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Village clerk responds to firing, addresses manager's performance

"I was completely shocked." That's how former Oxford Village Clerk Dan Luick described his reaction to council's 3-2 vote on Oct. 12 to terminate him effective immediately (for background see story "Council fires clerk who needs kidney transplant")....more >>

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Crime

No TV On Oct. 5, a Brandon deputy responded to the 3800 block of Cedar Loop for a report of breaking and entering. The complainant said when she left for work at 3 p.m., she left a bedroom window open....more >>

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Local cashier still checking out at 78

Groveland Twp.- For many working adults, punching the time clock for the last time prior to retirement can't come fast enough. Not the case for Clara Switzenburg, who at 78-years-old still rings up customers at Bueche's Food World....more >>

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Coffee hour There will be a coffee hour at 9 a.m., Oct. 29 at The Citizen, 12 South St.The public is invited to attend and enjoy treats and conversation. Donations for OCEF will be accepted....more >>
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Dog's death prompts call for slower rural speeds

Brandon Twp.- An area family is mourning the loss of a family pet after a hit and run motorist on a rural township road killed their dog. Margo Gonzalez, who lives in the 3000 block of Sherwood Road, said on the afternoon of Oct....more >>

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Hunter dies after falling from tree stand

A 63-year old Orion Township man was found dead just after dark on Oct. 7 after he apparently fell about 15 feet from a tree stand while deer hunting near Honert and State Park roads in Brandon Township....more >>
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Pining for pins

If Ortonville resident Ken Bush's collection of political items could speak, it would describe more than 200 years of American history from George Washington to George Bush—with a few mayors and governors, too....more >>

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Village budget stays in black despite economy

Goodrich-Following a two year dip in both taxable values and state funds, the village coffers grew following an audit presented by Lewis & Knopf at Monday night's council meeting. Key indicators of the overall health of village finances included an additional $50,998 to the general fund, which as of June 30 has grown to $278,894 according to the audit....more >>
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Make a difference in your community— volunteer

Editor's note: Make a Difference Day is Oct. 23. This is the first in a 2-part series about ways you can make a difference by volunteering in your community. This week, learn how you can help through O....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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Queen of the field

Homecoming Queen Bri Fox walks down the 50-yard line during half-time at the Wolves' football game. King Ryan Catalano was playing for the team. His dad, Gary, stepped in to be her escort....more >>

Schools decide on $1.6 million

School officials plan to use expected federal stimulus funds as a fire hose on their budget. "We agreed we would look at the hot spots once we knew if we were getting the money," said Rosalie Lieblang, Clarkston School Board treasurer....more >>
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Rock fans

Clarkston High School students greet new Superintendent Dr. Rod Rock before Monday's School Board meeting. The Oct. 11 meeting was Rock's first, and school groups came out to meet him....more >>

Books don't balance - auditor hired

With finance director out sick, Independence Township board authorized Clerk Shelagh VanderVeen to bring in auditors Plante & Moran "to assist in finance functions of the township for the next month at cost not to exceed $2,500....more >>
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Athletic-field honors for retiring Reschke

From left, Clarkston High School Principal Gary Kaul presents David Reschke his own jersey, in honor of his 26 years of service to Clarkston Community Schools, with his granddaughter Sophie Harp, CHS football coach Kurt Richardson, and Athletic Director Dan Fife, Oct....more >>

Board approves meetings to be shown on internet

After Independence Township Supervisor Dave Wagner had prohibited the posting of township board meetings via the internet, as well as shut down discussion on the matter at the Sept....more >>
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The Royalty

The Homecoming Court drove around Clarkston High School's track as the Varsity and JV Dance team and marching band performed. The color guard held their flags as the Homecoming Court proudly walked down the 50-yard line on the football field....more >>
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Haunted happenings for Halloween

If you're looking for a scary fun night out then get out Terror at Townsend Forest or Haunted Fountains Walk of Terror. "It's just a hoot getting all this stuff ready to go," said Don Brown, who's volunteered at Townsend for the past five years....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Gotta dance now!

Clarkston High School Varsity and Junior Varsity dance teams entertained the crowd at the Oct. 8 Homecoming game against Royal Oak. They perform at halftime at all the Clarkston Wolves home games....more >>
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Blue, gold and camo

Clarkston High School's gym was packed for the Homecoming Pep Rally on Friday. Students defeated their teachers in a game of Tug-o-War and they listened to Battle of the Bands winner, Take a Hint....more >>
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Family fun at Heritage Festival

Families enjoyed a beautiful day of fun at the Davisburg Heritage Festival, Saturday. Activities included a downtown parade and free activities for children including making suncatchers, painting pumpkins, riding a tractor train, digging for treasures in hay, racing through a hay bale maze, and some archery practice....more >>
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Middle schoolers donate dozens of care packages

Sashabaw Middle School students donated 60 care-package boxes to American Auxilliary Post 63, Oct. 6. "We're happy Sashabaw Middle School is on the ball with all the boxes for our troops," said Bonnie Parker, auxiliary member....more >>

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Candidate forums

The Clarkston PTA District Council hosts candidate forums, Wednesdays, Oct. 13 and 20. Candidates for 12th and 26th District State Senate will speak in the town-hall style forum, Oct....more >>

Coat drive

Donate slightly used or new blankets and coats for the needy. Drop off is available at Everest Collegiate High School & Everest Academy lobbies, 5935 Clarkston Road, until Tuesday, Oct....more >>

Squirts hockey fund raiser

Wolves Squirt Hockey Team hosts a fund-raiser dinner, 5-8 p....more >>

Farm market continues

Clarkston Farmers Market is wrapped up for the year, but fresh farm goods are still available at the Sashabaw Farm Market. The market, 5438 Sashabaw Road, is open daily, 11 a.m.-6 p....more >>
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Green burial option at The Preserve cemetery

Those living a green life can make a final contribution to the environment after death at The Preserve, All Saints Cemetery, offering natural burial....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1995 "Babes in pumpkinland" Julian Cafmeyer, 13 months, David Vanderheyden, 5, Kortni Chrisman, 4, and other children helped their families pick the perfect pumpkin for the Halloween season....more >>
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GM: High hopes for new Buick Verano in Orion

Crews working to retool the General Motors Orion Assembly plant said returning workers won't recognize the place when they return to the job in months ahead. The plant was gutted, floor to ceiling, after most of the workforce was laid off and the last car rolled off the line....more >>
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Bond proposal pushes forward

Putting the cart before the horse. The phrase was uttered by more than a few community members after school officials held a bond proposal informational meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 6....more >>

Township closing in on final 2011 budget

Unusually high fund balance hardly takes a hit

Orion Township officials are scheduled to meet Wednesday to finish hammering out next year's budget, but a preliminary draft shows the township once again will operate with an fund balance well over 100 percent....more >>
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'Footprints in the Forest"' Couple plans run/hike event in daughter's memory

'You will be challenged - no flat, paved straightaways on this course - and you will conquer…' The words come from a flier advertising Footprints in the Forest, an upcoming four-mile run/two-mile hike on the trails of Bald Mountain State Recreation Area....more >>
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LO grad is a 'Rehab Addict'

Nicole Curtis's DIY Network show airs October 14

Getting her own TV show wasn't something LOHS grad Nicole Curtis set out to do. The opportunity "fell into my lap" said Curtis, now the host of the DIY (Do it yourself) Network's "Rehab Addict....more >>

Lady Dragons 'making strides'

Somewhere in the auditorium, a young girl cried. One by one, a voice punctuated the silence as students, faculty and others spoke aloud the names of loved ones affected by breast cancer....more >>
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'A dream come true:' New store, used books downtown

Michael McLeod is a romantic kind of guy. Since his wife Brenda Wilson was very young, she's wanted to open her own book store. "I don't know of very many people who can say they made the dreams of their spouse come true....more >>

Local man arrested after police find cocaine

Orion resident David M. Munro, 41, was taken into Lake Orion police custody after officers found a baggie of cocaine in his pickup truck and an illegal level of alcohol in his system, Sunday, Oct....more >>
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Red-letter day for new sister schools

Oxford Community Schools (OCS) took a big step forward in its global education effort when they signed a sister school agreement with Northeast Yucai School of Shenyang, China on Wednesday, Oct....more >>

Council fires clerk who needs kidney transplant

Tuesday night's Oxford Village Council meeting was filled with shocking news. First, Clerk Dan Luick publicly revealed that he's in need of a kidney transplant. Then, later in the meeting, council voted 3-2 to terminate Luick effective immediately....more >>

Girls chased on their way to school

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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Rossell claims pumpkin crown at weigh-off

Hear ye! Hear ye! Let it be known that Addison resident Joe Rossell now has the biggest, baddest pumpkin in the patch. Weighing in at a whopping 461 pounds, Rossel's massive fruit of the vine won the 10th Annual Big Pumpkin Weigh-Off held Oct....more >>

Movie uses Lakeville Lake as location

The growing movie industry in Michigan found it's way to Addison Township as big named stars spent a day filming a few scenes for the upcoming film "Reasonable Bunch". Demi Moore, Kate Bosworth and Thomas Haden Church star in "Reasonable Bunch", a comedy about a dysfunctional family trying set aside and overcome their differences to plan a wedding....more >>
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Merchant on mission to make downtown Oxford more walkable

Between the deafening noise and speeding traffic, downtown Oxford isn't exactly the most inviting place to take a leisurely stroll while doing some window shopping. But Anna Taylor is on a mission to change all that and make downtown a safer, friendlier place for folks who aren't traveling via motorized vehicle....more >>

Village eliminates time limit for trick-or-treating

Halloween has officially been deregulated in the Village of Oxford. In a 3-2 vote Tuesday night, council decided there will be no time schedule for trick-or-treating on Sunday, Oct....more >>
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From bank to dentist's office

By C.J. Carnacchio Leader Editor One of Oxford's vacant buildings is in the process of being recycled and repurposed. Work began last week on transforming the vacant Comerica banking facility, located at M-24 and Minnetonka, into a brand new office for local dentist Dr....more >>
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Girls day out!

Around 250 ladies attended the annual Women's Expo held Saturday at Oxford Middle School. The low attendance was attributed to everything from the Indian Summer weather to the Michigan-Michigan State football game....more >>
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Born August 28th
1896: Liam O'Flaherty, Irish novelist and short-story writer.
1903: Bruno Bettelheim, Austrian psychologist, educator of autistic and emotionally disturbed children.
1908: Roger Tory Peterson, author of the innovative bird book A Field Guide to Birds.
1925: Donald O'Connor, entertainer (Singin' in the Rain, Anything Goes).
1952: Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet.
August 28th
in history
1914: Three German cruisers are sunk by ships of the Royal Navy in the Battle of Heligoland Bight, the first major naval battle of World War I.
1938: The first degree given to a ventriloquist's dummy is awarded to Charlie McCarthy--Edgar Bergen's wooden partner. The honorary degree, Master of Innuendo and Snappy Comeback, is presented on radio by Ralph Dennis, the dean of the School of Speech at Northwestern University.
1941: The German U-boat U-570 is captured by the British and renamed Graph
1944: German forces in Toulon and Marseilles, France, surrender to the Allies.
1945: Chinese communist leader Mao Tse-Tung arrives in Chunking to confer with Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-Shek in a futile effort to avert civil war.