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Forums held for community during superintendent search

The Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education recently selected the Michigan Association of School Boards to conduct their search for the district's new superintendent. As part of the search the Board of Education is looking for input from stakeholders within the Clarkston Community Schools to assist them in their decision making process in selecting the next superintendent to lead the district....more >>

Roberts hired out of state

As Clarkston begins its search for a new superintendent, a suburban Chicago school district finished their own they hired retiring Clarkston Superintendent Al Roberts. Consultants Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA) assisted in Oak Park Elementary School District 97's search, just outside Chicago, with Roberts among its top five recommendations....more >>
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As summer temperatures rise, so do risks

Brittany Beard sweats for a living. At least, that's how she feels with the heat rising early this summer. The 21-year-old Goodrich resident has worked at Miller Greenhouse, 6482 Perry Road Grand Blanc, for more than 7 years....more >>

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Senior Calendar

Senior Calendar Hawaiian Luau Join the Edna Burton Senior Center for an authentic Hawaiian Luau from 4-7 p.m. on July 17. The cost is $8 per adult and $5 for children 8 and younger....more >>

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Milstones

Academics Academics Dennis Churchill graduated with honors from Oakland University in June, receiving a bachelor of science degree in biology. The Clarkston High School graduate is employed in research at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and is the son of LuAnn and Dennis Churchill of Clarkston....more >>

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Coffee Club From 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m., July 7, The Citizen newspaper will host the Coffee Club at the Brandon Township Library, 304 South St. Come prepared to discuss what's new with your business and network with many area businesses....more >>
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New in town: Mojo Express Coffee

Brandon Twp.-Coffee is a staple for many of the more than 18,000 commuters who travel each morning on M-15 through the township Pete Valentine, owner of Mojo Express Coffee, 1652 M-15 (just north of Glass Road), has just the answer to fill that need....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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One-time township supervisor candidate sentenced

A 1996 candidate for Groveland Township supervisor who pleaded guilty to aiding and assisting in the preparation of a false 2003 tax return in March was sentenced late last month....more >>

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Recovery act to fund Grange Hall Road construction

Groveland Twp.- The ride through the township is going to be just a little smoother later this summer. On July 8, a 4.09 mile segment of Grange Hall Road from Dixie Highway to Jossman Road will be resurfaced with one and one-half inches of asphalt....more >>

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Village coffers swell to $500K, roads eyed

Ortonville- In a time when municipalities everywhere seem to be struggling financially, the village is an oddity. The council passed a 2010-2011 budget Monday night without a single cut— a word that has become commonplace to the Brandon Township Board as well as the Brandon School District....more >>

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Goodman retires after 28 years behind the scenes

Brandon Twp.- Roger Goodman interacts with students throughout the school district every day, what he says is one of the number one joys of his job at every age level— yet he is largely unknown to the kids....more >>
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A spring without spray, mill pond stays weed-free so far

Goodrich- No weeds, no problem. In October of last year, the village council approved the continuation and renewal of a Michigan Department of Natural Resources permit to spray the mill pond with chemicals for excessive weed growth, however they did not order the application....more >>

Parapros to stay, for now

Food service, transportation school contracts ratified

Brandon Twp.- The district will retain all 86 paraprofessionals currently working in the district— for now. Superintendent Lorrie McMahon said after a meeting with the parapros, a hybrid plan was developed where some will stay as direct employees of the district and others will be hired through a third-party contractor....more >>

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Calendar

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 >>

Opinions

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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In memory of Art Pappas

Kip Pappas shares a few fond memories of his father at the dedication ceremony to honor Art by naming City Hall after him....more >>

Independence Township recall group surrenders to time clock

After nine months since they began efforts and with the clock ticking down, recall activists have decided to "reluctantly suspend the recall." "Despite having collected over 3,600 signatures by the end of April to recall Independence Township Supervisor David Wagner (1,200 more signatures than the number of votes he received in the August, 2008 primary election), the Recall Committee now believes that we will not meet our deadline of July 30 to place the issue on the November, 2010 ballot," said Henry Woloson, a member of Citizens Against Independence Township Waste (CAITW)....more >>
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Pappas Hall unveiled

A crowd was gathered in front of the "new" Village Hall Sunday afternoon to remember and celebrate the life of longtime resident and former treasurer, and clerk Art Pappas. Pappas passed away earlier this year after battling with cancer....more >>
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City Police millage important, chief says

Clarkston is a quiet town, and that's how the local police officers like it. But just in case, the department has about a hundred years worth of experience to handle it, said Chief Dale LaCroix....more >>
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Local baker 'takes the cake'

According to Jane Freed the main ingredient to any recipe is love. "You never cook or bake for someone you don't like, she said. "If you're doing something out of love you take time with it, you have patience with it....more >>
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Community support blankets family in need

With their friend Dana Pennanen in the hospital with a sick child, Clarkston teachers Kerri Gualtieri, Kelly Martz, Jessica Sorensen, and Gwen Stewart wanted to help. "We talked to each other on our cell phones all night," Gualtieri said....more >>
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Family safe after tree comes crashing down

When the Wilson family posted a sign "This house believes" every Christmas, it used to refer to Santa Claus. It means more now. "It means miracles we believe in miracles," said Amy Wilson, who was home with her husband Greg and their children Hailey, Abby, and Brady during a storm, June 18....more >>
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Business

Smith's celebrates new home

Clarkston and Waterford Chambers of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on June 16 to welcome Smith's Disposal into their new home in Independence Township on White Lake Road....more >>

Fifth-grader selected to venture 'down under'

Kalei McLennon's summer adventure began when she boarded the plane last week. Her destination - Australia. The 10-year-old Pine Knob Elementary student was chosen as a People to People Student Ambassador, one of 38 Michigan students....more >>

Personal service at Nails on Main

Trang immediately greeted one of her regular customers as she walked into Nails On Main. As she starts working on their nails she asked how the family was doing. It is part of the personal service Trang and her nail technicians Lang and Khoa are commited to giving everyone....more >>
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Hershey orthodontics all made in USA

Hershey and Havens Orthodontics celebrates the Fourth of July with a commitment to use products only made in the USA. "We are proud that 98 percent of our products, 100 percent of our braces, are made in America," said Dr....more >>

Raymond James:A column by James Kruzan

When was your last financial checkup?

Nearly everyone has heard their doctor preach, at one time or another, about the need for routine checkups. Yet, how often do you consider the need for a review of your personal finances? By asking yourself the following questions you may determine that the time has come for a financial checkup....more >>

Collaborative effort to move rock to new town hall

In 1951 Clarkston Service Mother's Club donated a three and half ton memorial rock to Independence Township, in honor of Clarkston service men and woman who had given their lives for their country....more >>

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Hit the green

Time to hit the clubs and the green for the 10th Annual Clarkston Football Family and Friends Golf Outing, set for August 6. Registration begins at noon at Pine Knob Golf Course. The shot gun start is set for 1 p....more >>
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Swingin' to the music

The music was swinging and set the audience's toes tapping at Concerts at the Park last Friday. The Stardusters Band performed swing and big band music and set the scene for dancing and reminiscing....more >>

Woodsy fun at Independence Oaks

Families ventured to Wint Nature Center on June26 for its 25th anniversary celebration. The fun included the Oakland County Parks and Recreation puppet mobiles, inflatables, climbing tower and entertainment....more >>
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Summertime temperatures call for increased caution

Skin cancer is a risk year round, but increases during summer, according to the Michigan Department of Community Health. Reduce your chances of skin cancer by using sunscreen, wearing sunglasses and wearing appropriate clothing that covers the body....more >>
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Genisys gets gold from RUSH

Team RUSH 27 of Clarkston recently awarded its Gold RUSH award to Genesys Credit Union. "It's incredible how much the RUSH organization impacts our community, much in the same way Genisys impacts our region," said Jeffrey J....more >>

Life, liberty and pursuit of happiness

This weekend we celebrate the 234th anniversary of the founding of the United States of America documented in the signing of the Declaration of Independence beginning July 4th, 1776....more >>
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New grad joins LOHS class of 2010

It was something Helen Braidwood wanted all her life. On Wednesday, June 23, she had it. Finally. "I'm real proud of this-don't think I'm not," said Braidwood, 97, wearing a wide smile as she received an honorary high school diploma from Lake Orion Community Schools....more >>

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Superintendent to sign three year contract

Expressions in the audience and at the board table were perplexed, June 23 during the school board's regular meeting. Superintendent Ken Gutman's contract was back on the table, proposing to extend his stint in Lake Orion Community Schools until 2013....more >>

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Dispatched:Part II

What do neighboring fire chiefs have to say?

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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Weaver new to the board, not to the block

School board appoints Walters' replacement

And then there was one: Kelly Weaver. Lake Orion Board of Education voted in Weaver to fill a vacant seat on the board at their June 23 meeting, 5-1. Treasurer Jim Weidman cast the dissenting vote....more >>

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Two convicted in 'sex slave' case

Separate juries find Setty and Bennett both guilty; sentencing set for July 12

By Laura Colvin and Megan Collier Two men accused of repeatedly beating and raping a 52-year-old Orion Township woman held captive in their Lake Orion home for nearly two months were convicted in 6th Circuit Court Friday....more >>
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Local man takes a shot at TV stardom

'I've gotta get the whole community to help'

By Leah Yanuszeski Review Intern At 55-years-young, Dennis James of Lake Orion is hoping to make it to the big time in show-business. The business of television talk shows, that is....more >>
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Whooooopie for the Jubliee!

