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For a preview of the news this coming week, check out Clarkston411.com for the Don't Rush Me show, uploaded Mondays. Assistant Publisher Don Rush reviews and previews the week's Clarkston News, and sister publications Lake Orion Review, Oxford Leader, and Citizen....more >>

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Good Times in Goodrich 2010

It's time for good times again. Good Times in Goodrich will take place Aug. 28-29. "Last year, we had a really good turnout," said Shirley Kautman-Jones. "We're hoping for an even better one this year....more >>

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Milestones

Scholl-McGee Ashley Scholl of Milton, Ky. and Alexander McGee of Groveland Township are pleased to announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Donnie and Darlene Scholl of Milton, Ky....more >>

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Mending mortgages: an attorney's perspective

Special to The Citizen At any given time, James Porritt, a Lake Orion graduate and local attorney for nearly four decades, says his office has about a dozen or so clients going through short sales or foreclosures....more >>

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Groveland Twp.-There are about 90 energy kits still available at the township offices, available to residents on a first-come first-served basis. The township received $53,700 to purchase 512 energy kits earlier this year, thanks to the state Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act)....more >>
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Ditch the gas guzzler?

Ford jumps back into sub-compact cars with revamped Fiesta

The yellow-blaze colored 2011 Ford Fiesta should attract plenty of attention. But looks are not everything. At almost 500 miles per tank of gasoline, the Ford Fiesta returned to the sub-compact market and tops the fuel efficiency of 24 hybrid vehicles currently on the market....more >>

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Goodrich woman plans 3 days, 60 miles— by foot

Goodrich- Last August, on one of the hottest days of the year, Margaret Stump walked 22 miles. Sweating, exhausted, and with a blister on her right foot, the Goodrich resident, now 54, made it to her destination, a camp filled with a sea of pink two-person tents, all awaiting the participants in the Susan G....more >>

Gas prices -- is there a method to the mess?

Once upon a time I was content to merely moan and groan about the ever-increasing cost of gasoline. "Oh woe is me!" "Dang those evil profiteers!" It is easy to write about the rising costs of anything....more >>

Nuccio best for commissioner

Dear Editor, I am writing today to ask for your support for Beth Nuccio, who is running for Oakland County Commissioner. I have known Beth for many years now, and I have always been impressed by her ability to lead; she has been, and continues to be, one of my biggest role models....more >>

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Briefs

There will be a coffee hour at 9 a.m., Friday, July 30, at The Citizen, 12 South St. Ortonville. The public is welcome to attend and check out the new Ortonville 411 website. Details: 248-627-4332....more >>

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Goodrich couple killed in motorcycle accident

A Goodrich couple died following a motorcycle crash July 9 on I-75. The operator of the motorcycle, Anthony Taliercio, 48, and his wife Karen Taliercio, 48, were northbound on I-75 two miles north of the M-33 exit in Moffatt Township, Arenac County....more >>

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Not enough—but school districts snag $11 per pupil fund

A budget bill recently signed by the governor and promoted as an $11 increase in per-pupil funding is not really an increase, says one local superintendent. "For fiscal year 2010, we are expecting to receive an increase of $11 per pupil from the state," said Brandon Schools Superintendent Lorrie McMahon....more >>

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Village eyes roads, sidewalks, improvements

Ortonville- In the current economic times, it is rare to find a municipality that hasn't had to make any cuts. Here in the village, not only did the council recently pass a budget with relative ease and no cuts, but officials are now looking at spending money on improvements....more >>
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'We call them 'Love letters from home...'

There are angels in Ortonville. And they're excellent packers. The Desert Angels organization, led by Louise Downs, has been collecting donations for packages sent overseas to U.S....more >>

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Schools' fuel tanks fail EPA test, replacement anticipated

Three underground fuel storage tanks, located at the Goodrich School Bus garage on Erie Street, may be replaced prior to the start of the new school year following a Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) report....more >>

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Park development stalled again

Brandon Twp.- The park is in park. Development of the township community park, even with grant money, isn't going anywhere. The township board voted 5-1 at the July 12 budget workshop meeting to seek a deadline extension from the Department of Natural Resources to complete a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant....more >>
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Township pioneer home marker vandalized, reward offered

Brandon Twp.- A small piece of the community is missing. An 80-year-old brass plaque identifying Tunis D. Hummer (1789-1863) and wife Francina (Swayze 1793-1878) along with their family members as one of the township's pioneer families has been allegedly removed by vandals....more >>

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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 >>

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'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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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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Splashing in the lake

Haley Campbell giggles as George Walker splashes her while both swim at Deer Lake Beach last Thursday....more >>
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City looks to make M-15 walker friendly

Bike lanes added to both sides of Main Street between Waldon and the northern city limit. Moving speed-limit signs further north on M-15. Lowering the speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph, especially through downtown....more >>

Thieves target small boat motors

Thieves look for easy targets – purses, GPS units, laptops left in unlocked cars overnight. Added to the list lately have been small, lightweight trolling motors, taken from boats pulled up on shore or docked in the water....more >>

