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Hollywood's coming to town!

Hollywood, the movie capital of the world, will visit the "gravel capital of the world" this summer to shoot part of a film starring actor Hugh Jackman. "Real Steel," an $80 million science fiction/action-adventure film directed by Shawn Levy and produced by Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider, will begin production here in late July or early August at the American Aggregates processing plant west of M-24 between Dunlap and Hummer Lake roads in Oxford Township....more >>


Bus, food workers ratify contract

Fate of privatization up to school board

The potential privatization of Oxford Community Schools' transportation services could be a dead issue if the board of education ratifies a three-year contract approved Tuesday by the district's union employees....more >>


Weekend drowning claims life of local man

'He loved everything to do with the water'

The Memorial Day weekend turned tragic for the family of Oxford Township resident, Brent Alan Ford, 25. Ford died early Sunday morning, after he was found floating in Scripter Park Lake the evening before....more >>

Second Front

Church men collecting hand tools for Haiti

Just because Haiti's disappeared from the headlines and evening newscasts doesn't mean the impoverished Caribbean nation has recovered from the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that devastated the island back in January....more >>

Second Front

A field trip to the pit

Most school field trips involve going to places like museums, zoos, farms or science centers. Only in Oxford can kids tour a working gravel pit and take home a few rocks as souvenirs....more >>


Solar array provides savings to school, energy to neighbors

Upland Hills School in Addison Township is busy capturing the sun's rays and converting them into electricity to power not only itself, but its neighbors as well. "Our goal as a school is to become a net energy producer, so that we're actually generating more electricity than we're using," said Phil Moore, director of the independent school located at 2575 Indian Lake Road....more >>


Young libertarian off to study free-market principles

Adam Smith. Friedrich von Hayek. Ludwig von Mises. Milton Friedman. In the pantheon of free market economics, the names of these great thinkers are spoken with reverence and awe. Perhaps one day Harrison Moore's name will be listed among these legends, but for now the 15-year-old Oxford High School freshman is content to attend a week-long seminar about free-market economics....more >>


State commander: Remember the dead, thank the living

"Since 1868, we have come together in our communities to put flowers and flags on the graves of our fallen heroes. For whether a war is popular or not, the sacrifice is the same." Those were the opening words of Carnie Jackson, commander of the American Legion Department of Michigan, as he addressed the crowd gathered for Memorial Day in downtown Oxford's Centennial Park....more >>
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Back to the Bricks founder ready to cruise into history

To Allen Hatch, the recipe was simple. Eight decades of American automotive history coupled with a relentless desire to promote Flint and Genesee County—grounded on a passion for classic automobiles....more >>

News Briefs


Coffee hour There will be a coffee hour at 9 a.m., Friday, June 25, at The Citizen 12 South St. Ortonville. The public is welcome to attend and check out the new Ortonville 411 website....more >>

News Briefs


New at The Citizen Karen Koviak is new to The Citizen advertising staff. A long-time resident of Independence Township in Clarkston, Koviak is a graduate of the University of Michigan....more >>


Now there's something we can do to fight cancer

Ortonville- When Julie Graveldinger hears the news that someone she knows has cancer she, like many others, has often wished there was something she could do to make a difference besides offering prayers and support....more >>


Ortonville cemetery vandalized

Groveland Twp.-Jack Gabbard, Ortonville Cemetery sexton for the past nine years, said that sometime late Friday night or early Saturday morning vandals damaged a cemetery office window, a mercury light, and other parts of the structure....more >>


Quick action, first aid saves local man's life

Brandon Twp.- During the years that Brian Hosner, owner of Brian's Small Engine Repair, has worked on outdoor equipment, he's had a few scrapes and bruises. However, on the morning of May 24, the 35-year-old entrepreneur faced an injury that could have ended his life....more >>

News Briefs

Sociopathic or just cruel?

Dear Editor, For starters let me just say that I am a proud supporter of Brandon High School, the girls soccer team as well as the coaches. What I'm not proud of though, and has absolutely appalled me throughout the entire girls season this year, is the cruel and sociopathic campaign taken on by people who obviously had two goals in mind....more >>

Some 'laws' I've used to amuse and enlighten

I'm a occasional quoter of Gumperson's Law, which is probably interchangeable with Murphy's Law, McGurk's Law and your own law. All somewhat resemble the "law" of the armed services, depending which you want to attribute it to, "If something can go wrong, it will....more >>


Township officials eye survey, police cuts, millage increase

Brandon Twp.- Township officials may soon be asking for residents' input as they ponder cuts to services and a potential increase in the amount of mills levied. During a budget workshop meeting June 2, boardmembers discussed creating a survey to determine what township residents want....more >>
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Two leagues—one great hockey player

Mitchell Wedding focuses on stopping goals when it comes to hockey, but that doesn't mean he's not reaching for his own. Wedding, 15, of Ortonville, has been drafted into both the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and the United States Hockey League (USHL) within the past month....more >>

News Briefs

Two Martians earn academic all state honors

Goodrich High School Students Andrew Patrick and Mitchel Villie received Academic All-State from the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan. To be Academic All-State, a player must be on one of the All-State teams or be honorable mention All-State....more >>

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VIew Points

True hero found in Ortonville Dear Editor, This is a public Thank You to the angel that drove into the same carwash bay I had just left in downtown Ortonville. It was a beautiful Memorial Day for me....more >>


'I feel like a new person'

Brandon Groveland Youth Assistance Youth Recognition recognizes 135 outstanding area youth

Brandon Twp.- Nathan Miller used to be sent to the principal's office nearly every day, beginning in kindergarten. An angry child who lacked control over his emotions, he routinely had tantrums....more >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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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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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


'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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Remembering those who gave all

Jennifer Osborn, Dawn Bastian, and Sherry Harris honor fallen veterans as they would have during the Civil War. The re-enactment was part of Clarkston's Memorial Day Service in Lakeview Cemetery....more >>
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Search starts for Clarkston superintendent

Discussions haven't started on how to replace Clarkston schools Superintendent Al Roberts and dozens of other early retirees, but should soon. "We will be losing many experienced and highly regarded staff and they will be sorely missed," said board Vice President Sue Boatman....more >>

Where are the savings?

