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It's the big show for local

As a trumpet player for many years, Brandon Townshp resident Maryann Powell has played before big crowds before. But on Sept. 25, when Powell was honored at a Detroit Tigers game as one of Comerica Bank's top volunteers, the 30,000 fans jammed into the stadium for the afternoon game against the Minnesota Twins was far more than the small venues she has played for in the past....more >>


State honors for Ortonville playwright

After writing and performing her first play, "Downward Dog," at Clarkston Village Players last June, Wendy Hedstrom decided to enter it into a contest by the Community Theatre Association of Michigan (CTAM)....more >>


Bond extension project list approved by board

Goodrich- The school board voted 7-0 on Monday night at a special meeting approving $15.4 million in a project list for a proposed bond extension. Construction could begin as early as September 2011 for about 100 projects in the district ranging from $1....more >>

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Rude awakening On Oct. 12, a Brandon deputy responded to a report of an attempted breaking and entering in the 200 block of E. Glass Road. The complainant said he woke up to make coffee and realized his home was unusually cold....more >>

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Thanks Bob Please join us at a coffee hour 9 a.m., Oct. 29 to honor The Citizen Photographer Bob Flath, who is retiring from the newspaper industry after many years. The Citizen is located at 12 South St....more >>
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Make a difference in your community

Editor's note: The 20th anniversary of Make a Difference Day is today, Oct. 23. This is the second in a series about ways you can make a difference by volunteering in your community....more >>
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Seeing pink, delivering fuel, local company driving for a cure

One area company has taken the fight against breast cancer on the road. Fighting breast cancer can be as simple as buying propane delivered in a pink and white Hamilton's fuel truck....more >>


Police calls increase, while staff decreases

'We won't be able to do the things we could in the past,' Sgt. Pete Burkett, OCSO, Brandon

Brandon Twp.- Calls for police service in the township are up, but as cuts are made to officer positions, residents can expect service to go down. "As we cut personnel, service is going down a little," said OCSO Sgt....more >>

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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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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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New park preserves pristine property

Tour guide Daniel Stencil had a warning for those following. "It's a bit wet out here," said Stencil, executive officer for Oakland County Parks, splashing through four inches of water at the edge of Upper Bushman Lake in Independence Township....more >>
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One man for mayor

Luginski runs unopposed

History is repeating it self as the race for city mayor is an unopposed one man show for the Nov. 2 election. When Joe Luginski heard City Mayor Steve Arkwright was not running for reelection and no one else was stepping forward, he decided to throw his hat in the ring....more >>
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Search for silent killer

It is known as an invisible killer. It can't be seen. It doesn't have a smell. It's radon, a radioactive gas from natural decay of uranim found in nearly all soils. Dean Farner of Davisburg said October, Radon Awareness Month, is a perfect opportunity to check homes and businesses....more >>
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Gunshots concern residents

With Lake Oakland nearby and duck season underway, gun shots aren't uncommon in the 2000 block of Mann Road. But for the Eggenberger family of Waterford Township, shots they heard in the early morning, Oct....more >>
Wendy Hedstrom took first place in a play writing contest with her play “Downward Dog.” Photo by Trevor Keiser (click for larger version)


State honors for local playwright

After writing and performing her first play "Downward Dog" at Clarkston Village Players last June, Wendy Hedstrom decided to enter it into a contest by the Community Theatre Association of Michigan (CTAM)....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Reunited after 40 years

The Clarkston High School Class of 1970 remembered their school days as they watched from the stands, on Oct. 8. It was a special game to watch – the Wolves hosted their Homecoming and last home game for the regular season....more >>
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Author brings spiritual story to township library

Author Greta Emling brings Phyllis Klenk's story of survival against the odds, hosting a presentation, question-and-answer, and book signing, 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 24, Independence Township Library, 6495 Clarkston Road....more >>
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Mamon rides back to town, Oct. 30

Kaz Mamon and his costumed band of motorcycle riders return, Oct. 30. Activities include free lunch at Mesquite Creek in Independence Township, 11 a.m., Saturday Oct 30, with face painting and snacks....more >>
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Hot Yoga heating up

Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed Clarkston Hot Yoga into the neighborhood with a ribbon cutting on Oct. 6. The event included healthy snacks and special speaker L. Brooks Patterson who spoke on how Oakland County is promoting heath, wellness and excercise....more >>
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Family hosts benefit dinner for son with cancer

While attending a friend's wedding, Joe Freed thought it was strange when he found a swollen lymph-node in his neck, but just assumed it was his body "fighting an infection." Come to find out Freed was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkins Lyphoma Cancer....more >>

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Lunch for vets

Independence Township Senior Adult Activity Center hosts a Veterans Day Lunch, honoring those who have served our country during war or peace, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 12, at American Legion Post 63, 8047 Ortonville Road....more >>

New Optimist Club in Lake Orion

With Clarkston Area Optimist Club as sponsor, Lake Orion Area Optimist Club is officially in business with 29 charter members. Richard Bloom, field representative for International Optimists and former vice president, installed officers and charter members, Sept....more >>

Judge talk

Clarkston Rotary Club welcomes Judge Joseph Fabrizio, 52-2 District Court, to their 6:30 p.m. meeting, Monday Oct. 25. Fabrizio will discuss "The Do's and Don'ts of Appearing In Court From A Judge's Perspective....more >>

Piano in a hurry

Clarkston Community Education offers "How To Play Piano in Three Hours" workshop with instructor Marc Doiron, 6-9 p.m., Nov. 11, 6558 Waldon Road. Students learn how to use chords instead of traditional note-by-note music reading....more >>


