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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 >>

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16 teachers nixed, wage cuts OK'd

Administration agrees to wage concessions

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich-Wage concessions and layoffs—key components presented by the school board on Monday night to balance a sagging budget gripping the district. The two pronged effort, which will hopefully erode a staggering $2....more >>

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Calendar

Friends of Brandon Library From 6-9 p.m., May 25 the Friends of Brandon Library will meet at the library, 304 South St. New members are always welcome. Details 248-627-1460. Woman's Club At 1 p....more >>

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Crime

Drunk Mom On May 10, at 7:15 p.m., a Brandon deputy responded to the substation for a child exchange. The deputy met with the child's grandfather. The man said he was meeting there to turn over the child to her mother, but when he arrived and began to speak to her, he suspected she was drunk as she slurred her words and swore....more >>
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Crowded District 1 county commissioner race heats up

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- The field of candidates for Oakland County Commissioner, District 1, stands at nine, with four of the candidates from this area. Ken Christie, Andrew Potter and Ken Quisenberry have announced they are running for the position, joining fellow area resident Beth Nuccio, who officially announced her candidacy in March....more >>

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Four years to make the rounds

One of the groovy things about the internet, is that sooner or later rumors and "new" facts tend to reappear. The way I figure it, it takes about four years for stuff to span the globe, virtually speaking....more >>
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Hair collected for oil spill

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- Oily hair is such a problem for some people that they make shampoos specifically formulated to remedy it. However, in the Gulf of Mexico, the ability of hair to collect oil isn't being viewed as a problem, but as a solution....more >>

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Jackie: 'Get mammograms on time'

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- In December 2008, Jackie Nowicki had a mammogram and once again, like she had annually for more than 10 years, she received the all clear....more >>
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Memorial Day observance to feature fly-over, dedication

By Meredith Mayberry Staff Writer Lt. Col. David St. Aubin will be the keynote speaker at this year's Memorial Day observance in Ortonville. "I want to concentrate on what Memorial Day is actually about," St....more >>

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Missing township boy found safe and sound (asleep) after police search

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- An 11-year-old missing boy who prompted a search by the Oakland County Sheriff's Office on May 14 that included 10 deputies from both Brandon and Independence townships, as well as alcohol enforcement, K-9, and aviation units, was found asleep under a deck May 14....more >>

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Township emergency siren fails May 1 test

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp-It's what township residents and officials did not hear at 1 p.m., May 1 that concerned the board of trustees on Monday night. After a failure of the Hegel Road emergency siren during the May 1 test period the board of trustees voted 5-0 to pay West Shore Services $650 for the first year of maintenance, and then $425 annually for each year after that to perform preventative maintenance on the equipment....more >>

Township eyes deputy reductions

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- The township could soon have three less deputies, as boardmembers contemplate cuts to the police budget. At a budget workshop meeting May 24, boardmembers discussed decreasing the police coverage provided by the Oakland County Sheriff's Office by one to three officers....more >>

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Township eyes deputy reductions

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- The township could soon have three less deputies, as boardmembers contemplate cuts to the police budget. At a budget workshop meeting May 24, boardmembers discussed decreasing the police coverage provided by the Oakland County Sheriff's Office by one to three officers....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 >>

Milestones

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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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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Dragon slayers

Chapin White closes in on Lake Orion during Saturday's Game for a Cure event, hosted by Clarkston....more >>

Grass cut, not costs

City spends $9,000 for new lawnmower

Is $9,000 too much for a city lawnmower used once a week? Clarkston resident Steve Coventry thinks so. "We have zero money for police protection but grass cutting has a higher priority, and (DPW Director) Bob Pursley gets whatever he wants," said Coventry....more >>

City police a ballot issue -- sort of

Voters will get their chance to save Clarkston Police Department in August, but ballot language won't be so specific. Ballot language, approved 5-0 by Clarkston City Council, would amend the city's charter, allowing a millage increase from 15 mills to 20 mills, collecting about $220,000 when first levied in 2010....more >>

Activists' tip line, online

Parent activists' investigation into Clarkston schools continues, said Dawn Schaller of Independence Township. "I have been quiet lately, not because of the threat of legal action by Superintendent Al Roberts, but because we are continuing our analysis and putting our package together," Schaller said....more >>
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Millstream

Honored for preserving a piece of history

With a standing ovation, Clarkston resident Jennifer Radcliff was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Michigan Preservation Network in Ann Arbor, May 15. "When you're honored by your peers that's the best kind," Radcliff said....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Teaching physical, spiritual strength

