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O'Mara race nets $17K for scholarship

Dennis O'Mara said it's nice to know that his daughter Kayla is still inspiring people to run. Dennis, a volunteer for the fifth Annual Kayla O'Mara Memorial Road Race, which took place on Aug....more >>

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Engagement Beard-Petzold Amber Megan Beard and Carl Robert Petzold are pleased to announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Brian and Kathy Beard of Goodrich. She is employed at Fromholz, Paauwe & Baker, P....more >>

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Crime

Party's over On July 31, at 9:30 p.m., a Brandon deputy responded to the 300 block of Granger Road, for a larceny report. The complainant said she attended a party at this residence the previous night and sometime between 11:30 p....more >>
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Cemetery now township property

Groveland Twp.-For three decades, Dale Smith, 56, former Holly Township supervisor, and his brother, Mark Smith, have cared for the Olive Branch Cemetery. "We mowed the place and pretty much cared for the acre cemetery, it's time for a change," said Smith....more >>

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School supplies The Holly Area School District and the Holly Area Youth Assistance will be stuffing backpacks with school supplies and giving them to needy students. The school supplies drive will have a drop box at Groveland Township Hall, 4695 Grange Hall Road....more >>

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Candidates set for November elections

New look coming for Brandon School Board, Ortonville Village Council

In November, voters in the Brandon School District will choose two board trustees from a field of four candidates and voters within the village of Ortonville will make a choice in the council president race and in seating a trustee for a partial term....more >>

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

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Twp. community park projects move forward

Brandon Twp.- The economy is down, but the park is getting a lift. The township board voted 4-3 at the Aug. 9 budget workshop meeting to install a sledding hill lift station at the community park, 1414 N....more >>

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Twp. community park projects move forward

Brandon Twp.- The economy is down, but the park is getting a lift. The township board voted 4-3 at the Aug. 9 budget workshop meeting to install a sledding hill lift station at the community park, 1414 N....more >>

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District OKs custodians contract, avoids privatization

Brandon Twp.- The school board unanimously approved a 3-year contract with Teamsters Local #214 during the Aug. 9 board meeting, avoiding privatization of custodians and maintenance personnel....more >>

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Trustee Bertrand steps down from board

Goodrich-At a special meeting on Monday night, the school board accepted the resignation of Board Trustee James Bertrand. School Board President Michael Tripp, who at times battled with Bertrand over a variety of issues, said he brought plenty of knowledge to the board over the years....more >>
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Barefoot Ortonville hooligan competes at Miss Teen

In a week, Catherine McGhee went from showing hogs and chickens at the Oakland County Fair to showing off her pink evening gown and dancing (or trying to) at the Miss Teen USA Pageant in the Bahamas....more >>

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Police, fire millages unchanged in 2011; budget cuts eyed

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- Residents will see no change in the amount of taxes they pay for police and fire services in 2011. Supervisor Kathy Thurman said at the Aug....more >>

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Goodrich district takes aim at school bond for renovations

By David Fleet Editor The school board will consider a $15.4 million bond issue for renovations to several district buildings at the Aug. 23 meeting. If approved, district voters would decide the issue on Feb....more >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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'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 >>

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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 >>
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Classic

Brian Thornton peeks into the front of a 1963 Austin Countrymen during last Friday's Concours in the Park....more >>

Schools borrow $4.9 million to make loan payment

Collecting seven mills on $1.8 billion in property value, Clarkston Community Schools has $12.8 million for this year's long-term debt payment. It's not enough. The district owes $17....more >>
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Too close for comfort

Residents call for new, clearer vote on police

After 30 residents made their views known, city officials are considering a new vote for police funding in November, with new ballot language. "I think there was a little bit of confusion and I think what was promised to us as a city was that it was going to be a police millage," said Becky Summerlee at the Aug....more >>

Township looks to hire budget consultant

As a way to speed the budget process up and get things rolling, Independence Township Board of Trustees is considering hiring a budget coordinator. "It's someone who's supposed to vary mechanical and analytical spins on the budget to bring to life various alternatives and compare them against each other," said Trustee David Lohmeier....more >>
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Deadline error causes confusion

For Becky Summerlee of Clarkston, the way the city put its recent charter amendment on the ballot inspired her to run for office. "Losing the police department? I'm frustrated we're in this position," Summerlee said....more >>
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Meeting the future governor?

