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Off O'Mara's bucket list: NYC Marathon

On Nov. 7, 45,344 runners took part in the ING New York City Marathon. Erin O'Mara, a 2002 Goodrich High School graduate, was among them. Her finishing time of 2:52:24 placed her 17th in her age group of 25-29 year-old women, 44th among all female finishers, and 450th overall....more >>
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Sherman property purchase agreement

Ortonville- Sold. The Brandon School Board has accepted a purchase agreement for the former Sherman Lifelong Learning Center, located at 330 Sherman Court in the village. The board unanimously approved the proposed sale of the property to local business owner Paul Breakie during their Nov....more >>

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Coffee hour There will be a coffee hour at 9 a.m., Friday, Nov. 19, at The Citizen, 12 South St., Ortonville. The public is welcome to attend and enjoy sweet treats and conversation....more >>


Commission eyes marijuana, cell tower application

Atlas Twp.-Those looking to set up shop for a medical marijuana dispensary in the township may just have to wait. The township planning commission will meet at 7 p.m., Nov. 17 at 7386 Gale Road, Goodrich and hear a report on medical marijuana from township attorney David Lattie....more >>


Commission dumps commercial rezoning

'Everyone is afraid of change...'

Brandon Twp.- Not in my backyard. This seems to describe the sentiment of several residents who attended Tuesday night's township planning commission meeting and voiced their opposition to a request by Mark Cherry, owner of Country Oaks Landscape Supply, 3967 Seymour Lake Road, to have his property rezoned from residential to commercial....more >>


Devoted Friends Animal Society

'We want to save as many animals as we can...'

Brandon Twp.- Animals in need of a home can find one with the help of a new non-profit organization. Kim Hagar and Linda Muiter-Carmean have formed the Devoted Friends Animal Society, a 501c 3 organization, in order to rescue animals from shelters and place them in foster homes until their forever homes are found....more >>
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Mishaps, confusion—'Harvey' on stage

A 6-foot 1-inch rabbit named Harvey would seem a rather unique, if not quirky or slightly insane, best friend. Playgoers will get to know the special companion of Elwood P. Doud, played by Goodrich High School student Steven Brauer, the main character in the GHS performance "Harvey," set to debut at 7 p....more >>


New look village council shuffles, shakes amidst resignation

Goodrich- New people. New direction. Monday night's village council meeting—the first after new council members Doug McAbee and Phil Jackson ousted incumbent council president Edmund York along with Dave Lucik following the Nov....more >>
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'For the first time in awhile, I feel optimistic about Michigan's recovery'

Face-to-face with Groveland Township resident Ruth Johnson, newly elected Michigan Secretary of State

Ruth Johnson will travel 140 miles round trip between her home in Groveland Township and her new office in Lansing, where she begins work in January after being elected Nov. 2 as Secretary of State....more >>
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'Born Free,' latest Kid Rock video, filmed at Cook's Farm Dairy

Brandon Twp.- The dairy cattle at Cook's Farm Dairy have it pretty good—a warm barn, plenty to eat, and a pasture to graze. But on Oct. 8, the herd of about 200 received a little entertainment, too....more >>
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Two area riders honored

Two area youth received honors recently from the Michigan Association of Speed Horses/Statewide Gymkhana Riders. Trisha Dommer of Goodrich was named Junior Reserve Champion. She has been riding since age 4 and comes from a family of horse riders and trainers....more >>

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Teens for Christ At 7 p.m., Nov. 6, the United Methodist Men will host "Worth Everything" at the Goodrich United Methodist Church 8071 S. State Road, Goodrich. The group consists of 70-80 teens that do an inspirational concert and skit program....more >>

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Against the wall On Oct. 27, at 10:20 p.m., Brandon deputies responded to the 2200 block of Ironwood for a possible breaking and entering in progress. The complainant is an employee of the mobile home park and said he saw a silhouette in the bedroom window of a bank-owned home....more >>
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Scott's Barbershop

Since 1919 someone has been cutting hair downtown at 10233 Hegel Road. "I'm the fourth barber in this building in more than 90 years," said Scott Hagenbuch, a Flushing native who took over for Ken Seams, who semi-retired earlier this year....more >>
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Business & Career Center grand opening at library

Brandon Twp.- Out of work or needing a better job? Looking to change careers or start your own business? Township residents exploring employment options can find a wealth of resources in the Business and Career Center, which will have a grand opening from 7:30 a....more >>

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Coffee hour There will be a coffee hour at 9 a.m., Friday, Nov. 19, at The Citizen, 12 South St., Ortonville. The public is welcome to attend and enjoy sweet treats and conversation....more >>


Three suspected in series of home invasions

Sgt. David Dwyre of the Genesee County Sheriff's Department said two juveniles, both 14-years-old and students in the Goodrich School Disrtict, along with a 19-year-old Goodrich man, were arrested last month, suspected in a series of home invasions along Hegel Road in Goodrich....more >>


Brandon Twp. Library looking for a few more pen pals

Brandon Twp.- A postcard from Germany arrived at the library recently. The message on it was written by Mahsu M., a fifth-grade student who lives in a flat in Bad Salzuflen. "My hobby is play football," reads the postcard....more >>


