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Soccer coach Army bound

From the Goodrich soccer fields to the battle fields of Iraq—Ryan Pfeiffer—the head coach for the Martian JV boys' soccer team had a slight change of plans "I had every intention of coaching for the boys again this year but as the season started I was notified that I had been accepted to Army Flight School and I still needed to go to Military Intelligence School, said Pfeiffer....more >>

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Crime

Larceny On Aug. 23, a Genesee County sheriff's deputies from Atlas Township responded to the 600 block of Dutch Road for larceny. Renny hit On Aug 23, Michigan State troopers from Groveland Township responded to the Renaissance Festival following a hit-and-run report....more >>

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Blue Star flags

Brandon Township residents with a family member serving in the military are eligible to receive a free Blue Star flag. Township resident Alice Marsh supplies the service flags, first made popular during World War II when the flags were displayed in front windows....more >>

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Rotary Club scholarships

This year Rotary Club of Ortonville recognized five area-graduating seniors with scholarships to assist them in pursuit of higher education opportunities. The club awarded these dedicated students with their scholarships at an annual scholarship awards dinner in July with family and friends in attendance....more >>
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'People just can't afford the food and license for their pets'

Hadley Township resident Debbie Ford noticed the two dogs while walking a trail in the Ortonville Recreation Area. "They were very scared and quite skittish," said Ford, a township resident for 18 years and owner of four dogs....more >>
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Local team ready to: Run all out

Racers to appear on Speed channel

Lose the race, lose your ride. There's an auto racing concept where racers bet their car's "pink slip" or registration on one trip down a quarter-mile. The loser walks home. The concept spawned from street racing was moved to cable television a few years ago on the Speed Channel on Fox Sports....more >>
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New businesses coming to township

Three companies now eye M-15 development, construction soon

Brandon Twp.- An area developer has confirmed a national retail store will break ground in October near the corner of M-15 and the entrance to Brandon High School. Local developer Mike Riddle, of township-based Rison Construction and Lockwood LLC, said Dollar General received site plan approval from the township planning commission on Aug....more >>

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Briefs

Coffee hour There will be a coffee hour 9 a.m., Sept. 24, at The Citizen, 12 South St., Ortonville. The public is welcome to attend and check out the new Ortonville 411 website. Details: 248-627-4332....more >>

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Cigarettes stolen, Citgo gas station break-in

Ortonville- Thieves took 19 cartons of cigarettes and a case of lottery tickets after breaking into the Citgo gas station early Tuesday morning. According to police reports, at 3:50 a....more >>

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Groveland Township eyes policing options

Groveland Township officials continue to explore their options for law enforcement, and will now also consider consolidating fire services with other area townships. Township Supervisor Bob DePalma plans to meet with officials from Rose Township, Holly Township and the Village of Holly at 6:30 p....more >>

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Brandon Township cable review, evaluation complete

Brandon Twp.- The local cable station, OTV, and its staff including Coordinator Greg Normand, has received an evaluation that is mostly positive. The review of the cable access station was conducted by Jeff Malicke, the Brandon High School broadcasting teacher, earlier this summer and Township Supervisor Kathy Thurman released the report this week....more >>

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Three-year township budget plan takes shape

Brandon Twp.- After several months of workshops, a three-year budget plan was rolled out during the township board's latest strategic planning meeting Aug. 30. Boardmembers ticked down a list of multiple changes aimed at saving close to $500,000 over the next three years, which includes alterations to nine line items in revenue, and 56 expenditure line items....more >>
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Survey:don't reduce services, don't increase millages

Brandon Twp.- A recent township survey found an overwhelming number of respondents agree that police services are very important, but only half of them would be willing to pay an additional $28 per year to keep from reducing the number of officers....more >>
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'What a road he has taken...'

Brandon Twp.- Julie Boadway was one of many football fans in the stands Aug. 28, watching the Brandon Junior Blackhawks on their way to an easy home win over the Lapeer Steelers. Suddenly, it became more than just a game as she saw the boy wearing jersey #31, her son Matt Beaudry, take to the field for the extra point....more >>

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Girl Scouts Silver Award

Goodrich Cadette Girl Scouts Alex McKinzie and Jessica Taylor accomplished their Silver Award. The girls completed various leadership and service projects throughout the year before their April 2010 culminating event....more >>

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Calender

Dance class From 3-6 p.m., Aug. 31 Brandon Community Education will host a open house at H.T. Burt Elementary School for fall dance classes. The public is invited to chat with Lynn Holiday to explore various styles of dance for all ages....more >>

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Crime

Bike found On Aug. 19, a bike that went missing between Aug. 12 and Aug. 15 in the 4500 block of Wildwood Loop was recovered in the neighborhood. Canoe recovered On Aug. 19, the owner of a canoe that went missing the week prior in the 500 block of S....more >>

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Local stars in "Roadkill: A Love Story"

Brandon Twp.- Filming a movie isn't always glamorous. On a warm, rainy Tuesday earlier this month, Director Raphael Buechel stands under an umbrella held by an assistant and adjusts a camera....more >>

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Local stars in "Roadkill: A Love Story"

Brandon Twp.- Filming a movie isn't always glamorous. On a warm, rainy Tuesday earlier this month, Director Raphael Buechel stands under an umbrella held by an assistant and adjusts a camera....more >>

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Crime

Denied On Aug. 12, Brandon deputies responded to the 3700 block of Dartmouth at 8:39 p.m. for a breaking and entering in progress. En route, the deputies werre advised the complainant knew the responsible and he fled prior to the arrival of deputies, but left his car in the driveway....more >>

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Top 50 Michigan Prep football recruits

Justin Mezsets is living the life any aspiring football player would love to lead. Mezsets, an upcoming junior at Brandon High School, is making his way into his second year on the varsity football team as an offensive and defensive lineman....more >>

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Coffee Club canceled The weekly business networking Coffee Club at the Brandon Township Library has been canceled for Sept. 1. The next meeting will be 7:30 a.m., Sept. 8. Details: 248-627-4332....more >>

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Classic Shelby

No ordinary Shelby—a Cobra version of the most powerful Ford Mustang ever built has arrived in Ortonville. With a 526-horsepower supercharged engine, Joe Carrier, manager of Randy Wise Ford, 968 South Ortonville Road, said about five customers come in to the showroom each day to check out the 2010 Shelby Cobra....more >>

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Man arraigned in sexual assault of Brandon Township child

A 42-year-old man staying at a residence in the Clarkston Lakes Mobile Home Park after he tattooed the homeowner has been arraigned in the sexual assault of a child who was being babysat there....more >>

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Orange barrels on the way: Paving projects set for village streets

The mean streets of Ortonville will receive some kindness soon. Weather cooperating, South Street will be repaved on Thursday from M-15 to the bridge just north of the library, said Village Manager Larry Brown....more >>

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Coffee hour There will be a coffee hour at 9 a.m., Friday, Sept.24, 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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Man charged in home invasion, domestic violence

A 39-year-old Brandon Township man has been arraigned on charges of home invasion and domestic violence. David Earl Greer, Jr. was arraigned Aug. 25 by 52-2 District Court Judge Kelley Kostin on one count of home invasion first degree, a 20-year felony, and one count of domestic violence, a 93-day misdemeanor....more >>

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Contaminated soil found at Goodrich bus facility

Goodrich-After underground storage tanks at the school district's bus garage failed a Department of Environmental Quality test last month and were removed, a second issue with the tank area has been reported....more >>
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Groveland Twp. fire

Groveland Twp.- Just after midnight on Aug.23, township firefighters responded to the 15000 block of Warden Road for a residential structure fire. Township Fire Chief Steve McGee said when firefighters arrived flames were visible from the single-story home....more >>

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New assistant principal, athletic director named

Goodrich- Stephanie O'Dea must be a good sport. In one day O'Dea went from being Oaktree Elementary principal to the Goodrich High School assistant principal in addition to taking over the duties of the district's athletic director next year—a move she's ready to accept....more >>
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Mission: Copperhill, Tennessee

In the southeast part of Tennessee, nestled among the Appalachian Mountains, far from main thoroughfares, is the isolated town of Copperhill, population roughly 500. It was to this area that 43 teens and seven adults from Hillside Bible Church in Ortonville traveled last month to assist poor, elderly residents....more >>

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Township police: 'Quality of service is starting to decline'

Brandon Twp.- It's a conundrum— township residents don't want higher taxes, but they don't want their services reduced, either. Police protection in the township is already falling, says Oakland County Sheriff's Office Sgt....more >>

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District moves forward with bond extension

Goodrich-The school board voted 6-0 on Monday night to move forward with a $15.4 million bond extension for renovations to several district buildings. If approved, district voters would decide the issue on Feb....more >>
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Wolf Call

Junior Travis Smith celebrates a successful play against Rochester Adams in the Wolves' season opener, Aug....more >>
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Final two

Decision this week on new superintendent

Rock or Richards. One of these two, Dr. Rod Rock, director of instructional services at Saginaw Intermediate School District, or Dr. Gary Richards, superintendent of Imlay City Community Schools, is set to be selected Clarkston's next school superintendent....more >>

Changing of the guard in Clarkston

As of 11 p.m., Sept. 3, Clarkston Police is no more. Police duties will shift from city officers to Oakland County Sheriff's deputies stationed at Independence Township substation....more >>
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New coordinator for Independence Township Senior Center

After months of searching for new senior center coordinator, Independence Township finally found someone suitable for the job. Township Board of Trustees voted unanimously to make Barbara Rollin the new senior center coordinator at a salary of $40,400, plus benefits and a member of the Teamsters Union....more >>
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Find a job at Job Fair

A wide range of employers are signed up for a Job Fair, Sept. 20 at St. Daniel Church in Independence Township. "Jobs for old and young employees, part-time and fulltime, in administration, sales, technology a good representation in this economy," said Ronald DeLorme, organizer....more >>

Tea Party rally after parade

Independent Tea Party Patriots (ITPP) host a rally following the Labor Day parade in Clarkston, Sept. 6. The rally will begin at about 11:30 a.m. at 90 N. Main Street in downtown Clarkston on the grounds of the old township hall....more >>
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Clarkston 411 programs

Check out Clarkston411....more >>
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Lights, camera, action in Springfield Township

Local moviemakers Raphael Buechel and Brandon Culp want their film to be as realistic as possible. When shooting a scene set in a psychologist's office, they filmed in the office of a real mental health therapist, Stan Garwood of Independence Township....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Food for the hungry

Bridgewood Church held their second annual "One Day to Feed the World" on Aug. 29. Through the non-profit organization Convoy of Hope they helped feed the hungry worldwide. They beat their goal of $7,500 and raised $14,000, with help from sponsors and the community....more >>

Players' season opener

The George Furth and Stephen Sondheim musical "Company," opens Clarkston Village Players' 2010-2011, 50th-year season. The production is directed by Stephen Cunningham, with Musical Director Dan Gerics....more >>

Christmas care packages filled

Campbell Richmond American Legion Auxiliary Unit 63 collected dozens of bags filled with donations for overseas troops. "We gathered 84 bags, very good for our first time," said auxiliary member Annie Germic....more >>
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Scoop for Hearts

With pony rides, face paintings, temporary tattoos, inflatables and tasty frozen custard, Culver's first annual Scoop for Hearts proved to be a success. Scoop for Hearts was a fundraiser for the Children's Heart Foundation, a non-profit for children born with congenital heart defects....more >>
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Clarkston grad expands fashion design portfolio

BY TREVOR KEISER Clarkston News Staff Writer After graduating Clarkston High School in 2006, Janelle Edmunds went to study fashion design at the International Academy of Design and Technology....more >>

