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Warning for Oxford parents

Be on the lookout for man chasing kids in Lake Villa Manufactured Home Community

Residents in and around the Lake Villa Mobile Home Community on Lakeville Rd. in Oxford Twp. are being advised by the Oakland County Sheriff's Department to be on the lookout for a man who allegedly chased three young girls on their way to Oxford Middle School Thursday, Oct....more >>

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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 >>

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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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 >>

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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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Snyder tops Bernero in BHS mock election

'Educating youth on voting forms the foundation of our democracy'

According to the Secretary of State, Michigan has about 7.2 million registered voters. About 23 percent of voters turned out for the August 2010 primary election. Nineteen percent of voters turned out in Michigan's 2008 primary....more >>
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Webcast of funeral services at Coats

Ortonville- When a loved one dies, there are sometimes family or friends who are not able to attend the funeral or memorial service. Perhaps they live far away or are too frail to travel....more >>

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The Citizen awarded by Michigan Press Association

The Citizen newspaper staff received four awards in the 2010 Michigan Press Association (MPA) Better Newspaper Contest, including an honorable mention in the general excellence category....more >>

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Brandon Township man charged after pulling gun

Ortonville- A 20-year-old Brandon Township man is facing at least two years in prison after threatening several people with a gun. Thomas George Shahin was arraigned Oct. 1 at 52-2 District Court on one count of felonious assault, a 5-year felony, and one count of possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, which upon conviction is a mandatory two-year prison sentence....more >>

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School bond projects to include artificial turf

Goodrich-How does artificial Martian turf sound? At a cost of about $600,000, replacing the sod in the football field with a manufactured surface will be on the list of projects designated by the building and site committee....more >>

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CROP Walk

The walk raised $5,500, exceeding last year's total.

Despite fewer walkers, the 30th annual CROP Walk through downtown Ortonville produced greater results. For the last 29 years, thousands of people have recognized the need to make a difference and joined in the annual CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Walk....more >>
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'This was a great moment'

WWII hero finally honored at Renaissance Festival

Groveland Twp.- Last Sunday, more than 65 years after being freed from a Nazi prison camp where he risked his life to save others, Walter Strzelecki received formal recognition for his heroism....more >>

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Former Blackhawk now in UFL

Former Brandon Blackhawk and University of Michigan football star Matt Lentz is playing for the Lions— the Sacramento Mountain Lions, that is. Lentz, who was released by the Detroit Lions, is now playing his second season in the new United Football League....more >>

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Groveland, Rose, Holly townships take aim at shared services

'The greatest accomplishment from this meeting is we communicated—we talked about the shared service...'

It's time to start sharing. That's the consensus after officials from the Village of Holly, along with Holly, Rose and Groveland townships, attended a meeting on Sept. 23 organized by Holly Township Supervisor Jesse Lambert to discuss the possiblity of combining a host of services, including police, fire and other basic needs....more >>

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'This is a horrendous, brutal crime in our township'

Twp. 13- and 14-year-olds charged with nine felony counts in sexual assaults of younger boys

Two Brandon Township youth, ages 13 and 14, are facing felony life sentences after allegedly sexually assaulting three younger boys. The assaults began in September 2009 in the Sashabaw Meadows Mobile Home Park and were perpetrated against a 7-year-old, 9-year-old, and 10-year-old....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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>
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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 >>
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Tiny bubbles

Constance Hennig blows a bubble during a game at Bailey Lake Elementary Annual School Fair on Saturday....more >>
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Two run for school board

John R. Schrei and Elizabeth Egan want the best for Clarkston students that's why they're running for school board. Incumbent Egan, running for the four-year seat after being appointed this past April, said she still has a passion for education....more >>

Homeowners fight historic commission in restoration project

After living in Bridge Valley subdivision in Independence Township the past 15 years, Jim and Debbie Cousens were looking to move into a smaller house. James found a "fixer upper" for $100,000 at 164 North Main Street....more >>
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Making points

Residents grapple with city identity vs. gov't reform in web debate

To be or not to be that was the question regarding Clarkston cityhood, discussed by residents Cory Johnston and Michael Sabol for Clarkston411.com. For Johnston, the time has come for Clarkston to dissolve its city charter....more >>
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Tea Party host urges voters to make voices heard

Hoping to push America back towards a "free market system," Saving America founder Carl Knaus hosted "The Last Chance Tea Party" in Depot Park, Saturday....more >>

9 MPA awards

Results of the Michigan Press Association 2010 Better Newspaper Contest are in, and Clarkston News has nine more awards for its wall. In Design, the News won third place, "consistent week to week," said judges....more >>
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Pro-life protest peaceful on Sashabaw

More than 150 stood on Sashabaw Road during a Lifechain, Sunday, organized by 40 Days for Life. The demonstration, which filled both sides of Sashabaw Road from Waldon to Bow Pointe Drive, was one day of 40, Sept....more >>