Super Drunk—super fines, jail time for some

A few too many may end up being too many for the court system. That's what Genesee County defense attorney and Goodrich resident Jay Clothier is grappling with as the new Super Drunk law went into effect this past Sunday....more >>
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Traditional northern deer camps fading? Hunters take aim south

In the 1950s, Goodrich resident Larry Tison recalls making the four hour trek north to deer camp via M-15 before I-75 was built. "We camped in trailers, tents and even in the back of cars," said Tison, 67....more >>


Two incumbents ousted in Goodrich—new look for council

The Goodrich Village Council will have a new look. Newcomers Doug McAbee gained 383 votes (23 percent) and Phil Jackson garnered 336 votes (20 percent), ousting incumbent council president Edmund York, 282 votes (17 percent), along with Dave Lucik, 311 votes (18 percent)....more >>


'I believe people just want to see change...'

Voter turnout high in Nov. 2 election

If you are a registered voter in Groveland Township and didn't cast a ballot Tuesday, you were in the minority. Clerk Pam Mazich reported that out of 4,223 registered voters in the township, 2,171, or 51....more >>
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BHS presents segments of five classics on stage

Brandon Twp.- Art imitates life in the upcoming Brandon High School play, "Spotlight on Broadway III," set to take the stage at 7 p.m. on Nov. 11, 12, and 13 at the BHS Performing Arts Center, 1025 S....more >>
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Treats for the Expo

The aroma of baking and cooking escaped from the kitchen as culinary students at Oakland Schools Technical Campus prepared food on Friday. The students at the northwest campus in Springfield Township were preparing food for the Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce Best of the Best Expo this Thursday....more >>

3 votes to win

Even split for write-in votes

With a 55 percent turnout, Clarkston's election for city council was a close one. Incumbent winners Charles Inabnit received 184 votes, and Peggy Roth 162. Meanwhile for the write-in candidates, Richard Bisio took the win by three votes, with 161 votes....more >>
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Trustees blindsided by supervisor hire

Rumor had it Independence Township Supervisor Dave Wagner hired a deputy supervisor. Turns out, rumor was right. When questioned at the Nov. 3 Township Board meeting, Wagner said he hired a part-time administrative assistant, but two days later, Wagner swore in Rick Yaeger as deputy supervisor....more >>

Students top off Fun Run success

Andersonville Elementary students grabbed sprinkles and whip cream and went into decorating mode on Oct. 27. They were creating a ice cream sundae, not just any kind but a human ice cream sundae....more >>

Historic commission chair resigns

Charlotte Cooper resigned her post as chair of Clarkston Historic District Commission. Cooper, commission chair, spends more than 11 months of the year in her Clarkston home, but is registered to vote as a resident in Florida, said Clarkston City Manager Dennis Ritter....more >>

New township insurance rule

Treasurer Curt Carson and Trustee Mark Petterson voted against changing requirements for lifetime healthcare for township officials, but for opposite reasons. Carson believes eight years are enough to qualify for healthcare, while Petterson doesn't think officials should get lifetime healthcare at all....more >>

Hunt for bargains at Ladies Night Out

Clarkston Elementary provides a night of fun, food and shopping in time for holiday shopping. The second annual Ladies Night Out event is set for Nov. 18, 6-8 p.m., with over 40 vendors from the Clarkston area....more >>
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Wild Ones awarded for Rain Garden

Clarkston Wild Ones, formally known as Clarkston Watershed Group, recently earned the Distinguished Service Award by the Keep Michigan Beautiful Foundation, a non-profit organization, for their Clarkston Rain Garden in Depot Park....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Octoberfest spirit for Halloween

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Wine tasting

With over 500 people in attendance, Clarkston Rotary Club raised money for local and international projects. "I felt it was an excellent evening. All feedback we've had has been extremely positive," said Rotary President Brad Evans....more >>
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Festival of culture

Families enjoyed a variety of traditional foods and desserts at North Sashabaw Elementary School's Latino Cultural Festival, Nov. 4 Clarkston High School Spanish Club members and parent volunteers also ran games and activity stations for the children, and dance and music groups provided entertainment....more >>
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Students' skills take flight at Tech Day

Clarkston High School students rushed to get the materials for their challenge. Ideas were forming in their minds quickly and they only had 15 minutes to complete their assignment with the few materials they had on hand....more >>

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Ruling stands

Clarkston will not challenge a ruling against the city's Historic District Commission (re: "Homeowners fight historic commission in restoration project," Oct. 6). Meeting in closed session, Nov....more >>

Davisburg baking contests, buck pole

The best homemade chile and pies win awards and bragging rights at Springfield Township Parks and Recreation's Chile Cookoff and Pie Baking Contest, 6:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 15, at Hart Community Center in Davisburg....more >>

Car-deer contest

Autumn means more car-deer collisions. In Clarkston, it's also a chance to win prizes. Clarkston Auto Body and Towing hosts the Deer Hit Drawing, with prizes including weekend for four at Zehnder's Splash Village Water Park and $500 gift certificate to Garland Resort....more >>

