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'I feel very good about the projects chosen'

Ortonville- The purchase of a new truck, replacement of a 100-foot section of sidewalk and repaving of at least two and possibly three, roads will happen this fall after the village council approved a spending plan for roughly $80,000 of a $500,000 fund balance....more >>

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'It's the most grueling thing I've ever done'

After more than 16 consecutive hours of paddling covering 120 miles on AuSable River from Grayling to Lake Huron—Jeff Caryl was ready to hang it up. Almost. "The last two-and-a-half hours (of the race) I was feeling it," he said....more >>

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Antique gun wounds man

A 55-year-old Brandon Township man was restoring a 1911 handgun July 22 when he accidentally shot himself in the leg. According to police reports, a Brandon deputy responded to Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital to interview the man who was wounded when the bullet entered the front of his left leg near the knee and exited behind the knee....more >>

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Additional township fiscal surveys in today's edition

Brandon Twp.- Township residents with Oxford or Clarkston mailing addresses will find a fiscal priorities survey inserted in today's edition of The Citizen. The survey, included in last week's edition for all Ortonville mailing addresses, asks Brandon Township residents to rank the importance of 13 services currently offered, including fire, police, recreation, roads and senior citizen programs....more >>

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All fired up for practice burn

Groveland Twp.- Firefighters from the township responded July 25 to an early 1900s farmhouse in the 2900 block of Bald Eagle Lake Road for the second time in less than a year. However, unlike last December when firefighters were called out for the blaze that gutted the home and rendered it a complete loss, this time the fire was planned....more >>

Forys named treasurer

Ortonville- The village council voted unanimously at their July 26 meeting to hire Beth Forys as the new village treasurer. Forys, an Atlas Township resident, was the Atlas Township office manager from 2004 to 2009, performing accounting, bookkeeping, and payroll duties and working closely with the clerk and treasurer....more >>

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Police assessment draws ire, praise

Atlas Township-By a 4-1 vote on Monday night the township board approved a special assessment of $50 for improved parcels, and $25 for unimproved parcels, to partially fund law enforcement for the community....more >>
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Hazel Inscho: 'I'm as healthy as most 106-year-olds'

Hazel Inscho likes to say that if she knew she was going to live this long, she would have taken better care of herself. It seems she's done all right— particularly since the average life expectancy in the U....more >>

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Milestones

Achievements Merritt Mcghee Oakland County Fair poultry prince, Joseph McGhee fair king and Madeline Mcghee poultry queen. The McGhee family are Groveland Township residents. Photo provided....more >>

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Crime

Level up On July 13, a Brandon deputy responded to the 3700 block of Cedar Loop for telephone threats. The complainant said over the last two weeks, she has received numerous calls from a woman who said the complainant's number is on her husband's cell phone....more >>

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Start your engines: Cruise to Ortonville

Ortonville- Cars, trucks, and motorcycles of all makes and models will descend upon the village Aug. 1 for the Cruise to Ortonville. The eighth annual event, which features classic vehicles, will happen rain or shine....more >>

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Area lenders:Equity key in refinace

With interest rates below 5 percent, now could be the time to refinance— if you meet certain guidelines. This past week, Genisys Credit Union was offering 4.5 percent interest rate on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage with no points and just 4....more >>

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Briefs

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 Web site. Details: 248-627-4332....more >>

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Kearsley Creek Watershed chapter seeks members

The environmental movement may be coined as green, but Rebecca Fedewa's movement is blue. Fedewa, the executive director of the Flint River Watershed Coalition, said the protection and preservation of rivers and tributaries is vital to environmental education and utilizing the resources available through the Flint River....more >>

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School board, village council petition deadline near

The petition filing deadline to be on the November ballot for several elected positions in the community is drawing near. In November, voters will elect two candidates to fill two four-year trustee seats on the Brandon School Board....more >>

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New underground tanks puchased by district

The Goodrich School Board moved forward Monday night with a proposal by the Oscar W. Larson Company to replace three 40-year-old underground fuel tanks that had failed an Enviromental Protection Agency inspection earlier this month....more >>
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Nook: a new kind of book

Brandon Twp.- Kris Norlin is an avid reader and a fan of author Stephen King, but it was difficult for her to hold his massive books without feeling pain in her wrists. Not anymore....more >>
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'I was excited to see the old tank'

Local WWII veteran finds local built tank in Arizona desert

Muldorf, Germany 1945. That's where Richard D. Horton was when WWII ended. It's also where the Goodrich native jumped down off the M-4A4 Sherman tank for the last time. His military tour of duty as part of the 14th Armored Division who earned the nickname, "Liberators," where during the last days of WWII they liberated some 200,000 Allied prisoners of war from German prison camps....more >>

