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The Harlem Ambassadors

At 7 p.m., tonight, Oct. 30, the Harlem Ambassadors will visit Brandon High School, 1025 S. Ortonville Road. The Harlem Ambassadors feature ball-handling tricks and comedy routines....more >>

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Harlem Ambassadors Tour At 7 p.m., today the Harlem Ambassadors will be visiting at Brandon High School, 1025 S. Ortonville Road. The Harlem Ambassadors will features ball-handling tricks and comedy routines....more >>

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Gas and go On Oct. 19, a Brandon deputy responded to the 3600 block of Dartmouth for malicious destruction of property to a vehicle. The complainant said overnight someone removed the gas cap from his truck and drilled a hole into the bottom of the gas tank that he had just filled with $60 of gas....more >>
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New deli now a cut above at Bueche's

Groveland Twp.-Remodeling can have a vast improvement on the overall atmosphere of a business and greatly improve customer satisfaction, even if only one part of the business is remodeled....more >>

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Coffee hour There will be a coffee hour at 9 a.m., Friday, Nov. 26 at The Citizen, 12 South St., Ortonville. The public is invited to enjoy conversation and sweet treats. Details: 248-627-4332....more >>


Cable franchise fee collection yields $70K surplus

Otonville- The cable has been tabled. At the village council meeting Oct. 25, councilmembers voted 5-2 to postpone a decision on what to do with $70,000 in surplus cable franchise fees....more >>


Fraud advisory: Beware of work-from-home scams

Brandon Twp.- In the current economy, help wanted ads aren't what they used to be. But despite the scarcity of traditional employment, work-at-home opportunities seem to abound. Beware....more >>


Township to consider additional cell tower

The planning commission received an application in October for a new cell tower proposed by AT&T to be erected near Burpee Road between Gale and Vassar roads. The 177-foot structure, to be built and owned by Indiana-based Fortune Wireless Corporation, is necessary, according to the application submitted to the township, to meet coverage objectives reducing dropped calls....more >>


Private roads, public problem

Brandon Twp.- There are more than 160 private roads in the township. Property owners on those roads are left to decide how to maintain them— who plows the snow in the winter, who grades the road in the summer, how often work is done, how much to pay for the work....more >>
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'If it weren't for OCEF, I don't know what we would do'

Brandon Twp.- Amy Leinenger's daughter's 12th birthday was Tuesday, but due to financial hardship, the single mom had to tell her pre-teen that she couldn't afford to buy her a gift....more >>
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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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Friends in the forest

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Involvement key for city council candidates

This Tuesday, Clarkston's 800 or so registered voters can vote for three city council candidates, but you'll only see two names on the ballot. A mess up by city officials meant only two people, incumbents Charles Inabnit and Peg Roth, filed in time....more >>
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Treats for costumed canines

The day before costumed kids hit the streets for Halloween trick-or-treating, their pets get their turn. "Come in costume and trick-or-treat into town," said Peg Roth, member of Clarkston Retailers Group, sponsor of the event....more >>
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Lifetime of learning for Dr. Rock

The words hung in the air as Clarkston Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Rod Rock walked away. "My first priority is the children," he said for his final words, a verbal commitment to students, community and all Clarkston Community Schools employees....more >>

School candidates at forum

As a way to get voters ready for this Tuesday's November election, the Clarkston PTA Council held candidate forums for the last three weeks. The final one was held last week with school board candidates John Schrei and Elizabeth Egan....more >>

Two challengers for U.S. Rep. Rogers

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers of Howell, 47, Republican, a lifelong resident of Livingston County, married with two children, is running for reelection to Congress. He served as U.S. Rep. for Michigan's 8th District, 2001 to present; formerly U....more >>

Incumbent Kowall faces challenges

Eileen Kowall of White Lake, 58, Republican, 29 years living in community, married to Mike for 36 years, with two grown daughters and one grandchild, is running for reelection to state House of Representatives....more >>

Three candidates for open state senate seat

David B. Robertson, 50, Republican, a lifelong Michigan resident, living in Grand Blanc with his wife, Teresa, is running for State Senator, 26th District. He is a licensed insurance agent with the Al Bourdeau Insurance Agency....more >>

Reid takes on Middleton for County Commission seat

Tom Middleton of Clarkston, 65, Republican, lived in Fourth Oakland County Commission District for 13 years, married to Kathy for 43 years, three children and four grandchildren, running for reelection to Oakland County Commission, Fourth District....more >>
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Coach Whitehead inspires one more time

The football players kneeled around Coach Dave Whitehead for the last time after they finished their freshman season against Lake Orion last Thursday. Whitehead looked at the boys and gave them his last pep talk in his coaching career....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Deputy retires after three decades of service

Deputies, township officials, family and friends filled Independence Township sheriff's substation, Oct. 20, to bid fond farewell to retiring Deputy Robert Osborne. Osborne served 31 years with the department, with assignments in Brandon Township, Springfield Township, and Independence Township for the past 11 years....more >>
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Halloween fun for pets