Heritage Festival returns to Davisburg

Davisburg Heritage Festival in downtown Davisburg, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 9, includes an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast; antique tractor display; wagon-ride park tours; historical demonstrations; games; Hay Maze; and parade....more >>
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July 4 whacked

After an extensive "bumping process" and layoffs last year, Independence Township Supervisor Dave Wagner was "glad" to propose a 2011 budget without cuts to employment staff. However, Parks and Recreation's special programs are once again on the chopping block....more >>
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'Thank you for everything'

City Council recognized Dale LaCroix for his "exemplary leadership" during his time as Police Chief of the city. "The job you have done with limited resources is beyond what anybody could have expected....more >>
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Millstream

Red Dog hits the road

Tim Walton joined Independence Township Department of Public Works on Aug. 25, 1975, retiring Oct. 1, 2010. "Thirty-five years - I must have liked it here, 'cause I stayed so long," Walton said at his retirement luncheon....more >>
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Knitting for Special Olympics

Monday Knitters at Clarkston United Methodist Church are experts at all types of cold weather clothing like baby caps, sweaters, and mittens, but have specialized in scarves lately....more >>
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Shooting Stars

A gift to remember Reschke

David Reschke presented a gift to the Clarkston Community Schools district during the board meeting on September 27. The gift was a piece of artwork by Marie Chick to be displayed in the Early Childhood Center....more >>
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Decades of memories available at open house

Sayles Studio is preparing to celebrate its 60th anniversary, Oct. 10, 2010, an opportunity for owner Beth Sayles to clean out several decades worth of photos and negatives. "I have run out of storage space and prefer to put these heirlooms in the hands of the families rather then throw them away," Sayles said....more >>
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Learning how to help

Oakland Christian School students served several charities and community groups during their Servathon, Sept. 23. "I think this is fantastic," said Kay Ryde, board member of Provide Inc....more >>
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Sharing health

More than 100 breast cancer survivors and many local Clarkston businesses attended the Breast Health Event at the Great Lakes Cancer Institute in Independence Township, Oct. 2. Speakers included Nichoel Wasik, 10-year breast cancer survivor from Clarkston; Dr....more >>
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Soaring Eagles

Andersonville Elementary students were full of energy and school spirit on September 29. The weather cooperated giving them sunny and cloudless skies for the school's Annual Fun Run....more >>

News Briefs

Meet the new sup't

Contract signed and sealed, for three years with $140,000 base salary plus benefits, Clarkston's new Superintendent Dr. Rod Rock starts this week, Oct. 6. Clarkston School Board and Clarkston PTA Council host a Welcome Reception for the new superintendent, 5-6:30 p....more >>

Sweetest Day presentation

Men and women seeking a special gift to give on Sweetest Day (Saturday, October 16) have a great opportunity to learn and save at the Clarkston Rotary meeting on Monday, October 11 at 6:30 p....more >>

Tickets for Forest

Tickets for the Friendly Forest, hosted by Independence Township Parks and Recreation and Clarkston Area Optimist Club, are on sale at Brose Electric, 5897 Dixie Highway, and Parks and Recreation office, 6483 Waldon Center Drive....more >>

Davisburg street sale

Davisburg Rotary hosts a street sale in downtown Davisburg, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct. 8-9, for its annual Christmas Basket program. Items for sale include new and used collectibles, furniture, and household items at reasonable prices....more >>

CHS reunion set

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

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1995 "Chamber marks another year of service" Outgoing Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce president Don Brose thanked Lighthouse of Clarkston for providing a home to the chamber after its former courthouse location burned down....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1995 "Chamber marks another year of service" Outgoing Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce president Don Brose thanked Lighthouse of Clarkston for providing a home to the chamber after its former courthouse location burned down....more >>
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Crowning achievement

LOHS' 2010 Homecoming King Cameron Goodall tries to give Homecoming Queen Sarah Mueller a hand with her crown during Friday's halftime ceremony at Dragon Stadium. See more halftime photos and Homecoming parade photos in our print edition....more >>
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Village residents now have curb-side recycling

Lake Orion is certainly not shy when it comes to flaunting the color green, especially after Friday's homecoming festivities. But the village is celebrating green in different way with recycling....more >>

DDA breaks ground on streetscape

The long-awaited Streetscape project meant to give downtown Lake Orion a bright new face—and a brighter future to match—finally got underway Tuesday with a groundbreaking ceremony in Children's Park....more >>

Gutman makes final three in Walled Lake super search

'It's perplexing'

Lake Orion Superintendent Ken Gutman is among the top three finalists in Walled Lake's search for a new superintendent of schools. Paul DeAngelis, current deputy superintendent for Birmingham Public Schools, and Craig Fiegel, current superintendent for Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, are also in the running, according to Walled Lake's district Web site....more >>

