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Local wants own TV show

Courting Oprah and the nation to make it happen

Whoa-who-a Oprah! Orion resident, independent insurance agent, family man and health nut, Dennis James is singing the praises of talk-show giant Oprah Winfrey . . . and is hoping to land his own show through her website, www....more >>

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Theme parks Theme park discount tickets are available at the Brandon Township Parks and Recreation from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.during non-holiday weekdays. Tickets to Cedar Point, the Detroit Zoo, Michigan Adventure, Oakland County Waterford Wave and Red Oaks Water Park are available....more >>

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Scholastic Clay Target State Championship

On June 19 Goodrich area teams competed in the Scholastic Clay Target Program State Championship at the Detriot Gun Club, in Walled Lake. Thirteen teams, (54 total squads of 3) equalling 162 shooters representing Goodrich, Grand Blanc, Bentley, Davison, Western Wayne County, Genesee, Flat River, St....more >>

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CreekFest Poetry

Lola Latreille's first place CreekFest poem begins, "How still the evening is! No breeze whispers in the pine tree. There is no bird song to break this magic hush." Latreille's poem, "Moonpath," was only one of the recognized works from June 5 CreekFest Poetry Contest....more >>

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A look at trails and camping all summer

Growing up, Matt Forster didn't realize his family vacations would come in handy for his career. But the iTunes application, Up North! Grand Traverse, wouldn't have nearly the amount of background information without Forster's 38 years of Northern Michigan "research....more >>

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Godschalk retires

Brandon Twp.- After more than 37 years in service to the county, including the past two years as a desk officer at the Brandon substation, Deputy Gary Godschalk retires this week. Godschalk, 56, originally planned to retire in the fall, but moved his plans up after the township board recently voted to eliminate his position as they make budget cuts....more >>

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Milestones

DeWitt-Snitgen Keith and Mary DeWitt of Groveland Township are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Emily Ann DeWitt, to James Albert Snitgen, the son of Roberta Snitgen and the late Eric Snitgen of Bedford, N....more >>

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Beets, Beats & Eats opens

Ortonville- A new season of Beets, Beats & Eats is underway at Crossman Park downtown. The event, now in its fifth year, features local vendors, musicians and dinner at 6 p.m. every Friday night during the summer, with different themes each week....more >>
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A long walk to fight back

Ortonville- Allie Miller's goal was ambitious— she wanted to walk all 24 hours of the third annual Relay for Life of Brandon/Ortonville last weekend. The 17-year-old, who will be a senior at Brandon High School this fall, arrived at the Varsity Drive football field at 9:30 a....more >>

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Ortonville fourth annual art contest

Portia Mahoney said the judges at Ortonville's Fourth 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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There were prejudices, there will always be such

Because I've always rooted for the American League in All-Star and league championship baseball games, I'm prejudiced. And I see nothing to be gained by having the leagues play each other during the summer....more >>
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J.O.B., The Legend of Jonathon Oliver Biggs

Ortonville- In 2002, when Kevin Shorkey was a pastor in Arizona, he was going through some very rough times, struggling with a very difficult church situation. Tired, he recalls whining and complaining to God....more >>

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Coffee hour There will be a coffee hour at The Citizen 12 South St. Ortonville at 9 a.m., Friday, July 30 The public is welcome to attend and check out the new Ortonville 411 website....more >>

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Battle over township police funding continues

Atlas Twp.- An expired special assessment, escalating costs for police service, coupled with a decline in revenues sparked an hour-long public hearing Monday night. The future of funding township law enforcement will now move to a second public hearing at 6:30 p....more >>

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Township residents reporting naked 'Peeping Tom'

Groveland Twp.-Michigan State Police Troopers from the Groveland Township Post are investigating two incidents of a Peeping Tom in the township. Both reports are within one mile of each other....more >>

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Hit-and-run suspect may be in local area

Area police are seeking information regarding a hit-and-run accident. According to Lt. Steve Hill of the Grand Blanc Police Department, at about 11:45 a.m. June 18 a 65-year-old female was walking with her dog on Crofishire Dr....more >>

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Johnson's one last sound of music

For the past 28 years, chances are if you learned to play a musical instrument while attending Brandon Schools, you could thank Roy Johnson. "I had the students play what I think I can get away with in regards to difficulty," said Johnson, who announced his retirement from Brandon Schools in April....more >>
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Mountain Echo Dulcimer Band

Martha Proper, along with 15 other local seniors, is a member of the Mountain Echo Dulcimer Band. Proper said the central instrument of the band, the mountain dulcimer, is a teardrop-shaped, four-stringed instrument from the Appalachian mountain region....more >>
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Not showing the money?