Voters soon to decide

The Aug. 3 primary election includes several millage proposals in addition to candidates for state and county office. Clarkston residents vote on a ballot proposal to increase city charter limit by 5 mills, from 15 to 20 mills....more >>
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Construction slows down business, too

Drivers aren't the only ones feeling the inconvenience of White Lake Road being closed for construction between Clement Road and Dixie Highway. Joe O'Hearn, owner of Mel's Grill 2 in the Gateway Plaza off White Lake Road, said the construction hurts, but not as badly as he originally feared....more >>

Tea Party Patriots candidate forum

Independent Tea Party Patriots (ITPP) will hosts an open candidate forum, with Mike Bouchard, GOP Candidate for governor, followed by a debate between five Republican candidates seeking the 12th District state senate seat....more >>
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One brick at a time

Along with a new Flag Pole, Independence Township Hall also got a facelift with a new sign at the entrance way of Waldon Center Drive. The work was done by Tony Hool and Kevin Daniels of Facilities Maintenance Department along with the help of John Smith....more >>
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Staying safe while staying cool

Local lakes and swimming pools are a great way to stay cool in the summer heat, but can be dangerous especially for young swimmers. Here's some tips on how to stay safe while having fun: 1....more >>

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Library works on reading skills, dog friendship

Hey parents, are you looking for a way to help your child better their reading skills or just want them to get some extra reading in the summer? Check out Independence Township Library's "Read to Paws" program....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Checking out a new look

Lilly Slater of Clarkston, 5, takes a look at her face painting, courtesy of Donna Nowak of Show Offs Body Art at the July 9 Concert in the Park....more >>
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Taking steps to fight cancer

For a local team of walkers, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3 Day Walk is a family affair. "I did my first one with my mom and kept doing it," said Ashley Gresock of Independence Township, preparing for her third walk....more >>
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Smiles of the week

Sue Mancuso and her niece Josyln Dayimiya enjoys the Cancer Survivor Day Celebration, June 13 at the McLaren Health Village on Bow Pointe Drive....more >>
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Clarkston Rotary installs new officers

Clarkston Rotary Club President Jason Webster passed the gavel to new President Brad Evans, June 28 at Shepherd's Hollow. "Rotary gives me more to share – our work on Shoes for Kids, helping with concerts in the park, and helping fund local and international projects," said Evans, Farm Bureau Insurance agent....more >>

Davisburg offers fun summer activities and classes

Young At Heart Active Adults, weekly lunches, guest speakers, musical performances, field trips, holiday parties, movies, bingo, games and much, much more! Yearly membership includes six newsletters per year....more >>
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Rocking the park

The classic rock tunes of The Gia Warner Band filled Depot Park at the July 9 Concert in the Park. Local 14-year-old country singer T.J. Craven opened the show. This Friday's show features Beatles tribute band Toppermost, with local band Solid Rockers opening....more >>
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Harvestland helps educate children around the world

Harvestland ministries hosts its third annual Dumps to Diplomas fundraiser on July 17 from noon – 6 p.m. Through the past two annual fund-raising efforts, Harvestland Church, located at 5848 Clintonville Road, has donated more than $8,000 to the effort of missionaries....more >>
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Goo Goo Dolls set to perform new and infamous hits on Sunday

The Goo Goo Dolls take center stage at DTE Energy Music Theatre this Sunday night. The infamous trio is on their summer tour entertaining fans with hits from previous albums as well as sharing songs from their ninth album, "Something for the Rest of Us," in stores on August 31....more >>

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School board candidates

Candidates for Clarkston Board of Education have until 4 p.m., Aug. 10, to file with Oakland County clerk, 1200 N. Telegraph, Building 12 East. Neither Trustee Elizabeth Egan, who currently holds the seat, nor anyone else has filed as of July 12....more >>

Hyer still school board president

Steve Hyer reclaimed his position as president of Clarkston Board of Education, winning with a 4-3 vote at their annual organization meeting, July 6. Hyer and board members Cheryl McGinnis, Susan Egan, and Barry Bomier voted for him as president....more >>

City council seats available

Clarkston resident interested in running for City Council must have petitions of at least 20 signatures of registered voters as well as a notorized affidavit of identity turned into to City Hall no later than 4 p....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1995 "Private firm wins school busing contract" Clarkston School Board hired National bus company on a three-year transportation contract, including selling the district's bus fleet....more >>

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New 'fueling facility'?