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Township survey in today's edition

Brandon Twp.- Township officials are urging residents to complete a fiscal priorities survey found in today's edition of The Citizen. The survey asks Brandon Township residents to rank the importance of 13 services currently offered, including fire, police, recreation, roads and senior citizen programs....more >>

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New I-TEC Center: 'dynamic'

$2 million Brandon technology center grand opening set for August 8

Brandon Twp.- This fall, Amanda Goodloe will teach language arts, math and science to her students in a new environment. In the morning, the fifth-grade teacher will instruct these core subjects in the new Instructional Technology Exploration and Collaboration Center (I-TEC), located adjacent to the Brandon Middle School, 609 S....more >>
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Ortonville garden supplies, freshens OCEF pantry

$2 million Brandon technology center grand opening set for August 8

Susan Wentworth-Hoben loves to watch things grow. Especially when it comes to the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund donations. Wentworth-Hoben has been cultivating OCEF's food bank by maintaining a garden behind Dr....more >>
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Soaring

Jean Parke clears the bar in the high jump event during last week's Clarkston Track and Field Camp, offered through Clarkston Community Education....more >>
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Tea time for candidates

Candidates brought some tough talk to the table at a Tea Party-hosted debate. "We need someone who will think outside the box, who will fight for you," said Gene Taliercio, candidate for 12th District state senate, at the July 20 debate....more >>

Audit not good enough for trustee

Independence Township Auditors Plante & Moran may give the township's money handling a passing grade, but Trustee David Lohmeier would only give it a "C." "We're having some trouble reconciling our checkbook, we didn't realize we had the trouble, which is another strike against us and we really don't have a plan of how we're going to fix it," Lohmeier said at the July 20 township board meeting....more >>
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Park fun with SCAMP

About 200 campers with Clarkston SCAMP, family and friends enjoyed hot dogs by the lake, July 19 in Independence Oaks County Park. "I was up all night worrying about whether the grill shows up," said Rotarian Brad Evans, organizing his first club activity as president....more >>
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Springfield parks millage would save world class fen, advocates say

Springfield Township Parks and Recreation has never been supported by a dedicated millage, but Parks and Rec along with Friends of the Park are asking residents to get to the polls on Aug....more >>
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Creative minds at work

Young artists spread a week's worth of work out on the lunch tables in Clarkston Junior High School's cafeteria to show to family and friends. They displayed a variety of art from the tenth annual Teen Art Camp, held for artists going into sixth to twelth grade....more >>

Hardware hero

Local handymen and woman waited for hours for a chance to meet their hero, Red Green. Promoting his Whit and Wisdom Tour and local PBS stations, Red Green, also known as Steve Smith, signed autographs and rolls of duct tape, his trademark on The Red Green Show, and posed for photos with fans at the Independence Township Ace Hardware, July 17....more >>
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Thinking caps on

Nathan Boettge, Ryan Knight, Xavior White and Ethan Thibodeau gathered around the table as they assembled the parts to make their machine work. They made sure the first part in their Rube Goldberg machine moved and checked the pipe leading to the floor and the pudding cup of baking soda....more >>
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Clarkstonite for Miss Junior Teen Detroit

Sadye James of Clarkston will compete in the Nationals' 2010 Miss Junior Teen Detroit pageant, Aug. 1. James will compete in the Miss Jr. Teen division, one of four divisions for contestants ages 7-19 in modeling routines including casual wear and formal wear....more >>

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Shred day

Oxford Bank and iSHRED host a free Community Shred Day, 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 11, at the bank's Clarkston office, 7199 N. Main Street, north of downtown Clarkston. The project is part of the bank's on-going efforts to help prevent identity theft and fraud....more >>

Business

Wellness coach helps beat 'freshman 15'

BY TREVOR KEISER Clarkston News Staff Writer After attending a college graduation this summer and seeing 95 percent graduates were "hugely overweight," Certified Nutritionist Cindy Crandell decided she would do a workshop to help new college students "beat the freshman 15....more >>

Concours in the Park

Depot Park in downtown Clarkston comes alive with the sights and sounds of automotive history, with SCAMP Concours in the Park, 6-9 p.m., Aug. 6. Activities also include an ice cream social, silent auction, and live entertainment....more >>

Shakespeare play in the park

Michigan Youth Theaters' production of "The Taming of the Shrew" includes Clarkston actors April Cox as Bianca, Jessica McGregor as Pedant and Emma Harding as Widow. Showtimes at Lake Orion Civic Center Park on Joslyn Road are 7:30 p....more >>

New ad manager at News

oe Spreeman of Metamora joins the staff of The Clarkston News as advertising manager. He has 30 years of newspaper experience throughout Michigan, working at daily and weekly publications....more >>

Golf tour

Oakland County Parks and Recreation hosts the Champion Tour, a 9-hole competition for men and women ages 50 and up. Tee times start at 8 a.m., Friday, July 30, at Springfield Oaks Golf Course, 12450 Andersonville Road in Davisburg....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1995 "Township hires outside investment management" Independence Township Board hired Munder Capital Management of Birmingham to manage its investment portfolio. They planned to improve the township's financial status by selling some of its riskiest investments....more >>
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'I challenge you to a duel!'

