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Minor a major On Sept 5, Michigan State Troopers from the Groveland Township Post responded to the parking lot at Bueche's Food World for a Minor In Possession (MIP) report. A minor called to report that some alcohol was stolen from his home....more >>

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Latchkey The Brandon latchkey program is now enrolling for the 2010-2011 school year. The program offers care between 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Daily activities and crafts are offered, as well as family discounts....more >>

News Briefs


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 invited to enjoy sweet treats and conversation. Donations for OCEF will be accepted....more >>


DivorceCare program:'You're not alone'

Ortonville- Even though it is estimated that up to half of all marriages end in divorce, Scott Noel says many people who are divorced or separated feel like outcasts. "People suffer through divorce— the feelings and emotions they go through are unique to them and a lot of people don't know how to recover," said Noel....more >>


Changes coming to township recreation

'We've had a very good experience with recreation'

Brandon Twp.- On Wednesday evening, with autumn in the air and the sun lingering in the sky over the soccer fields at the community park, Corene Sebring relaxed in a lawn chair on the sideline and watched a game that included her daughter, Delaney....more >>


Township steps up communication with 800MHz

Groveland Twp.- Communications for area firefighters will be much improved thanks to a new radio system that came online last week. The 800MHz radio system, a combination of traditional two-way radio technology and computer-controlled transmitters, was introduced by Township Fire Chief Steve McGee during the township meeting on Monday night....more >>
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Goodrich kicks off local school spirit food drive

It's 4:30 a.m.on a school day and about 500 Goodrich High School students are packed into the gymnasium, but not for what one might think. They aren't here for a sporting event, concert or even the completion of some obscure class assignment....more >>
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'Nothing's better than Friday nights'—Goodrich coach hits 100 wins

After 18 seasons, Goodrich Varsity Football Head Coach Tom Alward started the 2010 season out right—with his 100th win. Alward, 57, started as an assistant JV football coach at Flint Central High School in 1977 and went on to assistant varsity football coach at Bendel High School before coming to Goodrich in 1993....more >>


Medical marijuana on hold in village

One year moratorium imposed

Ortonville- A cloud of uncertainty still hangs over medical marijuana nearly two years after Michigan voters approved legalization of the drug for patients in need of pain relief. The village council wants the air to clear before making any decisions on ordinances regulating medical marijuana here....more >>


Board makes EMS concessions for residents

By a 4-0 vote Monday night, the Groveland Township Board of Trustees approved charging Brandon Township citizens resident fees instead of non-resident fees for emergency medical services on M-15 between Grange Hall and Oakwood roads....more >>
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'People who don't want our buses need to be in our shoes'

Senior transportation program scrutinized, along with other non-mandated services, by Brandon Township Board

Brandon Twp.- Lee Cleric had to stop driving two years ago after her eyesight deteriorated. The 81-year-old township resident's only mode of transportation is the Edna Burton Senior Center vehicles....more >>


Rotary awards Brandon teacher

The Ortonville Rotary Club, as part of their community involvement and support of area schools, has established a yearly grant to teachers of the Brandon School District. It is the club's belief that awarding a grant to one of the area's educators will have a greater effect on the children in the community....more >>

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Tables turned On Sept. 1, at 2 a.m., a Brandon deputy responded to the area of Wildwood Loop and Apple for a domestic assault. The complainant said the father of her child choked her....more >>


Former Brandon schools music teacher honored

Former band and choir students of Lew Wilson are being sought to take part in an alumni concert on Sunday, Oct. 3 to honor Wilson. Lake Orion resident Kari Lynn Clark is on the committee heading up the concert....more >>


NSP homes 'a great opportunity' for buyers

Ortonville- Buyers beware. The real estate market has bargains galore right now amidst a flood of foreclosures and plummeting home values, but in the village, two brand new homes will be more than just a bargain for the lucky buyers....more >>


Owner questions village procedures

A village land owner is questioning the procedure as to how public officials notify citizens when an ordinance is in violation. Atlas Township resident Al Ryden, who owns the building and property at 8223 State Road, said he received a phone call from someone claiming to be the village code enforcement officer last month....more >>


Veterans tour of national cemetery offered

At 8 a.m., Sept. 21, Coats Village Funeral Home, 135 South St., Ortonville, invites veterans and their spouses to join them for a free breakfast and a bus trip to Holly's Great Lakes National Cemetery for a personal tour of the property....more >>

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


Electrical may have caused mobile home fire

Brandon Twp.- A mobile home fire in the township last week was likely caused by faulty electrical. Firefighters and deputies responded to the blaze at 5:15 p.m., Sept. 1, at 3713 Elm in the Sashabaw Meadows Mobile Home Park....more >>


Township police, senior van at center of budget talks

Brandon Twp.- Cuts to police and senior van transportation was at the heart of more budget discussions Sept. 7 as officials try to balance serving residents while not increasing taxes....more >>


District seeks stimulus funds for buildings

Goodrich-A $15.4 million bond extension OK'd by the district last month may sweeten district coffers following a special school board meeting on Tuesday night. By a 7-0 vote, the board passed a resolution to apply for Quality School Construction Bonds that if approved would drop the projected interest rate from about 5....more >>
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Roots: Discover family history

Brandon Twp.- Floyd Hubble died when his plane was shot down over France on July 4, 1944. Bev DeGraw knew little else about the uncle who perished when she was 6-years-old, as her grandmother couldn't bear to speak of him....more >>


Library usage up, funds down

Budget cuts result in furlough days, less materials

Brandon Twp.-In tough economic times, libraries typically see increased patronage. The township library, 304 South St., is no exception to this rule— from 2006 to 2009, circulation has increased 51 percent here, and in 2010, circulation is up 9 percent over last year, says Director Paula Gauthier....more >>


Medical marijuana:'More questions than answers'

Planning commission to deliberate ordinance

Just weeks before the Atlas Township Planning Commission grapples with recommendations for an ordinance to contend with medical marijiuana in the community—two raids of area medical marijuana dispensaries may make even foggier an already hazy issue....more >>
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Ortonville woman gets it right on 'Regis & Kelly' trivia

Francine Parry accomplished more than just a decent workout running on her treadmill Wednesday morning. The monotony of jogging in place coupled with a passion for the Regis and Kelly show paid some decent dividends at about 9:20 a....more >>
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Let 'er rip!

Tyler Balkay pulls back his throw before sending it to the dunk tank during Oakland Woods Baptist Baptist Church's Fall Festival....more >>
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Rock on!

Clarkston School Board picks Rod Rock as superintendent

A visit to Saginaw sealed the deal for school board members, selecting Dr. Rod Rock as Clarkston's new superintendent. "The engagement of the students and teachers spoke volumes," said Trustee Barry Bomier, who visited Saginaw schools with Treasurer Rosalie Lieblang and Vice President Susan Boatman....more >>

Use it or lose it for Springfield PEG funds

It's back to the drawing board for officials looking to spend Springfield Township's cable fund balance. Clerk Laura Moreau worked with Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Tucker and Program Specialist Rich Ashley on a plan to spend about $48,000 of it....more >>
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Fire shakes faith in emergency response

Living in Independence Township for the past seven years, Diane and Jon Alband never worried about fire protection. They do now, after a house fire on their road, Sept. 7. "It was a very poor response," Diane Alband said....more >>

Clarkston constable talk continues

Loud music in the neighborhood. Kids trespassing on the beach, loitering in Depot Park, and pulling bike stunts in Mill Pond parking lot. Clarkston residents said they were confident when Clarkston Police would handle situations like this....more >>

Art in the Village brings artisans, vendors to Clarkston

Paintings, photography, jewelry, fabric arts, wood works and more will fill Depot Park for Clarkston's 36th annual Art in the Village, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 18; and 10 a....more >>
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Motown tunes for conservationists at Wild Night Out

When North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy helped purchase 186 acres of Upper Bushman Lake property, it achieved a goal that had been its front burner for years. Now the non-profit group's coffers need refilling....more >>
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Clarkstonites take a stroll down memory lane

While attending the Methodist Church in Big Rapids, Alice Jane Vliet-Anderson met Bob and Nancy Parsons. Through general conversation, Vliet-Anderson and Parsons found they had a special connection....more >>
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Remembering a patriot on 9-11