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Offices closed on Labor Day

Main Street will be busy with crowds watching the parade, but don't come knocking at the Clarkston News at 5 S. Main Street. The office will be closed, Monday, Sept. 6, in observance of Labor Day....more >>

Donations needed for Antique Tent, Art in the Village

The Clarkston Community Historical Society is seeking donations of antiques and collectibles to sell in the Antique Tent at the 36th annual Art in the Village, Sept. 18 and 19 in Depot Park....more >>

Labor Day Parade

Celebrate Clarkston Rotary Club's 70th year of service at this year's Labor Day Parade, 10 a.m., Monday. Sept. 6. Community organizations, businesses, floats, children on decorated bicycles are set to march through downtown Clarkston, Church Street to Main Street, north to Miller Road....more >>

Construction on hold for holiday

Oakland County road and bridge construction projects will be suspended at 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3, for the Labor Day holiday. Some lane closures will be also eliminated for the holiday....more >>

A break for Coffee Clubs

There's no Coffee Club this week, Thursday, Sept. 2, in honor of Labor Day. The weekly networking meeting continues, Thursday, Sept. 9, 7:30-9 a.m., at Clarkston United Methodist Church, 6600 Waldon Road....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1995 "It's a bird, it's a plane, it's ... a meteorite?" A meteorite blazing through the atmosphere and striking a mobile home in Windsor, Canada, was bright enough to light up Dody Bayley's backyard in Independence Township....more >>
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Take that, Wildcat!

The Dragons engage in their traditional victory celebration with fans after Friday's 45-6 blowout victory over Oxford. See this week's print edition, or check out our Facebook page for more photos from the game....more >>

Senior center stalled

Township changes gear, agrees to look at Joslyn Road location

To some it will come as good news, to others bad. Plans for a new senior citizen complex near Clarkston and Lapeer Road - complete with housing and a three-story, environmentally-friendly multi-purpose senior/community center, are largely in the can....more >>
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Medical marijuana debate reaches into Orion community

Marijuana plants large and small were on display at the Oakland County Sheriff's office last week, along with shotguns, handguns, hash oil, electronic scales and boxes, bags and jars of pot dried-and-ready-to-smoke in varieties like Blueberry, Papaya, Super Skunk, Dirt Weed and Grand Daddy Purp....more >>

Who's at your door?: Residents should ask for solicitor permits, say police

In 2009, door-to-door salespeople were all over last Orion. This year, their numbers are over twofold, along with the potential for scams and criminal activity coming with them, say police....more >>

Pizzariffic wins township's last liquor license

The crowd hesitated, then broke into a round of applause. Some cheered. The Orion Township Board of Trustees voted 4-2 Monday to recommend approval of Pizzariffic owner Michael Becker's Class C Liquor License....more >>
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LO dad takes dip for disease awareness

Cassie McElwain is a 13-year-old with alopecia areata (AA). That means people stare at her in public, says the Oakview student with no hair on her body except a little "peach fuzz" on her head....more >>
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'It's easy to have these conversations'

The community response is overwhelmingly positive. That's the word from Karen Hudson, who said she was "very pleasantly surprised" by the reaction from those who stopped by the 1,000 Conversations About Mental Health in Lake Orion tent at last weekend's Dragon on the Lake event....more >>
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Luby's Boobies to blaze trails with Pink Ribbon

Not everybody can do the national three-day walk for breast cancer, says Diane Schlitt. Schlitt is a member of Luby's Boobies, a three-day walk team that walks in honor of Kathy Luby, a former Lake Orion teacher who passed away from breast cancer in 2008 at age 40....more >>
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Lions up to their ears in corn

With a pile of corn some 75 dozen ears high, the Lake Orion Lions Club treated market-goers to a special treat last week. "The Farmers Market is a great community event and we were so happy they asked us to be part of it again this year," said Lions Club member Jim Leach Jr....more >>
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Oxford got rocked!

