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No go On Sept. 10, at 1:15 a.m., a Brandon deputy on patrol observed two vehicles on M-15 traveling 59 mph in a 50 mph zone and saw both turn eastbound onto Granger Road without signaling....more >>
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A black bear for the records

Ninety minutes. That's how much time Groveland Township resident David Rheaume waited for assistance after shooting what may be one of the top five black bears ever taken in Michigan....more >>


Sheriff K-9 stays in Brandon Twp. for now

Brandon Twp.- The number of police officers here stays at 12 for now, but whether the township can sustain a police force that size remains in grave doubt. After months of budget workshops to reach concrete decisions on balancing the 2010 budget as well as to plan for budgets for the next three years, uncertainty seemed the order of the day at the most recent budget workshop Monday....more >>


Township toddler reported standing in Baldwin Road

On Sept. 15, a Brandon deputy responded to the 300 block of Baldwin Road after a toddler was found in the road. The complainant said she found a toddler boy in diapers standing on Baldwin Road near Seymour Lake Road with traffic stopping and going around him....more >>
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A South Africa family affair

Father, daughter connect on hunting safari

Over the past 30 years, Jim Hebb has completed some very successful hunts— from Alaskan moose to snow geese in the western states to trophy whitetails in Michigan. However, a recent excursion not only featured a rather unique hunting location, it also included establishing a new hunting partner—his ll-year-old daughter Brooke....more >>

Home emergency? Village of Ortonville can help

Ortonville- Furnace broken? Roof falling in? Septic system fail? It sounds like a really bad week, but if you are a village resident and facing even one of these crises, there may be help available....more >>
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From shore to shore

Couple shares cross state horseback trek

In a vehicle, driving from Oscoda near Lake Huron to Empire near Lake Michigan would take about five hours—with a couple of stops along the way. However, for Atlas Township residents Tere and Nick Onica the trek across the northern section of the state was accomplished at a little slower pace this past summer—one foot at a time....more >>


Brandon Township taxes remain unchanged overall

Brandon Twp.- With the exception of a slight increase in the library debt millage, residents will pay the same tax rates next year as they did this year. The township board voted 4-2 at the Sept....more >>


Brandon awarded Greening Michigan grant

The Brandon School District is just a little greener these days—by $2,000. Spearheaded by Brandon Middle School technology teacher Jennifer Brady, the district was recently awarded four-$500 Greening Michigan Classroom Grants....more >>


MSP respond to mother, 3-year old in bar

On Sept. 19, Michigan State Troopers from the Groveland Post responded to the bar and grille establishment at 14007 Dixie Hwy, Holly. According to MSP reports, the manager of the establishment called troopers early Sunday morning after a 34-year-old female from Troy, dressed in Renaissance Festival garb, arrived with some adults and her 3-year-old son at about 10 p....more >>

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Coffee hour There will be a coffee hour at 9 a.m., Friday, Oct. 29, at The Citizen 12 South St., Ortonville. The public is invited to enjoy conversation and treats. Donations for the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund will be accepted....more >>
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20 years: Oxford Bank-Ortonville

In the fall of 1990, Oxford Bank came to Ortonville. Now, 20 years later, the Oxford Bank-Ortonville, 345 S. Ortonville Road, continues to serve the area. Linda Moskal, bank officer and Ortonville branch manager for more than 13 years, is proud to celebrate the milestone....more >>


Harlem Ambassadors at Brandon High School

In their 13th season, the Harlem Ambassadors have performed at approximately 220 fundraising games and entertainment events for non-profit organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters and Rotary, as well as for the U....more >>


Brandon, Goodrich lose students in count

The number of students in both the Brandon and Goodrich school districts fell again this year. After student count day Wednesday, it was revealed Goodrich has about 2,140 students, 43 less than the count of 2,183 in 2009....more >>
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Brandon grad survives shot to head in Afghanistan

After surviving a bullet through his brain, Joshua Keel figures skydiving should be a breeze. His mother has other ideas. "No skydiving," says Yvonne McClelland. "I want him to have both feet on the ground....more >>


Audit finds extra $500K in district books, staff added

Brandon Twp.- "Found" money is a pleasant surprise to many— whether it's a $5 bill tucked in a jacket pocket or maybe $20 crumpled at the bottom of a wallet. School district officials recently were quite happy to experience "found" money— just over $500,000, discovered in a budget audit....more >>
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Tracking game: Noses that know

Rob Schroeder is in the business of finding what others have been hunting. For the past 11 years Schroeder, an Atlas Township resident, has assisted deer hunters statewide to find their harvest with his trained-to-track German shepherd....more >>


First of two statewide student count days Wed.