Despite the rain, a patriotic crowd appeared at Andersonville cemetery on Saturday, Sept. 11. The Sashabaw Plains Chapter, Daughters of American Revolution (DAR) held a grave-marking ceremony to honor Revolutionary War Patriot Private Caleb Pratt....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Successful catch

Paul Palace of Clarkston caught a large mouth bass in Mill Pond, Sept. 12, for the second time this summer. This time, he has proof neighbor Dawn Frasa was at the pond with her camera....more >>

Clarkston church celebrates 125th

St. Trinity Lutheran Church in Independence Township will hold a 125th anniversary celebration on Sunday, Sept. 19. David P. E. Maier, president of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Michigan District, will preach at the 8:15 a....more >>
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Kicking off fall fun

Kids rode ponies, jumped inside a bounce house, slid down a giant slide and played games at Oakland Woods Baptist Church Saturday afternoon. It was the church's 11th Annual Fall Festival....more >>
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Oakland Town Hall continues lecture luncheons

Oakland Town Hall was formed February, 1959 to support the Pontiac Oakland Symphony. Fifty-one years later it's still going. "At that time, back 50 years ago, we had about 1,100 ticket holders and therefore our support for the symphony was much greater than it is today because people's lifetimes changed, Women went back to work and we've dropped down to about 300," said Independence Township resident Joy Power, group recording secretary....more >>

News Briefs

In support of Marching Band

All joking aside in regards to stiff upper lips, the Clarkston High School Marching Band is heading to England this December. They have been selected to perform at the "world's greatest street spectacular," the New Year's Day parade in London....more >>

Indian Springs hosts Great Pumpkin Hunt

Indian Springs Metropark off White Lake Road in Springfield Township hosts a Great Pumpkin Hunt of 2010 , 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 9. Pumpkin hunters search for clues hidden in pumpkins to solve a puzzle....more >>

Park workday, Sept. 18

Celebrating its 175th anniversary, Albion College students and alumni are performing service projects all over the metro Detroit area. Clarkston was chosen for one of them. North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy and Albion College volunteers host a Joint Workday Event, 8 a....more >>

Genesys opens Clarkston facility

Genesys recently opened a Clarkston-area facility, Suite G22, 5625 Water Tower Place, Suit at Dixie Highway and White Lake Road. Services include physical therapy with expertise in orthopedics, sports rehabilitation, vestibular rehabilitation, neurological rehabilitation, fall prevention and spine care....more >>

Dancers earn awards, accolades at Florida competition

Roxana's Dance Expressions' Elite Dance Team earned top high scores, Platinum Awards, Final Showdown runner-ups, and many Special Recognition Awards including technique, showmanship, and performance awards at the Hall of Fame Dance Challenge Nationals in Orlando, Fla....more >>

Electronics recycling collection

Clarkston Community Schools and Computer Recyclers of Michigan host Computer and Small Electronic Community Recycling Day, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25, at Sashabaw Middle School, 5565 Pine Knob Lane off Maybee Road....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1995 "Church members vocal about bar" Members of Clarkston Free Methodist Church gathered at an Independence Township Board meeting to speak out against a proposed bar at Maybee and Sashabaw roads....more >>
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'People don't want to believe something so awful'

Pastor's arrest leaves King of Kings' church community reeling

In "King of Kings Pastor ready for an exciting new journey," published in The Lake Orion Review March 1, 2006, William Bendert said he spent 14 years at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Marysville, near Port Huron, before coming to King of Kings on Orion Township....more >>
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'Wagon Wheel open to serve'

Downtown Authority sets goals for next decade

"Whiskey's and Wagon Wheel open to serve," "Ehman Center lofts full," "Skateboard park expansion coming soon," and "Parking problems solved." Those were the headlines splashed across a giangantic edition of The Lake Orion Review, dated Feb....more >>

'May we never wake up from the American dream'

"What the enemies of freedom don't understand, what they will never grasp, is that America is not weakened by their attack. We are awakened," said Lake Orion Police Chief Jerry Narsh....more >>

Students present 'Romeo and Juliet'