Geneology workshop at township library

Clarkston Historical Society, Independence Township Library and the Sashabaw Plains Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution sponsor a geneology workshop, Bonds, Bands and Military Records, 10:30 a....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1995 "Financing set for new fire station" Work was set to begin on Independence Township's $2.2 million fire station, sheriff substation complex on Citation Drive, near district court....more >>
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Blanche Sims elementary celebrates 60 years

Blanche Sims Elementary is 60 years old, "but you can't even tell because of how clean it is," announced Natalie Buch, a fifth grade student, to an audience of former Blanche Sims teachers and students, parents, guests and current students, Nov....more >>

Lake Orion down 40 students

Student count estimates for this year were right on the money, according to school officials. With the help of two outside consulting firms, Lake Orion predicted having 40 fewer students this year and that's exactly what they got....more >>
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Parade set to light up the night

Wondering how to best kick off the holiday season? Here's a thought: Start with the Holly Jolly Folly on Friday, Dec. 3 then bundle up and make a trip to downtown Lake Orion for the 2010 Holiday Lighted Parade....more >>

School elections examined

Just a few years back, when school districts were conducting their own elections, Lake Orion's cost a mere $4,000. Now that municipalities are required to hold elections, LO's price tag is upwards of $33,000....more >>

Hair today...

On a sunny fall day last week, Sarah Trumbore walked into Limelight Salon in downtown Lake Orion. A short while later, she walked out feeling much lighter up top. After growing her hair nearly to her waist, Trumbore made a donation toWigs 4 Kids....more >>

Briefly: Food drive

The Lake Orion Firefighters' Ladies Auxiliary will sponsor a canned food drive Saturday, Nov. 13. Non-perishable food items may be dropped off at Hollywood Market, 1001 South Lapeer Road, between 11 a....more >>

Briefly: Village to invest $500k

The Village of Lake Orion is looking to move around $500,000 earmarked for the streetscape and Children's Park improvements from the water and sewer fund into Oakland County's investment pool....more >>

Briefly: Shhh!

The Friends of the Orion Township Library are auctioning several book-themed gift baskets containing some of the Friends' favorite books, along with gift items specially selected to accompany each book....more >>

Briefly: Schrauger 5K Memorial run

The 4th Annual Schrauger Memorial 5K is set for Saturday, Nov. 20 at Lake Orion high school. The race, organized by the Lake Orion High School Cross Country Team, was established in memory of brothers Josh and Tim Schrauger, who were killed in a car accident in 2007- just as the Schrauger family was holding vigil for another sibling who was injured in Iraq....more >>
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Man down!


Oxford firefighters spent three days at Red Bob Farms (1935 Ray Rd.) learning various techniques to rescue each other should they ever find themselves in trouble during a structure fire....more >>

Downtown ice rink a possibility

Downtown Oxford is already known as a great place to eat, shop or go see a movie. But Ed Hunwick wants to add one more activity ice skating. "I figured I'd get laughed at, but a lot of people I discussed this with thought it was a great idea if we could pull it off," he said....more >>

More riders for NOTA?

Officials consider adding Independence, Clarkston

Everything's still up in the air and nothing's a done deal, but there's a possibility that the North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA) could be expanding its service area to include another township plus a small city....more >>
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Family escapes fire in Addison

An Addison family is lucky to be alive after they escaped a fire that completely destroyed their home Tuesday morning. At 12:51 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to a fire at 117 Donna Mae, a home in the Brookside Meadows Estates subdivision located off Rochester Rd, between Brewer and Romeo roads....more >>

Blaze destroys Oxford mobile home

A 28-year-old female occupant of a mobile home in Oxford's Parkhurst Estates was injured in a Friday night fire that destroyed the trailer. The fire occurred at 335 Brook Hollow. Firefighters were dispatched at 10:17 p....more >>
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K-9 Stray Rescue celebrates 20 years

It all started with one woman rescuing one dog at a time and finding it a loving home. Two decades later, thousands of dogs have been saved while hundreds more continue to be adopted every year....more >>
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OHS grad to appear as extra on 'Detroit 1-8-7'

Jim Hughes is no stranger to television. For 20 years, he's worked as a jack-of-all-trades on both sides of the camera for Oxford Community Television, the local public access station....more >>
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Restaurant uses contest to promote healthy options

McDonald's combines the excitement of Monopoly with the chance to win food and numerous cash prizes when it rolls out its pull tab game every year. Now The Honey Tree Grille and Coney, located at 978 N....more >>
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New organics store offers hard-to-find products, expertise

Going organic seems to be the current trend that is lining grocery store shelves and health and beauty shops. Now Oxford is getting in on the organic buzz as Oxford residents Troy and Laura Farwell and Lakeville resident John LoVasco are partnering to open Simple Organics, a wellness boutique that will feature all organic food, supplements and body care products and a wellness trainer....more >>
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Trottin' for turkeys

They trotted for their health. They trotted for the fun of it. But most of all, they trotted for turkeys. A total of 90 runners and walkers participated in this year's "Turkey Trot" held Saturday at Seymour Lake Township Park....more >>
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