Rick Snyder, candidate for governor, made a last minute campaign stop at the Clarkston Union, Aug. 2, here meeting with locals Connie and Tom Howard, the day beofre winning the Republican nomination....more >>
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Police preservation

With the public support at Monday's Clarkston City Council meeting, Police Chief Dale LaCroix and his officers remain hopeful the city will find a way to keep the department. A charter amendment to increase city taxes by up to five mills was defeated, Aug....more >>

Watch for pitfalls when making website

Opening a business is exciting, but establishing a presence on the World Wide Web can be sticky. For a new Clarkston business owner, who asked to remain anonymous, a sour deal with a website designer cost money, time, and almost her name....more >>
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Food, music and fighting slavery

New Hope Bible Church's Music Under the Moonlight started last year as a way to enjoy some tunes under the stars by the lake. This year, it's also about fighting slavery around the world....more >>
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Get your engines going

Rachel Thornton peeked into the back of the 1963 Austin Countryman. Though too young to drive it didn't stop her from dreaming about owning one in the future. Thornton joined her parents and other car enthusiasts as they walked around Depot Park while gazing at the vehicles covering the grass on Friday evening....more >>

Major Knox's untold story with Freedmen's Bureau

Second in a series on Major John Knox BY AL HESTER Special to the Clarkston News Civil War history lovers in Clarkston may be familiar with his military exploits, but Johnnie Knox's work with the Freedmen's Bureau is mostly an untold story....more >>
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Rolling in a good time

Independence Oaks was the site for smiles on Saturday during the 30th Annual Wright & Filippis Wheelchair Daze Picnic. The free event was for people of all ages, with any form of disability and their families....more >>

County news

Oakland County Parks and Recreation received three national awards for outstanding park programs and facilities. The parks system's "Tuning Your Tot" program at the Wint Nature Center in Independence Township was recognized as a model program by the National Association of County Parks and Recreation Officials....more >>

Corvette Weekend, starting Aug. 13

Pine Knob Golf Course in Independence Township hosts Corvettes America car show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 14. The show, celebrating its 10th anniversary, is an all volunteer effort staged by members of America's Corvette Club of West Bloomfield under the direction of President Richard Heldenbrand and Show Chairperson Tom Psillas....more >>

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Superintendent search

Clarkston Community Schools discuss applicants for the district superintendent, Aug. 16. Deadline for applications was Aug. 11. During the meeting they will narrow it down to six for first-round interviews....more >>

Park paint project

Kids can "Paint a Garden Pal," 10-11 a.m., Aug. 14, at Clarkston Community Garden. The garden provides rocks, paint, and brushes to young artists 12 and under. When finished, they can take them home or use them to decorate their families' plots at the garden....more >>
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VIP Training offers variety

After working at big health clubs, Jerry Lockwood and his partner Dr. Michael Sartorius were looking for something a little more personal, so a little over a year ago they opened VIP Training....more >>

Culver's has a 'Heart'

Culver of Clarkston hosts its first annual Scoop for Hearts fund raiser, Saturday, Aug. 28. From 12-5 p.m., the restaurant at 6910 Sashabaw Road will offer outdoor activities including kids' pony rides and inflatables, entertainers, vendor booths, raffle drawing; and frozen custard cart staffed with "guest scoopers" from the local heart community, such as doctors, nurses and heart defect survivors....more >>

Bowling benefit

The Clarkston Equestrian team is hosting its 4th Annual Bowling Benefit at Cherry Hills Lanes on August 16th from 7-9 p.m. The cost is $25 per bowler and includes two hours of bowling, pizza and pop....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1995 "A labor of love..." Dr. James Shaya, and nurses Trisha Lynch, Carol Karlstrom, Nick Ochoa, and Linda Ramsey, all Clarkston residents, planned a volunteer trip to the Dominican Republic with Midwest Medical Missions....more >>
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A family grieves: LOHS student, father drown in Lake Superior

Family tradition turned to tragedy last week when a Lake Orion High School student and his father drowned in Lake Superior. Eric Smith, 16, of Lake Orion, and his father, Douglas Smith, 50, of Oxford, were swimming in Grand Marais Harbor off Michigan's Upper Peninsula about 6 p....more >>

Streetscape hold pushed to October

More delays, more red tape, says Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Director Suzanne Perreault. Now, construction on downtown's new streetscape is slated to start Oct. 5 instead of early August....more >>
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Local church makes a difference at home

'Why go to Panama to complete a mission?'

By Leah Yanuszeski, Review Intern Seven days. Eleven crews. Forty-nine jobs. That's the gist from Lake Orion's Church of Christ. For the fifth consecutive year 'Mission Possible' made its mark on the community, both physically and spiritually....more >>

Despite power outage, local election runs smooth

The election process barely skipped a beat during a brief power outage in precincts 8 and 9 last Tuesday. That's the word from Orion Township Clerk Penny Shults, who said efforts made by a number of individuals kept everything rolling along smoothly....more >>

Marleau set to face off for State Senate seat

Democrat Casandra Ulbrich says she's ready to go toe-to-toe with Orion Township resident Jim Marleau in the race to replace term-limited Sen. Mike Bishop in the State Senate 12th District....more >>
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A happy pet is a 'Healthy Pet'

Feed good food. That's Tom Peters' message, from Orion Healthy Pet. It'll save high vet and medicine bills for pet pups and dogs in the long run, he says. Today's commercial dog food is what Peters calls "the smoking gun" for the 70 percent of dogs with cancer....more >>

Briefly: Two weeks 'til Dragon time

The Orion Art Center will present its second annual Dragon on the Lake festival Aug. 28, 29, 2010 in downtown Lake Orion from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Festivities include street painting (chalk art), art exhibits and demonstrations, art for sale, live entertainment, family games and activities, food from local eateries, and a Dragon Pub beer and wine tent until 10 p....more >>
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Wee!