In The Clarkston News People Poll regarding wishes for the new superintendent, Oct. 6, Aaron Hennig said he favored mandatory drug testing for all public officials and employees, especially teachers – this would help teach children right and wrong through their example....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1995 "Drug use here exceeds national averages" Western Michigan University's survey of high school seniors nationwide found Clarkston teens had higher use rates in all illegal drugs except cocaine, heroin, and steroids....more >>

Noise, odor from regulator station causes stir, but poses no danger, officials said

'It just kept venting'

The Consumer's Energy regulator station near Broadway and Elizabeth did what it was designed to do on Monday evening. But then it kept going. The loud chugging noise went on for nearly an hour, and the smell in the air was heavy and unmistakable: Natural gas....more >>

Gutman gone: School board sets sights on finding interim replacement

Will Superintendent Ken Gutman stay or go? It's not a question anymore now that word has come in from Walled Lake Consolidated Schools officials and Gutman himself: he's leaving. Tuesday, Oct....more >>
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Blue and brown ride for green

A traveling hoard of over 50 bikers hit Lake Orion streets, Saturday, Oct. 16, but they weren't rabble-rousers. In fact, they were pretty well behaved, considering the bulk of riders were area Sheriff's deputies and police officers....more >>

Zoned in: Zoning ordinance rewrite affects residents and businesses; village will hear from public, October 25

Houses and business will stay put, but the plots underneath them will change if the Lake Orion Village Council moves forward with a zoning ordinance rewrite. The rewrite was passed along by the village's Planning Commission after the group finished a multi-year process checking to see how it could alleviate major issues, like the number of residents going before the Board of Zoning Appeals for variances....more >>

Lake Orion, your 2010 'Citizen of the Year' nominees

Back in August, we asked you to nominate "Citizen of the Year," someone who goes above and beyond in service to the Orion area. Following are responses from members of the community, in their own words....more >>

School auditors: future funding looks bleak

The books are good; the financial outlook is bad. That was essentially the message from Lake Orion Schools' Plante Moran audit, presented by Donna Hanson. For 2010, district expenditures exceeded revenues by just under $5 million, said Hanson, so the district used fund balance to make up the difference....more >>

Optimists charter Lake Orion club, seek members

A newly assembled group of people began looking on the bright side of town last week when the new Lake Orion Area Optimist Club was officially chartered. The club, with 29 charter members, began to assemble early last summer when Roger Diederich and Don Brose, chairmen of new club building for the Clarkston Area Optimist Club, began soliciting membership for a new club....more >>

Briefly: Attention: Ghouls, goblins, ghosts

Trick-or-treating in Lake Orion and Orion Township will be from 6 to 8 p....more >>

Briefly: Section of Baldwin to close

Baldwin Road, south of Indianwood, in Orion Township will be closed, Saturday, Oct. 23, while the county road commission replaces a culvert under the road. The detour route is Clarkston Road to Joslyn to Indianwood and back to Baldwin, and vice versa....more >>

Briefly: How to spend $8,500?

This year, the Village of Lake Orion was allocated $8,493 by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The village council will take public input on how to use the money at their Nov....more >>
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Too cool for school!

Wearing a leopard print dress, Melissa Peruski, fourth-grade teacher at Clear Lake, struts her stuff at the Oxford Women's Club fashion show. For more photos, see Page 10. Photo by CJC....more >>
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Oxford ranked among best places to do biz

Officials are always saying that the Village of Oxford is a great place in which to do business. Well, now they have a university study to back up their boast. On Tuesday, the village was recognized as one of the top 55 communities in the entire state, according to the 2010 eCities project....more >>
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Ex-football player's daughter tackles cancer

Back when Norman Ferguson was playing football for the Oxford Wildcats, he faced some pretty tough opponents on the gridiron every Friday night. But none of them could prepare the 1987 Oxford High School graduate for the battle he's waging right now – the fight to save his young daughter's life from cancer....more >>

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 (see story "Council fires clerk who needs kidney transplant" at www....more >>
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Faces changing, but not the commitment

A changing of the guard occurred at last week's Oxford Village Council meeting as the police department honored a longtime reserve officer and celebrated the next generation of law enforcement volunteers....more >>
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Jr. Cats have high hopes for playoffs

The Oxford Jr. Wildcat football program has helped lay the groundwork for one of the most successful winning streaks of any high school football program in the state. This year's teams are no exception as both the freshman blue and freshman gold teams posted winning records and have high hopes for playoff runs....more >>

Oxford company to renovate Arnold School

Project to cost $14,800

Sounds of hammers and nails will soon be heard coming from Watershed Park in Addison Twp. as exterior work is scheduled to get under way this week on the Arnold School building. The Addison Twp....more >>

New safety path master plan focuses on M-24, Seymour Lake Rd.

Completing the safety path system along W. Drahner Rd. was a significant accomplishment for Oxford Township, one that was much appreciated by residents who walk and bike. But officials aren't resting on their laurels....more >>
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Spuds o' plenty for area churches, pantries

Someone must have ordered extra starch because Oxford was loaded with it Saturday morning. Between 40,000 and 42,000 pounds of spuds were delivered, unpacked and picked up by 21 churches and food pantries as part of the annual "Potato Drop....more >>
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Fun day at the fire house

The Addison Twp. Fire Department hosted its annual open house Saturday. Pumpkin decorating, fire extinguisher lessons, a smoke house and the U-M Survival Flight helicopter were all part of the fun....more >>
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And I do my little turn on the catwalk

It was all about clothes and shopping Oct. 13 as the Oxford Women's Club held its annual fashion show at Boulder Pointe. Seventeen women, men and children walked down the runway and struck a pose while wearing fashions provided by Parisian....more >>
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Just for the ladies

Downtown Oxford was invaded Saturday by customers of the feminine persuasion as the quaint shopping district hosted the Girlfriends Walk event. Between 150 and 200 ladies from all over the area strolled up and down Washington St....more >>
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