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St. Anne work camp, Milwaukee

At least one Milwaukee neighborhood is just a little brighter thanks to some local youth. About 30 high school-aged youth and six adults from St. Anne Church in Ortonville traveled to Milwaukee on June 20 as part of a Catholic Heart Work Camp....more >>

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Brandon Twp.- Treasurer's office employees discovered that a machine that folded and stuffed the summer 2010 tax statements had, on occasion, double-stuffed tax statements in individual envelopes....more >>
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Miracle Quilts covers Walter Reed

John Smith remembers what it was like coming home from the Vietnam War. "Cold. It was a cold reception," he said. Carole Carroll is trying to make it warmer for returning soldiers....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 >>


'He's up,' six-year-old skier finds his footing on water

Austin Zoldos slipped his feet into his waterskis and he went into a sitting position on the water. The 6-year-old Goodrich resident wrapped his hands around the rope and readied himself as the boat pulled away from the dock at Lake Oakland....more >>


Kindergarten options grow in Brandon district

Brandon Twp.- The school district will have a developmental kindergarten class this coming school year, something not offered here in at least the past decade. Cindy Locey, a Belle Ann kindergarten teacher still excited over the district's decision to retain all paraprofessionals this fall amidst budget cuts, is ecstatic over the new class....more >>
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'I will never read the Bible the same'

Rachel Morlock was on a bus in Israel with her grandmother and about 40 other American tourists when their guide asked if anyone had family members who didn't want them to visit Israel because they were concerned for their safety....more >>


Pastor Jeremy Africa now at Goodrich United Methodist Church

When Rev. Jeremy Africa steps in as the new pastor of the Goodrich United Methodist Church on July 11 there may be some natural jitters. "God will see me through," said Africa. "This is my first time as pastor of a church—I'm excited to get to know the community and see just what all the needs are here in Goodrich....more >>


Mackinac: An island experience

On a headstone in the Protestant Cemetery on Mackinac Island is engraved the words, "For whom God loves, he gives a home at Mackinac." Shannon Larsen, a 2006 Brandon High School graduate, has found this to be true....more >>


Local paddlers set for 63rd AuSable Canoe Marathon

If you hope to watch the entire AuSable Canoe Marathon, plan on spending 19 non-stop hours trekking about 120 miles and learning the true meaning of GPS. And that's just to spectate....more >>

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Steaming days of summer

Last year, the high temperature in the Ortonville/Goodrich area on July 7 was 69 degrees. Quite a difference from this week. On Wednesday, the high temperature recorded in Flint was 94, a full 25 degrees hotter than one year before....more >>


Township battles clutter, content with temporary sign law

Groveland Twp- The content and location of temporary signs along township roads may have a new look in the next few months. In an effort to curb a hodgepodge of temporary signage that seemingly blossoms anew each week—the township board voted 5-0 at the June 14 board of trustees meeting to amend the sign ordinance to incorporate regulations for temporary signs....more >>
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Fair play

2010 Oakland County Fair opens

Taylor Bottiglia's "pet" weighs more than half a ton more than she does. The 8-year-old Brandon Township resident is just 60 pounds. The steer she calls "Checkers," weighs in at about 1,080....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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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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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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Flag waving fun

July 4 tradition begins at home

Children waved their small United States of America flags as army trucks, firetrucks, and tractors rolled through downtown Clarkston, July 3. The annual Fourth of July parade drew hundreds of long-time and new patrons to the historic setting....more >>
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Old Glory raised at Township Hall

Tears ran down Joan McCrary's face as she watched World War II veteran George Thompson raise the American Flag during the flag ceremony at Independence Township Hall, July 3. "It was a momentous occasion," she said....more >>
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Red, White and Blue

Parade watchers felt the inspiration of this year's theme, "Be a Patriot." Floats donned in red, blue and white rolled through Downtown Clarkston on July 3. Army vehicles, firetrucks and classic cars, as always, were part of the fun....more >>
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Gardener seeks balance between shade and sun

With a canopy of trees in the backyard Wayne and Linda Lapinski must balance between shade and partial sun plants for their garden. "It's very tough because even though a plant says it wants part shade, some want a real wet heavy soil that we don't have and than others say they want a dryer soil, so then you have that dichotomy you have judge," Wayne said....more >>
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Familiar faces

The Fourth of July parade in Downtown Clarkston, July 3, was a treat for all. Besides seeing different types of floats, crowds lining the streets saw some familiar faces from the community, many dressed in their patriotic best....more >>

Oakland County Fair comes to town

The Oakland County Fair returns to Springfield Oaks County Park, July 13-18. Daily fair attractions are offered free, including exhibits in historic Ellis Barn, circus shows, exotic petting zoo, 4-H exhibits, pig races, Globe of Death motorcycle show; Miracle of Birth display, horse shows, contests; give-aways; and games....more >>
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Patriotic piece of local history restored

When Toni Smith showed up at her office at the Clarkston Heritage Museum one day, she found a mysterious envelope in her mailbox. "I was thinking to myself as I opened it up 'just let it have something that has to do with Clarkston' because people send stuff sometimes and it doesn't have anything to do with Clarkston," said Smith, museum director....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Europe trip for young ambassadors

Independence Township residents Gil Guthrie and Kyle Weaver are finishing their stay in Greece this week before they head to Italy on Friday. Both were chosen as People to People Student Ambassadors and left on July 4 for Greece, Italy and France....more >>

5-year-old celebrates birthday by giving her hair

Anjali Issac wanted to celebrate her fifth birthday in a big way. The young Independence Township resident sat tall at Alex Emilio Salon in Royal Oak and heard the snip of the scissors....more >>
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Grads earn Clarkston Optimist scholarships

Clarkston Optimist Club President Sue Ring, left, and Optimist Scholarship Chairs Maria Rotondo Mark and Curt Carson, at right, presented scholarships to Jeffrey Turner, Lacie Turnbull, Breanne Timm, Breanne Christie, Annie Castillo, Chelsea Rawe....more >>
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Festival of fun

Families headed to Clintonwood Park on July 3 for the annual Fourth of July festival held by Independence Township Parks and Recreation. The kids enjoyed fun games and activities, playing at the Spray Park and jamming with Radio Disney....more >>
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A time for children

Smiles, laughter, excitement and energy filled downtown Clarkston as children of all ages enjoyed the annual Fourth of July Parade. Many of the children honored their country by wearing red, white and blue colors, others with stars and stripes....more >>
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Young writers' summer camp builds literary talents

They used their sense of touch, smell, sound, sight and taste as they put their thoughts into words. Thirteen young authors participated in this year's Writer's Camp for the last two weeks working on their skills....more >>

Summer lectures for cancer survivors

Great Lakes Cancer Institute-Clarkston presents a lecture series throughout the summer, 5:30-7 p.m. at the institute's Community Room, McLaren Health Care Village, 5680 Bow Pointe Drive off Sashabaw Road....more >>

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Search forums for new superintendent

Clarkston Community Schools hosts community forums for input in the district's search for a new superintendent, this Monday-Tuesday. Forums are 12-1 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., July 12-13, for the community....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 cost to purchase a jersey is $100, for the name plate is $50, and for $50 become an honorary "Coach of the Day....more >>

Subjects needed for cancer treatment study

Dr. Jeffrey Forman of Clarkston, radiation oncologist with 21st Century Oncology, is recruiting up to 30 men with early-stage prostate cancer for a research study on new treatments....more >>

Clinic welcomes Dr. Jade Hoy

Dr. Joseph Territo, DO, and staff welcome Dr. Jade Hoy, DO, to their family medicine practice, last week on July 1. "Jade has been a part of our practice as a resident for the past two years," said Dr....more >>

Coffee Club

For all local business folks, 7:30-9 a....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1995 "Minor league baseball team for township?" Independence Township was working on a deal to host a new minor league baseball franchise. The New Central Baseball League approached the township about renovating a field at Clintonwood Park....more >>

Optimists plan a return to Lake Orion

Interested in helping Lake Orion's young people become the best they can be? A new Optimist Club forming now in Lake Orion is looking for members. "Lake Orion is a large enough community to get a strong club going," said Roger Diederich of the Clarkston area Optimist Club....more >>

Talkin' trash: Village, Richfield sign waste hauler agreement

The village council was full of trash talk, June 28, when councilmembers unanimously approved a new waste removal contract with Richfield Equities. The village collected bids for waste hauling services back in March, and Richfield's estimates for $12,300 in the first year came in around $5,000 cheaper than bids from Allied Republic Waste and Waste Management....more >>

Here's the church, here's the steeple...