Have you ever seen a man rip an entire phone book in half, bend a steal bar with his head, run through a concrete or bench press a log over his head while lying on a bed of 10,000 nails? Then check out the Stand Strength Team at Bridgewood church this weekend for the three nights of free family entertainment....more >>
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Rotarians offer flag service

Davisburg Rotarians want to see as many flags fly as possible, and offer a Celebration of America Flag Display Service to help. For participants, Davisburg Rotary Club volunteers will install capped PVC sleeves in front yards at grade level to not interfere with lawn maintenance....more >>
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Military mixer

Residents from all over Oakland County descended on Springfield Oaks County Park to check out some military hardware and talk to local soldiers, many of whom served overseas. Armed Forces Day, May 15, also included live music, games, crafts, and a truck-pull competition....more >>
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Relay For Life

The track and football field were full on Saturday at Clarkston Junior High, as local cancer survivors and loved ones spent the weekend together, May 15-16, at the American Cancer Society Relay For Life....more >>
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Story Time for community at park

During the summer, Clarkston Co-op Preschool invites everyone to Depot Park for some fun. Every Wednesday, June through August, they will hold Story Time at 11 a.m. The preschool teachers will read a story, kids will sing songs and make a craft to take home....more >>

DTE celebrates 20 years of music

BY CHRIS HAGAN Special to the Clarkston News Twenty years ago, Wilson Phillips and En Vogue topped Billboard charts, Milli Vanilli admited to lip-synching "Girl You Know It's True," and Palace Sports and Entertainment bought Pine Knob Music Theatre in Independence Township....more >>
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Hair helps soak up oil spills

When hair stylist Amber Sitek saw news reports of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico, she wanted to help. She found a website of a group that makes oil-soaking mats and booms out of donated hair....more >>
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Prayers for local leaders

Members of many denominations joined together, May 6, for Clarkston Area National Day of Prayer Breakfast at St. Daniel Catholic Church. Sponsored by Clarkston Area Pastors Association, Lewis Wint and Son Funeral Home, and local businesses, government and community representatives led prayers for families and our future....more >>

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Depot Park River Day

River of Life and Wild Ones, North Oakland Chapter, host River Day activities, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., June 12, in Depot Park, downtown Clarkston. Free activities include weeding and planting in park gardens, planting native plants as part of an Eagle Scout Streambank Stabilization Project at the south end of the park, invasive species identification and eradication demonstrations, face painting for kids, rubber duck races, and a rain garden presentation....more >>

Poppies this weekend

American Legion Post and Auxiliary Unit 63 will be in Clarkston area intersections distributing Poppies, May 20-22. Funds raised will be used throughout the year to help veterans and their families, as well as soldiers currently serving....more >>

School job search info available

More than a month after first requested, all information on Clarkston Community Schools' search for a new deputy superintendent and human resources director has been provided. The last set of information, applicants' resumes, was provided, May 11....more >>

Buddy Baseball in Independence Township

Independence Township Parks and Recreation offers Buddy Baseball League, a non-competitive recreational league for boys and girls with special needs. Each player will be paired with a "buddy" to assist the player as needed....more >>

Volleyball camp

Varsity Coach Kelly Avenall and staff host Clarkston Volleyball Clinic, Monday-Friday, June 14-18, at Clarkston High School. Girls going into grades 9-12 play from 8-10 a.m., girls going into 5-8 play 10 a....more >>

Moms host blood drive

Clarkston Area Mothers and More and nonprofit Michigan Blood host a blood drive, 1-7 p.m., Tuesday, May 25, at First Missionary Church, 4832 Clintonville Road. "We hope everyone in the Clarkston area will roll up their sleeves to help by giving blood," said Stacy Meagher, volunteer....more >>

Road work to include closure

Resurfacing work on White Lake Road between Clement Road and Dixie Highway includes a two-week closure to through traffic, June 18-July 2. During that time, access to homes or businesses along the road will be from the south, Cement or Andersonville roads....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1995 "School board to consider redistricting" Increased enrollment expected from two new subdivisions had school officials considering shifting students from Springfield Plains Elementary to Andersonville Elementary....more >>

'This is so final'

Family sees justice but grief strikes fresh as life sentence handed down

It was like saying good-bye all over again. "This is so final," said Ellen Harrington outside the courtroom after her son's killer was sentenced to life in prison. "Having the trial go on kept him alive....more >>

What's on your 'MINDS'?

