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Academics Samantha Marquis of Ortonville was named to the dean's list at the University of Michigan-Flint for both the fall and winter semesters. To be named to the dean's list at U-M Flint, a student must be full-time and earn a 3....more >>


Hearing delayed in township guardian's abuse case

A review hearing has been delayed for the former township man accused of sexually abusing the mentally incapacitated man for whom he was guardian. The hearing for Duane Emery Kuerbitz has been adjourned until 1:30 p....more >>


DDA takes aim at new facades for businesses

Ortonville- Two village businesses are improving their looks— for free. The Clarkston Brandon Community Credit Union (CBCCU), 4 South St., and Engineering Tube Specialties, 85 Myron St....more >>

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Library friends makes a new friend

Reading 100 books and helping collect money for the Goodrich Library is just part of how an Oaktree Elementary student has spent her summer vacation. Hannah Dawley, 9, an avid reader and frequent library patron, said she was inspired to collect donations door-to-door in her township neighborhood for the Goodrich Library after finding an article in American Girl, a popular magazine for girls ages 8 to 12-years-old....more >>

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There will be a coffee hour at The Citizen 12 South St. Ortonville at 9 a.m., Friday, Aug.27. The public is welcome to attend and check out the new Ortonville 411 website. Details: 248-627-4332....more >>

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Township man pleads guilty in home invasion case

A Brandon Township man has pleaded guilty to home invasion after his neighbor caught him in the act. Joshua Edward Johnson, 21, pleaded guilty July 22 to one count of second degree home invasion, a 15-year felony, in front of Sixth Circuit Court Judge Shalina Kumar....more >>

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Twp. eyes medical marijuana enforcement

Brandon Twp.- Medical marijuana will be a topic of discussion at the planning commission meeting planned for 7:30 p.m., Aug. 24, at the township offices, 395 Mill St., said Township Supervisor Kathy Thurman....more >>

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Filing deadline 4 p.m.Aug. 10

The petition filing deadline to be on the November ballot for several elected positions in the community is 4 p.m., Aug. 10. In November, voters will elect two candidates to fill two 4-year trustee seats on the Brandon School Board....more >>


Donations of school supplies needed

It's that time of the year again: time to shop for school clothes and supplies. But Gwen Koss wants residents to remember that it's also time to donate them. St. Anne's Christian Services Commission will be accepting donationg of new or clean, gently used clothing that will fit children of all sizes, preschool through high school....more >>


A century of farming and counting

Groveland Twp.-In November 1910, LC and Clara Scramlin purchased 121 acres near Jossman and Oakhill roads for a cost of $5,800. The parcel of property had been owned by area resident Charlie Knox....more >>


'Million Dollar Woman' a miracle, happy to be alive

Pam Nichols scored a 75 percent on her last test. But instead of getting a C, she got a second chance at life. Nichols, co-owner of Oakhaven Farm with her husband Nick, received biopsy results showing that 75 percent of her bone mass was filled with marrow, and 100 percent of that marrow was donated....more >>


Nuccio, Quisenberry to battle in 1st Commissioners race

Two former Brandon School Board colleagues will face off in November for a county commissioner seat. Beth Nuccio won the Republican nomination for the 1st District County Commissioner in Tuesday's primary election....more >>
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Kitchen explosion results in HAZMAT call-in

Brandon Twp.- A concoction Barbara Jones made in her kitchen Monday night required a response by not only the township firefighters, but the North Oakland Hazardous Materitals Team (HAZMAT)....more >>


'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 >>


'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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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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Hitting the beach

Brian Francis of Brighton and John Ransford of Clarkston wade out of Deer Lake, finishing the swim part of the Craig Greenfield Memorial Triathlon, Aug. 1. Francis went on to win the triathlon, with a time of 1:20:58....more >>

And the results are...

Preliminary numbers for primary election

Clarkston voters narrowly rejected a five-mill charter amendment, which officials said was to save the city police department. Half of the city's registered voters cast ballots, Aug....more >>
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Talk of the town

How are the frog legs at Bull Frogs Bar and Grill? What kind of dentistry can Regiani Dental do without a drill? What does Haywood Nelson, Dwayne on TV's "Good Times," think of current television shows? Jill Mitchell of Independence Township found out the answers to these and many other questions, and put them all on the Internet....more >>
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New website for Clarkston

After working with various interim website pages through volunteers for the past few years, the City of the Village of Clarkston finally has a website it's proud of. "The project had shifted and there was some work going on with some other volunteers," said City Councilman Stephen Hargis....more >>
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Classic Corvettes at Friday's Concours