School attendance is important every day, but especially this Wednesday, Sept. 29— student count day. The first of two statewide student count days determines 75 percent of school funding....more >>


Township stays in black despite economy

Groveland Twp.-While many communities struggle with a loss of state shared revenues in a sagging economy—Groveland Township continues to linger in black ink. On Sept. 18, Ken Palka, from the accounting firm of Pfeffer, Hanniford and Palka, reported on the township finances following the completion of the yearly audit....more >>
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Bodi making tracks for greener pastures?

Brandon Twp.- The fate of the township's K-9 unit remains up in the air. The board split 3-3 on a vote to eliminate the Deputy II K-9 position during their Sept. 20 meeting. Supervisor Kathy Thurman, and Trustees Bob DeWitt and David King voted yes....more >>
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Web discussion posted on future of city

Cityhood discussion's printed, sealed and delivered, and posted at www.Clarkston411.com! It features Clarkston residents Cory Johnston and Mike Sabol, hosted by Clarkston News editor Phil Custodio....more >>

Update to superintendent contract

Dr. Rod Rock agreed to previous terms offered by Clarkston Board of Education to serve as superintendent. He signed a contract offering $140,000 base salary, to start Oct. 6, according to School Board President Steve Hyer....more >>
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Finger lickin' good

Isaac Kenerson, 6, enjoys some chicken at Taste of Clarkston....more >>

Superintendent contract on hold

A $4,000 contract change was a deal breaker, Monday, for superintendent candidate Rod Rock. Clarkston Board of Education voted 3-3 on the contract a majority is required for passage....more >>
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Deputies, city get reacquainted

Clarkston's police protection is under new management, but service remains the same, officials say. "I would encourage anybody in the public to not ever hesitate to call us," said Oakland County Sheriff Lt....more >>

Townships may share deputy

Fresh from taking over Clarkston police services, Independence Township deputies are considering helping out in Brandon Township. "Everybody is looking at ways to cut costs," said Lt....more >>

Dr. Rock would focus on district-wide collaboration

When Dr. Rod Rock was one of six finalists for superintendent, he stopped by Clarkston High School to check it out. "It was a Friday afternoon, the football team was scrimmaging, the school was just alive," Rock said....more >>
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Tatu faces home invasion charge

Michael Tatu of Independence Township, 23, was arraigned on charges of second-degree home invasion in connection with a Sept. 17 break-in in the 6000 block of Church Street in Clarkston....more >>
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Fund raising for performance across the pond

Clarkston High School Marching Band members perform at Taste of Clarkston for donations for their New Year's trip to London. They set up in the Clarkston News parking lot, with the Union Jack flag for inspiration....more >>
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Tasty treats at Taste of Clarkston

Thousands filled downtown Clarkston's Main Street and Depot Park, enjoying the best food, desserts and beverages offered by local restaurants, at the 2010 Taste of Clarkston. Hosted by Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce, the annual event featured dozens of restaurants, live entertainment at two stages and Depot Park gazebo, and games and inflatables for kids....more >>
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Fine tuning details for New Year's Day

Y WENDI REARDON Clarkston News Staff Writer The corner of Washington and Main Street was filled with the sweet sounds of Clarkston High School Marching Band, Sunday afternoon. From The Clarkston News parking lot, they played for patrons walking by during the annual Taste of Clarkston....more >>
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Clarkston Boy Scouts backpack at Philmont

Clarkston Boy Scout Troop 189 traveled to Philmont, New Mexico July 3-17, for 12 days of backpacking at elevations reaching 12,441 feet. The group backpacked 88 miles. Pictured are Mike Dahl, Matt Dahl, Scott Cousino, Gary Cousino, Anthony Gourney, Phil Voorheis, Steve Voorheis, Nick Dahl, Brent Cousino, Christian Hall, Sharvil Patel, Austin Hahn, Amit Patel, and Rich Hahn at the top of Baldy Mountain....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Recycling old technology equals learning experience

Cars lined up Saturday at Sashabaw Middle School to drop off loads of old electronics for the third "E-Waste for Recycling" event, led by the Academic Service Learning class. "It's a group of young leaders who take a class to focus on ecology (and) the environment, while learning about that they also serve the community," said Rodney Pierson, seventh grade teacher at the middle school....more >>
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Sharing culture with University of Michigan students