A fierce battle was fought at the drawbridge of Le Art de Oreeon, Friday, July 23. Above, Princess Malaina (Megan Slomczenski) and heroine Romaya (Georiga Waters) duel. See this week's print edition for the scoop and more photos....more >>

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Smashed: Thieves won't hesitate to bust out windows, police say

A woman who stopped to walk her dog was only away from the car about 15 minutes before returning to find a smashed window and missing purse. That's the word from Orion Township deputies, who are warning residents to remove or hide valuables whether leaving their vehicles, or parking at home....more >>
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'It could be anyone's child'

Born from a string of suicides, group ready to launch '1,000 Conversations about Mental Health in Lake Orion'

Something snapped. It was the only explanation that made any sense to Karen and Hugh Hudson after the suicide of their son Michael in 2009. Michael had been depressed, yes, and uncertain about the path to his future....more >>
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Candidate forum met with voter interest

Three candidates running for Michigan's 46th House District had a chance to answer questions on several politically charged topics when they attended a forum hosted and moderated by the Oakland Area League of Women Voters last week....more >>

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'It's not fair'

Homeowners association asks for financial relief

It's just not right, say Atwater Commons homeowners. Right now, they're paying for maintenance on Atwater Commons Drive, a private drive servicing their condominiums. But the drive is also used heavily by commercial traffic coming and going from the business portion of the planned unit development (PUD), like CVS Pharmacy and Applebee's....more >>
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All smiles: Local florist brightens day for Orion seniors

It worked. Dozens of seniors smiled, laughed and even hugged Beth Hency last week when they opened the door and found her waiting outside with fresh flowers. Hency, who owns Amazing Petals Florist in Lake Orion, was participating in "Make Someone Smile Week," an annual community outreach program sponsored by Teleflora and member florists nationwide "Well, this just makes my day," said a smiling Mary Malone, a resident at Heritage Place Apartments in Lake Orion....more >>
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Local man celebrates centennial birthday

By Leah Yanuszeski Review Intern Party attendees would of had a long rendition of 'Are you one, are you two…' after the traditional birthday song on Sunday July 25. Henry Osterkamp, born July 23, 1910, recently turned 100....more >>

Youth Assistance duck race just around the river bend

It's been a year since Youth Assistance ducks made the swim down Paint Creek, and they're all rested up and ready for another, says Orion Area Youth Assistance's Tom Swieboda. This year marks the fifth Annual Duck Race, hosted by Orion and Oxford/Addison Area Youth Assistance, who will share the proceeds from the event....more >>

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Pro bowler Lomas Brown in town

There's a lot going on down on M-24 this Thursday, July 29. According to Joe Zimmer, of the Lake Orion Culvers, former Detroit Lion Lomas Brown will be in town for pictures and autographs as part of the restaurant's two-year anniversary celebration....more >>

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Car was for firefighters

The Orion Firefighters Association & the Orion Firefighters Ladies Auxiliary is having a Car Wash, Saturday, July 31 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Proceeds will help support a scholarship fund and also aid firefighters with food and refreshments while fighting fires....more >>

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Library seeks board member

The Orion Township Library is seeking qualified individuals to fill a vacancy on the library's board of trustees. Applicants should be willing to serve until November 2012. Send a letter of interest by Aug....more >>
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Good samaritans to the rescue

Nine fire departments battle fire for eight hours

A house fire that ripped through a house at the corner of M-24 and Brauer Rd., just outside Oxford Township, in Metamora could have been a lot worse for the family of Theodore and Perdema Duncan....more >>

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Lots to vote on for Aug. 3 primary ballot

Next Tuesday, August 3, voters across the state will head to the polls for the state's Primary Election. Voters will be asked to select candidates to run for their respective parties in the November General Election....more >>
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Teen honored for saving family

The heroic actions of 16-year-old Spencer Cameron where recognized last week. At the July 19 Addison Township Board meeting, trustees honored Cameron for saving his family after thier house caught on fire on Thursday, April 29....more >>