Indianwood Junction asks township for approval of expansion plan

Running low on fuel? If all goes according to plan, Orion Township residents may soon have what some call a 'much needed' pit stop. Darrell and Marylou Enneking , owners of Indianwood Junction Party Store, recently walked away with conceptual approval after delivering plans for expansion to the township planning commission....more >>
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Residents debate texting ban merits

To text or not to text – it's not a question any more. As of July 1, Michigan law instructs drivers to "keep thumbs on the wheel." If they don't, police can pull over drivers solely for texting while driving, according to a press release sent out by State Representative Lee Gonzales, who spearheaded the new legislation....more >>
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Row, row, row your dragon boat

Members of Lake Orion's Dragon on the Lake committee trekked to foreign soil last weekend for a firsthand look as 125 dragon boat teams took to the waters of Lake St. Clair. Tecumseh, Ontario was on fire with dragon spirit - the same spirit organizers say will light up north Oakland County when dragon boat races arrive on Lake Orion as part of the second annual Dragon on the Lake festival August 28 and 29....more >>
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'The only meal they get is at school'

Locals help families through tough times

By Leah Yanuszeski, Review Intern Summer might spell happy thoughts of no books and no teachers for many students, but an increasing number of children are finding summer vacation comes with a price....more >>
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'Shortsales... get rid of debt'

Part two in a three part series on mortgage relief

At the first sign of mortgage troubles, call your bank, says Carey Wilhelm, a Clarkston-based real estate agent and Orion Township resident. "See what they can help you with first....more >>
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'Sewing' seeds of comfort: High school senior begins charitable work to help comfort kids

As their parents listened to an early Sunday morning sermon, the younger members of Lake Orion United Methodist Church were busy cutting, tying and stuffing specially embroidered pillows destined for the hands of children whose mothers have breast cancer....more >>
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Hot fun in the summer sun!

Last week's three-day celebration at Seymour Lake Township Park in Oxford was by all accounts a smashing success. "I think it was fantastic," exclaimed Ron Davis, director of the township Parks and Recreation Department....more >>
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Companies team up to build device for utilities

Those folks who run around telling people that Michigan's manufacturing days are over should take a gander at what's going on at Warnke Tool Inc. in Oxford Township. Located at 3287 Metamora Road, the 34-year-old company, specializing in CNC machining, design and assembly, is teaming up with the Metamora-based Grid Logic Inc....more >>
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Supervisor says twp. hall 'falling apart'

A visible and wet reminder that the aging Addison Township Hall needs to be either repaired or torn down and replaced came cascading into the supervisor's office and the Oakland County Sheriff's substation July 8....more >>
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Crash on Lakeville Rd. kills elderly driver

A two-vehicle crash Tuesday morning on Lakeville Rd., west of Wildcat Drive, claimed the life of an 84-year-old Oxford woman. At about 10:43 a.m., Roberta Jean Petty was headed east in her 1999 Ford Crown Victoria when she crossed the centerline and was struck head-on by a westbound 2005 Ford Ranger....more >>
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Library may move into strip mall

It's by no means a done deal, but a proposed lease agreement is in the works that, if approved, would allow the Addison Township Public Library to move into a strip mall located on Rochester Road....more >>
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Burns enjoys career as 'extra' in movies, TV

"That was kind of cool because I actually had to stand on a mark, so that meant I was in that scene with an actor," Burns said. Since his film debut, Burns has worked as an extra in 11 other movies and television shows, all filmed in Michigan....more >>

Strawberry Festival returns Saturday

While many communities spend tons of money on extravagant summer celebrations filled with flashy bells and whistles, the Village of Leonard continues to rely on small town charm and down-home fun to draw people of all ages to its wildly popular Strawberry Festival....more >>

Renewal of police tax sought in Addison

When Addison Township voters trek to the polls Tuesday, Aug. 3 they will decide the fate of the property tax that funds their police protection. "We're only asking for the 3.4874 (mills), which is the same as what we levied before – there's no increase," said township Supervisor Bruce Pearson....more >>
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A reproduction of Vincent van Gogh's "Bank of the Oise at Auvers" will soon be on display in downtown Oxford's Centennial Park. In July 1890, Van Gogh painted this scene of rowboats for hire on the River Oise in Auvers, near Paris. The boating activity was aimed at working-class locals who sought pleasure during their only free weekend day. Image courtesy of the Detroit Institute of Arts. (click for larger version)

Van Gogh coming to park

Vincent van Gogh is coming to downtown Oxford. Well, not the artist himself. He's been dead for 120 years. A waterproof, full-size digital reproduction of an oil painting Van Gogh created during the last month of his life will be displayed in Centennial Park, courtesy of the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA)....more >>
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OHS grad opens spa

A Oxford High School graduate invites you to take a relaxing vacation experience without leaving town. Jennifer Graves, a 1991 OHS graduate and current Oxford resident, is pleased to announce she has opened her new health and beauty business, Ageless Day Spa and Salon, located at 1097 S....more >>
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E-poll book to speed up check-in for Addison voters

Addison Township residents heading to their local precincts on Aug. 3 need not fear the prospect of standing in long voter check-in lines thanks to some new technology. The smile on Addison Township Clerk Pauline Bennett's face could not be bigger as she showcased the electronic poll book, which allows registered voters to scan their drivers license when checking in to vote....more >>
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Downtown traffic signals converted to LEDs

Oxford Village's intersection of M-24 and Burdick St. received a technological upgrade last week courtesy of the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC). Workers and their trusty orange bucket trucks were out converting the intersection's traffic signals from traditional incandescent bulbs to more efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs)....more >>
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1945: Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon form the Arab League to present a unified front against the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine.