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CANUSA games

GOB Gymnastics took part in North America's largest and longest running international games last weekend. On Aug. 7, the local gym sent three gymnastics to the CANUSA games, a competition 53 years running that focuses on giving amateur athletes a chance to showcase their talents across the Canadian-United States border....more >>

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'AJ never felt the tick bite that spreads Lyme Disease

By David Fleet Editor AJ Craven lived for baseball. The 8-year-old Fenton first grade student had played the game since he was 2-years-old, recalls Eileen Craven, his mother. "He just loved to play—so when he woke up late for a game one spring day I became suspicious—something was not quite right....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, Aug.27. The public is welcome to attend and check out the new Ortonville 411 website....more >>
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'I just have blisters, stiff joints, it will all heal'

Heather Roberts' feet are a mess. She has a blister on her right big toe, and one on her right heel and they are joined, as she says, by ten friends on her left foot. She isn't complaining though—the blisters are battle scars, a result of walking 60 miles in three days in the fight against cancer....more >>

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Reward offered in Brandon Township arson case

Brandon Twp.- A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest or conviction of the person or persons responsible for setting a fire that destroyed a vehicle and damaged another truck and two homes Aug....more >>

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Technology, security key in bond issue

Goodrich- How to spend $15.4 million in the school district is likely to be debated over the next few months. The laborious process was kicked off on Monday afternoon when the building and site committee convened to discuss a list of priorities the week before the school board considers whether to move forward on a major bond extension....more >>

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Nothing but 'Good Times' in Goodrich

By Samantha Shelley Staff Writer A forecast of sunny skies, warm temperatures and plenty of fun is expected as one of the premier summer events kicks off on Aug. 28 at Good Times in Goodrich....more >>
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Cops on the run

There will be a police chase on Aug. 28 in Flint involving three cops from Brandon Township. Oakland County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Pete Burkett, Brandon substation commander, as well as Brandon deputies Dave Rheaume and Arnie Terrell will run a 5K that day as part of the 2010 Crim Festival of Races....more >>

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Robbers dash with teen cash stash

Brandon Twp.- Thieves who broke into a church here recently have robbed local teens of an annual fall trip. Ruth Britting, secretary of Cornerstone Baptist Church, 3060 E. Seymour Lake Road, said on Aug....more >>

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Local helps at Marshall oil spill

As a firefighter/medic with the Brandon Fire Department, David Castle routinely protects and cares for township residents. Recently, however, his skills were needed in Marshall, where an oil spill last month has impacted area residents, wildlife, and ecology....more >>
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Groveland blaze 'Hottest fire we've had'

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Groveland Twp.- Spontaneous combustion is believed to be the cause of the most intense fire Groveland Fire Chief Steve McGee has ever seen in the township....more >>

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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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Milestones

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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Digging deep

And then there were 6

Schools closing in on new supt.

The quest for Clarkston's next superintendent is down to six. Clarkston Board of Education swiftly went through 17 candidates, Aug. 16, and voted unanimously for their top picks. Ms....more >>

Township hires Troy consultant

Consultant expected to help with budget process

With a defeat this past February of a 1.9 mill tax increase, Troy budget officials are looking for ways to cut $4 million, closing its library, community center, and museum, and laying off dozens of employees over the next three years....more >>
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No new millage vote for Clarkston Police

Clarkston's close millage vote will be recounted, but results will stand. City Council voted 5-2, Aug. 16, to deny a request for a new ballot proposal. Councilmen Mike Gawronski and Thomas Hunter were the two "yes" votes....more >>
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Park goes to the dogs for rescue group

Paws for Life Rescue hosts its first annual Paws in the Park, 12-4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 22, at Independence Oaks County Park, Lakeview Picnic Pavilion, 9501 Sashabaw Road. "Independence Oaks County Park is the perfect location for our event," said Courtney Protz-Sanders, managing director of Paws for Life Rescue....more >>

Church hosts second annual 'One Day to Feed the World'

After raising $10,000 last year for nonprofit national and global disaster relief team Convoy of Hope, Bridgewood Church is holding their second annual "One Day to Feed the World." "Our goal was $6,000, and people were so generous that we were able to do that," said Pastor Sue Marquis....more >>
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Bus bucks

The crowd filled Bullfrogs Bar and Grill, Aug. 12, for the fourth annual Bucks for Buses . A fundraiser for Independence Township Senior Center transportation services. The event included Dr....more >>
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Hasselbach named All-American in softball

Taylor Hasselbach learned some exciting news at a softball tournament with her Finesse Fastpitch 18U team she was named All-American. Hasselbach, a 2010 Clarkston High School grad, earned the honor of being named to the 2010 Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American first team....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Smiles of the week

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Racers learn life lessons at Regatta

Racers stayed mostly dry at this year's RUSH Regatta, as their homemade boats stayed together even after multiple heats. Not bad for cardboard and duct tape. "These kids are getting the idea, it's very cool," said Kyle Hughes, Team RUSH leader, at the Aug....more >>
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Local art displayed

Clarkston artists Linda Martin-Seng and Eric Swiatowy display and sell their artwork at LA Cafe on Dixie Highway. Martin-Seng, owner of Natural Visions by Linda, displays 20 of her photographs....more >>
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Youth Theatre students learn stunt secrets

Young actors got a crash course in advanced stagecraft at several theater workshops this summer. A workshop earlier this month included stuntmen crashing through a window. "The man on fire, doused in protective gel, trampoline stunts it was one of those, don't-try-this-at-home things," said Sona Lalji, director of Mt....more >>

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Fight phragmites

The Wild Ones, North Oakland Chapter, and North Oakland Land Conservancy host a free Phragmites Demonstration Workshop, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 28, at Deer Lake Beach. Participants will learn how to properly control small infestations of Phragmites on your property....more >>

Child ID program

Cedar Masonic Lodge #60 provides a free child identification program, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 26, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 5464 Waterford Road in Independence Township....more >>

Labor Day Parade planning continues

Clarkston Rotary Club, sponsoring downtown's Labor Day Parade, invites community organizations, businesses, musical groups, marching bands, floats, equestrians, families, and children on decorated bikes to participate....more >>

Chamber hosts state representative

State Rep. Eileen Kowall will provide an update from Lansing and take questions at the Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon mixer, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 19, at MacPhee's Restaurant and Pub, 650 Ortonville Road....more >>

Help fight hunger at Renaissance Fest

In addition to jousting, sword fighting and Medieval dress, Renaissance Festival visitors can help neighbors in need. Lighthouse of Oakland County serves as an official charity of the festival, weekends starting Aug....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1995 "Richmond running to a new level" Dave Richmond, recreation coordinator for Independence Township, started his 20-week training program for his third Boston Marathon....more >>

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One dead in fatal fire

Police and fire personnel were dispatched to the 300 block of Greenshield just before 1 p.m. today for a home fully engulfed in flames. Once on the scene, responding deputies located a 56-year-old female with multiple stab wounds inside the home....more >>
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Local horseshoe club sets world record for constant play

Mike Toth throws one of 16,252 horseshoes during Lake Orion Horseshoe Club's world record attempt. Friday and Saturday, three teams played continuously for over 24 hours. See our print edition for more photos....more >>

Retired cop charged with molesting girl

An Orion Township employee who's a retired police officer is facing criminal charges for allegedly repeatedly molesting a 13-year-old girl he knew through his family. Thomas Patrick Cupples, 52, of Oxford Township, was arraigned in Rochester Hills 52-3 District Court on four charges first and second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a relation and first and second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving someone under the age of 13....more >>
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Police snag alleged pot seller

Village resident Joshua David Harvey, 29, was arrested Aug. 9 at Shadbolt and S. Broadway after Lake Orion police found a half pound of marijuana in his vehicle. Harvey also had four outstanding arrest warrants and a suspended driver's license, according to police....more >>
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Lake Orion inspires band's album

Matthew Milia didn't grow up in Lake Orion, but that didn't stop him from discovering what locals already know. Lake Orion is inspiring. The area including Orion Township, Lake Orion and Oakland Township provided material for Milia and his band, Frontier Ruckus, in their first album, "The Orion Songbook," in 2008....more >>

Two communities come together for cancer

By Chris Hagan, Special to The Review After raising nearly a combined total of $100,000 dollars, two bordering communities will reunite for a creative reveal. Lake Orion and Oxford, who've been separate in the Relay for Life for six years, have made the decision to reunite for the 2011 relay....more >>
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Are you better than a fifth grader? Youth learn the game of golf

By Leah Yanuszeski, Review Intern He's going for an eagle! Hole in one! Nice shot! Those are the sounds coming from the golf course at Paint Creek Country Club, along with the occasional 'whack' of a club hitting a ball....more >>

Briefly: Adult Ed begins

Lake Orion Adult Education begins registration for the adult education program this week. Classes begin the week of Sept. 8. Classes are available those who wish to work toward a high school diploma, prepare for the GED or study English as a Second Language....more >>

Briefly: Blanche Sims memories?

This September, Blanche Sims Elementary School will turn 60 years old. Any former teachers or students are encouraged to send a quick email sharing the best thing about Blanche Sims....more >>
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I've got it! No, I've got it!

Oxford football players Josh Krane (front) and Luke Blose battle for control of the ball. Football practice started last week and we've got you covered. For a look back at the Oxford-Lake Orion rivalry see Page 3....more >>

$346K error means more police cuts than expected

A $346,000 mistake in Oxford Township's projections concerning its proposed police millages means the municipality is actually going to lose more personnel than originally anticipated even if voters approve both tax proposals in November....more >>

Twp. places moratorium on irrigating with lake water

A six-month moratorium was placed last week on part of an Oxford Township ordinance that is typically never enforced and routinely violated by many folks who live on lakes. "My problem is if I enforce this ordinance, I'm going to have a lot of people that live on the lakes around here pretty mad," said Supervisor Bill Dunn, who suggested the moratorium so the township board can examine the ordinance and decide what to do with it....more >>
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Retired cop charged with molesting girl, 13

An Oxford Township resident who's a retired police officer is facing criminal charges for allegedly repeatedly molesting a 13-year-old girl he knew through his family. Thomas Patrick Cupples, 52, was arraigned in Rochester Hills 52-3 District Court on four charges first and second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a relation and first and second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving someone under the age of 13....more >>
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An old rivalry renewed

Oxford and Lake Orion square off on the gridiron for the first time since 1983

"They (Lake Orion) got a big, physical, tough group of kids -- kids who don't like Oxford." -- Oxford football Coach Bud Rowley, November 2, 1983 Natural geographic rivals for years, the last time Oxford played Lake Orion in a real game of football was November 4, 1983....more >>
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Oxford Board of Education has five candidates for two seats

When the voters head to the polls on Nov. 2, they will decide who should fill the two, four-year seats on the Oxford Board of Education. Five candidates filed for the two seats with the Oakland County Elections Committee....more >>
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Parks dept. to get more land

After many years of renting and moving around like gypsies, the Oxford Township Parks and Recreation Department is ready to settle down. "We would finally have a home to call our own," said Parks Director Ron Davis....more >>
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On your mark, get set, eat!

Wildcats, Dragons to renew rivalry over sandwiches, pizza

Their hearts are pure. Their bodies are tough. But the question is are their stomachs big enough to handle 9 pounds worth of sandwiches plus 32 slices of pizza? Before they start pounding the stuffing out of each other on the gridiron for the first time in 27 years, Oxford and Lake Orion will face off at the dinner table in a good old-fashioned eating contest....more >>

Village switches to less expensive trash hauler

In a world where it seems like expenses do nothing but constantly increase, Oxford Village residents will be happy to learn that one of their monthly bills is about to go down. Beginning Sept....more >>
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Cats sharpen their claws

Bud and the boys are back. Sweltering heat and high humidity didn't prevent the Oxford football team from starting practice last week. With Head Coach Bud Rowley at the helm, the boys hit the practice field with their usual enthusiasm and unparalleled work ethic....more >>
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Big Mac and a scholarship please

If you ask 2010 OHS graduate Susan Reynolds, McDonald's serves up more than just Big Macs and french fries. Reynolds, an employee at the McDonald's located at 280 S. Washington St....more >>
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Hall of Famer Mike Lantry made his mark in football, track

Mike Lantry is one of the most outstanding male athletes to ever put on the Oxford High School blue and gold. For his accomplishments during high school and beyond, Lantry was honored as a charter member into the OHS Athletic Hall of Fame....more >>

Post 108 to dedicate helicopter Saturday to fallen hero

Oxford American Legion Post 108 is planning to dedicate the Bell AH-1G Cobra helicopter outside its 130 E. Drahner Rd. building to a true hero who died trying to save a life. The public is invited to attend the 1 p....more >>
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Council awards $257K bid to paint water tower inside and out

Oxford Village's iconic water tower is going to receive a new paint job, both inside and out, along with some much-needed repairs. The only question is when. Council last week voted 3-1 to award the bid for the 500,000-gallon water tower project to the Farmington Hills-based V&T Painting for an amount not to exceed $256,800....more >>

Auditor gives twp. high marks

Lately, whenever the topic of finances comes up at government meetings, all you hear is doom and gloom as officials declare "The sky is falling! The sky is falling!" But Oxford Township actually received lots of positive feedback from its auditor last week and scored high marks for its fiscal conservatism....more >>
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He keeps the cemeteries looking so good

Anyone who regularly attends Oxford Township Board meetings knows that compliments aren't often doled out by the public. But last week Brian Duerden got plenty of them. "I feel he just does a super, super, outstanding job," said Linda Hickmott, an Oxford native who now lives in Lapeer County's Columbiaville....more >>
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