Group kicks off '1,000 Conversations' initiative in Lake Orion

Representatives from local churches, schools, police agencies, businesses and other organizations gathered at the Orion Township home of Karen and Hugh Hudson for a meeting of the minds last week....more >>

Rumors true...and false

Caught drinking at an unsupervised party while parents were out of town, LOHS kids got a 'rare' break from Orion deputies

A rumor swirling around Lake Orion during recent weeks went something like this: A houseful of drunken high school students, about 75 kids or so, partying at a home on Silverbell Road and got off without so much as a slap on the hand when deputies showed up to see what the ruckus was about....more >>
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'House' actor calls Lake Orion home

By Leah Yanuszeski, Review intern Cynthia Watros, a 1986 Lake Orion High School graduate, recently landed a role on the TV show series 'House.' Cynthia plays the ex-wife of Doctor Wilson, friend to Gregory House, the main character....more >>
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'Set pride aside'

Church offers free meal program for anyone down and out

By Leah Yanuszeski, Review intern Lake Orion United Methodist Church (LOUMC) kicked off their free meals program Monday, May 10 at their downtown location. Every second Monday of the month, LOUMC will host a free dinner for those in need....more >>
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Local man trapped in Germany by volcano

By Leah Yanuszeski, Review intern When Neil Patterson was invited to fly to Germany for a surprise birthday party for a good friend's mom, he never thought that he would have trouble getting home....more >>

Briefs

Not everything's on our Website Getting local news to you is important to us folk at The Review. That's why we want to remind readers not all our print news makes it to our Website....more >>
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Cruisin' is back, baby!

Lake Orion resident Jim McClements checks out this sweet hot rod at the weekly car cruise being held every Tuesday from 5 p.m. until dusk at the Chardonnay Center (formerly Kalloway's) in Oxford....more >>

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Threat at OHS

A threat to "blow Oxford up" written on a girls restroom stall wall at Oxford High School is being investigated by the Oakland County Sheriff's Department. According to Principal Mike Schweig, the "threatening message" was discovered on Tuesday, May 11....more >>

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Planning commissioner charged with assault

An Oxford Township official well-known for her strong pro-rural stance concerning planning and zoning issues was arrested Friday, May 14 for allegedly striking her former sister-in-law....more >>
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Oxford man charged with 4 counts of sexual assault

An Oxford Township man was arraigned on four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct last week after he allegedly sexually molested a young girl for approximately three years....more >>
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Rezoning recommended for McDonald's

Plans to move the Oxford McDonald's a little further north got one step closer to becoming a reality last week as the township planning commission recommended a necessary rezoning....more >>

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Parties agree to dismiss case against monk

A civil lawsuit filed by a woman who accused a Catholic monk in Addison Township of repeatedly sexually assaulting and threatening her over a four-year period was voluntarily dismissed by the parties involved....more >>

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Twp. increases fees for tax collection

The fees Oxford Township charges local educational entities to collect their summer property taxes were increased by officials last week. Effective with the July 1 billing, the township has raised its prices from $1....more >>

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Get your fresh fruit, veggies

The Oxford Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is excited to bring fresh, healthy and local produce to downtown Oxford with the debut of a Farmer's Market in the northwest parking lot directly behind the Northeast Oakland Historical Museum....more >>
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Libraries help make public records more accessible

Oxford and Addison's public libraries are the newest branch offices for the Oakland County Clerk. They joined 34 other county libraries as part of the recently-launched Library CARD Project....more >>
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Sheriff honors heroes who nabbed the bad, saved the good

Oxford residents Sherene Ann Parris and Gary Elzerman were honored last week by the Oakland County Sheriff's Department for their quick-thinking and rapid actions in two stressful and dangerous situations....more >>
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Exercise earns seniors healthy heart, award

A group of seniors at Campbell's Personal Care Home of Lakeville in Addison Township recently received an award for their diligence in exercising. The American Heart Association honored three seniors, 88-year-old Alfred Bone, 87-year-old Macie Hegwood and 76-year-old Vauna Kukkola with a certificate with their name on it....more >>
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Hello up there!

On Friday, a worker (shown waving at the top) from the Hartland-based B&M Tower Technologies, Inc. climbed the 195-foot radio/cell tower behind Addison Fire Station #2 in Lakeville....more >>
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Musician needs money for European tour

Former Oxford resident Sean Corbitt has the opportunity to showcase his trumpet-playing skills to vast audiences across Europe in July with The Sound of America (SOA) Honor Band and Chorus....more >>
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Seniors make quilts for wounded soldiers

Anyone who loves to quilt should head on over to Independence Village of Waterstone to join a group of senior citizens and community members who make quilts for wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC....more >>
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1877: Frederick Soddy, named an isotope and received 1921 Nobel prize for chemistry.
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1910: Alice Stebbins Wells is admitted to the Los Angeles Police Force as the first woman police officer to receive an appointment based on a civil service exam.