Independence Township resident Jose Aliaga, was able to return to his native country of Peru this past summer to promote more "good will of America to the Peruvian people" through the Aliaga Foundation....more >>
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Blazing a new trail

Forty volunteers accomplished 90 percent of construction goals for North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy's Work Day, Sept. 18. They built a rustic wetland path at Kimball Sanctuary in Independence Township, from the parking area to the Clinton River....more >>
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Kids only

Toys and books lined blankets in Clintonwood's parking lot Saturday morning....more >>
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Getting to know you

Barbara Rollin, Independence Township's new senior center coordinator, got acquainted with local residents at an Open House, Sept. 22. "The folks I have meet so far have been very friendly and open with me," Rollin said....more >>

Piano concert, Oct. 10

Clarkston Methodist Church hosts Pas de Deux, a concert of French music for four hands at the piano, featuring Karen Bodoin and Diane Skylis, 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 10. Music performed will be of the French impressionistic genre, representing the late 19th-early 20th centruy music of composers such as Debussy, Ravel, Ibert, etc....more >>
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Chamber of fun

Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce members gathered to remember the past year's community activities and events, and prepare for what's coming up, at its Annual Meeting, Sept. 23 at Fountains....more >>

Crunch time for Tea Party

Carl G. Knaus' Saving America Movement returns to Depot Park one more time, for the Last Chance Tea Party, 3-5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, Depot Park "We're heading into socialism, which is a kind of communism it's time to be united, and come together," said Knaus, who organized two Depot Park gatherings earlier this year....more >>

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Constable committee

City Council voted unanimous to create a committee of both residents and council members to study and explore various options for a potential constable. The constable committee includes: Sharron Catallo, former mayor, Scott Meyland, past councilman and police liaison, current city councilmen Thomas Hunter, Mike Gawronski and Dennis Ritter, city manager....more >>

Rain garden seminar

Wild Ones North Oakland Chapter hosts a free Rain Gardens Presentation, 7-9 p.m., Oct. 6, at St. Daniel Catholic Community Church, 7010 Valley Park Drive. Featured speaker is Peggy Malnati, Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority volunteer and master gardener....more >>

CHS reunion

Clarkston High School Class of 1951 hosts its 59th reunion, 5 p....more >>

Parenting workshop

En Gedi Counseling presents Old Yeller parenting seminar series, 7-8:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Oct. 5-19. Topics include: Oct. 5, strategies for raising kids without yelling; Oct. 12, nutritionist from Nuview Nutrition discusses appropriate diets for people with ADD/ADHD; Oct....more >>

Test drivers

Reliance One of Clarkston is hiring 200-400 drivers over the next month to test drive and evaluate vehicles in the Auburn Hills area. Send resume to drivers@reliance-one.com or fax to 248-922-5660....more >>

Cancer education event, Oct. 2

Swan for Life Cancer Foundation hosts a Breast Health Event 1-3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Great Lakes Cancer Institute. Agenda includes tour of the adjacengt Garden of Healing and Renewal, Tea and Luncheon, and speakers, including Nichoel Wasik, 10-year breast cancer survivor from Clarkston; Dr....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1995 "Queen for the week" Laura Witkowski was crowed 1995 Homecoming Queen of Clarkston High School by Homecoming King Bill Goforth, and princes Tim Wasilk and Ryan Schapman....more >>

Orion cutting police staff

Layoffs will include school liaison officer

Commence cutting. From the way things look, police services will take a hit off the top and become one of the first budget casualties of 2011. One of two Lake Orion Community Schools' police liaisons will be among three officers told to hit the bricks come Jan....more >>

Superintendent of schools could leave for Walled Lake

Last June, the Lake Orion Board of Education thought it had Superintendent Ken Gutman for three more years when it passed his current three-year contract, 4-2. Now, just three months later, Gutman could be leaving the district for good....more >>
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Lake Orion's wounded warrior is home

At first, getting shot felt like being punched really hard, said Mike Zach, 22, US Marine and 2006 Lake Orion grad. Then it hurt like hell. While deployed in southern Afghanistan this year, Zach was shot in his right hip by Taliban....more >>

Students maintain high rank in MEAP, ACT scores

Lake Orion students' test scores topped county and state scores again this year, reports Director of Instructional Technology Linda Glowaz. But what's new is every school in the district met the state's Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) requirements, including the high school, which missed AYP last year....more >>

Township, village pay to prevent flu

Municipal workers might have a step up on staying healthy this flu season if they take advantage of flu shot programs offered to employees by both the Village of Lake Orion and Orion Township....more >>