Trustees question results of contracted HR director

When Carol Gabris was hired as human resource director a year ago, Trustee Mark Petterson said it was a "very, very big mistake." The passing year didn't change his mind. "One of the main reasons for hiring her was to not spend so much on attorney fees....more >>

Minutes don't match recorded council meeting

According to Mayor Stephen Arkwright, the City Council did not purchase both a lawnmower and a leaf/grass bagging unit for $8,295 as was reported in the May 19 issue "Grass cuts, not costs....more >>

Residents have advice for superintendent search

For Henry Woloson of Independence Township, the retirement of school Superintendent Al Roberts is a time to consider new ideas. One is to share administration with neighboring school districts....more >>

Celebrate cancer survival at garden

Great Lakes Cancer Institute invites cancer survivors, their families and friends to join them for "Survivorship...A Partnership" on June 13 for the First Annual Clarkston National Cancer Survivor Day....more >>
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Marching in vets' memory

Residents filled Lakeview Cemetery to honor America's fallen heroes, Monday. American Legion Post 63 led a Memorial Day parade of locally restored military vehicles and Clarkston High School band through downtown Clarkston to the cemetery....more >>
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Parent presents gifts to beleaguered bus drivers

When Paula Rumbold-Elosegui of Independence Township heard about 20 percent pay cuts for Clarkston school bus drivers, she did more than feel sorry for them. She embarked on a month-long fund raising project to provide gift bags to each and every driver....more >>
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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 >>
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Shooting Stars

Fun in the sun

At the word "go" the boys headed to the East and girls headed to the West in North Sashabaw Elementary's annual Field Day on May 25. The girls quickly captured the flags and ran back to their side were they sat down and were declared the winner....more >>
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Actress turns playwright

Clarkston Village Players is ready to set the stage with "Downward Dog," a play written by one of CVP's own, Wendy Hedstrom. "Last year we were looking for a special production for CVP," said Hedstrom, whose been with CVP for six years....more >>
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Masons' new Grand Lecturer

Thomas Braun of Clarkston was elected and installed as the Right Worshipful Grand Lecturer of Free and Accepted Masons of Michigan during the 2010 Grand Lodge session held at the Soaring Eagle Resort in Mt....more >>
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Plant exchange this Saturday

Gail Reading is getting ready to pot some of her extra plants for the Community Perennial Plant Exchange Saturday, June 5 at 9 a.m. in the Village Parking lot corner of Main and Washington streets in downtown Clarkston....more >>
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Electrifying fun at Independence Oaks

Sisters Eva and Charley Bousho try out the Lightning Ball at the Wint Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park. The center celebrates its 25th year anniversary with a memory tree prize drawing, bouncers, face-painting, puppet shows, refreshments, make-n-take crafts, give-a-ways and performance by the family musical duo, Gemini, at Tuning Your Tot, 1-4 p....more >>
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Dave and Beth Powe of Clarkston are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Heather Marie Powe, to Jason Anthony Shue, son of Steve and Jeanie Shue of Kokomo, Ind., as well as Paul and Beth Bower of Gladwin, Mich....more >>

News Briefs

News in brief

Students help moms Clarkston-area pre-schoolers helped collect more than 14,000 items for women living in shelters across the state. A School for the Mind and Body worked with Two Men and a Truck in its Movers for Moms program this past Mother's Day....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1995 "Living, breathing the OJ trial" Clarkston High School graduate Greg Longstaff worked on all the on-screen graphics for E! channel's coverage of the OJ Simpson trial....more >>
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Survey says...? Downtown business owners share thoughts on Streetscape project

By Leah Yanuszeski, Review Intern Just under fifty restaurants, boutiques, specialty shops, offices, and other businesses are located on Flint Street from M-24 to Orion Road or on Broadway from M-24 to Shadbolt, in downtown Lake Orion....more >>

Gone to pot

Medical marijuana? 'Orion doesn't allow it'

Thinking of a venture into medical marijuana now that it's legal in Michigan? Better put the idea in your pipe; it's about to go up in smoke. The Orion Township Planning Commission recently drafted an ordinance amendment, which -- once passed by the township board of trustees -- will require all local zoning or land use in the township to comply with federal state and local laws....more >>
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Dispatched: A two-part comparison of 911 costs and services in the Orion area

Two options, two price tags and one big question: Are emergency medical and fire dispatch services provided by Lake Orion's Dispatch Center worth $61,000 more than those the county could provide? Depends who answers the question....more >>
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Everyday citizens turned superheroes

No one wakes up and says "Today I am going to experience a tragedy," or "Today, I will come between life and death," says Lake Orion Police Chief Jerry Narsh. That's why over 100 village employees and Lake Orion residents gathered, May 27, to honor community members who single-handedly made a difference in a life or death situation, and made an enormous impact on the safety and security of Lake Orion....more >>


14 vie for open school board seat There are 14 hats in the ring for the next Lake Orion school boardmember. The list of candidates includes Todd Auspitz, William Beaumont, Todd Burk, Gary Burlak, Richard Klee, Eric Kurtycz, Terry Lang, Melissa Miller, Denise Mitchell, David Proksch, David Spolyar, Kelly Weaver, Kyle Dykman and Paul Foley....more >>
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