Advanced PetCare of Oakland held their second annual Barktoberfest on Sunday. The event is for pets and their owners to come out and have fun with playing games, decorating cookies and pumpkins and meeting new furry and not furry friends....more >>
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Wild night

Fans of the environment rocked to Motown classics at North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy's Wild Night Out fund raiser, Oct. 2. The annual event supports NOHLC programs, such as Autumn at Kimball Preserve walk, 11 a....more >>
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Trunk or Treat

Kids walked from car trunk to car trunk collecting candy during Clarkston United Methodist Church's annual Trunk or Treat. The free event was held on Sunday in the church's parking lot for a safe and fun environment to gather candy....more >>
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Ideas for Girl Scout activities

Jamisen Sivak, Girl Scout parent from Andersonville Elementary, learns about Indian Springs Metropark programs from Jill Martin. Clarkston Girl Scouts hosted an Expo for Girl Scout Leaders to gather ideas for programs and service projects offered by groups in our community,Oct....more >>
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Ready for the next act

Intermission isn't a crowded affair anymore at Clarkston Village Players' Depot Theater, thanks to a recent renovation. "With the sofas, it would get pretty crowded," said Jan Cable, CVP public relations manager....more >>

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Wine tasting

Clarkston Rotary Club hosts "A Taste for the Holidays," featuring wines from around the world and food from 13 local restaurants, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 3, at Bordine Nursery....more >>

Stormwater presentation

On November 3, 2010 from 7-9 p.m. the Wild Ones, North Oakland Chapter will host a free presentation: 'Stormwater The Impact of Michigan's Storm Water Management on a Stressed Economy' at St....more >>

Trunk or Treat at St. Trinity

St. Trinity Lutheran Church, 7928 Sashabaw Road, hosts Trunk-or-treat and Reformation Day Festival, 6-8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 31. Trunk-or-treating for all ages is from 6-7 p.m. no devil, witch, vampire, or other costumes at the Christian focused, church event....more >>

Be safe for Halloween

Safety tips for trick-or-treaters this Halloweem, courtesy of Sheriff Mike Bouchard: Children's costumes should not be too restrictive—they should have adequate holes for proper respiration and peripheral vision....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1995 "Court reopens in Clarkston" Judge Gerald McNally and staff approved of the new 52-2 District Courthouse, which opened Oct. 30, 1995, a year to the day after it burned to the ground....more >>

Neighbors need a ride: NOTA considers expansion

Love thy neighbor as thyself-just be careful when they start asking for favors. Orion Township officials and those from the surrounding community are exercising caution and looking closely at details after representatives from Independence Township inquired about hitching a ride with the North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA)....more >>

Grant to make Paint Creek homier for fish

There's a saying about fishing: "The Fishing was great, it was the catching that was bad." Except in Paint Creek in downtown Lake Orion, where local resident and fishing enthusiast Jeff Aisthorpe says the fishing isn't good either; there's hardly any fish at all....more >>

Township hit by health-care hike

Thirty-six percent. A million dollars over the next two years. Those were the numbers supplied to the Orion Township Board of Trustees when Supervisor Matthew Gibb disclosed news of 2011 health plan rates announced by Blue Cross and Blue Shield....more >>

Local election races: County Commission

John Bingham Jr., an Orion Township resident and the democratic candidate for County Commission District 3, did not return a call from the Review. Michael J. Gingell (R), first elected Oakland County Commissioner, District 3, in November 2006, says he's ready to come back and continue his work with the commission, where he's currently serving as Vice Chairman of the Board....more >>

Local election races: State Senate, 12th District

Cassandra Ulbrich Casandra Ulbrich, (D) is running for State Senate 12th District because she's tired of watching partisan bickering balloon out of control while not much of anything else is accomplished....more >>

Local election races: State Representative, 46th District

David Lillis Lillis, married with four boys and working as an executive officer for a cruise line, says he's sick of party politics and wants to simply work toward solutions instead of focusing on who's right and who's wrong....more >>
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One pie, coming up!

OES gets creamed!

It's every kid's fantasy shoving a cream pie right in a teacher's kisser. Some lucky Oxford Elementary students got to do just that to various teachers, plus the principal and a PTO member....more >>

Tax hike or cut cops?

Twp. voters face two sheriff millages on Nov. 2 ballot

When Oxford Township voters go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 2, they will face a very difficult decision. They can either vote to raise their property taxes or watch their police staffing get cut by as many as five officers....more >>

About face

Village sets trick-or-treat hours 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31

Trick-or-treaters in the Village of Oxford will continue playing their annual game of 'beat the clock' this Halloween. On Tuesday night, council voted 4-1 to establish a trick-or-treating time limit of 6 to 7:30 p....more >>

Five candidates, four seats in Leonard election

While Michigan voters are busy deciding who will be the next governor to blow them away, Leonard's 270 registered voters will head to the polls Nov. 2 to choose who's going to represent them on their village council....more >>