Plenty of questions and few answers, coupled with working almost a year without a contract, prompted Goodrich teachers, family members and even a dog or two, to take action early last week....more >>

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Ortonville fireworks July 3

The Ortonville Fireworks are scheduled for dusk July 3 at the Brandon Middle School, 609 Ortonville Road. A rain date is dusk on July 4. Brandon Fire Chief David Kwapis recommends arriving early, since parking at Brandon High School will be limited this year....more >>

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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 >>

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Milestones

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 >>
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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 >>

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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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'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 >>

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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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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 >>

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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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'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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>
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Dance with me

"Do you remember when we use to sing, sha la la la la la la la la la la te da?" Athena Tedder, 2 1/2 and Nancy Tedder dance to "Brown Eyed Girl," performed by Air Margaritaville at last Friday's Concert in the Park....more >>
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Market marks summer start

The parking lot was packed behind Clarkston Mills Mall, Saturday, as people from all over enjoyed the start of summer with Clarkston Farmers' Market. "Today we have about 30 vendors, which is really good for this part of the season because there isn't a lot that's ready in Michigan now," said Market Manager Anissa Howard on Saturday....more >>
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Suspects sought in armed robberies

Investigation continues into two armed robberies in Independence Township, both happening the same morning. At 9:50 a.m., June 14, a suspect approached a clerk at the Sunoco gas station on M-15 north of I-75, saying he had a bomb in his pocket....more >>
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Open for business

Dozens of local business owners and entrepreneurs filed upstairs at 5 S. Main Street, home of the Clarkston News, for a tour of the new Clarkston411 studio, June 17. The Coffee Club meets every Thursday at 7:30 p....more >>
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Face lift for city hall

City of Clarkston DPW worker Jason Miller puts a fresh coat of paint on city hall. A dedication ceremony for renaming city hall after longtime city servant Art Pappas will take place June 27 at 1 p....more >>

Clean slate in store for former lumberyard

The former lumberyard in downtown Davisburg is set to be cleared of all structures. "The structure is ready to collapse I'm glad we took it over," said Springfield Township Clerk Laura Moreau....more >>
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Millstream

Volunteers help family rebuild

Nothing can replace a husband and father, killed in the line of duty in Iraq. But people can help. "It's amazing what can be accomplished in one day," said Patricia Peterson, "Patty," of Independence Township....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Scouts enjoy outdoors at day camp

More than 200 Girl Scouts and counselors filled Independence Oaks Count Park for day camp fun. With an Under the Sea theme, the scouts enjoyed archery, boating, swimming, and crafts at the Pleasant Ridge Day Camp, June 14-17....more >>
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A tropical night in Depot

Hundreds listened and danced to the summer music of Air Margaritaville on Friday night. It was the kick-off night for the 31st season of Concerts in the Park in Depot Park. This Friday is the swing music from Stardusters Band....more >>
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Smiles of the week

Clarkston Area Chamber hosts its 23rd Annual Golf Classic, Monday, June 28, 2010 at Fountains Golf & Banquet, 6060 Maybee Road in Independence Township The scramble-format event shotgun starts at 8:30 a....more >>
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Clarkston grad earns scholarship

Chelsea Rawe of Clarkston was one of six high school graduates presented with a $2,500 college scholarship, through MetroPCS' Community Scholars Program. The students, honored during the June 1 Detroit Tigers game, also received Kyocera Laylo phones with one year of free MetroPCS Wireless for all service....more >>
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Helping the library grow

Since May, the Independence Township Public Library has looked a little different - new plants cover Peter Rabbit's garden near the main entrance. Second-graders from Springfield Plains Elementary helped the Clarkston Garden Club with the changes....more >>
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New president for Cady Society

Caylin Waller of Clarkston was elected new president of the Elias Cady Society for the 2010-2011 season. Waller has been a member of the society since 2004 and also serves the Michigan Society, C....more >>

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School budget

Clarkston Board of Education meets Monday to discuss the budget for the 2010-11 school year for Clarkston Community Schools. The meeting begins at 7 p.m., June 28, at the Administration Office, 6389 Clarkston Road....more >>

Downtown live

Downtown Clarkston is live on the Internet, at Clarkston411.com. Clarkston 411 combines business telephone listings with on-line TV, radio, and newspaper information. Business listings are free....more >>

White Lake Road closure through July 19

White Lake Road between Clement Road and Dixie Highway is closed for construction through July 19. Detour route for through traffic is Andersonville Road to Dixie Highway. Drivers can reach homes and businesses in the closed section only from the south....more >>

Hit the green

It's time to hit the clubs and the green for the 10th Annual Clarkston Football Family and Friends Golf Outing, set for Aug. 6. Registration begins at noon at Pine Knob Golf Course....more >>

Count butterflies

All are invited to help in Oakland County Parks and Recreation and Six River Regional Land Conservancy's North American Butterfly Count. The survey help researcher detremine geographical distribution and populations of butterflies....more >>

