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Blackhawk varsity girls netters advance

Blackhawks head to finals after MHSAA Flushing Regional competition

For the second time in school history, the Brandon girls' varsity tennis team has qualified for the Michigan High School Athletic Association state finals June 4-5 in East Lansing....more >>

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CreekFest 2010

11 a.m.-4 p.m., June 5, Ortonville

By Meredith Mayberry Staff Writer Like the past seven years, CreekFest is offering eight hours of family fun. The difference this year is that it's completely free. "In the past, we've charged $5 for kids to play in the bouncehouse, but we're not doing that this year," said Liz Waters, coordinator of the 7th Annual CreekFest....more >>
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Dog eyed as meal ticket for coyote

'As a carnivore, more than likely the coyote had blinders on when it attacked...'

By David Fleet Editor Ortonville-Tipping the scale at just over 20 pounds,"Mia," an overweight 3-year-old miniature Doberman pinscher, is not all that fierce. However, what Mia lacks in stature— she makes up in luck....more >>

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Flint Phantoms: Seven Bridges Chicago Cup winners

The Flint Phantoms PeeWee AA Hockey Club competed earlier this month for the Seven Bridges Chicago Cup. The weekend Chicago tournament included teams from Michigan, Northwest Illinois, and St....more >>

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GHS senior tops in health competition

By Meredith Mayberry Staff Writer Ben VanSlyke is happy about winning first place at the state-wide Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) competition through the Genesee Area Skill Center....more >>

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Goodrich to missions

GUMC pastor leaves pulpit for missionary work

By Meredith Mayberry Staff Writer Goodrich-Come the end of June, Pastor Karl Zeigler will no longer be the pastor of the Goodrich United Methodist Church. After 46 years as a United Methodist pastor, 10 of which were spent in Goodrich, Zeigler, 64, is looking forward to new ways to spend his time....more >>

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Letters to the Editor

Safety of students top priority Dear Editor, The recent death of a student in Detroit who was killed when the bus started moving occurred while the girl had her head out the window waving to friends....more >>

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Local student honored for films

The first time Sam Keeble saw the movie Lassie, he knew he wanted to make films when he grew up. "That's just a great movie," the 17-year-old Brandon High School senior said. Keeble's passion for film has only grown since then, and he was honored for his work on three films at the 42nd Michigan Student Film and Video Festival on April 24....more >>

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Man sentenced in township terrorism case

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer A former Brandon student will serve four to 20 years in prison after threatening to kill all the teachers at the alternative high school. Christopher Thompson was given the sentence on May 20 by Sixth Circuit Court Judge Denise Langford Morris, after he pleaded guilty in March to making a false report of terrorism....more >>

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Milestones

Engagements Thelen-Salvador Katrina Nicole Thelen and Anthony Paul Salvador are pleased to announce their engagement.Proud parents of the couple are Michael and Laurie Thelen of Midland and Kathleen and the late Paul Salvador of Ortonville....more >>

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New path for local cable station

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Ortonville- Greg Normand has been waiting for direction as the coordinator of local cable station OTV. After 10 years, he may be about to get it. The village council unanimously approved hiring Jeff Malicke as a cable consultant during their May 24 meeting....more >>

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Ortonville art contest—show your talents

By Meredith Mayberry Staff Writer Ortonville-Portia Mahoney said the judges at Ortonville's 4th Annual Art Contest are chosen for their experience in the arts. The winners aren't. "It's a small town," said Mahoney, owner of Ortonville's Art of Life, 391 Mill St....more >>

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Pavillion opens at Crossman

On Monday, area officials gathered at Crossman Park in Ortonville for a ribbon cutting ceremony of the new pavilion. At a cost of $15,000, the 24-by36 structure completed earlier this spring by CNO builders of Clarkston is part of the capital improvements planned during the 2009-10 fiscal year....more >>

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Personal Choice Portrait Studio, wedding chapel

By David Fleet Editor Groveland Twp.-A picture should tell the story. The mantra of Polly Clements, owner of Personal Choice Portrait Studio, 15045 Dixie Highway, Suite E Holly, has kept the shutter clicking for almost two decades, capturing thousands of memories for area residents....more >>

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School bus privatization issue heats up

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- If the school board here decides to privatize bus or custodial services, they would join almost half of the school districts in Michigan who already contract out for one or both of those services and/or food services....more >>

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Thoughts from a slightly used mind

Gone a week, but to me, the greatest thing that happened was the sun finally came out, the weather warmed and I could plant my geraniums and marigolds. One day during that week I went trout fishing in the UP with my equally unlucky son, Jim....more >>
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Village traffic light on blink