Second Front

Countdown to fun

Celebrate Oxford in two weeks

Attention Oxford residents. It's that time of year once again to head to downtown Oxford for a fun-filled Saturday afternoon and evening on Aug. 7 for Celebrate Oxford. The Oxford Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is putting on the event and will feature plenty of good food, live entertainment, games and activities for all ages....more >>
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DDA awards $40K in facade grants

A few business in downtown Oxford will soon be getting a face lift after the Downtown Development Authority Board handed out facade grant money at their meeting on July 19. The board awarded three facade grants to Les Thomas, the property owner of 2 S....more >>

2010 Primary election

Oakland County Commission District #1 candidates

Tony Albensi, 42 (Republican) Oxford Education: Attended U of M Flint, 1986-1988 Occupation: Software Designer for RGIS, LLC Government-related experience: Oxford Village Councilman, 2007 to Present Republican Precinct Delegate, 2006 to Present Oakland County Republican Party Executive Committee, 2006 to Present Republican grassroots activist since 1999 Family (spouse, kids): I married my wife, Jessica, on May 29 of this year....more >>
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Jim Bates selected as part of OHS Athletic Hall of Fame

James "Jim" Bates had an outstanding career as an athlete at Oxford High School, earning 10 varsity letters in four sports. Even though he lettered in basketball, baseball and track and field, it was his football career that allowed Bates to cement his place in OHS sports history, thus earning him a spot in the inaugural class of the OHS Athletics Hall of Fame....more >>

2010 Primary Election

Michigan State Representative, 46th District

Bradford Jacobsen, 54 (Republican) Oxford Education: K-12 Oxford Schools, James Madison College of MSU 1979 Occupation: Florist - Small Business Owner Government-related experience: 16 years Oxford Township Trustee (1984-2000) and Oakland County Commissioner District 1 (2006-present), various committees and boards Family (spouse, kids): Wife of 30 years, Teri 30; 3 kids - Lauren, Emily, and Bradford 1) We need to get our state back on firm financial ground which will bring about more and better jobs to stabilize our families....more >>

Potato salad and pistols

Open carry picnic this weekend at Seymour Lake Twp. Park

Be prepared to bring some potato salad along with pistols and holsters to the second annual Open Carry picnic at Seymour Lake Park on Saturday, July 31, from noon to 3 p.m.. Those who attend the potluck picnic are invited to openly carry their handguns during this event, designed to build public awareness about the open carry law....more >>
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Heads up our 'internet' division

Sherman Publications announces the newest addition to the family, Angela Sodders. Most folks can see Angela's cheerful smile nearly everyday at the Oxford Leader, where she is in charge of the internet division....more >>

2010 Primary Election

Michigan State Senate, 12th District

John Garfield, 60 (Republican) Rochester Hills Education: Highland Park High 1967, Univ. of Maryland 1973 communications Occupation: Retired U.S. Army, former Electrical Engineer/Estimator Government related experience: Michigan Agent Orange Commission 1991-1992, Oakland County Commissioner 1993- 2002, State Representative 2003-2008 1....more >>
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Art Expo comes to town Friday

Some of the brightest and best artists will be on display in Oxford for the public to see over the course of the next month. Starting on Friday, July 30 and running until August 31, Margot's Gallery, 5 S....more >>

Candidates embrace Tea Party reform ideas

Candidates brought some tough talk to the table at a Tea Party-hosted debate. "We need someone who will think outside the box, who will fight for you," said Gene Taliercio, candidate for 12th District state senate, at the July 20 debate....more >>
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Biking for charity!

Bikers of all ages braved overcast skies and fits of rain on Saturday, July 24 for the 12th Annual Rural Pearl of the ride to benefit the Oxford-Addison and Orion Youth Assistance....more >>
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Born October 20th
1901: Adelaide Hall, cabaret singer.
1925: Art Buchwald, humorist.
1931: Mickey Mantel, baseball great who played for the New York Yankees
1932: Michael McClure, beat poet.
1940: Robert Pinsky, former U.S. Poet Laureate.
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1870: The Summer Palace in Beijing, China, is burnt to the ground by a Franco-British expeditionary force.
1903: The Joint Commission, set up on January 24 by Great Britain and the United States to arbitrate the disputed Alaskan boundary, rules in favor of the United States. The deciding vote is Britain's, which embitters Canada. The United States gains ports on the panhandle coast of Alaska.
1904: Bolivia and Chile sign a treaty ending the War of the Pacific. The treaty recognizes Chile's possession of the coast, but provides for construction of a railway to link La Paz, Bolivia, to Arica, on the coast.
1924: Baseball's first 'colored World Series' is held in Kansas City, Mo. The talented athletes of the negro leagues.
1938: Czechoslovakia, complying with Nazi policy, outlaws the Communist Party and begins persecuting Jews. The unprecedented Nuremberg Trial.