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


Bus drivers ink concession deal

Privatization of busing avoided with new one-year agreement

After more than an hour of closed session on Monday, the school board voted 7-0 to approve a tentative agreement with Teamsters Union 214 Brandon bus drivers and mechanics for contract concessions of $235,098....more >>


Council names Larry Brown Ortonville Village manager

Ortonville-By a 6-1 vote on Monday night, Larry Brown was hired as the new village manager. The village council had unanimously voted to assign Brown to the position of interim village manager at their April 12 meeting....more >>


District settles Wuopio lawsuit, terms undisclosed

Following more than an hour-long closed session of the Brandon Board of Education voted 7-0 to settle a lawsuit between the school district and former district employee June Wuopio....more >>


Foreback to coach West All-Star team

Bob Foreback knows how it feels to be honored. As the Goodrich varsity baseball coach for the last 16 years, he has coached his team to 456 wins with only 153 losses and 1 tie. This year, however, he's earned more than that....more >>


Going to Extremes

Local builds new career as TV home makeover star

When entering the construction business around 25 years ago, the last thing on Steve Frasher's mind was that he would end up doing what he loves for national TV shows. "I ended up getting into construction back in 1984 and haven't looked back and have been doing construction ever since," he said....more >>
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Italy trek for preschool teacher explores culture, lessons

Judy Mauro Schwartz is bringing Italy to Ortonville. At least, as far as teaching strategies are concerned. Schwartz, the teacher/director of Brandon Cooperative Preschool, went to Italy in late May....more >>


Letters to the editor

Work together to help children In response to 'Parents: Kids are future generation,' The Citizen, June 12, p. 6) Dear Editor, I agree with Ms. Taylor that parents should "rise to the occasion and take action....more >>


Letters to the editor: Children have to get to school

(In response to "School district: Get out of transportation business," The Citizen, June 12, page 6.) Dear Editor, I'm not sure what the good doctor is mad at, parents who waste gas, being taxed, his perception that schools are just elaborate day care centers, or alternative mass transportation....more >>



Military Air National Guard Airman First Class Derek M. Boston graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills....more >>

So, what? Sew buttons! An old time comeback

The first year Hazel and I were married, she worked as a clerk in an Owosso factory. I commuted to East Lansing to college. With no school homework, I had lots more idle time than Hazel....more >>


Twp. man arrested after prerscription drug theft

A 21-year-old Brandon Township resident has been arraigned on charges after allegedly breaking into his neighbors' home. Joshua Johnson was arraigned on June 14 on one count of second degree home invasion, a 15-year felony, by 52-2 Judge Kelley Kostin....more >>
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'Keeping a part of rural America'

Chances are if you live in the Village of Atlas you know Joan Smith. For the past 13 years, Smith has served as the Atlas Postmaster—and in a rural community where mail is still picked up in one of about 236 post office boxes— she's somewhat of a celebrity....more >>


'We are very judicious in sending patrol cars'

A riff between Brandon and Groveland townships over police coverage could be an issue for Lansing to decide. In the past month, Brandon Township deputies have responded nine times to Groveland Township, a "significant" number, said Brandon Substation Commander Sgt....more >>


Brandon man arraigned in twp. home invasion

A 19-year-old Brandon Township resident has been arraigned on charges after attacking a former friend in the man's house. Ethan Duane Schram was arraigned on one count of home invasion, first degree, a 20-year felony, as well as one count of unarmed robbery, a 15-year felony, on June 4 by 52-2 District Court Magistrate Mark Sadecki....more >>

News Briefs


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

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Tractor show From 10 a.m.-3 p.m., June 13, Wojo's Greenhouse, 2570 Oakwood Road, Ortonville will host antique tractors and engines of Yesteryears Tractor Club. Refeshments will be provided by the American Cancer Society....more >>

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Kick start my heart On May 31, at 1:55 a.m., a Brandon deputy responded to a home in the 3800 block of Larch Court for a heroin overdose. He arrived and was met by a man at the door who led him to a woman who was performing rescue breathing on a 26-year-old female victim....more >>