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Ortonville- Visitors to the downtown this week may have noticed a change— the traffic light at the intersection of Mill and South streets is on the blink....more >>

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'I never drove a bus, but I have swept the floors'

After 36 years, Brandon schools assistant principal stepping down

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- Within a 90-minute span on a recent afternoon in the high school office, Jerry Warner explains the finer details of the school dress code to a cheerleader, suspends a student sent to him for having his cell phone out in class for the second time this school year, and comes to the rescue of an ill teenager, grabbing a chair for the boy to sit in before he falls down....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 >>

SCAMP features home tours this weekend

What makes a house a home? Wendy Schaffer will tell you "filling it with the people we love." Wendy and her husband Bob are one of this year's hosts for SCAMP's 28th annual Home Tour, which will be June 5 and 6....more >>

Creek reveals history

Johnathon Larson was exploring Sashabaw Creek behind his house off Clintonville Road when something caught his eye. "It's a rock, but it had a pattern in it," Larson said. "I thought, 'what's this?'" The pieces seem to fit together and are engraved with the letters "M" and "N....more >>
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Fish scouts

Cub Scout Pack 499 of Pine Knob Elementary earned fishing badges at the annual Fishing Derby, May 22, on Crooked Lake in Independence Oaks. They trolled the lake under the tutelage of fishing pros, or cast their lines from the dock....more >>
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Fortinberry's back in business

Chuck and Dana Fortinberry hosted a ribbon cutting and grand opening for their Ironton Rustic Furniture and Accessories store on Dixie Highway, May 19. "I'm so happy to be here today," said Dana, former 52-2 district court judge....more >>
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Kudos for community service

Amanda Martin earned this year's Youth of the Year Community Award for her volunteer efforts with Paws For A Cause. Martin, 17, raised and trained three puppies for the national assistance-dog program....more >>
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Pausing for Poppies

Tom Phipps of American Legion Post 63 collects a donation on Main Street in Clarkston, during the legion's Poppy Sale this past weekend. Proceeds from the Memorial Day-inspired fund raiser benefit veterans and their families all year long....more >>

Police updates offered online

Clarkston Police offers a new service through the Nixle Community Information System. "We can send information through the web to your computer or Blackberry," said Chief Dale LaCroix....more >>

Raymond James:A column by James Kruzan

Your personal asset allocation

As an investor, it is of utmost importance to be able to answer certain fundamental questions: Will your current investment portfolio be able to meet both short- and long-term investment objectives, geared to your individual level of tolerance for risk? One sound way to answer these questions is by utilizing asset allocation — a disciplined, objective investment game plan that will help you meet your financial goals....more >>
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Scouts awarded for service

Clarkston Girl Scouts honored 41 Gold, Silver, and Bronze award winners, April 15. Four Junior troops earned Bronze Awards, the highest available. Troop 11897 organized the 2010 Clarkston Girl Scout International Night, attended by more than 500 scouts and guests....more >>
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Standing Strong

The Stand Strength Team was seen at Bailey Lake Elementary, Sashabaw Middle School and Bridgewood Church this past week. The team uses feats of strength to teach young people to say 'no' to drugs and alcohol and to treat others with kindness....more >>

Students LEAD the way

Ruthie Hutchons sat with her pad of paper and pen in hand. The spotlight shined on her in the Clarkston High School Performing Arts Center as she thought for a moment. "Dear Santa," she spoke as she began writing on the paper....more >>

Superintendent Roberts retiring

Unless Clarkston Board of Education intervenes, Superintendent Al Roberts will retire July 1. "The state's legislative action has most people who are eligible to retire thinking seriously about that possibility," Roberts said in an email announcing his decision, Monday, May 24....more >>
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Tea time in town

Groups protest government

Kevin Chase, along with other members of the Independent Tea Party Patriots, is encouraging people "to get off the couch and let their voice be heard." "The turnout was phenomenal, (we) over estimated the energy in the group, It was great to see how many women were there....more >>
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Millstream

Teen beats odds, makes a difference

Sarah Angelini overcame many challenges to reach this point in her high school career. She has one more. The graduating senior at Renaissance High School is set to go to Costa Rica this summer as part of the Rustic Pathways eco-service program....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Touring downtown

The first warm weather of spring has arrived, and that means second graders filling the streets of downtown Clarkston, learning about local history and businesses. They stopped by the editorial department of the Clarkston News, 5 S....more >>

