Starbucks Coffee is closing. It appears the rumors are true that the Seattle, Washington-based coffeehouse chain is leaving its home of 11 years in the Oxford Professional Center located at 51 S....more >>
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Fish local streams with an expert

Bumper sticker wisdom holds that a bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work. But when you earn a living by fishing, as Jason Davis does, every single day is a good day, regardless of how they're biting....more >>
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Benefit to help pay crash victim's medical bills

Local residents are being called on to help support an Oxford woman who is in need following a near fatal car accident she was involved in back in March. American Legion Post #108 in Oxford is hosting a dinner to benefit Franny Strokes, who sustained life-threatening injuries when she was the passenger in a vehicle that was struck March 19 while making a left turn into the Golden Nugget restaurant....more >>
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Turf Day garners media coverage for blue turf

Just like the mail, not even the wind, rain or hail could stop the Field Turf Committee from showcasing Turf Day to the people of Oxford on Saturday in Centennial Park. Dressed in their "Got Turf?" shirts and raincoats, the group spent over eight hours outdoors kicking off their fund-raising efforts for the blue synthetic turf they want installed at Oxford High School....more >>
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Born December 22nd
1858: Giacomo Puccini, Italian operatic composer best known for Madam Butterfly.
1883: Arthur Wergs Mitchell, first African-American to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
1912: Claudia Lady Bird Johnson, wife of President Lyndon Baines Johnson.
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1829: The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad opens the first passenger railway line.
1918: The last of the food restrictions, that had been enforced because of the shortages during World War I, are lifted.
1929: Soviet troops leave Manchuria after a truce is reached with the Chinese over the Eastern Railway dispute.
1941: Japanese troops make an amphibious landing on the coast of Lingayen Gulf on Luzon, the Philippines. Remembering the Bataan Death March.
1942: The Soviets drive German troops back 15 miles at the Don River.Stalingrad foes meet again.