Emergency siren repaired, now functions in township

Atlas Twp-The township emergency siren was retested after repair and is in full working order. That's the report from Shirley Kautman-Jones, township supervisor, after a failed test last month....more >>

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Harvey Fletcher scholarship

Joe Hervey, a 2010 Brandon High School senior was awarded the $2,000 Harvey Fletcher Scholarship last week. Hervey, will attend Central Michigan University in the fall to study secondary education as a Spanish instructor....more >>


Martians win district championship

The Goodrich Martians tamed the Mt. Morris Panthers on June 5 scoring three runs through four innings, winning the game 5-1. The Martians captured their second district championship in the past three years....more >>


Police in Brandon/Groveland

As Brandon Township officials cut police positions due to a shrinking budget, concern is rising over where those deputies are serving and who is paying for it. Shortly before the township board unanimously voted during their June 7 meeting to eliminate both the desk officer at the Brandon substation as well as the school liaison officer, township resident and former fire chief Bob McArthur addressed the officials....more >>


Relay for Life 2010, bigger, better, ready to battle cancer

Ortonville- Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back. The public is invited to do all of the above at the third annual Relay for Life of Brandon/Ortonville, a 24-hour event to raise funds to fight cancer and celebrate life, survivorship and hope....more >>

Third village home razed

Ortonville- On Tuesday, a home at 21 Church St. was demolished as part of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Due to the small size of the lot, village officials said the vacant property will either be sold to neighbors, or kept as a village property and maintained....more >>


Your Thoughts: Put on your walking shoes and take a walk with all of us

Dear Editor, (School board members, Lorrie McMahon) My name is Rose and I am a bus driver. The job of school bus driver has the highest turnover rate of any job in the country. But here in Brandon, 22 of 28 drivers have been here 10 years or more....more >>
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'God had other plans'

Mt. Bethel UMC pastor retires

Groveland Twp.- Perseverance. For 173 years the Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, 3209 Jossman Road, has endured storms, fires and a host of struggles for a congregation of about 50....more >>
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'I've taught 6,100 students in 37 years'

Bill Duso spent most of his teaching career assigning fiction. Maybe that's why he was so good at convincing the students of Goodrich High School that he was walking around with a 6-foot tall, invisible pink rabbit....more >>
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River repairs

Volunteers Adam Smith, left, and Austin Simmons work on the streambank in Depot Park during River Day, June 12....more >>

Superintendent search is on

Reschke steps in for Roberts on interim basis

Dave Reschke is set to serve as interim superintendent for Clarkston schools, as the district searches for a new chief administrator. "I'm not looking for work, but I am very committed to this district," said Reschke at the June 14 Clarkston Board of Education meeting....more >>

City budget approved, for now

With an Aug. 3 election set to make or break the Clarkston Police Department, city officials passed a balanced budget just for the next couple months. "We have to pass a budget based on what we know now, which means we put together a proposal budget based on maintaining the current police department (and) maintaining the current millage," said Mayor Steve Arkwright at Monday night's budget hearing....more >>
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Helping on the home front

For military families, the grass keeps growing even when their loved ones are deployed overseas. Nick Sievers, owner and operator of Sievers and Sons full-service lawn and landscape business based in Independence Township, wants to help....more >>

Judge dismisses Wagner's bid stop recall

Independence Township Supervisor Dave Wagner's lawsuit against the Oakland County Election Commission to stop the recall effort was dismissed. Wagner's attorney Larry Barnett filed a complaint with the Oakland County Circuit Court on July 29, 2009....more >>
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Live from downtown Clarkston

Norm Pardo, taking a breather behind a newly redecorated studio desk, is busy with final preparations for Clarkston411.com. The dust has settled at the Clarkston News' upstairs office, now featuring a brand new Sherman TV studio, complete with lights, camera, and soon-to-be action....more >>

Amateur golf championship at Oakhurst

Oakhurst Golf and Country Club hosts the 99th Michigan Amateur Championship, June 22-26. The five-day tournament includes 156 of the state's best amateur players. Competitors will play 18 holes of stroke play on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 22-23, to determine the 64-player match play field....more >>

Fourth of July celebration on July 3

Due to the Fourth of July falling on a Sunday this year, the parade and activities will take place on Saturday July 3. The parade, put on by Independence Township Fire Department, will begin at 10 a....more >>

Winship wins photo bid

Local photographer Winship Studios was chosen to take the school portraits for ten schools in the Clarkston district. The Board of Education approved the contract for Winship Studios/JD School Pictures in a unanimous vote during their meeting on June 14, 6-0....more >>
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'I'm a survivor'

Great Lakes Cancer Institute, Michigan Hematology Oncology, SWAN for Life, and McLaren Breast Center hosted their first Cancer Survivor Day Celebration on Sunday, June 13, at the McLaren Health Village on Bow Pointe Drive....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Fun times at River Day

Rain held off long enough for volunteers to finish weeding and planting projects in Depot Park, June 12. "It's going well," said Jim Brueck North Oakland Chapter president of Wild Ones, which organized River Day activities with River of Life....more >>
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Home care for seniors in need

More than 100 volunteers with Christmas In Action (CIA) descended on two Clarkston-area homes, April 24, to do major and minor rehab work. A youth group from North Oaks Community Church did six "Rake-N-Runs" at homes of handicapped or elderly residents of Independence Township....more >>
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Rotary honors veterans during Mystery Tour

Clarkston Rotary Club sergeant Angela Tenbusch exceeded expectations in planning this year's club Mystery Trip, said Rotarian Joel DeLong. Traveling by chartered bus, Rotarians were given a guided tour of the Great Lakes National Cemetery by Director Rick Anderson....more >>
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Taking to the sky

Dozens of miniature aircraft fill the sky throughout the summer, with members of Pontiac Miniature Aircraft Club at the radio controls. "Everyone is welcome to join us at the field on Thursday evenings," said Steve Demster of Clarkston, club president....more >>
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Boy Scouts earn Eagle

Boy Scout Carson Johnston, Troop 199 of Clarkston, was awarded his Eagle Scout at a May 22 Court of Honor. In Boy Scouts, Carson was a Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star and Life Scout....more >>
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Graduates earn ROTC scholarships to Central

Army Lt. Col. Aaron Kalloch looked on proudly as Clarkston High School Seniors Derek Booker and Matt Horowitz signed the dotted line for Central Michigan University's Reserved Officer Training Corps....more >>
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Seniors honored with awards

Clarkston State Bank honored more than 50 Clarkston High School Senior Scholars with an Awards Breakfast, May 18, at Deer Lake Athletic Club. "Despite budget cuts, the schools still produce high-caliber students," said J....more >>
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Help for homeowners

When Renea L. Huth of Clarkston says Project Helpers home improvement services work, she speaks from experience. "I had a really bad experience with my own home improvement contracts last summer it was a nightmare," Huth said....more >>

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Anniversary activities at Wint Nature Center

Wint Nature Center celebrates its 25th anniversary celebration, 1-4 p.m., June 26, with puppet Mobile, inflatables, climbing tower, free one-hour boat rental, live concert, face painting, crafts, games, live animal display, garden tours, refreshments....more >>

20-year reunion

Clarkston High School Class of 1990 hosts its 20-year reunion, 6 p.m.-12 a.m., Saturday, July 24, at the Ameriprise Financial Club in the Palace of Auburn Hills, with strolling dinner, DJ, dancing, reminiscing....more >>


In the story "Whole Foods top survey pick for Dixie redevelopment," June 9 edition, Penny Shanks, executive director of the Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce, referred to Curves going out of business she was referring to Curves at Dixie Highway and Davisburg Road....more >>

Basketball camp, July 19-23

Cagers get ready for building your skills at Fife Basketball Camp. The camp is held July 19-23 and is open to boys entering 7th-9th grade in the fall. From 8 a.m.- 3 p.m., you will stretch, build skills and participate in contests and games....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1995 "Redistricting haled ... for now" Clarkston School Board decided not to redistrict Andersonville and Springfield Plains elementary schools after parents came out in strong opposition to it....more >>

Kids and questions: District students respond to at-risk behavior survey

By Leah Yanuszeski, Review intern It takes about five minutes to order at a drive-through, scrape ice off your car in the winter, or drive through downtown Lake Orion. According to a sophomore at LOHS, it also takes about five minutes to get weed from a dealer that attends the high school....more >>