Business News

Christopher C. Smith of Clarkston recently joined as an associate Brooks Kushman P.C., a specialized intellectual property and commercial law firm. In his new role, Smith will further bolster the IP litigation practice and will work with senior litigators at the firm on every aspect of the firm's cases, including discovery, depositions and trial preparation....more >>

Business student takes first in national conference

Though he just joined Business Professionals of America (BPA) just last fall, Tyler Barry beat out hundreds of the country's "best and brightest" at BPA's national leadership conference in Anaheim, Calif....more >>

Buyer beware

Mary Zingler of CVS Pharmacy on Sashabaw Road, Oakland County Deputy Jon Peters, Mary Jo Smith of Clarkston Coalition for Youth, Trisha Carter, CHS and SADD sponsor, and Clarkston High School SADD students promote "Project Sticker Shock....more >>

Lighthouse receives grant

Lighthouse of Oakland County was awarded an $8,000 grant from Metro Health Foundation to help uninsured people purchase emergency prescriptions. Grants are awarded based on criteria including provision of primary, physical health care to individuals who otherwise would not be able to afford treatment; those who work collaboratively to provide comprehensive care; and those who truly "do a lot with a little....more >>

Maxx expands storage service

Maxx Self Storage has offered one-stop service for the past three-and-a-half years and now they are expanding. They are building an additional 13,000 square feet of storage units for the community needs....more >>

New direction for center director

After 11 years as Independence Township Senior Center Director, Margaret Bartos has decided to step down. "It's just time," Bartos said, whose father recently passed away. "I'm not going to really retire....more >>

Local growers join together in new co-op

Local growers have banded together in a new co-op, Sashabaw Farm Market, 5438 Sashabaw Road. "We're a bunch of people who love gardening," said Sharon Matzelle. "Everyone works together....more >>

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Schools in Race to Top

Clarkston Community Schools is officially in the Race to the Top. Clarkston Board of Education voted 7-0 at a special meeting, May 20, to approve a Memorandum of Understanding to join the federal Race to the Top program....more >>

CAYA golf

Clarkston Area Youth Assistance hosts its 17th Annual Golf Outing, 8 a.m., Friday, June 18, Fountains Golf and Banquet Center, 6060 Maybee Road. Four-person scramble. Individual golfing fee is $99, for 18 holes of golf with cart, continental breakfast, buffet lunch, beverages on course, contests, door prizes....more >>

Oakland Christian hosts open house

Oakland Christian School hosts an open house for its new educational wing, 9-10 a.m., Wednesday, May 26. The preschool-grade 3, Christ-centered school at 6300 Clarkston Roa is opening a new 5,652 square foot, $1....more >>

Packing party, June 3

Oakland County Sportsmen's Club, 4770 Waterford Road, hosts "Red, White, and Blue, this Box is for You," Desert Angel Miracle Box packing party, 4-7 p.m., Thursday, June 3. Suggested donation include black and white, men's and women's socks, pillow case, and red, white, and blue items, as well as canned and packaged food and beverages, and personal-care items....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1995 "A helping hand, not a handout" Heidi Sommers, Carol Eberhardt, Linda Walsh and other volunteers formed a local Habitat for Humanity affiliate. They planned to build their first house for a family in need by that winter....more >>

Senior center closer to reality

When homework was done, costs were just about double the original estimates. That was the word from Orion Township Supervisor Matthew Gibb as he presented revised plans for a proposed senior center complex behind K-mart at Clarkston Road and M-24....more >>

Village budget won't include layoffs, higher taxes

Sweeping municipal layoffs, tax hikes and cuts to services. Sound all too familiar? Not to the Village of Lake Orion. At the village council's May 24 meeting, members unanimously approved a 2010-11 budget that didn't include any of those things....more >>

New drug on fast track to black list

Everyone reacts differently to K2 but nearly all the reactions are negative, says Lake Orion Police Chief Jerry Narsh. K2 is a new synthetic drug that's completely legal to buy, sell and possess, and it's hitting Lake Orion streets....more >>
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Going for gold

Local scouts earn top honor

By Leah Yanuszeski, Review intern Two Lake Orion High School seniors, along with one senior from Notre Dame Preparatory School in waterford and another from Clarkston high school, earned the highest honor one can receive from scouting....more >>
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Family fun funds the fight

Lake Orion Relay for Life set for June 5

Imagine a world with more birthdays. The American Cancer Society's Lake Orion Relay for Life is helping to make it happen. That's the word from Jennifer Smith, this year's event chair....more >>