The weekend brought a bit of sun, a bit of rain, and a bit of wind -- even some thunder and lightening -- but it also brought lots of fun for those who attended the annual Jubilee Carnival, hosted by the Lake Orion Lions Club and held, for the first time, at Canterbury Village....more >>

Safety know-how for fireworks

Be safe this Independence Day, say Lake Orion police. To that effect, Chief Jerry Narsh asks traffic to Park Island be restricted to residents only and water traffic around Green's Park be kept clear....more >>

Briefly: Kern Closing

The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) plans to close Kern Road between Clarkson and Orion roads in Orion Township from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, July 7 and 8....more >>

Briefly: Meet candidates

The Greater Oakland Republicans Club (GO-GOP) extends an invitation to all Republican Precinct Delegates and 2010 Candidates to meet the founder of Common Sense in Government and Making Lansing Listen Tea Party Activist, Wendy Lynn Day....more >>

Youth association commends 96 for good deeds

Orion Area Youth Assistance honored 96 deserving youth from across the community at their 17th annual Youth Recognition Ceremony, held at Lake Orion High School, April 29. The keynote speakers for the ceremony were District Court Judges Lisa Asadoorian, Nancy Towlin Carniak and Julie Nicholson....more >>

Briefly: Fireworks fund

They're almost here -- the fireworks over Lake Orion. And though the show is on schedule, funding is still a hair off. According to Fireworks Association President Carl Cyrowski, funding is around 90 percent, or $22,000 of the $25,000 goal....more >>
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There's nothing like a good story

Oxford resident Zach Buchanan (left), 7, and Morgan Tenney, 6, who's visiting from Illinois, lay in the grass and listen during "Storytime in the Park," a free event put on in Centennial Park by the Oxford Public Library at 1 p....more >>

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Getting high at the bank

Freon is drug of choice

It appears someone made an illegal withdrawal from Oxford Bank's main branch at 60 S. Washington St., but they didn't steal money to get rich, they took Freon to get high. According to bank Spokesman Tony Lasher, the theft was discovered about three weeks ago....more >>

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School board approves $39.9M budget

By a vote of 6-0, the Oxford Community Schools Board of Education voted to approve the district's $39.9 million budget for the 2010-11 school year. "Many difficult actions were taken to accomplish the budget plan for next year," wrote Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations Tim Loock in the budget book that was presented to the board....more >>

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Allegedly drunk teen crashes into cruiser's classic car

Saturday's annual Lapeer Road Country Cruise turned into a nightmare for one classic car owner when an unlicensed and allegedly drunk 16-year-old Oxford Township resident smashed into his prized vehicle....more >>
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Coverage of vets earns state awards

Congratulations to Oxford resident William Service and Oxford Community Television Channel 97, both of whom earned state awards for their superb coverage of local veterans and all the good work they do....more >>

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Superintendent addresses public's concerns

Superintendent Dr. William Skilling met with 50 concerned citizens for nearly three hours on Thursday, June 24 in the Oxford High School LGI room to address their questions about what is happening with the school district....more >>

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Will twp. spend money to create medical marijuana ordinance?

Whether Oxford Township allows and regulates medical marijuana dispensaries or simply bans them outright may come down to one thing money. "That's exactly what it boils down to," said Planning Commission Chairman Todd Bell....more >>

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Addison approves acquisition of Trask property

The Addison Township Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve the land acquisition of the Trask property on Monday, June 21. The 82-acre property, which is owned by Six Rivers Regional Land Conservancy, is located in Leonard at the northeast corner of Leonard and Haven roads and would be converted into a public park for recreational use....more >>

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Fireworks, music & carnival! Oh my!

Get ready to put on your party hats and head over to Seymour Lake Township Park for a festival that includes fireworks, music and a carnival. This is the second year the Oxford Township Parks and Recreation Department is putting on the "Seymour Celebration," but instead of being a one-day event, it's been expanded to three days (Thursday, July 8 through Saturday, July 10)....more >>
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Vandelism won't spoil family's summer fun

Sometimes it seems as though there's very little decency or respect for others left in this world. Case in point, a family in the Village of Leonard was the victim of a senseless act of vandalism that almost ruined their plans for a low-budget Fourth of July vacation....more >>

Downtown lights ready to go LED, wireless

Thanks to approvals granted last week by the village council and Downtown Development Authority, history's about to be made as downtown Oxford's decorative street lights are retrofitted with energy-efficient LED technology controlled by radio frequencies....more >>

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Candidate admits mistake, pays fine

In between getting married and going on his honeymoon, Tony Albensi, Republican candidate for the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, failed to file the paperwork to register his candidate committee....more >>
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First a story, then a cookie

Parents and kids gathered in Centennial Park Tuesday for the weekly storytime put on by the Oxford Public Library. After listening to some great stories read by library employee Judy Parker, the kids descended on the gazebo for free cookies made by the Sweet & Savory Bake Shop and provided by the Oxford DDA....more >>
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