Football for a Cure

The boys trade their blue and gold jerseys for pink and light blue jerseys for their Second Annual Football for a Cure, their pre-season scrimmage on August 14. The boys will have names of family and friends touched by cancer on their jerseys as they play for a cure....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1995 "City hires police chief" Clarkston hired Paul Ormiston, a city resident and police officer for Auburn Hills, as its new chief. He took over for Robert DeVore. City Council reviewed 34-37 applications for the post....more >>
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Keepin' Cool

Volunteer Gage Dumity, an Oakview Middle School student, climbs out after a dip in the dunk tank at Orion Township Library's Summer Reading kick-off event. See more photos in our print edition on page 28....more >>

Dispatched: A two-part comparison of 911 costs and services in the Orion area

Part II

Safety of the public is government's first priority. That's the word from Lake Orion Police Chief Jerry Narsh, who says yes, the Lake Orion Dispatch Center is costing Orion Township taxpayers an extra $61,000 over what Oakland County would charge for dispatch service, but he believes it's money well spent....more >>
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Fourth of July festivities in Lake Orion

Laser Light Show: The annual Jubilee Carnival, hosted by the Lake Orion Lions Club, takes place at Olde World Canterbury Village, 2369 Joslyn Ct, and runs Thursday, June 24, from 5 p....more >>

Board won't ban hunting in township

Residents who wanted to bag a ban on hunting in part of Orion Township had their hopes shot down Monday by the Orion Township Board of Trustees. Petitioners asked for the ban on 30 parcels around E....more >>
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A family affair: Police arrest seven, find pot growing operation in basement

It was an illegal house party of the worst kind, said Lake Orion Police Chief Jerry Narsh of an incident involving a brawl, marijuana use, underage drinking, a marijuana growing operation and five adults and two minors taken into custody....more >>
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Briefly

Not a peaceful day of rest David Washburn, an Anderson Street resident, was arrested and will be tried for third degree home invasion. According to police, Washburn broke down his neighbor's door and smashed an entertainment system at 7:50 a....more >>

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Police millage: Twp. gives voters options

When Oxford Township voters trek to the polls in November, they'll be asked to decide the fate of two police taxes a straight 2.9152-mill renewal and a 0.75-mill increase. "We don't want to raise taxes period," explained township Supervisor Bill Dunn....more >>

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Q & A with Dr. Skilling June 24

Anyone with a question about the current status or future of Oxford Community Schools can get it answered on Thursday, June 24 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Oxford High School Performing Arts Center....more >>

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Precautions taken, reward offered in light of fake bomb threat at OHS

Even though it turned out to be a fake, officials took numerous precautions last week after a bomb threat was found at Oxford High School. The written threat was "considered to be low level," according to information provided by Principal Mike Schweig....more >>
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Marvin Acheson: Quiet, caring, hard worker

In a world that's too often dominated by the loud, the lazy and the selfish, Marvin Keith Acheson toiled for his family on a daily basis and lived a quiet, humble life that was an example to all who knew him....more >>

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Village, county dispatches vie for twp. contract

Call the men in white coats and grab a straightjacket because "Crazy" Joe Young's dealing. Never have local dispatch prices been this low, low, low as the Oxford Village manager slashed fees in an effort keep the township from switching to the competition....more >>

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Committee looks to regulate, not prohibit med. marijuana dispensaries

It appears businesses selling medical marijuana could face strict regulation, but not prohibition in Oxford Township. However, it's still very early in the process and nothing's been officially decided by either the planning commission or township board....more >>
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Toy store coming downtown

One of downtown Oxford's vacant buildings has a brand new owner that plans to fill it with not one, but two businesses. Lake Orion resident Tom Jones (no, not the singer) is the proud owner of the 3,800-square-foot, two-story building located at 5 N....more >>
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Oxford got the blues

The sounds of blues reigned supreme in Oxford this past weekend as the Hot Blues and BBQ Festival took over Oxford. "I think that it was very successful and one of our most successful to date," said Steve Allen, festival executive director....more >>

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Country Cruise returns June 26

A 25-mile stretch of M-24 will be taken over by classic cars lovers and spectators during the Third Annual Lapeer Road Country Cruise on Saturday, June 26. Starting at noon, classic hot rods will be a fixture until 9 p....more >>
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1858: Giacomo Puccini, Italian operatic composer best known for Madam Butterfly.
1883: Arthur Wergs Mitchell, first African-American to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
1912: Claudia Lady Bird Johnson, wife of President Lyndon Baines Johnson.
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1944: During the Battle of the Bulge, General Anthony McAuliffe responds to a German surrender request with a one word answer: Nuts!
1945: The United States recognizes Tito's government in Yugoslavia.
1965: The EF-105F Wild Weasel makes its first kill over Vietnam.
1966: The United States announces the allocation of 900,000 tons of grain to fight the famine in India.
1988: A Pan Am airliner is blown up in mid-air and crashes onto Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 295 on board and 11 people on the ground.