Two weeks ago, Jordan Reynolds was worried. Lines were far from memorized, scenes were sloppy and everything seemed disorganized. But then, as if by magic, the pieces she'd worked since June to assemble into a first-rate production of William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' finally began fitting together....more >>

Dirt to fly early Oct. in Children's Park

Plans for downtown's renovation are rolling forward now that bids are in and a contractor selected for the work. The new streetscape and Children's Park facelift was expected to cost the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) $2....more >>

Fire chief: Gingellville station in disrepair, inadequate for current township needs

'It's way past replacement'

The metal walls are rusting away, the furnaces are in bad shape, the septic system presents a problem every year and the guys can't even drink water from the well, it's so full of iron....more >>

Out-of-towners 'prowl' in bushes

Lake Orion police cited three people for prowling and a woman had her own vehicle towed, Thursday, Sept. 9. A 21-year-old Ortonville woman, a 22-year-old Holly man and a 17-year-old Ortonville man were involved in the incident, which occurred near M-24 and Park Island, according to the report....more >>
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One clover, please

Oxford resident Rick Galbraith (left) purchases a White Clover from Judy Ingles, who was selling them last week on behalf of Oxford AMVETS Post 108....more >>

District gets its $815K back and then some

Christmas came early this year for the Oxford school district as officials approved a settlement that will enrich its fund balance by $680,000. On Monday night, the board of education voted 7-0 to approve a $650,000 settlement with TMP Architecture, Inc....more >>

Council directs PC to draft ordinance regulating med. marijuana facilities

For the time being, regulation has won out over prohibition in the Village of Oxford. On Tuesday night, the village council voted 4-1 to direct its planning commission to write an ordinance that regulates the growth, distribution and sales of medical marijuana....more >>
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Does the woolly bear know something we don't?

Are we in for a short, mild winter? The answer is yes, according to a woolly bear caterpillar spotted Saturday morning on Park St. in Oxford Village. This particular insect had absolutely no black bands on its tiny, fuzzy body, which based on folklore, means Old Man Winter's not going to have any teeth this year....more >>
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Plan aims to put wind in library's sails

Stormy economic seas still lay ahead, but the Oxford Public Library is hoping to navigate them unscathed with a new plan designed to pump more wind into its sails. "We're not at a standstill," said Library Board Vice President Kathy Hoeflein....more >>
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She keeps Lakeville Rd. looking good

One of Oxford resident Christine Kutchen's favorite quotes comes from Mother Teresa "We can do no great things; only small things with great love." She likes that quote because it reminds her about the importance of doing small things in a big way....more >>

Twp. rejects village offer to partner for $70K grant

Too many questions. Too many concerns. Too many uncertainties. Not enough information. In the end, all of these things contributed to the Oxford Township Board's 4-3 decision to not partner with the village in applying for a grant that could have meant up to $70,000 in planning services and staff resources from Oakland County to help both municipalities develop a sustainability plan together....more >>

Public opinion mixed on medical pot facilities

One would expect a public discussion on the topic of medical marijuana facilities to be heated and lengthy. But it was the exact opposite last week as citizens gave their input on the subject to the Oxford Village Planning Commission....more >>

Some quick facts about the med. marijuana law

In November 2008, 63 percent of Michigan voters who went to the polls approved the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Oxford Township and Village voters approved the measure 6,377 to 3,744....more >>

Blazing a trail of hope

Some biked. Some ran. Many walked. Though their methods of movement varied, they all had one goal as they traversed the Polly Ann Trail Saturday beat breast cancer. About 120 people participated in the 4th Annual Pink Ribbon Trailblazers event that started in Oxford Township's Powell Lake Park behind the library on Pontiac St....more >>

Contract signed, permit issued for cell tower in Addison park

Dropped calls will be a thing of the past for cell phone users in Addison Township. A contract between Verizon Wireless and Addison Township was agreed upon and signed on Aug. 17 and a building permit issued on Aug....more >>
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Jenkins competes in first pageant

Oxford resident Taylor Jenkins, 14, found that modeling can be a fulfilling and motivating experience at the same time. She recently competed in the 2010 Miss Jr. Teen Detroit Pageant....more >>
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