Board looks at home-based business ordinance

Have a home-based business? The Orion Township Board of Trustees voted Monday to suspend enforcement of ordinances regulating such businesses while it looks into a request made by the ZBA....more >>
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Local efforts help push drug-banning legislation

K2 is also known as legal weed, Spice, Demon and Genie and now it's illegal, thanks in no small part to Lake Orion law enforcement and community coalition efforts. Until Friday, Oct....more >>
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'Working smoke alarms needed in every home'

A significant number of homes in Orion Township and the Village of Lake Orion may be ill-equipped to warn residents of fire. That's the word from Orion Township Fire Inspector Michael Martin, who's spending a large part of Fire Prevention Week, Oct....more >>
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'Always prepared'

It's a good thing a Boy Scout is always prepared, says Larry Matola. He and Troop 248, out of King of Kings Lutheran Chuch, attended their first International Scout Rally last month and didn't know quite what they were walking into....more >>
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Rise and be recognized!

Oxford High School seniors Allen Bozeman and Samantha Murphy were crowned the homecoming King and Queen during Friday night's game. For the rest of the homecoming court photos, please see Page 13....more >>

Schools up 154 students

Skilling credits global focus, lack of cuts

Good news for Oxford Community Schools the district's student population is continuing to grow by leaps and bounds, while those around it shrink. Based on the Sept. 29 Count Day, the number of students increased by 153....more >>

District to get extra $197 per student

The good news is Oxford Schools is getting more money. The bad news is it's a one-shot deal for this year only. The really bad news is a good chunk of this extra money is going to be used to pay for retirees....more >>

Bomb squad visits Addison home

An Addison home in the 500 block of W. Leonard Road was visited by the Michigan State Police Bomb Squad Tuesday after the owner found some possible explosives. The owner was cleaning out his garage and found what was suspected to be 14 sticks of dynamite....more >>

NOTA gets new home on Glaspie St.

Pack up the boxes and crank up the buses because the North Oakland Transportation Authority is moving about a mile to the west. Last week, the NOTA board of directors voted to move its operations from the Crossroads for Youth campus at 930 E....more >>

Timber! Village trees coming down

Shouts of timber will soon be heard throughout the Village of Oxford as some trees that are in pretty bad shape come crashing to the ground. Last week, council awarded a $5,165 contract to the Richmond-based Active Tree Experts, Inc....more >>
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Family founds foundation to fight disease

It's the sentence every parent fears hearing and every doctor dreads saying "I'm sorry, but I'm afraid there's something wrong with your baby." Once it's uttered, nothing is ever the same again....more >>
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Editor earns another six MPA awards

Leader Editor C.J. Carnacchio is adding another six awards to his trophy wall. The 34-year-old Oxford resident was recently honored with awards for his reporting, opinion writing and photojournalism skills as part of the Michigan Press Association's (MPA) 2010 Better Newspaper Contest, which involved 3,341 entries submitted by 126 newspapers from around the state....more >>
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Construction begins on new McDonald's

Those driving along M-24 through Oxford will see something they haven't seen for quite a while around here the sight of a new building being constructed. Ground was broken last week on a brand new 4,362-square-foot McDonald's restaurant, complete with side-by-side drive-throughs, so two vehicles can simultaneously place orders....more >>

Mixed reactions to bill targeting China's money manipulation

The U.S. House of Representatives vote last week to get tough with China in terms of its unfair trading practices was met with mixed reactions by some local manufacturers. "It's a tiny step in the right direction," said Bob Warnke, owner and president of Warnke Tool (3287 Metamora Rd....more >>
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Hot time at the fire house!

The Oxford Fire Department hosted its annual open house Sunday afternoon to kick off National Fire Prevention Week, which runs from Oct. 3-9. Parents and kids got to spray water from a genuine fire hose, learn fire safety tips, climb all over the shiny red trucks and eat fresh-grilled hot dogs....more >>
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Born October 24th
1788: Sarah Josepha Hale, magazine editor and poet whose book Poems for Our Children included Mary Had a Little Lamb (the first words to be recorded in sound)
1904: Moss Hart, American playwright who, with George S. Kaufman, wrote plays such as You Can't Take it with You and The Man who came to Dinner.
1911: Sonny Terry, blues performer.
1923: Denise Levertov, English poet.
1929: George Henry Crumb, American composer.
October 24th
in history
1938: The Fair Labor Standards Act becomes law, establishing the 40-hour work week.
1944: The aircraft carrier USS Princeton is sunk by a single Japanese plane during the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
1945: The United Nations comes into existence with the ratification of its charter by the first 29 nations.
1945: Vidkun Quisling, Norway's wartime minister president, is executed by firing squad for collaboration with the Nazis.
1952: Presidential candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower announces that if elected, he will go to Korea. In 1950, as U.S. Marines tried to fight their way out of a Chinese trap, Korea suffered its worst winter of the century. The men who struggled there suffered accordingly.