BY RACHEL HYDE Special to the Clarkston News Those in Depot Park on Friday, Aug. 6 can anticipate seeing at least two Corvettes at Concours in the Park, an annual Clarkston SCAMP fundraiser....more >>

Fund raiser for bus service

"Bucks for Buses" is back for its fourth annual fund raiser on Aug. 12 at BullFrogs Bar and Grill. "It's a fund raiser for the transporation services for seniors and persons with disabilities," said Lois Sedden, president of the Friends of Independence Township Senior Adult Activity Center....more >>
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Some light work

Road Commission for Oakland County workers replace traffic lights at Main and Washington streets in downtown Clarkston, July 23....more >>
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Making good time

Almost 300 athletes took on this year's Craig Greenfield Memorial Triathlon and Duathlon. Triathletes at the Aug. 1 event swam an 800 meter course in Deer Lake, biked 16 miles through Clarkston, then ran 4....more >>
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ROTC medic training for Clarkston Grad

If you would have asked Lindsay Stone a year ago if she thought she would be part of Michigan State University's ROTC program? She probably would have told you "no." "I'd never thought I'd be where I am right now," said the 2008 Clarkston High School graduate who just returned from a U....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Reason One Riders raise $5,000 for Fisher House

Reason One Riders, Oakland Woods Baptist Church Motorcycle Ministry gathered at the church on July 31 for their first ever "Riding for a Reason Rally." According to OWBC Senior Pastor Bob Galey the charity they chose to bless was Fisher House....more >>

Local soldier Major Knox never backed down

First in a series on Major John Knox BY AL HESTER Special to the Clarkston News He never weighed more than a hundred pounds. His Union Army medical records also say he was only 5-feet-4....more >>
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Concert for a cause

It was a plesant evening Friday night, as a good size crowd showed up to Depot Park to listen to the voices of Barbara Payton and Jessica Carmichael. The concert was a benefit put on by non-profit group Lend a Helping Hand to assist local individuals struggling with cancer, including Addison Tong, a 3-year old with leukemia, and Caleb Cale, 9-months-old with Stage 3 neuroblastoma cancer....more >>

Local talent at Coffee concert

Musician Joel Palmer and a host of local talent performs at Peace Unity Church of Clarkston's Coffee House on Friday, Aug. 20. This family-friendly evening begins with Open Mic time at 7 p....more >>
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Concerts end with Cash

Clarkston's Concerts in the Park ended its successful 31st season in Depot Park, with a performance by Tribute to an American Legend, July 23. With Elstan Gunn on lead vocals and guitar, Terrie Lea on vocals and duets, Janel deVries on vocals and fiddle, Al Carmichael playing guitar and vocals, Bruce Bedford on drums, and Chris Brown playing bass, the band brought the music and performance of Johnny Cash to Clarkston....more >>

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City reject bike paths

Clarkston City Council voted, July 26, to reject a proposal by Complete Streets sub-committee to paint bike-path lines on both sides of Main Street. Council members said the proposal could be dangerous because of more bikes in the road....more >>

Donations for troops

Campbell Richmond American Legion Auxiliary Unit 63 is collecting donations for overseas troops. Auxiliary members will go door to door to hand out grocery bags with a list of items needed by soldiers, 12-4 p....more >>

Labor Day Parade planning

Preparations are underway for Clarkston's Labor Day Parade sponsored by the Clarkston Rotary Club, 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 6. This year's parade theme is "Celebrate Clarkston Rotary's 70 Years of Community Service....more >>

Tour Michigan-ranked Davisburg fen

Nancy Strole and Trish Hennig host a tour of the Davis Lake Fen in Davisburg, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 7. The tour group meets in the parking lot off Eaton Road behind the former Springfield Township Hall, 650 Broadway in downtown Davisburg....more >>

White Lake reopened

White Lake Road from Dixie Highway to Clement Road is open again, but with construction work continuing until the beginning of September. The $1.1 million Road Commission for Oakland County project started May 17....more >>


Last week's Letter to the Editor "Township Millages," should have included Independence Township Trustee Mark Petterson amongst the signers. The entire Township Board signed the letter in support of township millages....more >>

Labor Day car show

First Congregational Church of Clarkston, 5449 Clarkston Road, hosts its Annual Labor Day Fair and Car Show, Monday, Sept. 6. Car owners show off about 100 classics to about 2,500 spectators every year, also enjoying a fair with food, bake sale, silent and dime auctions, raffles, entertainment with DJ Mark Farnsworth, antiques and collectibles, and a giant garage sale....more >>

Youth baseball tryouts

Tryouts for Clarkston Riverdawg Travel Baseball are this and next weekends. Saturdays, Aug. 7 and 14, tryouts for teams, 9-, 10-, 11-, and 12-year-olds, are 9-11 a.m. Tryouts for teams, 13-, 14-, and 15-16 year-old, are 11:30 a....more >>

Moonlight concert at New Hope

New Hope Bible Church, 8643 Sashabaw Road, hosts its Second Annual Music Under the Moonlight, 5-11 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 21. The concert venue showcases local musical talent, with a time of free food and fellowship with others, and fund raiser and platform to raise awareness of human trafficking....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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Getting out to vote

For Nick Karras, civic duty was enough to get he and his wife, Gloria, out to vote, Aug. 3. That, and "The governor's position is pretty important in the primaries," Gloria said. The two live in Orion Township....more >>

Election results are in

The election process barely skipped a beat duing a brief power outage in precincts 8 and 9 Tuesday. That's the word from Orion Township Clerk Penny Shults, who said quick work kept everything rolling along smoothly....more >>

Home, car, business: Break-ins continue around Orion

By Laura Colvin Review editor People are desperate. That's the word from Orion Township Det. Sgt. Michael Suarez as deputies respond to an increasing string of crime around the township....more >>

'Dragon on the Lake' calls for artists

It's about the dragon, of course. It's about live family entertainment, games and activities for kids and food from local eateries. It's about the much-anticipated Dragon Boat Racing and the lighted boat parade, both new this year....more >>
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Hawks soar at Friendship Park

Orion Township's adaptive softball league is something of a secret, it seems, but Jennifer Vezina says she'd like to see the word get out. "I know we've got a lot more kids who could benefit from it," said Vezina, Orion's recreation program supervisor....more >>

Township hopes 'BIZ' will boost Brown Road

They're calling it BIZ, and the Orion Township Planning Commission held an "informal open house" July 21 to introduce it: The proposed "Brown Road Innovation Zone." The idea, planning commission chairman Doug Zande told those who attended, is to make zoning regulations more attractive to potential developers....more >>

Ghostly goings-on? Motor City Ghost Busters visit Canterbury shop, report findings

By Cathy Kimmel Special to The Review Some people feel the chills at the mention of a ghost, but for Stitch in Time owner Linda Lee, she thinks of hers as a daughter. For the second time in approximately a year, Motor City Ghost Hunters came out to investigate in Lee's shop, which is located in the historic Canterbury Village, last month....more >>

Local couple spearheads mission of biblical proportions

'We began our life as missionaries and educators'

By Leah Yanuszeski Review Intern It all started when a group of fresh college graduates traveled to Austria in 1961, with intentions of smuggling Bibles underneath the Iron Curtain and into communist Russia....more >>
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Village's oldest, largest tree comes down

The Village of Oxford's oldest resident died last week. It's estimated this grand old gentleman resided at 43 Park St. for approximately 150 years, maybe more. He was definitely here before the village was incorporated in 1876....more >>


And the winners are...

The field of candidates was vast and diverse in Tuesday's primaries, but in the end, the voters chose only a handful to move on and represent their political parties in the November election....more >>

Thumbs up for police, fire

Police and fire services in Addison Township received a huge thumbs up in Tuesday's election as each of the proposed millages was approved by just over 65 percent. By a margin of 1,006 to 530, Addison voters said 'yes' to a four-year renewal of their 3....more >>
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Time to celebrate Oxford!

Grab the family and head downtown this Saturday, Aug. 7 as the Oxford Downtown Development Authority showcases it annual summer event Celebrate Oxford. This year's event will feature live entertainment, the Taste of Oxford, Kid's, Town, a car show, Business Expo, an art fair &exhibit, carnival games, inflatiables and many fun activites for the family to enjoy....more >>


Oxford Township man, 67, gets six years in prison for molesting girls

Oxford Township resident Joseph Anthony Barnowsky, 67 was sentenced to more than six years in prison after he pled not contest to molesting three teenage girls. Barnowsky made his plea on June 29 and was sentenced on July 27....more >>

Roesner not guilty of assault

Last week, an Oxford Township woman was found not guilty of assault charges. Kallie Roesner was charged with assualt of her former sister-in-law. Her trail was before Judge Nancy Carniak at the 52-3 District Court in Rochester....more >>
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State recognizes local park work

For his work with preserving nature, Addison Township resident Charlie Peringian was recently recgonized. At the July 19 Addison Township Board meeting, Peringian received a certificate of appreciation from the board and by the state of Michigan for creating the Watershed Preserve and for being a founding member of the Park Committee....more >>

Charity duck race this weekend on Paint Creek

It's been a year since Youth Assistance duck 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 >>

911 dispatch seems to be lone stumbling block

The lawsuit between Oxford Village and Township in regards to the old Oxford Police and Fire Emergency Council (OPFEC) could soon be over. At the July 26 council meeting, the Village agreed to accept most of Oxford Township's offer....more >>

Medial marijuana on Village's agenda

Put the bongs away. On July 27, Oxford Village Council established a moratorium on medical marijuana. The moratorium was established on the issuance of permits or licenses for the sale or dispensation of medical marijuana for six months or until the effective date of an amendment to the zoning ordinance....more >>
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Future stars on display

Oxford High School Basketball Coach Paul Marfia took time out of his busy summer to host a summer basketball league from July 26-29 at OHS. Over 55 registered for the four day camp and learned some valuable lessons from Coach Marfia and his assistant coaches and players from the Varsity squad....more >>

Welcome spring in Oxford with Hamburger Fest

From the classic cheeseburger with all of the fixings to a steakburger topped with mushrooms and swiss, the classic round patty of meat known as the hamburger is one of the most versatile options on a menu....more >>
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Past, present booters square off for charities

The third annual Oxford High School Alumni Soccer game was a huge success, topping last year's donations. The total came in just under $1,000. Much of that money will be donated to local organizations and charities....more >>
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Kalamazoo-like oil leak not here

Addison Township residents do not need to fear a Kalamazoo River type oil spill in their backyards due to the proactive measures taken by Enbridge Inc. earlier this year. According to Addison Twp....more >>
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School district signs three-year contract with Hewlett-Packard

The Oxford Community Schools Board of Education unanimously approved on Monday, July 26 an exclusive three year technology contract with Hewlett-Packard. According to Tim Throne, the technology director for at Oxford High School, the agreement will bring upwards of $300,000 worth of computer equipment, software and professional development over the course of the next three years, with an option for an additional two years....more >>
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Timeless Power Sports to service small engines

Oxford residents who are in need of a quick fix for their favorite outdoor toy, Corey Kimball invites you to check out his repair shop, Timeless Power Sports. "We are doing small engine repairs for jet skis, motorcycles, ATV's, snowmobiles and basically anything with a small engine," said Kimball, 31....more >>
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Friends of the Library bring music to Addison Park, Aug. 20

Addison Twp. Park will be rockin and rolling on Friday, Aug. 20 as the Friends of the Addison Twp. Public Library present Music in the Park. "This is a first for the Friends of the Library," said Lynn Boehmer, the President of Friends of the Library....more >>

Seattle coffee house leaving Oxford by month's end

Coffee lovers better hurry and stop in to Starbucks Coffee to get their last frappachino before the store closes it's doors for good in a few weeks. In a sign posted in the lobby, Starbucks is informing their customers that the store will close on Sunday, Aug....more >>
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Gambol was a 'late' bloomer

Still a Wildcat Hall of Famer

Christopher "Chris" Gambol certainly made his mark on the prep scene at Oxford High School. A late bloomer, Gambol turned into one of the most powerful athletes to embrace the blue and gold, thus earning him a spot in the charter class of the Oxford High School Athletic Hall of Fame....more >>
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Wins 'silver' at Senior Olympics

Oxford resident Geraldine Reed won a silver medal in the weightlifting event at the Michigan Senior Olympics Summer games in Rochester on July 16. Geri, who competed for the first time in the 55-59 age group, earned the silver after cleanly benching 100 pounds....more >>
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Smile of the week!

Ashley Robinson, left and Emily Sefcheck, of Oxford, take a break from their lemonade stand to pose for their picture. The proceeds from their stand went towards cancer research in honor of Ellie Potvin, an eight-year-old from North Carolina who lost her life to Rhabdomyosar coma cancer earlier this year....more >>
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Born February 11th
1800: William Henry Fox Talbot, photography pioneer, produced the first book with photographic illustrations (The Pencil of Nature).
1833: Melville Weston Fuller, eighth U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice.
1847: Thomas Alva Edison, prolific American inventor who jointly or singly held over 1,300 patents.
1855: Josephine Marshall Jewell Dodge, American educator, pioneer in the concept of day nurseries for children.
1898: Leo Szilard, physicist, instrumental in the Manhattan Project.
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in history
1962: Poet and novelist Sylvia Plath commits suicide in London at age 30.
1964: Cambodian Prince Sihanouk blames the United States for a South Vietnamese air raid on a village in his country.
1965: President Lyndon Johnson orders air strikes against targets in North Vietnam, in retaliation for guerrilla attacks on the American military in South Vietnam.
1966: Vice President Hubert Humphrey begins a tour of Vietnam.
1974: Communist-led rebels shower artillery fire into a crowded area of Phnom Pehn, killing 139 and injuring 46 others.