Meouch! Dragons roast Cats 45-6

The Oxford Wildcats varsity football squad received a rude introduction to the Oakland Activities Association last week, but the raucous standing-room-only crowd at Lake Orion perhaps signaled that the neighborhood rivalry between Oxford and Lake Orion is on again after nearly three decades....more >>

International Academy delayed to fall 2011

The Oxford International Residency Academy will have to wait until the fall of 2011 to open its doors. Superintendent Dr. William Skilling announced at the last Board of Education meeting that due to a late start in the recruiting process, the Academy will be pushed back by a year....more >>
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Leonard woman nabbed in marijuana raids

A 40-year-old Leonard woman was among those arrested Aug. 25 during police raids on medical marijuana operations across Oakland and Macomb counties. Barbara Mira Johnson was arraigned Friday in Ferndale 43rd District Court on six felony counts of delivery and/or manufacture of marijuana, a controlled substance....more >>
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Inventors create snow plow for all vehicles

Just as Henry Ford's automobile made the horse and buggy obsolete and Thomas Edison's electric light made candles and oil lamps a thing of the past, so Dan Miller and Tom Lhota are hoping their invention, built right here in good ol' Oxford, will replace the snowblower....more >>
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Park needs donations, volunteers

Leonard's Nature Park is really beginning to take shape, but it still needs donations and lots of elbow grease to make it the perfect spot for residents and visitors to immerse themselves in the village's charming, rustic appeal....more >>
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Concert to honor the man behind the music

Former band and choir students of Lew Wilson are being sought to take part in an alumni concert on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010 to honor the man they proudly call teacher, friend and mentor....more >>

Council wants neighbor to pay for $1,445 mistake

It appears an Oxford Village homeowner who was paying property taxes on land she no longer owned for a number of years is going to be reimbursed. However, the money's not going to come from the village government's coffers....more >>

Watch out for trail vandals

Most people use the Polly Ann Trail for productive activities such as walking, jogging, biking and horseback riding. But it appears there are a deviant few who are using the 14.2 mile trail as an outlet for their desire to destroy and deface public property....more >>
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Oxford athletes couldn't ask for a better friends than Helen Smith

Helen Smith will forever be regarded as the matriarch of the Oxford Wildcats Athletic Booster Club (OWABC) and one of the most loyal supporters in the district's history. It is that loyalty which has earned Smith, a 1952 graduate of Oxford High School, a spot as one of the charter members for the OHS Athletic Hall of Fame....more >>

Council restricts left turns at Dennison, Stanton streets

Motorists accustomed to making left turns in downtown Oxford are facing some new restrictions. Last week, the village council voted 4-0 to approve a traffic control order making the intersections of Dennison St....more >>

Cheaper trash rates, rewards for recycling

Soon, Oxford Village residents will have the best of both worlds a cheaper monthly garbage bill and rewards based on how often they recycle. It's all thanks to the village's new three-year waste collection and disposal contract with the Flint-based Richfield Equities, LLC....more >>
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The family that farms together, wins together

A green thumb must run in the Deehr family. Leonard resident Noel Deehr, 17, and her parents Lori and John each won multiple awards as the Oakland County Fair and the Armada fair this past summer....more >>
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Born November 22nd
1899: Hoagy Carmichael, American composer, pianist and singer.
1913: Benjamin Britten, English composer, pianist and conductor.
1924: Geraldine Page, actress well known for roles in Tennessee Williams' plays.
1925: Gunther Schuller, composer and French Horn player.
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1542: New laws are passed in Spain giving Indians in America protection against enslavement.
1757: The Austrian army defeats the Prussians at Breslau in the Seven Years War.
1847: In New York, the Astor Place Opera House, the city's first operatic theater, is opened.
1902: A fire causes considerable damage to the unfinished Williamsburg bridge in New York.
1915: The Anglo-Indian army, led by British General Sir Charles Townshend, attacks a larger Turkish force under General Nur-ud-Din at Ctesiphon, Iraq, but is repulsed.