Dump waste at June 12 NO HAZ collection

Residents who missed the May 22 North Oakland Household Hazardous Waste (NO HAZ) drop-off date have a second chance to safely dispose of waste. A collecting is scheduled for June 12 at the General Motors' Orion Township assembly plant....more >>
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Longstanding mini golf reopens

A miniature golf course that's been delighting Lake Orion youth for three decades took a couple years of vacation. But starting June 5, it'll be back in action. The course, Walk in the Woods, was Willow Creek Golf and Sports Center's very first course, built in 1979 by Becky Plunkett and her family....more >>

Briefly

Memorial Day activities Help Lake Orion honor its fallen heroes this Memorial Day with a rifle salute and laying of the wreath in Children's Park at 10 a.m., the annual Memorial Day Parade, parade, starting from Blanche Sims, at 11 a....more >>
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Relaying in the rain

They walked in the rain. They walked in the fog. They walked in the dead of night and in the wee hours of the morning. But in the end, it was all worth it because Oxford's Sixth Annual Relay for Life, held over the weekend at the high school football stadium, raised $27,689 (and counting) to help the American Cancer Society fight a dreaded disease....more >>

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Going up!

Council votes to raise tax rate by half-mill

It was by no means an easy decision, but faced with the prospect of diminishing revenues, the Oxford Village Council Tuesday night voted 4-1 to raise the tax rate to 10.62 mills, which represents a half-mill increase....more >>

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Maintenance man finds gun, accidently shoots himself

Firearm could be one used to shoot Jordayna Barrett

A maintenance worker at the Parkhurst Estates mobile home park in Oxford Township accidentally shot himself in the hand with a gun he found while mowing the lawn May 21. The 51-year-old Oxford man's wound, which was not life-threatening, was treated by Oxford firefighters and he was transported to POH Regional Medical Center....more >>
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Oxford boy awaits heart transplant

Oxford residents Monica and Douglas Hixon have watched one of their 3-year-old twin sons suffer from numerous health problems from the moment he was born. Now, they will have to sit back, wait and hope that a new heart will become available for little Dylan....more >>
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Lest we forget: Local Memorial Day ceremonies

For lots of folks, Memorial Day is just a day off work or school, an opportunity to barbecue with family and friends or a chance to enjoy a three-day weekend up north. Although the holiday has become the official start of the fun summer season, we must never forget that its main purpose is to honor those men and women in the Armed Forces who have given their lives for our liberty and security....more >>
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Cemetery Auxiliary celebrating 100 years

The unsung heroes of the Lakeville Cemetery are celebrating their group's 100th birthday and the public is invited to attend the party. On Saturday, June 12, the Lakeville Cemetery Auxiliary Society is hosting an open house at the historic Milmine Hall in Lakeville from 1-4 p....more >>
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From banker to priest

It seems like everybody's making career changes these days, mostly for economic reasons. But after almost 20 years in banking, John Dumas made the switch to Catholic priest for spiritual reasons....more >>

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Blankets to keep history, festival alive

When the nights turn chilly, wouldn't it be nice to have a piece of local history to snuggle under for warmth? The Leonard Summer Festival Committee is offering people the opportunity to do just that by selling a special blanket that hasn't been available to the public for 18 years....more >>
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Twp. gets a spring cleanup

There's really no polite way to say it some people are just pigs. Oinking, mud-wallowing, filthy pigs. Sitting there on Dunlap Rd., just west of M-24, Saturday morning was a large pile of trash, purposely discarded by some unknown person....more >>
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Born September 23rd
1800: William Holmes McGuffey, educator famous for his book Eclectic Readers.
1838: Victoria Chaflin Woodhull, the first woman presidential candidate (1872) in the United States.
1863: Mary Church Terrell, educator and civil rights advocate.
1865: Emmuska Orczy, baroness and author of The Scarlet Pimpernel.
1889: Walter Lippmann, journalist, one of the founders of The New Republic Magazine in 1914.
September 23rd
in history
1945: The first American dies in Vietnam during the fall of Saigon to French forces.Much later, U.S. complicity in the overthrow of South Vietnam's president made it impossible to stay uninvolved in the war.
1952: Richard Nixon responds to charges of a secret slush fund during his 'Checkers Speech.'
1954: East German police arrest 400 citizens as U.S. spies.
1967: Soviets sign a pact to send more aid to Hanoi.Almost flawless in execution, the daring rescue raid at the Son Tay prison camp deep within North Vietnam lacked only one essential ingredient--POWs.
1973: Juan Peron is re-elected president of Argentina after being overthrown in 1955.