Board bends to belly dancing

But township clerk expresses staunch opposition to request from local restaurant

Think a bit of belly dancing might complement your hummus and tabbouli? Apparently, the owners of Olive Leaves Restaurant on Lapeer Road had the same idea when they requested a dance and entertainment agreement from Orion Township....more >>
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Park it on the lake this summer

Sure, Green's Park is good for watching Fourth of July fireworks. But what about swimming in Lake Orion in the park's weed-free, sandy and lifeguarded beach? Or hitting up its volleyball and basketball courts? Or taking advantage of its fully-plumbed public bathrooms and fenced-in lawn, playground and picnic areas? Many people don't know Green's Park offers these things, says Village Councilmember Mike Toth, who also serves on the Parks and Recreation Committee....more >>

Accused of 'peeping'

Police say man is registered sex offender

An employee at an Orion Township tanning salon is facing 'peeping tom' charges after a 22-year-old woman claimed the man peered into the tanning bed she was using at Yucatan on S. Lapeer Road....more >>

Lake Orion grad opens local Edward Jones office

Lifelong area resident and 2003 Lake Orion High School graduate, Grant Fodor is planning a grand opening for a local Edward Jones office. "When I started with Edward Jones, and they asked me wanted my office to be, the answer was easy....more >>


Final fireworks fundraiser Funding for bright lights at night is in sight, but this year's fireworks show isn't out of the dark yet, says Fireworks Association President Carl Cyrowski....more >>


Bomb threat at OHS

Police presence, backpack ban for June 17

A bomb threat stating Oxford High School will be blown up on Thursday, June 17 has officials taking numerous precautions even though it is "considered to be low level," according to information provided by Principal Mike Schweig....more >>
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OHS graduates 291

128 walk with academic honors

They entered Oakland University's O'Rena as high school seniors full of youthful exuberance, confidence and pure joy. They exited as proud graduates ready to enter colleges and universities, make their mark in the workforce and conquer the world....more >>


Dilemma: Cut sheriff's staff or ask for tax hike

Will Oxford Township residents be comfortable with a reduction in their police services or will they want to increase their property taxes in order to keep staffing levels the same plus add a school liaison officer? It appears those are probably going to be the options facing voters when they go to the polls in November....more >>


Twp. gets ball rolling on medical marijuana ordinace

Oxford Township's looking into possibly amending its zoning ordinance to include businesses and other establishments related to medical marijuana. No decisions have been made as to whether such language would be to prohibit them or simply regulate them....more >>


'Good catch' saves Red Knapp's from fire

A small, slow-burning fire that had the potential to turn into a major blaze occurred Wednesday, June 9 at Red Knapp's American Grill in downtown Oxford. It was stopped in its tracks by an alert restaurant owner, Brett Knapp, and the skilled Oxford Fire Department....more >>
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FISH honors advocates of the needy

As it does every year, Oxford/Orion FISH honored those special individuals and groups who help the local charity in an efforts to aid needy people and families. They gathered at the Lake Orion United Methodist Church on E....more >>
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Oxford man appears on "Lets Make A Deal"

Deceased artist Andy Warhol once predicted that in the future, everyone was going to enjoy 15 minutes of fame. Ryan Metzger already had his 15 minutes earlier this year and he's about to enjoy another 15 minutes later this week....more >>


Hot Blues returns for three days of fun

No need to drive down south to enjoy the smooth sounds of the blues and the great smoky taste of bar-be-que because those two traditions of the south will invade downtown Oxford this weekend....more >>
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Hitch proves volunteers are timeless

Those who think of volunteerism as something only for the young should have a chat with Jo Ann Hitch. The 69-year-old Oxford resident has spent so many years volunteering with so many different organizations that she's the living embodiment of community spirit....more >>
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Vandal(s) cause $5K work of damage to park

Ron Davis is thoroughly disgusted and who could blame him? Some unknown vandal (or vandals) trashed Seymour Lake Township Park Sunday night, leaving behind an estimated $5,000 worth of damage....more >>
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