Three public hearings scheduled for Oct. 6

The Orion Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Wednesday, Oct. 6, at Orion Township Hall, 2525 Joslyn Road, to receive public input on special land use request for the new senior/community center, located on the east side of Joslyn Road, south of Clarkston Road....more >>

NOTA needs a new home

Attention local building owners and land barons the North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA) is in need of a new home to house its operations and fleet of vehicles. NOTA's current lease at the Crossroads for Youth campus on E....more >>

Board: Ehman Center not suitable for seniors

Build a new senior center from the ground up? A number of local residents think renovating the Ehman Center is a better option. Stephen Auger, president of Auger Associates Architects Inc....more >>
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Addison man accused of shaking 22-month-old child

A 25-year-old Addison man accused of violently shaking his 22-month-old stepdaughter to the point where she suffered a traumatic brain injury is in custody after police say he confessed to the crime....more >>
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Three Taser shots, police dog finally bring down alleged burglar

A 20-year-old Grosse Pointe Shores man is facing multiple criminal charges for allegedly burglarizing a home in Addison Township. It took three separate shots from Taser stun guns and the powerful jaws of a police dog to finally apprehend the alleged burglar, James William-Ellis Wilson, according to the Oakland County Sheriff's Department....more >>
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Feeling the wind in your hair

Sprinting in the Daniel Axford Elementary "Fun Run" are (from left) Andrew Haselton, Charlie Vallone and Gabriella Grunkemeyer. For more Fun Run photos from DA, Oxford and Lakeville elementaries see pages 8, 9 and 24....more >>

PC tweaks medical marijuana ordinance

A few alterations were suggested and now Oxford Township's proposed ordinance to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries is ready for the next step in the approval process. Last week, the township planning commission voted 6-0 to allow the draft ordinance (see highlights on Page 19) to go forward for a public hearing once the changes are made and an attorney's reviewed it....more >>

Highlights of draft medical marijuana ordinance

n Dispensaries could only operate if they've been issued a special use permit by the planning commission. n Dispensaries would only be permitted in the following township zoning districts Local Commercial (C-1), General Commercial (C-2) and RO (Research-Office)....more >>
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Resident wants to own chickens without variance

It's a little known fact, but folks wishing to raise chickens in the Village of Oxford can do so, if they fork over a lot of cash and get permission from their government. But village resident Sue McGinnis believes people should be allowed to keep chickens in their backyards without all that hassle and added expense....more >>
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Kids get free shopping spree

Smiles and hugs were the only forms of currency needed last week as nearly 200 local elementary students went on a free shopping spree. Thanks to the Rochester Hills-based Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan, 83 Oxford kids and 104 Lake Orion kids each received a brand new winter coat, knit hat, gloves, underwear, socks, shoes, two shirts, a pair of jeans, a book and personal hygiene kit....more >>

Twp. sets tax rates, okays budgets for 2011

Oxford Township residents will notice a slight increase on their property tax bill in December. In fact, it's so minuscule that most people probably won't even notice it or feel it in their pocketbook....more >>
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Born October 4th
1862: Edward Stratemeyer, author, creator of the Hardy Boys, Rover Boys, Nancy Drew and the Bobbsey Twins.
1879: Edward Murray East, botanist whose research led to the development of hybrid corn.
1884: Damon Runyon, journalist and short story writer.
1895: Buster (Joseph F.) Keaton, star of silent film comedies including Sherlock, Jr. and The General.
1919: Rene Marques, Puerto Rican playwright and short story writer.
October 4th
in history
1914: The first German Zeppelin raids London. The J.V. Martin Kitten failed at intercepting Zeppelins.
1957: Sputnik 1, the first man-made satellite, is launched, beginning the space race. The satellite, built by Valentin Glushko, weighed 184 pounds and was launched by a converted Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). Sputnik orbited the earth every 96 minutes at a maximum height of 584 miles. In 1958, it reentered the earth's atmosphere and burned up. Just nine months after President John F. Kennedy called for the U.S. to put a man on the moon before 1970, Mercury astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth.
1968: Cambodia admits that the Viet Cong use their country for sanctuary. As America's involvement in Indochina came to an end in the spring of 1975, the Khmer Rouge closed in on Phnom Penh for the kill.
1972: Judge John Sirca imposes a gag order on the Watergate break-in case.
1976: In Gregg v. Georgia, the U.S. Supreme Court lifts the ban on the death sentence in murder cases. This restores the legality of capital punishment, which had not been practiced since 1967. The first execution following this ruling was Gary Gilmore in 1977.