You can definitely tell by the look in her eyes that Ava Wilson is thinking only one thing – Oxford rocks! Here we see the 6-year-old Oxford resident having a ball on the giant inflatable slide at Celebrate Oxford Saturday....more >>
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Swim turns deadly as father, son drown in Lake Superior

What began as a fun, family swim in the Upper Peninsula last week quickly turned into a tragic event as an Oxford man and his Lake Orion son lost their lives. Douglas Alan Smith, 50, and his 16-year-old son, Eric James Smith, drowned in Lake Superior after they got caught in a suspected rip current while swimming in Grand Marais Harbor in Alger County's Burt Township....more >>
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'The bank and I are no longer friends'

Longtime bank customer asked to leave

Much like an old friend of the family, Oxford Bank has always been a big part of Shirley Acheson's life. In May 1929, the month after she was born, her parents established a savings account for her there....more >>

Tent stake ruptures downtown gas line

Celebrate Oxford almost ended with a big bang this year thanks to a natural gas line that got ruptured by a tent stake. Firefighters were called to the downtown area at 6:48 p.m. Saturday in response to a gas leak that led to the evacuation of a local restaurant and a partial shutdown of M-24....more >>
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Twp. lends helping hand to disabled voter

The 73.61 percent of Oxford voters who didn't bother to visit the polls during last week's primary election should consider the story of Dick Reddaway. Despite having Huntington's Disease, which has robbed him of his ability to walk and care for himself on a day-to-day basis, the 63-year-old township resident was able to cast his ballot thanks to some helpful government folks....more >>
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Movie set generates excitement, curiosity

A touch of Hollywood visited Oxford Township last week as the $80 million movie "Real Steel," starring Hugh Jackman, filmed some scenes in one of the local gravel pits. But don't expect to get a sneak peak of the science fiction/action-adventure flick in this local newspaper because they weren't letting anybody on the set who wasn't connected with the film....more >>

Twp. drops 9-1-1 request from motion

It appears all that's left is some paperwork and the seven-year legal battle between Oxford Township and Village over the fire department will be at an end. Last week, township officials voted 5-2 to direct their attorney to draft a consent judgment based on the July 14 final offer they made to the village....more >>

Candidates file for school board seat

This year's election for the Oxford Board of Education promises to be a competitive one based on the number of candidates who filed with the Oakland County Elections Division. Five candidates are running for two, four-year seats on the board....more >>

Homeowner paid taxes on property she doesn't own

There's only one thing worse than paying property taxes and that's paying them for land you don't own. Oxford resident Barbara Fox discovered she's been doing exactly that on her Dennison St....more >>

Village PC wants public input on med. marijuana

Before the Oxford Village Planning Commission makes any recommendations regarding the future of medical marijuana facilities in the community, it wants to hear what the public has to say....more >>
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German exchange student to stay with McGarry family

Foreign exchange programs are nothing new to Oxford resident Linda McGarry. She was a foreign exchange student to Germany through the Youth for Understanding (YFU) USA program in the late 1960's, and nearly 40 years later she is at it again....more >>

Three days, 60 miles, one goal - cure breast cancer

Lisa McGeen is going to need a sturdy pair of walking shoes for this weekend. The Oxford resident will participate in the Susan G. Komen walk for the cure on Aug. 13-15. The event is a three-day, 60 mile walk that raises money for breast cancer research and community programs....more >>
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Star runner sprints into Hall of Fame

Out of all the cross country and track and field stars that wore the blue and gold, Mike Goodfellow might be the most accomplished of them all. Driven by his competitive spirit, he racked up numerous local, state and national awards as a long distance runner, thus earning him a spot in the inagural class of the Oxford High School Athletic Hall of Fame....more >>
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Museum features movie memorabilia

Classic movie buffs are in for a reel treat – pun intended –when they visit the Northeast Oakland Historical Museum now through the end of August. A collection of vintage film memorabilia ranging from 1918 to 1952 is currently on display at the 1 N....more >>
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1885: Erich Von Stroheim, director, actor and screenwriter best known for Greed.
1902: John Houseman, director, producer and actor.
1909: David Reisman, sociologist, author of The Lonely Crowd.
1927: Tommy Lasorda, manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team from 1975 to 1996.
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1906: Race riots in Atlanta, Georgia leave 21 people dead.
1914: The German cruiser Emden shells Madras, India, destroying 346,000 gallons of fuel and killing only five civilians. The exploits of a lone, resourceful cruiser caught world attention, established tactics for commerce raiding and gave tradition to a new navy.
1915: Xavier University, the first African-American Catholic college, opens in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1918: General Allenby leads the British army against the Turks, taking Haifa and Nazareth, Palestine.
1919: President Woodrow Wilson abandons his national tour to support the League of Nations when he suffers a case of nervous exhaustion.Joseph Avenol, secretary-general of the League of Nations, sold out the organization he had sworn to uphold.