Historic Lake Orion church gets a fresh look

High above Flint Street, under the scorching sun beating over downtown Lake Orion last week, the cracked and peeling shingles came off one by one. The tall steeple at Lake Orion United Methodist Church was getting a facelift....more >>
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Mending mortgages: an attorney's perspective

Part one in a three part series on mortgage relief

At any given time, James Porritt, a Lake Orion grad and local attorney for nearly four decades, says his office has about a dozen or so clients going through shortsales or foreclosures....more >>

Briefly: New zoning appeals lineup

Karl Wassenberg and June Rupert rejoined the village's board of zoning appeals, and Brad Mathisen was appointed as a regular member to the board, at the village council's June 28 meeting....more >>

Briefly: Koscierzynski on cable commission

The village council and township board of trustees renominated Lucy Koscierzynski as the joint appointee for Orion Community Cable Communications Commission. Koscierzynski began serving in the position in 2009 when Linda Sickles resigned....more >>

Briefly: Lend 'Moms' a helping hand

Michigan Military Moms, a non-profit 5013-C organization, will host a packaging party at 1 p.m., Sunday, August. 8 at the Eagles Hall on Clarkston Road. Cash donations, hygiene products (toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shavers, shaving cream, etc....more >>

Distressed, vintage inspired and affordable

Lake Orion resident finds new career in art

By Leah Yanuszeski, Review Intern Even while sitting at Poppyseed in downtown Lake Orion, Scott Allen Bruce's creative juices continue to flow, mentally transforming ordinary sign holders into works of art....more >>
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4th of July fire ravages Sebek home

A summer day marked by celebrations ended in tragedy for Oxford homeowner Charlie Owings, whose residence on Sebek Blvd. was ravaged by flames on the Fourth of July. "I'm devastated....more >>

Korean items auctioned in Oxford subject of investigation

Artifacts that may have been illegally removed from an Asian palace 59 years ago and sold at Midwest Auction Galleries in Oxford Township just three months ago are the subject of a joint investigation by the United States and South Korean governments....more >>
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Parks/rec. truck goes for a dip in Stony Lake

At first glance, it looked like a pickup truck tried to cool itself off by going for a leisurely swim Monday morning at Stony Lake Township Park. But it turns out it was actually the scene of an accident....more >>
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Horse farm owner exemplifies selflessness

From raising money to help those in need to educating local school children, Jeanne Tuzik, owner of Oak Pointe Stables on Hosner Rd. in Addison Township, is constantly touching the lives of others....more >>
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Community garden helps youngsters grow

There's something wonderful growing in Oxford Village's Scripter Park. It's a combination of fresh produce, burgeoning parent-child relations and young people learning to appreciate the fruits of their labor....more >>

Eisenhardts named Grand Marshals of Strawberry Festival

When you live in a small town, there are certain titles reserved for those who have dedicated their lives to serving their community. Being named Grand Marshal of the Leonard Strawberry Festival Parade is one of those coveted titles....more >>

July 15 forum for county commission candidates

Voters who have questions for District #1 Oakland County Commission candidates have a chance to ask them on Thursday, July 15. District #1 candidates will be at the Addison Township Hall, located at 1440 Rochester Rd....more >>

OAYA needs $3K to send kids to summer camp

For many kids, attending summer camp is simply a fun, annual ritual that will one day live on in fond memories and dusty scrapbooks. But for some kids, going to camp is a chance to turn their lives around, engage in self-improvement, find out what they're good at and feel better about themselves and their futures....more >>
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Five decades and counting for teaching teens how to drive

It may sound hard to believe, but Lee Noftz has been teaching teenagers to drive for 54 years and he's still alive to tell the tale. "It's fun being around the kids and it gives you a reason to get up in the morning, too," said the Oxford resident, who will turn 80 on July 21....more >>
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Local inventor improves the fishing net

Oxford resident Ross Smith found his way into the United States Patent and Trademark Office after coming up with an improvement to the standard fishing net. Smith and his partner, Jeff Kempf of Shelby Twp....more >>
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Hillbilly Olympics

A rootin', tootin' good time was had by all last week as participants in the Oxford Township Parks and Recreation Department's Fun-N-Sun day camp competed in the "Hillbilly Olympics....more >>
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Careless smoker causes fire at new restaurant

There was a bit of excitement Saturday afternoon at Oxford Township's newest restaurant, Chardonnay Family Dining. Apparently, a careless smoker flicked a cigarette butt into the mulch-covered flower bed just outside the eatery's entrance....more >>
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AmeriCorps members return to Crossroads

Crossroads for Youth had such a wonderful time with members from AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) earlier this year, they invited them back for a second stint. President of Crossroads for Youth Dr....more >>
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Reading with Maggie & B.J.

Every Monday at 11 a.m. now through July 26, Oxford firefighter B.J. Stapp and Fire Safety Dog Maggie will visit the Oxford Public Library to read stories to children and help them do fun projects....more >>
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