No contest

Oxford man faces sentencing for sexually assaulting underage girl

A 35-year-old Oxford man who sexually assaulted an underage girl and took explicit photographs of her will learn his fate next month. Joseph Hnanicek pleaded no contest in Oakland County Circuit Court Oct....more >>

Addison kicks in $5K to keep senior meals

Hot meals and good times are still going to be a fixture at the Addison Township senior center. The senior center, located in the Addison Township Complex at 1440 Rochester Rd., was in danger of losing it's nutritional meal program from the Older Person's Commission (OPC) for seniors who visit the center on a daily basis....more >>
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Night of delight for the senses

The wine flowed freely and the buffet table was constantly replenished as the Friends of the Addison Township Public Library held their annual Flavor Fest last week. A total of 148 guests attended the magical evening at Addison Oaks....more >>

Ex-clerk will pay own insurance

If former Oxford Village Clerk Dan Luick wants to continue having health insurance, he's going to have to pay for it without any financial help from the municipality. During Tuesday's council meeting, no motions of support were offered or approved regarding village President Teri Stiles' suggestion that the municipality possibly pay part or all of Luick's health insurance even though he was fired Oct....more >>

Voter's guide: State Senate 12th District

(Pick one)

Name: Casandra Ulbrich Age: 35 Municipality of residence: Rochester Hills Party Affiliation: Democrat Education: AA, St. Clair County Community College; BA, University of Michigan; MA, Wayne State University; PhD candidate (ABD), Wayne State University Occupation: Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Wayne State University Government-related experience: Member of the State Board of Education 1) Why are you running for state Senate? I am running because I can no longer watch as leadership is replaced by partisan bickering....more >>

Voter's guide: State House of Reps. 46th District

(Pick one)

State House of Reps. 46th District (Pick one) Name: Bradford Jacobsen Age: 53 Residence: Oxford Party affiliation: Republican Education: BA James Madison College at Michigan State University Occupation: Small business owner - florist/greenhouse Government-related experience: 16 years as an Oxford trustee (1984-2000) and four years as a county commissioner (2006-present) Why are you running for state representative?: To improve the economic environment in Michigan so businesses like ours can stay here and be profitable....more >>

Voter's guide: Oakland County Commissioner District #1

(Pick one)

Name: Beth Nuccio Age: 52 Municipality of residence: Brandon Twp. Party Affiliation: Republican Education: Master of arts, Central Michigan University; bachelor of science, Ferris State University Occupation: Director of career services, Baker College of Auburn Hills Government-related experience: Brandon Board of Education trustee- 15 years, currently president Why are you running for county commissioner? We need elected officials that will listen and represent the people they serve, ensure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely and fight government inefficiencies....more >>

Voter's guide: Oxford Board of Education

(Pick only two)

Name: Bill Keenist Municipality of residence: Oxford Number of years lived in school district: 23 Occupation: Senior Vice-President of Communications, Detroit Lions Education: Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Ohio University; Master's Degree in Sports Administration, Ohio University Previous involvement in schools: School Board Member since 2009; Community Member of the School District's Strategic Planning Committee, 2007, 2008, 2009; Member of the Community Facilities Steering Committee for two school bond projects in 2009; Co-Chair of February, 2009 School Bond; Member of Oxford Athletic Booster Club since 2005; Member of Oxford Community Schools Athletic Hall of Fame Committee established in 2010; Served as keynote speaker for Oxford High School Senior Athletic Awards in 2006 and 2008; Member of the TURF committee, a community group formed in December, 2009, to raise private funds that will pay for a new turf field at our high school stadium....more >>
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Martial arts students earn national, state honors

Much like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had Splinter as a mentor, the students at Bryant's Karate in Oxford have Master Jeff Bryant to learn under. Thanks to his students hard work, four members of Team Bryant were selected to participate for Team USA at the World Kickboxing Championships (WKC) in Albuferia, Portugal later this month....more >>
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A total of 80 costumed kids paraded through Seymour Lake Township Park Saturday afternoon as part of the annual Jack-O-Lantern Jamboree. Dressed in their Halloween best, the kids did some trick-or-treating, went on a hay ride, enjoyed cider and donuts, then got to pick their own pumpkin from a special patch....more >>
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Born February 11th
1855: Josephine Marshall Jewell Dodge, American educator, pioneer in the concept of day nurseries for children.
1898: Leo Szilard, physicist, instrumental in the Manhattan Project.
1907: William J. Levitt, U.S. businessman and community builder who led the postwar housing revolutions with his Levittowns.
1908: Phillipe Dunne, screenwriter and director (How Green Was My Valley).
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1531: Henry VIII is recognized as the supreme head of the Church of England.
1805: Sixteen-year-old Sacajawea, the Shoshoni guide for Lewis & Clark, gives birth to a son, with Meriwether Lewis serving as midwife.
1809: Robert Fulton patents the steamboat.
1815: News of the Treaty of Ghent, ending the War of 1812, finally reaches the United States.
1858: 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous, a French miller's daughter, claims to have seen an apparition of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes.